Anthrax and Testament with Special Guests Death Angel

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On November 4th, I was at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach to see Anthrax, Testament, and Death Angel. I must say it was the best show of the year for me, as I have a lot of respect for these three bands. These bands’ music has stayed strong and true to what they are about for many years, regardless of what the ‘flavor of the month’ was on Billboard. All three bands have been together for 20+ years, and it shows in their performance.

Death Angel hit the stage first and ripped into “I Chose The Sky” from their newest album Relentless Retribution. Death Angel thrashed around the stage full of energy., and they mixed up their old classics like “Evil Priest” with more current songs like “Relentless Revolution”. Mark Osegueda’s unique thrash vocals, the awesome guitar playing, and perfect drumming really got the nearly full House of Blues crowd – and the moshpit – going. I was sad they only got about thirty minutes to play, but they gave it their all in the short playing time.

Set List:

I Chose the Sky

Evil Priest

Claws In So Deep

Relentless Revolution

Seemingly Endless Time

The Ultra-Violence

Thrown to the Wolves

Next up was the mighty Testament! Testament is one of my all time favorite Thrash bands and they always deliver on stage. I know I’m way late saying this, but I am so glad Alex Skolnick is back in Testament. Alex is incredible guitar player, and I always enjoy watching him. Testament hit the stage with a classic ‘The Preacher”, and they continued with old and new songs through out their set. Chuck Billy owned the stage with his powerful vocals, unique mic stand, and continuous air guitar. Alex and EricPeterson were shredding with some of the best riffs in the business, and possessed a great energy on stage. Greg Christian was tearing up the bass and the stage. I had a hard time keeping up with Greg as he was all over the stage!! The legendary Gene Hoglan (Testament, Forbidden, Strapping Young Lad, etc etc) supplied the perfect pounding on the drums for head banging. A great performance for Testament!

Setlist:

The Preacher

The New Order

The Persecuted Won’t Forget

Envy Life

Over the Wall

Souls of Black

Into the Pit

Electric Crown

Henchmen Ride

More Than Meets the Eye

D.N.R. (Do Not Resuscitate)

3 Days in Darkness

Disciples of the Watch

Third up was the headliner Anthrax. I was really excited to see Anthrax with singer Joey Belladonna back in the band again. The lights went out and the band crept onto stage as the crowd roared. The started their set with “Earth on Hell” and just obliterated the place. The energy of this band is just amazing. They were all over the stage, and you could truly tell they were passionate about what they did. The crowd was loving it too, as a huge mosh pit started behind me and continued off and on during their set. They played favorites like, “Caught In A Mosh”, and “Madhouse”, as well as new songs like “The Devil You Know”. Truly greatness was on stage and these thrash veterans know how to deliver.

Setlist:

Earth on Hell
Fight ‘em till you Can’t
Caught in a Mosh
Antisocial
I’m Alive
The Devil You Know
Indians
Got the Time
In The End
N.F.L

Encore:
Among The Living
Madhouse
Metal Thrashing Mad
I am the Law
Sepultura’s “Refuse/Resist” with Scott Ian performing vocals

This was truly the concert of the year for me personally. Bands playing together like this just doesn’t happen that often and should not be missed. If you’re a concert promoter reading this… MORE PLEASE!!

Occupy a music venue!!

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