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Onioner
02-05-2012, 02:51 AM
This was one of the flat out most joyous and happy concerts I have attended. Sure it doesn't top Judas Priest in Bakersfield last year, but for thirty dollars, I got roughly 5 hours of top flight Bay Area-style thrash. All in all, kickass show!

The most noteworthy openers were Hysteria and Hell-Fire, two local power/thrash bands. Check out their Facebook pages, both are among the best young retro-minded bands the Bay has to offer!

By the way, all these sets are 100% accurate.

Heathen
1. Dying Season
2. Control By Chaos
3. Arrows of Agony
4. Hypnotized
5. Opiate of the Masses
6. Goblin's Blade (with Eric Wong)
7. Open the Grave (with Eric Wong)
8. Death by Hanging (with Rob Dukes)

Heathen were fantastic as expected. The band has become noticeably tighter since seeing them with Exodus a year and a half ago. Darren's drumming was dead tight, and David White sounded even better than last time. Lee's solos also seemed more composed rather than improvised - Kragen's solos were spotless as usual. For Goblin's Blade and Open the Grave, the band was joined by their original bassist Eric Wong, which was definitely a neat surprise. Rob Dukes also came out to do some backing vocals on Death by Hanging, which was fun, even if he didn't really do much. I also got signatures from Lee, David, Kragen and Darren on my Evolution of Chaos LP cover! :D

Forbidden
1. Infinite
2. March Into Fire
3. Step By Step
4. Omega Wave
5. Forsaken at the Gates
6. Through Eyes of Glass
7. Chalice of Blood

Forbidden were great as well, Russ sounded perfect! He hit every scream perfectly, and Craig and Steve were headbanging like there was no tomorrow. Just like pretty much every other Forbidden show, the main complaint is no Forbidden Evil, but whatever. Interestingly, Paul Bostaph was hanging around during the concert and went to chill with Forbidden after their set was done. It's too bad he didn't play a song with them, it could have been a killer guest appearance.

Possessed
1. The Exorcist
2. The Eyes of Horror
3. Holy Hell
4. Seance
5. Evil Warriors
6. Pentagram
7. Swing of the Axe
8. Phantasm
9. My Belief
10. Fallen Angel
11. Burning in Hell
12. Beyond the Gates
13. Tribulation
Encore Kinda Sorta
14. Heretic
15. Death Metal

Possessed were the surprise of the night for me. Say what you will about the present lineup, but they just DESTROYED Oakland a few hours ago. Every single song had an active pit going for it, and all the instruments sounded heavy as hell. Jeff was rocking out in his wheelchair, and his vocals sounded even more evil live than on the original albums. They tried to do an encore, buf Jeff was taking so long to wheel off the stage after the lights went down that they just wheeled him back to center stage right away! If you get the opportunity, the present version of Possessed is not to be missed.

After Possessed I caught the last couple songs from Attitude Adjustment, an old crossover thrash group from the '80s. Chris Kontos, who drummed on Burn My Eyes by Machine Head is probably their most well known member. I was lucky enough to see them open for Anvil with a 45 minute set two years ago, but I managed to catch only Johnny and Grey World this time around. The band sounded as good as I remembered, but Chris sounded a lot more in control this time. When I saw them two years back, Chris could barely keep up and his drumming straight up sucked at the time.

Exodus
1. Bonded By Blood
2. Exodus
3. Pleasures of the Flesh
4. Piranha
5. Brain Dead (with Harald Oimoen)
6. Deliver Us to Evil
7. Hells Breath
8. Metal Command
9. No Love
10. And Then There Were None (With Rick Hunolt)
11. A Lesson in Violence (With Rick Hunolt)
12. Strike of the Beast (With Rick Hunolt)
13. Whipping Queen (With Kirk Hammett and Jeff Andrews)
14. Impaler (With Rick, Jeff and Kirk)

I shit you not, this setlist just happened. During Brain Dead, Harald from D.R.I. came out and did that Russian kick dance thing across the stage. It was random, yet awesome. And yes, we went apeshit went Rick came out to play. Dude seems to have kicked heroin finally- he looked so happy onstage and was running all over the place. He was hi-fiving Lee, and doing plenty of classic guitar poses with Gary. I don't think he'll be back in the band anytime soon, (Lee is the better guitarist anyway IMO) but if he keeps making guest appearances I'll be happy. And of course, when Gary introduced Kirk (the guy who told him to pick up a guitar apparently), the place went ballistic and we were all freaking the fuck out. After every other song or so, Gary would give an anecdote about Paul Baloff, which was a nice touch for the evening. Whipping Queen sounded beyond awesome to hear in good quality - hopefully the band records it at some point. When Kirk came in, they were also joined by Jeff Andrews, their original bass player. Pleasures of the Flesh and all the extra BBB tracks were a ton of fun to hear as well in addition to the usual classic. Impaler was just flat out badass, Rick, Lee, Kirk and Gary all soloed, making the song quite a bit longer than it normally is. Sticking with songs that Baloff was associated with was a cool idea, but Exodus not playing Toxic Waltz should be illegal, even if they play all of Bonded By Blood in exchange. Rob did a fine job with the songs, and even ordered security to let people stagedive, which I thought was super chill on his part.

Last thing- the crowd was among the best I've ever been in. The kids moshed their hearts out while the adults kicked back with their beers and reminisced about tours past. There was almost always pit action going on, and a "Baloff! Baloff!" chant would start many times during Exodus' set. Pretty much every Bay Area regular was here for this show, from Metal Bob, the awesome retired old metalhead who somehow affords to go to every show, to the metal-blogging MILFs and the denim-clad thrasher kiddies. Simply put, this was one of the most fun gatherings of Bay Area metalheads I've been to since Tidal Wave- tons of familiar faces, and everyone was there to celebrate Paul Baloff's memory, Bay Area-thrash style. If there were any posers at this show, Baloff's soul eradicated them before they could enter. :horns:

I said this on my Facebook, but I'll repeat it here. I have never felt so proud and honored to be a member of the greatest thrash metal community in America- Long live Bay Area Thrash and long live the legacy of Paul Baloff!

treghet
02-05-2012, 03:03 AM
Great review. I'm not a fan of Rob Dukes, but this would have been pretty awesome to see. Especially with Possessed, Forbidden, and Heathen! :rocker:

Onioner
02-05-2012, 03:19 AM
Great review. I'm not a fan of Rob Dukes, but this would have been pretty awesome to see. Especially with Possessed, Forbidden, and Heathen! :rocker:

Thank you for the compliment! Hopefully I'll have a more professional review up tomorrow on Metal Assault, but we'll see if I get around to doing it haha.

El Gordo
02-05-2012, 05:10 AM
Great review, man. Looks like it was an awesome show. Those sets are amazing!

christopher
02-05-2012, 07:54 AM
I'm glad Possessed changed up their setlist. They seriously need to play Satans Curse!!! I'm in love with that Exodus setlist!!

christopher
02-05-2012, 07:57 AM
If you get the opportunity, the present version of Possessed is not to be missed.

Aww you made me a little sad with that. I miss having Sadistic Intent in Possessed :(

brutal_descent
02-05-2012, 07:59 AM
If you get the opportunity, the present version of Possessed is not to be missed.

Graspop, baby!

es156
02-05-2012, 08:21 AM
Excellent review! Sounds like it was an amazing show.

anomynous
02-05-2012, 08:50 AM
They really should have had Zetro there, especially since Gary and him are on good terms again

Onioner
02-05-2012, 03:09 PM
They really should have had Zetro there, especially since Gary and him are on good terms again

Yeah they're on good terms, but I'm pretty sure Gary doesn't want anyone thinking that Zetro will be back in the band. When he guested on Toxic Waltz last year, all it resulted in was a ton of hate comments on Rob. With Rick it's different because Lee has been pretty much universally accepted by the fans. Weirdly enough, I ran into Zetro's son during the show. Apparently I live a only few minutes from Zetro! :lol:

anomynous
02-13-2012, 10:17 AM
Alright, something that's been bothering me (Disclaimer: I'm not a fan of Baloff's voice)


Why does everybody worship Baloff? He was with Exodus for one album, their first. (Not counting that live album that came out later) In my opinion, Zetro is Exodus, and like Dukes' voice better than Baloff's. Nobody seems to worship Neil Turbin and put him on a pedestal. Is it because Paul died?

Natrlhi
02-13-2012, 10:20 AM
Um, maybe it's because Paul's vocals were the best Exodus ever had, and he was the vocalist on the best album they ever made?

Just spitballin' here.

anomynous
02-13-2012, 10:30 AM
Yep, that's the answer I was expecting to get.



I find Baloff's vocals to be kinda lazy, I just don't get the worship. On the song Bonded By Blood, he's practically talking the song, not singing.


I get it's because he's on Exodus's best album, but if he was on any other album, nobody would even talk about him.

Nater
02-13-2012, 10:35 AM
I always felt that was the charm of him. He wasn't doing what some of the other thrash bands around that time were doing in terms of vocals. He had this raw almost punk kinda voice that was a ton of fun to listen to.

anomynous
02-13-2012, 10:44 AM
His vocals are different, but I just don't get them I guess.

jhdeity
02-13-2012, 10:55 AM
Awesome review man. Seriously if someone stumbled upon this site today and that was the 1st thing they read on here they would be like HOLY FUCKSNOT!

I'm going to go listen to some Exodus now...

Natrlhi
02-13-2012, 11:01 AM
Awesome review man. Seriously if someone stumbled upon this site today and that was the 1st thing they read on here they would be like HOLY FUCKSNOT!Yeah, and then they would read the "Girl Troubles" posts, political rants, conspiracy theories, pictures of lasagna and links to stupid YouBoob videos and realize that no, it's just another fucked up site on the interwebs. :lol:

Just kidding. I love this forum.

Oh, and like jhdiety said, kudos to the OP for an excellent review. :fist:

Natrlhi
02-13-2012, 11:07 AM
I always felt that was the charm of him. He wasn't doing what some of the other thrash bands around that time were doing in terms of vocals. He had this raw almost punk kinda voice that was a ton of fun to listen to.This.

At the time I first heard this album, I wasn't looking for vocal quality, or anything else. I just liked what I heard. Anon is correct in that a lot of the time he's just shouting, but that's fine with me. I never asked for clean singing. I didn't want Halford-esque range. I liked the fact that his voice sounded like gravel rattling in a blender - it was a perfect complement to the gritty quality of the music they were making at the time.

It sounds harsh to put it this way, but sadly for me, Exodus has been on a slow decline since day (album) one. Regardless of the technical prowess they may have developed over the years, there will simply never be another "Bonded by Blood", and of course there will never be another Paul Baloff. :(

Seventhzealot
02-13-2012, 11:56 AM
Alright, something that's been bothering me (Disclaimer: I'm not a fan of Baloff's voice)


Why does everybody worship Baloff? He was with Exodus for one album, their first. (Not counting that live album that came out later) In my opinion, Zetro is Exodus, and like Dukes' voice better than Baloff's. Nobody seems to worship Neil Turbin and put him on a pedestal. Is it because Paul died?

Having watched a few thrash documentaries in my day and listening to people speak about him, it seems it was more due to the aura he had around him. He was in the forefront of that whole "Kill the posers" movement which really endeared him to the thrash disciples.

Besides he was a fantastic presence on stage despite maybe not being as good a singer as his contemporaries but an Exodus live show back in the day was considered the shit and a substantial part of that was down to Baloff's exuberance.

Sepultura69
02-15-2012, 10:18 PM
Possessed were the surprise of the night for me. Say what you will about the present lineup, but they just DESTROYED Oakland a few hours ago. Every single song had an active pit going for it, and all the instruments sounded heavy as hell. Jeff was rocking out in his wheelchair, and his vocals sounded even more evil live than on the original albums. They tried to do an encore, buf Jeff was taking so long to wheel off the stage after the lights went down that they just wheeled him back to center stage right away! If you get the opportunity, the present version of Possessed is not to be missed.


Seeing them next friday :D

oh, and awesome review by the way:D

Onioner
02-16-2012, 01:38 AM
Seeing them next friday :D

oh, and awesome review by the way:D

Thank you sir!:D Sadly because of lack of transportation I can't make it to Hacienda Heights, so I will be spending that night at Gigantour. I'm pretty sure you're gonna have the better time though, Megadeth 2012 don't got shit on Possessed 2012.