Scored a pick and setlist from Gary:
Ballad of Leonard and Charls
Beyond the Pale
Children of a Worthless God
War is My Shepard
Strike of the Beast?
Bonded by Blood [cut
Not actually sure about the last 3, I know they cut BBB (the song), but was too busy fighting off drunkards to remember what the 2 finale songs were.
Got to Jaxx at 8pm, since I didn't want to see the local band Krass Judgement. Fuck that band. Rolled in, watched Bonded by Blood set up. I'm not a fan of the band, but they were pretty solid live, the lead guitarist can shred pretty hard. Certainly a better live band compared to their dull studio efforts. Then Holy Grail. The singer recognized me from Hostile City Deathfest (Destroyer 666 IS
the antichrist!), then they set up. Holy Grail was also solid, and very entertaining. The bassist kept giving me weird looks, and the guitarists were really into their performance; jumping off of shit at every opportunity. Malevolent Creation were the best band of the night, but their sound did get a bit stale towards the end.
Exodus. I'm going to catch a ton of flack for this, but Exodus wasn't great. The compounding problems of having pretty awful modern material, and Rob Dukes generally being awful at everything, equals a very mediocre show. The first time I saw Exodus I was pumped to be seeing Kreator, and Exodus was condensed to 45 minutes. This time, they had more time, and just weren't very good. Also the crowd sucked. It seems that whenever a legendary American thrash band comes through, a bunch of drunk idiots decide to ruin everybody's day.
Regardless, Exodus played their songs well, Gary had issues with his wireless system during one song, but it was fixed quickly. Unfortunately, Rob Dukes isn't very good at being a vocalist or entertainer, so Holt and Lee had to pick up the slack. In Exodus' defense, Holt has a pretty commanding stage presence, but it's difficult to be engaging when you're playing riffs with the complexity of modern Exodus. So Exodus played a bunch of bad-decent songs very well, and then cut "Bonded by Blood". Take that as you will.
In hindsight, it was still a good time, lots of headbanging and whatnot, but there have been many better shows. This is one for die-hards only.