ArmyOfOneTV Posts Interview With Virus
ArmyOfOneTV has posted an interview with Coke Finlay of the London, UK thrash metal band Virus. On this video, he discusses the origins, breakups, current status of the band and its latest album "A New Strain of an Old Disease." Watch the footage below.
Virus was one of the pioneers of British thrash metal, and formed in 1986 by H Heston and Tez Kaylor, members of the punk/oi! band Criminal Damage. They brought in John D Hess in their forming year and called on the services of Coke Finlay in 1987.
Their first recording ("Pray for War") was completely funded by the band itself. It wasn't until their 2nd album ("Force Recon") in 1987 that people really started to take notice of the true potential of the band. The press dogged them, probably because of their strong punk roots. It didnt help when Coke punched out Xavier Russell of Kerrang in the Kit Kat club in London in 1988, the former who was reviewing their album that year.
Labelled 'the bad boys of thrash metal' because most of their gigs ended up in fights, drunken brawls and roadie punch .ps, they still maintained a modicum of decorum when they met their fans!
Virus hit the stage for the very first time supporting Suicidal Tendencies and punk outfit Chelsea at the Clarendon in London. They gigged and toured with some of the most influential outfits of the late eighties; Megadeth, Death Angel, Nuclear Assault, Lazz Rockit, Cro-Mags, Kreator, Celtic Frost, Voi-Vod, Sabbat, Acid Reign, Overkill, Lawnmower Deth, Deathwish, Nalpalm Death, Sacrelige BC and Carcass.
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