As a special one off Sunday Reanimator we'll be celebrating some Easter Bank Holiday Blasphemy with the return to these shores of Northern Ireland's Speed Metal kings Gama Bomb, supported by three of the UK's new wave of thrash bands. After their killer show in February, Mutant will return to bang the head that does not bang, aided by brutal Londoners Nebukadnezza and local heavy metal warriors Deceptor. We'll be starting early to get in plenty of drinking time, and so that anyone who needs to can get transport home and hopefully see all the bands! And anyone who wants to can stay on drinking til midnight!
I'm not having a dig here, but someone's going to bring this up sooner or later... Isn't this a bit like Endless Torment supporting virtually every Death Metal show at Bilskirnir? (I'm aware it's been a while since the first Reanimator gig, it's not "every other show", but that's not the point I'm making)
Don't get me wrong, 4 bands for £4 is great, but even the usual 3 bands for £4 is great. I can understand the reasoning behind a local support, with regards to providing backline etc, but there are other bands in the area as well.
Yes, Deceptor are playing several shows on this tour with Gama Bomb. In fact, the headliners specifically asked for Deceptor and Mutant be on the bill, and we felt that they both went down so well in their last Reanimator outings that everyone would be happy to see them again. Personally I think this is one of the strongest lineups that could be put out by the UK Thrash scene as it stands, all four bands are excellent. I'm also quite offended that anyone could think that Deceptor could be on this bill for any other reason than merit. Give us some fucking credit.
Just to reiterate, and nip any accusation of nepotism, etc. in the bud, Gama Bomb asked me if Reanimator would promote the Birmingham date of their UK tour, and if Deceptor would support on the whole tour. The decision about whether to do the show or not was up to Luke and Povey. Yes, Mutant and Deceptor have both played Reanimator before, but this is a one-off special show to tie in with GB's tour and give everyone a chance to enjoy some metal at the Bank Holiday weekend.