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Virus were one of the pioneers of British Thrash Metal Formed in 1986 by Henry Heston & Tez, members of the Punk/Oi! band Criminal Damage.

They brought in John D Hesse in their forming year & 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 till 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, but were favoured more by the skateboarding culture of the late 80′s.

Labelled the bad boys of Thrash metal because most of their gigs ending up in fights, drunken brawls & roadie punch ups. Virus hit the stage for the very first time supporting Suicidal Tendencies & punk outfit Chelsea at the Clarendon in London, they gigged & toured with some of the most influential outfits of the late eighties; Megadeth, DeathAngel, Nuclear Assault, Lazz Rocket, Cro-Mags, Kreator, Celtic Frost, Voi-Vod, Sabbat, Acid Reign, Overkill, Lawnmower Deth, Deathwish, Sabbat, Nalpalm Death, Sacrilege BC, Carcass etc.

Forming in 1986, Virus would go on to release an album a year over the next 3 years culminating in 1989’s Lunacy, their greatest achievement and an album that deserved far wider acclaim.  If you’re a fan of frenzied riffs, killer gang-vocals and hooks that’ll snag you square in the chops, then Virus are your band and Lunacy could become your new favorite album. Capable of matching any of the 2nd tier American thrash bands, their bass-heavy, gritty and hyper-fast thrash should have reached a wider audience; a case of British thrash being overlooked in favor of the American contingent.

Virus Were A Band With A Fearsome Live Reputation And Had The Clout To Make Some Serious Noise Within The Thrash Metal Scene. They Called It A Day In 1990. As Infectious As Ever, Virus Are Very Much Active in 2018 and Fans Of Violence And Defiance Will Find Much To Love, Check ’Em Out!

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