Four years after the release of their first EP entitled Endtime Stories, the four Thrashers of Cyrence are back with new material. The Hospital, released in March 2015, follows up on the sound established by the band on Endtime Stories. Bay Area thrash influences dominate and agressivity is to find at every corner.
1989. The thrash giant Exodus released the album “Fabulous Disaster”, which includes the song The Toxic Waltz.
1999. “Fabulous Disaster” is remastered and reissued (with the two previous albums).
2009. The thrash band Toxic Waltz from Munich is formed.
Times have changed. Good thrash has not.
Do you remember your New Year’s resolutions? Did you even take one back in January? I took one. Since I was intensively starting the investigation of Munich’s Metal scene, my resolution was to be more open-minded as far as music is concerned. I wanted to leave my comfort zone. It is so easy to listen to the same bands, or the same genre, over and over again. I consider my resolution accomplished. I discovered bands that I really like, and some do not even carry the Metal label. An example? Straightline.
When you receive a flyer with the Chaos Squad logo on it, you write the date down, and you attend the gig. When it is a collaboration between Chaos Squad and Combustion, you don’t even look at the bands. You just go and trust them. I did not check out the bands before going to Sunny Red, I just have been told that the music would be “something like Thrash and Death”. I like not to know. Once again, they did not let me down.
Four days of Concerts for 5 Euros, including a Metal panel every night and inexpensive beers. What do you say to that? Yes. You say Yes. So is StuStaCulum, the biggest Student Music Festival in Germany. It is an amazing opportunity to support the local scenes, to discover new bands and to introduce yourself to new genres of music. There was something for everyone: Rock, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Ska, Metal. You bet I was in the first row at almost every Metal nights. Every night, a band I already knew played as well as one I did not know. In this way, I was sure to enjoy at least the half of the night. But at the end, I enjoyed everything I heard.
What is your favorite thing about Summer, and why is it Metal Festivals? Metal Festivals. These two words sound like the sweetest music to my ears. As much as I love them, I have not attended one for the past four years. Four goddamn years. Many things have kept me away from these crazy events, but since I live in Europe, it would be stupid to pass all the great opportunities that are here. Indeed, Europe is overflowing with metal festivals, especially Germany. As a North-American, I find mind blowing the fact that you can go to a Festival every week-end, from end of May until beginning of September. Summer 2014 is the Year.
The first time I saw the announcement for this gig, I quickly checked out the two bands I did not know. I just wanted to know which genre(s) they fell into. My first thought was “What the heck?” Yes, Metal Madness was a mix of Metalcore, Death Metal and Thrash. The curiosity guided my way to Soundcafe and accompanied me all night. I thank my Curiosity regularly. I thanked it on Friday Night.
There are a lot of good concerts in Munich lately, choosing is difficult. I’ve decided to attend Death Angel concert last Wednesday (04.12.13). Since I really, REALLY, like their new album “Dream calls for Blood”, I didn’t want to miss them. I was not disappointed! Continue reading