Megadeth -- Atlanta, GA -- March 21st, 2010
So I got there and like 100 people are wearing Slayer t-shirts. I don't feel so weird about wearing my Slayer hoodie. I did feel weird with my High on Fire shirt underneath, though- I only saw thrash and death metal t-shirts.
Exodus was great. The first few songs there were constant circle pits. A bunch of moshing, too. Rob Dukes was pretty funny but he seemed like a douche, though... I haven't listened to much of them but that wasn't a problem. I recognized "Bonded by Blood." Their set was probably the same as it has been. Best songs, IMO: "Bonded," "Piranha," "A Lesson in Violence," "War is my Shepard,"and possibly "Toxic Waltz." I think it was the same set as other nights.
Testament were also very good. Chuck Billy is fucking awesome. He's a funny fat guy and his growls are amazing. A couple of months ago I bought The New Order from some record store in Athens GA. I loved it. Then I asked my friend to burn me The Legacy. I hated it. Yet, Testament still kicked ass. For a decent portion of the set I was standing almost at the edge of the pit. Then I heard Chuck say the magic words: "We have a little extra time tonight." INTO THE PIT!!! Once that song started I jumped right in haha. My shoe fell off too, and I had to walk all the way back to the edge of the pit so I could put it back on. Also, I thought the hood of my hoodie was torn off and I was following everybody who I thought had it. I started motioning to my hoodie to one guy and the black hood I thought he was holding, but then I realized I still had my hood. Wow, I looked like an idiot. They also played "Soulds of Black" in addition to "Into the Pit" and the entire Legacy album.
After that I got some water and realized I had killer chest pain and a headache, too. My friend and I stayed in the far back next to the bar for Megadeth. (Plus, he was tired and couldn't mosh because he would pass out). Anyways, Megadeth. Well, I don't want to say they were bad...but they weren't the highlight of the night by any means. They just couldn't live up to the openers, you know what I'm sayin? Shame when that happens. First few songs they played SUCKED. I'm assuming they were the same as the other nights. Then they started playing Rust in Peace. People went CRAZY for "Holy Wars." (I didn't see many pits, though). My friend and I stayed until the end of the album and then we started to leave because we had to be picked up (school night...BLEHHH). But we still lingered, waiting to see what the next song was. BUt fucking Cumstaine blabbered about his childhood or some shit for 5 minutes. Finally we couldn't take it anymore and just left. As we were driving off my friend told me heard "Headcrusher" playing. Decent song. The only songs we missed that I would have loved to seen were "Peace Sells" and "Symphony of Destruction." Sucks. Huge shame, as I probably won't be seeing them again. They just didn't bring it. They lacked energy. It was a pretty boring performance, truth be told. It was very cool hearing Rust In Peace in its entirety, though. I am extremely glad I got to hear the title track, after learning it has never been played before (but if so, not many times, I guess). I was shocked to learn that- it's always been my favorite track from the album!
I would definitely see Testament again. Exodus is a strong possiblity- besides, I dig The Atrocity Exhibition. I won't rule out Megadeth, but you know, Cumstaine is such a greedy fucking bastard, he better have good fucking openers if he expects me to go see him again. Those tickets are so goddamn expensive.