I came to terms with my, shall we say, folically challengedness years ago, that was until last Thursday’s show at Rock City in Nottingham. Not since the first days of bald realisation did I wish for the return of my long flowing mane of hair from my youth! The show in question was the Infecting Nations Tour bringing a night full of neck snappingly awesome Thrash Metal from Evile, Warbringer and The Fading.

Never having heard of The Fading before the show, I was interested to hear what they had to offer. The boys from Israel duly delivered… stage presence, fast heavy riffs, and above all, a serious dose of metal! A band definitely worth catching live if you get the chance!

Warbringer took to the stage next, brash, in your face, good old American Thrash Metal… Lead singer, John Kevill was full of his usual sneers and hand gestures along with the hair brigade of axemen, John Laux and Adam Carroll and the beatmaster general Nic Ritter. A special mention here to Elad Manor of The Fading who has been filling in on bass for Warbringer’s Andy Laux since the beginning of the tour! Highlights from the set were “Living in a Whirlwind”, “Severed Reality” and “Total War”.

It’s now time for the headliners, Evile! Before they began, frontman, Matt Drake took a few moments to remind the crowd of the band’s loss with the sad passing of Evile’s bass player Mike Alexander last year but also to introduce the new man in the fold, Joel Graham. The moment of reflection over, the music begins… “Infected Nation” the stunning opener from their latest album, Infected nations. The show continued with a mixture of songs from both Evile albums “First Blood”, “Killer From The Deep”, “New Demolition”, “Nosphoros”, “We Who Are About To Die”, “Thrasher”, “Time No More”, “Schizophrenia”, “Bathe In Blood”. The set ended with the immense anthem “Enter The Grave”, the crowd, in between head bangs, singing along with the chorus!

The smile rarely left the face of Joel Graham during set, seemingly loving his new role in Evile as were the rest of the band! Ol and Matt Drake were both frequently smiling to the crowd with Matt thanking the fans for turning out and sharing the wish to return to the main stage again. Despite the turbulent times the band had faced they seemed to be back where they are happiest, on stage playing live shows for crowds of head banging metalheads!

My first show of 2010 and what a cracker! The volume was turned to 11 and the hair was flying, i even forgot that I wasn’t supposed to be drinking in January… If the rest of the shows this year are half as good as this then it’s going to be a great, great year!