2013 will go down in the books as the most thrashing metal line up that the Metal Alliance Tour has ever conjured. You got Anthrax (playing Among The Living on its entirely), Exodus, High On Fire, Municipal Waste & Holy Grail, with this line up I guarantee you that your tour date will get a wild mosh pit, shoes and hats will fly off, and shirts will get ripped off. Because all those things happened at The Marquee Theater last Sunday.
The California heavy metal sons really know how to party, this was my first time seeing them as I missed them on tour with Blind Guardian back in 2010. Their stage presence is very dynamic, and their sound is just pure unadulterated metal that pumped up the crowd from beginning to end. They played a lot of songs out of their new album Ride The Void (Dark Passenger, Bleeding Stone, Ride The Void, and Crosswinds) also a couple old well-known songs like My Last Attack & Fight To Kill that pleased the crowd very much.
If the crowd chants “Municipal Waste is gonna fuck you up” is for a reason. In this case it was for Richmond, VA thrash metal veterans, Municipal Waste, that after a successful tour last year with Napalm Death, and for what I heard an astonishing show at the Barge To Hell Cruise, they returned to the valley in this Metal Alliance 2013 line up. Watching these guys perform would never disappoint you. They are energetic, fast, loud, and the charisma of singer Tony Foresta is over the top. They played a well-balanced set list of new songs out of their new album The Fatal Feast (You Are Cut Off, Authority Complex, & Monster With 21 Faces) and a lot of good oldies (Unleash The Bastards, Sadistic Magician, The Thrashin’ Of The Christ, Headbanger Face Rip, and The Art Of Partying) It was indeed a hell of a party.
I am not too familiar with these guys, but I remembered them dropping out of Mayhem Fest last year. They were a bit mellow for the type of lineup that this year Metal Alliance Tour has. However, I understand they are a huge deal, and their show was good and the crowd was quite responsive to their music.
Talk about or describe an Exodus show is like describing a middle ages battlefield, you have the violence in the mosh pit, the craziness of their fans, and sometimes the result of those combined will get your shirt a bit bloody (yup, I saw a couple of those around last Sunday) The band didn’t disappoint, killer riffs, blasting drums, and brutal vocals. They played an assorted amount of ‘new’ and old material (The Ballad of Leonard and Charles, A Lesson In Violence, Pirahna, War Is My Sheppard, Blacklist, Bonded By Blood, The Toxic Waltz, Strike Of The Beast, and Good Riddance). A great show by one the best thrash metal bands in history.
My third time seeing Anthrax live will go down in history as one of the most energetic shows I’ve ever seen. They performed Among The Living from beginning to end, in a show that pretty much sums up the return of good old 80’s thrash metal to the North American stages. They also played some covers like: TNT (that is included on their new EP Anthems), March Of The S.O.D (Stroomtroopers Of Death), and Antisocial (Trust). So for those lovers of good old thrash metal, NWOATM (New Wave Of American Thrash Metal), and heavy metal in general. This is a great tour to see, so don’t miss out the rest of the dates.
Here are our pictures of the show
Metal Alliance Tour 2013
3/28 – Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, Calif.
3/29 – The Crystal Ballroom – Portland, Ore.
3/30 – Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, British Columbia
3/31 – Showbox SoDo – Seattle, Wash.
4/2 – Summit Music Hall – Denver, Colo.
4/4 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, Minn.
4/5 – House of Blues – Chicago, Ill.
4/6 – The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, Mich.
4/7 – Bogarts – Cincinnati, Ohio
4/9 – House of Blues – Dallas, Texas
4/10 – House of Blues – Houston, Texas
4/12 – House of Blues – Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
4/13 – Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, N.C.
4/14 – The Fillmore – Silver Spring, Md.
4/16 – House of Blues – Cleveland, Ohio
4/18 – Theatre of the Living Arts – Philadelphia, Pa.
4/20 – Irving Plaza – New York, N.Y.