Destruction at Manchester Club AcademySupport: Flotsam and Jetsam| Enforcer | Nervosa
October 6, 2016 at Manchester Club Academy
It was thrash night at Club Academy in Manchester. A mixture of old and new bands served up as Nervosa and Enforcer warmer up the crowd for scene veterans Flotsam And Jetsam and Destruction.
Brazilians Nervosa were back in the UK after the release of their highly acclaimed second full length album Agony, which was released earlier this year. There were a few delays getting into the venue, so I only caught the end of their set, but what I did get to see backed up the high regard I held the band in from seeing them perform last year. They have a real stage presence and some seriously good tunes to back it up. A sound that seems far too big for only three people to be making it. One of the better bands in the thrash scene doing the rounds at the moment.
Enforcer were next, and despite the band playing a full on set, there were a few sound issues early on, but the band didn’t let it affect them as they ploughed through a full set with the sound improving through each and every song.
Flotsam and Jetsam seemed to spend an age being remembered simply as former Metallica bassist Jason Newstead’s old band. Thankfully they have spent recent years building their reputation again with a series of string records, and reminding everyone just how good they were back in the day. Twelve albums and thirty-five years into their career, and they are arguably releasing some of their best material, and playing some of their best shows. The crowd lapped up every moment of the set, with a few selected new tracks blending well into a set crammed with classics, setting a very high standard for the headliners to follow.
Destruction appeared and brought with them one of the biggest and (certainly) brightest lighting set ups I have seen in such a small venue. Strobes flashed and rows of lights flooded the room as if searching for someone that wasn’t headbanging in the by now, quite full basement club, adding another dimension to the breakneck thrash cacophony that the German trio were producing. They started from the high point that the main support had left them and ran with it, producing an hour long set that saw them revisit old material as well as playing a few tracks from their recent Under Attack album. At times the tracks seemed to blur together as the rapid delivery seemed like a non stop assault on the senses, with little or no time to recover during the show. The band may not have evolved massively over their long career, but when they are this proficient and still releasing great music, it doesn’t seem to matter much. The thrash scene is thriving right now. Older bands releasing some of their best music and a raft of new bands ready to take their chance. Tours like this are becoming a regular thing and that can only be a good thing.