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Old 02-13-2013, 08:07 PM
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Testament -- Silver Spring, MD -- February 12th, 2013

Skipped class for the first time in my grad school career to go to this show and I'm very glad I did. I got to The Fillmore about an hour before doors opened and got a spot on the rail between the center of the stage and Eric's mic, right where I wanted. The opener, 4 Arm, was decent but I'll never listen to them again. They seemed like pretty good players and nice guys but it wasn't anything ground breaking. They played for a half hour and did about 7 songs. Next up was Flotsam & Jetsam. I knew their name but had never listened to them before. Again, they were decent. They said they hadn't toured in 15 years or so. They played for about half an hour I believe.

Overkill followed, I've never been into them but I was interested in seeing what the hype was about. Their stage setup was really cool with the metal grate in front of the drum riser and the smoke machine. They got a pretty good response and they were energetic. I enjoyed seeing them as an opening band but I wouldn't go to a headlining show or anything, cool to have seen them though. They play some weird looking instruments. Something that was strange was that Bobby kept running offstage between verses for most of the songs and his mic was turned down incredibly low, a lot of the time I could hardly hear him. Others said the same thing after the set. His antics during the final song were interesting to say the least, the reaction from the security guards was awesome.

Come and Get It
Rotten to the Core
Wrecking Crew
Bring Me the Night
Electric Rattlesnake
Infectious
Ironbound
Elimination
Fuck You

Next up was the reason I was there. My 5th time seeing Testament. Although they are not my favorite band ever based on their studio albums (I love their stuff but the fucking terrible production on almost all their early records make them hard to listen to super frequently), I love their live show and they are always intense, technical, energetic, and fun. Their stage setup is cool with risers around the drums for the guys to walk on. Before they came on I was afraid they might have Overkill's sound problem, which would have been strange because The Fillmore usually has great sound.

Once Rise Up started it was clear that that would not be the case. The sound was phenomenal, extremely heavy but extremely clear and balanced. I could hear Chuck really well and the drums sounded massive. That might have been some of the best live drum sound I've ever heard. The guys ripped it up as usual. Every member is brilliant at their instrument and each one moves around, and smiles, and interacts really well with the audience. I made eye contact and got smiles from Chuck, Eric, and Greg a few times. I loved the Dark Roots material, I wish they would have played even more of it. Riding the Snake was a really cool cut and so was Trial by Fire. The hits are always good but Burnt Offerings and The Haunting were especially cool. I wish their albums sounded as good production wise as they do live. The crowd was into it and I'd say it was about 75% full. Chuck said multiple times how much he enjoyed playing at the Silver Spring Fillmore and that he hopes it's a frequent stop for them in the future. He also said they were trying to put together a tour for the summer and to be on the lookout for that. His intro to Native Blood about what the song means for him was really cool. At the end of the show I got a Chuck pick and an Alex pick and then I found another Chuck pick on the ground after they had left the stage. I waited around for a few minutes and a roadie gave me a leftover Eric pick from the mic stand. My previous 4 times seeing them I had only ever gotten 1 Alex pick so I made out quite well.

There was only one lame thing about this show. Fucking crowdsurfers. Everything was totally fine all through Overkill and halfway through Testament. Some pitting but whatever, that's fine as long as it's contained to the people that are choosing to be part. But during Riding the Snake and Eyes of Wrath, the two deepest cuts of the whole set, the shitheads got riled up. It got bad, some of the worst surfing I've ever had to deal with. It overwhelmed security at some points and a few surfers (quite deservedly!) hit the cement fucking hard. Crowd surfing is the stupidest thing you can do at a show. You're putting yourself at risk, you're putting everyone you force yourself over at risk, and you're putting security at risk. The guy next to me got his arm fucked up when a surfer went over him and landed on his arm that was on the barrier. His forearm was out over the barrier and the surfer landed on it and bent it over the barrier. It appeared to be swelling quickly. Fuck that shit.

Sorry for the rant but that's a major pet peeve of mine. Beyond that, the show ruled. I took a pic of the merch stand. They were sold out of everything but XL though. If anyone is going to one of the remaining shows and could pick me up the Dark Roots album cover shirt with dates in medium as seen on the left in the photo I'll papypal you the cost of the shirt and shipping. I would really appreciate it. If no one takes me up on my offer out of kindness I may offer you a few dollars extra if you could do me the favor. I haven't bought a shirt since September because they've always been sold out.

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Rise Up
More Than Meets the Eye
Burnt Offerings
Native Blood
True American Hate
Dark Roots of Earth
Into the Pit
Practice What You Preach
Riding the Snake
Eyes of Wrath
Trial By Fire
The Haunting
The New Order
D.N.R. (Do Not Resuscitate)
3 Days of Darkness
The Formation of Damnation
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Old 02-14-2013, 01:52 AM
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I'm glad the sound was good. I saw Testament back in 2008, but I had to leave after 15 minutes: only drums...
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Old 02-14-2013, 03:49 AM
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Excellent review. You wouldnt happen to have the times of when each band went on do you? You do you recall how much that baseball tshirt was? Is that Testament on both the front and back of it?
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Old 02-14-2013, 06:16 AM
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There was only one lame thing about this show. Fucking crowdsurfers. Everything was totally fine all through Overkill and halfway through Testament. Some pitting but whatever, that's fine as long as it's contained to the people that are choosing to be part. But during Riding the Snake and Eyes of Wrath, the two deepest cuts of the whole set, the shitheads got riled up. It got bad, some of the worst surfing I've ever had to deal with. It overwhelmed security at some points and a few surfers (quite deservedly!) hit the cement fucking hard. Crowd surfing is the stupidest thing you can do at a show. You're putting yourself at risk, you're putting everyone you force yourself over at risk, and you're putting security at risk. The guy next to me got his arm fucked up when a surfer went over him and landed on his arm that was on the barrier. His forearm was out over the barrier and the surfer landed on it and bent it over the barrier. It appeared to be swelling quickly. Fuck that shit.
I agree with everything here. I've seen plenty of people get hurt doing this. Not only the ones who decide to surf but people like myself and others who are just trying to watch and enjoy the show and don't want a human body falling on top of us for no good damn reason. The main issue with surfing is that you're watching the stage so you don't see them coming until you get knocked it the head or something by one of them. What's the logic behind crowd surfing anyways? I've never got it. It seems to me anyone with a functioning brain would recognize the danger of it. I guess I give people too much credit.

There are ways to avoid it though. Not being up on the rail is the best option. You'll get hit by just about every surfer there is if you're up there. Being up front isn't always the best way to see a show. Stay away from where all the crowd activity is if you can. Your experience will be much more comfortable and enjoyable.

When I see this show on sunday they're playing a 1,000 capacity venue and my guess is the place will be about half full or just a little more than that. There will be plenty of room for me to wonder around and find a good spot and enjoy the show without any disturbances.

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Old 02-14-2013, 06:27 AM
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Crowdsurfing and moshing are a major part of a metal show. Especially thrash.
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I don't have a problem with moshing. The moshers can go until their noses are bleeding and bones are broken for all I care. Like the OP said, at least moshing is an activity that is contained in a certain area and only those that want to get involved in it participate. Crowd surfing forces those that don't want anything to do with it to get involved because people are going over the whole crowd and getting in your way when all you want to do is watch and enjoy the show.

Like I said in my other post, there are things you can do to avoid the surfers if you don't like it. Which is what I do at concerts now, but still the activity is dangerous for all involved.

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Caught in a mosh...
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:21 AM
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:40 AM
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Sweet review man! Kinda bummed I have to miss this tour

I have mixed feelings on crowdsurfing (moshing is obviously good in my book). I have been hurt (nothing serious) by crowdsurfers landing on me, and it can be a pain having to look up every 5 seconds when trying to watch a show. But it is true that if I wasn't up for that, I could stand on the side. I know people love doing it, and I love to see a crowd go absolutely wild. Some of my best shows have been filled with pits and crowdsurfers. It can be a pain, but it does add to the excitement, in my opinion.
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:00 AM
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(I love their stuff but the fucking terrible production on almost all their early records make them hard to listen to super frequently)
The production was fine for the era. I certainly don't remember listening the The Legacy in 1987 and thinking the production sucked. I suppose twenty-five years from now, people will probably think today's production values are crap.
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