There is always a sense of joy after witnessing a well crafted thrash metal show, no matter if it was the show’s sound, the energy from the crowd, or the relevance of the bands up on the stage, but watching a show of Testament & Exodus is just a thrash metal treat on itself. I got to see their show last friday at the new and elaborated Livewire club in Scottsdale, AZ.
To begin, this venue has the right tools to host a metal show, and with the Testament & Exodus show they proved that. To begin, the venue itself is spacious, the stage is high and big enough, good lighting & PA set up, a large merchandise area where the bands can set up their displays, they have a nice balcony area, and the security for sure knows how to treat the raging metal crowd.
I haven’t seen Testament in a while, I think since 2012 when they were touring & promoting their latest album Dark Roots Of The Earth, and I just saw Exodus in November last year with Slayer, so I was quite excited about this show. The first band to take the stage was. Texas natives Shattered Sun, a good and solid metal band that with their mix of thrash metal and pints of progressive metal warmed a euphoric crowd that was growing by the minute. Their show was interesting and their sound was like Sylosis meets Symphony X, not too progressive but enough to give a sense of balance between the harsh vocals and sharp guitar riffs, and the keyboard melodic structures. A good band to open the night I must say.
Next up was Bay Area titans, Exodus, they this time around got a longer set compared with the one we saw last November. Besides performing; (Blood In, Blood Out, Blacklist, Bonded by Blood, The Toxic Waltz, Strike Of The Beast), we got the pleasure to listen (Children of a Worthless God, A Lesson in Violence, Salt the Wound, The Last Act of Defiance & War Is My Shepherd). As always Exodus delivers and aggressive and loud show, with vocalist Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza calling out the crowd and demanding mosh pits, which they didn’t delay on organized and break hell loose at the new Livewire Club, which to my surprise it took it, and managed quite well i must say, kudos to them.
Testament was up next, and since from the beginning of this tour they had gone classic, as they are performing their first two records on its entirely, The Legacy (1987) & The New Order (1988) which they have a fresh sound as the rhythm section at the moment is formed by Gene Hoglan (drums) and Steve Di Giorgio (Bass), which enhanced the live experience of this two monster albums, I just gonna say that the crowd went fucking nuts the entire time, to the point that there was not activity in the bar (first & second floor) for a total of 5 minutes during Testament‘s set (That must be some sort of record right?).
I personally believe, it was a great show, not only because the performance of all the three bands were solid, but also because the venue’s sound was really good, which is what I believed that more metal shows should be booked there.
Before the show, The Age Of Metal had the chance to speak with vocalist Chuck Billy of Testament. We talked about the idea of bringing their first two records to the live stage, their upcoming Testament album, the role of Gene Hoglan (drums) and Steve Di Giorgio (Bass) in the dynamic of the band, his new management agency (Breaking Bands LCC) and his new line of herbal vaporizers (The Chief)
Dark Roots Of Thrash II
Testament. Exodus & Shattered Sun
Apr. 06 – Aztec Theater – San Antonio, TX
Apr. 07 – House Of Blues – Houston, TX
Apr. 08 – House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
Apr. 10 – Pop’s – Sauget, IL
Apr. 11 – Mojoes – Joliet, IL
Apr. 12 – Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
Apr. 13 – The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
Apr. 15 – Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON – CANADA
Apr. 16 – Rapids Theatre – Niagara Falls, NY
Apr. 17 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
Apr. 18 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA, New England Metal & Hardcore Festival
Apr. 19 – The Paramount – Huntington, NY
Apr. 21 – Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY
Apr. 22 – Cannery Ballroom – Nashville, TN
Apr. 23 – Masquerade – Atlanta, GA