The long awaited Banging Salvation

Exumer, Reactory, Pripjat, Übergang

Winter Hostilities 2019 presented by M.A.D. Tourbooking, Viper Room Vienna, Austria 20191205


The time comes, when everything in you is longing for a headbanging evening. And the Viper Room once again provides the perfect opportunity with four great Trash Metal acts. Not the Big Four Slayer, Metallica, Anthrax and Megadeth and also not the german Big Teutonic Four Destruction, Kreator, Sodom and Tankard but four bands with the potential to get a similar name.

Übergang from Göttingen, Niedersachsen are the first to play. They are the punks of the line-up and shared the stage with likes of Napalm Death, Brujeria and D.R.I. Singer Sebastian Walkenhorst’s voice and appearance got analogies to Stumpen of Knorkator. He tells that he would like to be a boy again, without knowing about problems like fascism, capitalism and more, while the whole band delivers a solid Thrash show.

This concert again is interesting when it comes to the shirts of the people. Sebastian wears one of Venom, while the guitarist wears one of the next act Reactory. They show, how perfect party Thrash works. Their main ingredient is speed and a lot of fun, that motivates the audience. Bassist Jonny Master tells that they like Vienna but aren’t overzealous by the beer. Third band in the package are Pripjat, named after the Ukraine ghost city, as two members descend from the republic. Their music comes with more melody and optically the youngsters got a resemblance with the locals Black Inhale.

After those three amazing shows, the Winter Hostilities 2019 tour headliner Exumer enters the stage, not to be confused with the Bay Area Possessed successors Exhumed. The warriors enthuse their audience with older and newer material including “Dark Reflections”, “Possessed by Fire” and “I Dare You” as well as songs from their new record “Hostile Defiance”. For Tony Schiavo, Alex Voß of Magoth and Call of Charon plays the bass, while guitarist Ray Mensh wears a Prong shirt and singer Mem Von Stein reminds of Henry Rollins. The only pity on this otherwise perfect Thrash evening is the small amount of visitors. But those who came obviously enjoyed the show, and the gig poster of Betzefer fills one with anticipation.