Condition Critical have just about wrapped up their first European tour, barreling through six countries including Italy, Germany and Russia with support from a plethora of bands including Italy’s Game Over and Ultra-Violence.
“Tonight was such a packed house,” said the band in a Facebook post on Wednesday, the last official day of the tour. “Having 100 crazy Germans chant Crit-it-cal was crazy enough, but oh no, the pits and crowds were intense! What a crazy show to end our month journey throughout Europe and Russia. We love you all and now it's time to chill and watch all the sick bands at the festival!”
The festival in question is the annual Headbangers Open Air in Germany from Thursday through Saturday. Hatriot and Paradox have cancelled their H.O.A. appearances – the latter has apparently broken up as well. If there is another cancellation Condition Critical may find themselves added to the main stage in order to fill the void.
The tour has been a great success for the New Jersey thrashers and has created memories that will last them a lifetime. “Europe was nuts and Russia is just absolutely insane,” said bassist Mike Dreher. “Anything they hear in Russia seems to get them moving, honestly. It was rare for some of the cities to see American bands or thrash bands for the first time and there were close to 150 people each show. They had us sign everything they owned and had us take pictures with their wives. It was unbelievable.”
The tour has not been all metal and partying for Dreher and the boys. Being able to experience the other side of the world has been an enlightening and humbling experience.
“I will never say again that "I'm bored" or waste a half bottle of water or think a four hour car ride is long,” he said. “22 hour train rides with disgusting weather and dry ass people. Some cities were nice and some were third world. I was speechless.”
During his travels, Dreher has also learned to take world news reports with a grain of salt. “The media is so dumb for shoving all of this bull crap down people's throats,” he said.” Some of the nicest people were in Russia. Europe is a happy little version of the US with not as good food and more alcohol and sights to see.”
The band will come home on July 29. Their first US show back will be at the third annual “Thrash Bash BBQ” on August 2 in Wantage, NJ. Following the Thrash Bash Condition Critical will partake in a two week U.S. tour dubbed “Parasitic Tourment,” a pun on their song of the same name.