Testament -- Anaheim, CA -- January 31st, 2013
Made another road trip to make this show, but definitely worth the long drive. Met up with my buddy who lives somewhat nearby and cruised over to the show at House of Blues Anaheim. For a Thursday night, parking in the Downtown Disney lot wasn't bad - I don't know if the weekend/Disneyland crowds get a lot worse.
Since I had bought my buddy's ticket, he repaid me in alcohol :D. We hung out in the upstairs bar while the (local?) opener played inside - can't remember what their name was... Once they were done, I bought a Testament Dark Roots of Thrash tour shirt ($25) - lots of other cool Testament and Overkill stuff - no 4ARM stuff whatsoever. Heard the soundchecking for 4ARM start so we decided to headed in and down the stairs....
Wow! Lots of people already here - floor seemed to be about 3/4 full and plenty more around the sides. Ended up watching 4ARM's set from about 10 feet inside the entrance door. Cool to see them live - I have an (ahem) unofficial copy of their latest album and I had been hoping to buy a legit copy from them at this show, but no such luck. Will have to pick it up somewhere else - again, good show by the Aussies. All the songs played (except the last one) were off the new album.
1) While I Lie Awake
2) Raise A Fist
3) The Oppressed
4) Submission For Liberty
5) Taken Down
6) Spent And Bled
Next up was Overkill. Needless to say, they had a huge fanbase in attendance (including myself, of course). By this time, we had found a place on the side railing outside the pit...and we were both well buzzed by this time. Actually probably the most semi-drunk I've ever been at a show, and I must say it did make the show even better! Blitz & Co. came out guns blazing and a good time was had by all. For 9 songs, a pretty good mix IMHO.
1) Come And Get It
2) Rotten To The Core
3) Wrecking Crew
4) Bring Me The Night
5) Electric Rattlesnake
9) Fuck You
(This is likely the same set they did the previous night in SF - even 9 songs tonight was still too short!)
Finally the evening's main entertainment came out to a packed (by then) house. I have been a Testament fan for over 20 years (got into the 1st 4 albums and then bought "The Ritual" when it came out in 1992). How I have been unable to see them live before tonight is just unfathomable. Needless to say, an awesome performance. I would have loved to be up on the rail to watch Alex Skolnick play, but still a good view from our side rail.
Overall, a good mix of new and old. Yes, I would have liked to hear more from PWYP and SoB as well, but still cool. The crowd sang along at full volume for new and old songs alike. The encore of "Over the Wall" was NOT played as it was in SF the previous night.
1) Rise Up
2) More Than Meets The Eye
3) Burnt Offerings
4) Native Blood
5) True American Hate
6) Eyes Of Wrath
7) Into The Pit
8) Dark Roots Of Earth
9) Practice What You Preach
10) The Evil Has Landed
11) The Haunting
12) The New Order
13) D.N.R. (Do Not Resuscitate)
14) Riding The Snake
15) The Formation Of Damnation
Good review, bummer that Testament cut a song. Were the Testament shirt designs cool?
Was Flotsam and Jetsam NOT on this date?
Flotsam just got back from the 70,000 tons of metal cruise today. Not sure when they join the tour....
Hmm, I wouldn't be super bummed about missing Over the Wall, they play that one all the time. I'm just glad they're keeping the cool lesser known songs.
[QUOTE=Platinum Maze;510131]Flotsam just got back from the 70,000 tons of metal cruise today. Not sure when they join the tour....[/QUOTE]
herp derp ok, that def explains it!
[QUOTE=IrritatedTrout;510127]Good review, bummer that Testament cut a song. Were the Testament shirt designs cool?[/QUOTE]
Several cool new designs from what I remember. There were 2 tour date shirts that I saw. One was the Dark Roots artwork (the one I got) while the other one was a Native Blood-style shirt with the old-school Legacy skull in an Indian headdress, if I recall correctly. A couple other cool shirts that I can't remember. I didn't look that closely at the Overkill stuff...
Was Flotsam and Jetsam NOT on this date?[/QUOTE]
Unfortunately, no. F&J don't join the tour until 2/5 at Emo's in TX...
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