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BEHEMOTH To Support SLAYER On The North American Leg Of Their Final World Tour Alongside Lamb Of God, Anthrax, And Testament

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , , , on January 26, 2018 by Metal Odyssey

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BEHEMOTH, along with Lamb Of God, Anthrax and Testament, all bands who have close ties to and have shared the stage multiple times with Slayer over the years, will accompany the band on leg one, North America, of what will be Slayer’s final world tour. The trek begins May 10th when a twenty-six-date odyssey will have them crisscrossing the country, from San Diego to Toronto, Orlando to Minneapolis. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, January 26th; log onto for all ticketing info.

“If you are lucky enough to be invited to play even just once with living legends like Slayer, it’s an incredible honor. Slayer gave Lamb Of God our very first two overseas shows. Slayer has subsequently taken us on several full-length tours, both at home and abroad. The guys in Slayer and their crew have also always been very, very cool to our band. It is irrefutable that Slayer helped create the genre of aggressive metal, and all modern bands of that ilk owe them a huge debt – I know we do. To be asked to be a part of their final tour – well, it just makes you stop and realize just how lucky you are. Hail Slayer! We’ll see you on the road…” – Randy Blythe, Lamb Of God

“It’s truly an honor to be on Slayer’s final tour. Anthrax and Slayer have toured together for decades, we are family, band and crew, so we want to help give Slayer the best send-off possible, and to have one last blast with our friends. But you know, at the end of the day, Slayer will never die.” – Frank Bello, Anthrax

“Well, well, well… the dream comes true AGAIN it seems. BEHEMOTH will be teaming up with mighty Slayer again for another extensive North American run later this year! Nothing short of epic if you ask me! I cannot wait to confront American legions again before we unleash the new record. One of the biggest metal tours this year: Testament, BEHEMOTH, Anthrax, Lamb Of God and Slayer. Can you miss it out? FUCK NO!” – Nergal, BEHEMOTH

“Sharing the stage with Slayer once again is going to be an honor, and to be a part of the final tour is going to be a special privilege for us. Slayer has influenced so many aggressive bands in their career. This tour will be an epic time for all who attend. Do yourself a favor and clear your calendars when this show comes to town. This will be your last chance to see a tour like this. Get ready North America for the devastation.” – Chuck Billy, Testament

BEHEMOTH w/ Slayer, Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Testament:
5/10/2018 Valley View Casino Center – San Diego, CA
5/11/2018 FivePoint Amphitheatre – Irvine, CA
5/13/2018 Papa Murphy’s Park at Cal Expo – Sacramento, CA
5/16/2018 PNE Forum – Vancouver, BC
5/17/2018 South Okanagan Events Centre – Penticton, BC
5/19/2018 Big Four – Calgary, AB
5/20/2018 Shaw Centre – Edmonton, AB
5/22/2018 Bell MTS Centre – Winnipeg, MB
5/24/2018 The Armory – Minneapolis, MN
5/25/2018 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL
5/27/2018 Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre Freedom Hill – Detroit, MI
5/29/2018 Budweiser Stage – Toronto, ON
5/30/2018 Place Bell – Montreal, PQ
6/01/2018 Mohegan Sun – Uncasville, CT
6/02/2018 PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
6/04/2018 Santander Arena – Reading, PA
6/06/2018 Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
6/07/2018 Blossom Music Center – Cleveland, OH
6/09/2018 KeyBank Pavilion – Pittsburgh, PA
6/10/2018 Jiffy Lube Live – Bristow, VA
6/12/2018 VUHL Amphitheater – Virginia Beach, VA
6/14/2018 PNC Music Pavilion – Charlotte, NC
6/15/2018 Orlando Amphitheater – Orlando, FL
6/17/2018 Smart Financial Centre – Houston, TX
6/19/2018 The Bomb Factory – Dallas, TX
6/20/2018 Austin 360 Amphitheater – Austin, TX


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TESTAMENT “Brotherhood Of The Snake” – Releases October 28th, 2016 via Nuclear Blast

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , on August 14, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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Presenting the cover art for Testament‘s upcoming album, ‘Brotherhood Of The Snake’ by Eliran Kantor.

Release Date: October 28, 2016 on Nuclear Blast

Stone Says: Whoa! That is an insane great album cover!! Eliran Kantor is an amazing artist! Even the album title is freaking dope! This is what Metal is about and holy shit! I’m absolutely stoked to hear this new Testament album! Metal Be Thy Name!!







TESTAMENT – More “Dark Roots of Thrash II” Tour Dates Added

Posted in Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on February 25, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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**Please Note: Tickets and VIP Packages for the dates below go on sale this Friday, February 27th, 2015**


04/24/15 @ The International – Knoxville, TN

04/26/15 @ Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

04/28/15 @ The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD

04/29/15 @ The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY

04/30/15 @ Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA

05/02/15 @ Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH


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Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal, thrash metal bands with tags , , , , , on October 9, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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TESTAMENT’s Dark Roots Of Thrash is available on iTunes!


Dark Roots Of Thrash will be released in Europe on October 18th, in the UK on October 21st and in North America on October 29th, via Nuclear Blast Records.  Metal be thy name!

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Chuck Billy – Vocals

Eric Peterson – Guitar

Alex Skolnick – Guitar

Greg Christian – Bass

Gene Hoglan – Drums


(Source: Nuclear Blast)

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TESTAMENT – Meet And Greet At Velvet Margarita Cantina, Los Angeles, This Tuesday!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal with tags , , , , , , on September 21, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Vocalist Chuck Billy and guitarist Eric Peterson of Testament, will be available for a meet and greet at the Velvet Margarita Cantina (1612 North Cahuenga Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90028) next Tuesday in Los Angeles.

The event will start at 10 pm PST and a Monster Energy Drink guitar signed by the band will also be given away throughout the evening.

For more information on the occasion and to RSVP visit the following link:

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Posted in concerts, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on August 7, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Aug. 7, 2013, Torrance, Calif. – Exclusive Scion Rock Fest footage of Testament’s performance forDark Roots of Earth is available now via Revolver: (

Clips from Pallbearer’s and Municipal Waste’s Scion Rock Fest performances are available now via Noisecreep: ( and Loudwire: ( respectively.

The Shrine’s live performance of Napalm debuts via Thrasher on Thursday. Additional clips from Ice Dragon, Arsis, Noisem, Negative Approach, The Obsessed and Touché Amoré are available now via Scion A/V’s YouTube page: (

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All Purpose Show, the Prince Paul hosted interview series from Scion A/V, returns on Aug. 12 with a special episode dedicated to Scion Rock Fest.  The Interviews with several bands including Testament, Touché Amoré and Municipal Waste are interspersed with candid, on-the-street interviews with fans and musicians on Memphis’ famed Beale Street. To subscribe to All Purpose Show, visit

Scion Rock Fest 2013, the fifth annual incarnation of the Scion A/V curated event, hosted 32 Metal and Hard Rock bands in Memphis, Tenn. The one-day festival coupled legendary outfits like Testament and the Melvins alongside Punk-Metal luminaries Corrosion of Conformity and Negative Approach with a number of the genre’s most celebrated newcomers including A Life Once Lost, Royal Thunder and Anciients.


About Scion A/V:

Scion A/V is a creative enterprise of Scion devoted to the discovery, nurture, funding and distribution of compelling music and arts programming. Scion A/V has created and championed projects for over 100 underground musical artists, supported tours and special events, created film documentaries, curated art installations, and produced a collection of ‘zines. In addition, Scion A/V executes the annual Scion Music(less) Music Conference and operates 17 broadband radio stations via Scion Streaming Radio. For more information, visit

About Scion: 

Scion, from Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., was developed with a new generation of youthful buyers in mind. Scion’s mission is to provide distinctive products, the opportunity to personalize, and an innovative, consumer-driven process at the retail level. The brand features five groundbreaking models with a wide array of standard features: the xD urban subcompact five-door, the iconic xB urban utility vehicle, the tC sports coupe, the premium micro-subcompact iQ and the FR-S rear-wheel drive sports car. The Scion brand often applies new practices in all aspects of its business and pushes the creativity envelope with non-traditional advertising and marketing to engage young consumers. Scion also supports originality through its programs in the artistic community. For more information, visit


(Source: Speakeasy PR & Marketing)

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Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal festivals, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on June 2, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Fullmetal Madness! For two days the best and hardest Metal in the Frisian countryside! Dokk’em Open Air: Friday 21 and Saturday, June 22, 2013, Dokkum.

On Dokk’em Open Air more than 20 of the best international Metal bands perform, spread over two days. Check out the lineup of Metal bands on the above festival flyer!

The event takes place on the festival grounds at the Hiausterdyk, just outside Dokkum, the N356 direction Bornwird / Holwerd (postcode 9101).
There is always plenty of parking.

Of course you can stay on Dokk’em Open Air, the festival campsite is next to the festival site. There are also to be found plenty of nice small hotels in the area. All information can be found at:



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For more info on TESTAMENT, click below!

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For more info on ICED EARTH, click below!

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TESTAMENT – Dark Roots Of Thrash Tour 2013 > OVERKILL, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, 4ARM Are Special Guests!

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal albums, metal music, Music, rock concerts, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal, thrash metal bands with tags , , , , , , on December 5, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

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Bay Area Thrash Metal legends, TESTAMENT, are proud to announce their first U.S. headlining tour since their phenomenal chart success with their new album, Dark Roots of Earth. The trek promises to be one of the best Thrash Metal lineups of the year, with support coming from the world-renowned OVERKILL and FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, as well as Australian Thrashers 4ARM.

“It’s a thrill to announce our upcoming dates with OVERKILL and FLOTSAM AND JETSAM,” commented guitarist Alex Skolnick. “It’s a tour that brings together three different Metal bands from three different regions: West Coast, East Coast and Southwest. All three bands sound very different from one another yet are highly compatible. All have been around the block (and the world) a few times and all have managed to keep a sound that feels current. This tour will be a ‘must see’ for fans who remember the early days of Thrash/Speed Metal as well as those whose age is younger than the genre itself.”



30.01. USA San Francisco – The Filmore*

31.01. USA Anaheim – House Of Blues*

01.02. USA Tempe – The Marquee*

02.02. USA Hollywood – House Of Blues*

04.02. USA Albuquerque – Sunshine Theater*

05.02. USA Austin – Emo’s

06.02. USA Houston – House Of Blues

07.02. USA Dallas – House Of Blues

09.02. USA Atlanta – Masquerade

10.02. USA Charlotte – The Filmore

12.02. USA Silver Spring – The Filmore

13.02. USA Philadelphia – Trocadero

14.02. USA New York – Best Buy Theatre

15.02. USA Huntington – The Paramount

16.02. USA Worcester – The Palladium

17.02. USA Buffalo – Town Ballroom

18.02. CDN Toronto – Phoenix Concert Theatre

20.02. USA Cincinnati – Bogart’s

21.02. USA Grand Rapids – The Intersection

22.02. USA Milwaukee – The Rave

23.02. USA Minneapolis – First Avenue

25.02. USA Denver – The Summit Music Hall

26.02. USA Salt Lake City – In The Venue

27.02. USA Reno – Knitting Factory

28.02. USA Sacramento – Ace Of Spades


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TESTAMENT – To Tour Europe This November!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal albums, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal, thrash metal bands with tags , , , , , on September 8, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Bay Area Thrash veterans, TESTAMENT, have announced to tour Europe in support of their most recent release, Dark Roots Of Earth, in November.

Commented guitarist Alex Skolnick: “Our last run in Europe was a blast, with people responding to the new songs as though they’re classics. It will be great to return and play a few places we haven’t been in a while, such as Austria, Poland and the UK.”


TESTAMENT Over Europe:

14.11. – NL Eindhoven – Dynamo

16.11. – PL Krakow – Studio Club

17.11. – CZ Pilsen – Serikovkia

18.11. – A Wels – Schlachthof

19.11. – CZ Prague – Meet Factory

20.11. – D Munich – Backstage

21.11. – I Gualtieri Reggio Emilia – TBA

22.11. – A Graz – Orpheum

23.11. – SK Bratislava – Majestic Music Club

24.11. – D Nurnberg – Rockfabrik

25.11. – D Matrix – Bochum

27.11. – UK Glasgow – Garage

28.11. – UK Wolverhampton – Wulfrun

29.11. – UK Manchester – HMV Ritz

30.11. – UK London – KOKO


For more recent TESTAMENT news, click on the links below!

TESTAMENT – HITS TOP TEN of the World Sales Chart!

TESTAMENT “Dark Roots Of Earth” Out Now! Europe Tour Dates!

TESTAMENT – “NATIVE BLOOD” Digital and Vinyl Single Out Now!


(Source: Nuclear Blast)

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TESTAMENT – HITS TOP TEN of the World Sales Chart!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal, thrash metal bands with tags , , , , , , on August 25, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Bay Area Thrash Metal legends TESTAMENT, hit #9 on the world sales chart with a total of approximately 58,500 copies sold world-wide of their new album Dark Roots of Earth, in its first week of sales. This is a huge accomplishment for a Metal band, debuting on a chart that is currently being dominated by such pop artists as ADELE, JUSTIN BIEBER, LINKIN PARK, JENNIFER LOPEZ and MAROON 5.

TESTAMENT continues to dominate the US Billboard Top 200, coming in at #55 in its second week on the charts.

TESTAMENT recently scanned 20,720 copies of their new album Dark Roots of Earth in its first week of sales in the United States according to Nielson Soundscan. The album debuted at No. 12 on the US Billboard Top 200 chart, making it their highest first week sales since the inception of Soundscan. This also marks the highest first week sales for a Nuclear Blast artist yet.

Dark Roots of Earth First-Week Chart Positions Around the Globe:
#21 Austria Top 75
#62 Belgium Top 100
#86 Belgium Flanders
#40 Belgium Walloonia
#12 Canadian Top 200
#04 Germany Top 100
#04 Finland Top 50
#13 Ireland Top 20
#32 Netherlands Top 200
#10 Switzerland (CH)
#57 United Kingdom Top 200
#03 United Kingdom Indie Top 40
#03 United Kingdom Rock Top 40

Critics Rave:

“Numerical groupings be damned, perennial underdogs TESTAMENT are the best thrash band still standing.” – DECIBEL MAGAZINE (US)

“TESTAMENT maintain their hard-won reputation as the only one of the major ‘80s thrash bands who still haven’t released a crappy record.” – REVOLVER MAGAZINE (US)

“Those of us who consider ourselves TESTAMENT die-hards will probably die holding tightly to this album.” – BLABBERMOUTH.NET

“Hail and kill! Fuckin’ awesome!” – METAL HAMMER (UK)

“Polish the crown because 2012’s thrash kings have been crowned!” – TERRORIZER (UK)

“Heaviness and melody nearly perfectly balanced. Who ever doubted TESTAMENT would belong to the Big 4 should be convinced now!” – METAL HAMMER (GER)

Dark Roots of Earth was produced, mixed and mastered by acclaimed British producer Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE, ACCEPT, EXODUS). Special bonus tracks were recorded, mixed and mastered by Juan Urteaga (MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS, TED NUGENT, NIGHT RANGER) at his Trident Studios. Eliran Kantor, who has previously worked with ATHEIST, SIGH, ANACRUSIS and GWAR, among others, provided the cover artwork.

Get you digital copy at iTunes or order your physical copy HERE!


(Source: Nuclear Blast)

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TESTAMENT “Dark Roots Of Earth” Out Now! Europe Tour Dates!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal, thrash metal bands with tags , , , , , , on July 28, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

The brand new album, Dark Roots Of Earth, by legendary Bay Area Thrashers TESTAMENT is OUT NOW! Get you digital copy at or order your physical copy at

Dark Roots Of Earth is available as a jewel case CD, limited digipack CD/DVD including 4 bonus tracks, limited Nuclear Blast mail order edition including a thick leather belt featuring a TESTAMENT buckle and as differently coloured vinyl.


Videos Trailers:

In-studio video Part 1

In-studio video Part 2

In-studio video Part 3

In-studio video Part 4

In-studio video Part 5

Part 1 of the “behind-making-of” the Native Blood music video

Native Blood lyric video:


The band is also about to kick of a run of European Summer festivals and a few single shows, beginning on Tuesday, July 31.


31.07. – Toritto, Italy – Total Metal Fest

02.08. – Székesfehérvár, Hungary – Fezen Fest

03.08. – Lucerne, Switzerland – Konzerthaus Schuur

04.08. – Wacken, Germany – Wacken Fest

06.08. – Tolmin, Slovenia – Metal-camp

09.08. – Vasteras, Sweden – Sigurdsgatan 25

10.08. – Rejmyre, Sweden – Skogsrojet

11.08. – Derbyshire, UK – Bloodstock Fest

12.08. – Brussels, Belgium – Alcatraz Fest

13.08. – Istanbul, Turkey – Venue 2012


(Source: Nuclear Blast News)

Dark Roots Of Earth available now in Europe; release date for North America is July 31st, 2012.

For more info on TESTAMENT, click on the links below!



TESTAMENT – “NATIVE BLOOD” Digital and Vinyl Single Out Now!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal, thrash metal bands with tags , , , , , , on July 20, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

“Native Blood”, the new single by Bay Area Thrash gods TESTAMENT is available now as digital download as well as on limited 7“ vinyl in various colours!

The single exclusively contains the spanish sung version of the song as a B-Side.

Get “Native Blood” here:


Digital (incl. digital booklet):

The song comes off the bands highly anticipated new album “Dark Roots Of Earth” which will be released July 27, 2012 via Nuclear Blast.

More Info on “Dark Roots Of Earth”:

In-studio video part 1:

In-studio video part 2:

In-studio video part 3:

In-studio video part 4:

Making of “Native Blood”:


(Source: Nuclear Blast News)

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TESTAMENT – Reveal “Dark Roots of Earth” Album Details!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal with tags , , , , , on May 19, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Bay Area Thrash titans, TESTAMENT, have revealed the cover art and details for their upcoming Dark Roots of Earth release! Artwork was painted by Eliran Kantor who has worked with such bands as SODOM, ATHEIST and SIGH. Dark Roots of Earth was produced, mixed and mastered once again by the world-renowned Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE, ACCEPT, EXODUS).

Special bonus tracks were recorded, mixed and mastered by Juan Urteaga (CATTLE DECAPITATION, HEATHEN, VILE, SADUS) at his Trident Studios. The highly anticipated follow-up to their 2008 release The Formation of Damnation will be released on July 27, 2012 (Europe) via Nuclear Blast Records.


Dark Roots of Earth – Jewel Case CD Track Listing:

01. Rise Up

02. Native Blood

03. Dark Roots Of Earth

04. True American Hate

05. A Day In The Death

06. Cold Embrace

07. Man Kills Mankind

08. Throne Of Thorns

09. Last Stand For Independence


Dark Roots of Earth – CD/DVD Track Listing:

01. Rise Up

02. Native Blood

03. Dark Roots Of Earth

04. True American Hate

05. A Day In The Death

06. Cold Embrace

07. Man Kills Mankind

08. Throne Of Thorns

09. Last Stand For Independence


10. Dragon Attack (QUEEN cover)

11. Animal Magnetism (SCORPIONS cover)

12. Powerslave (IRON MAIDEN cover)

13. Throne Of Thornes (extended version)

+ Bonus DVD


Dark Roots of Earth – Vinyl Track Listing:

Side A:

01. Rise Up

02. Native Blood

03. Dark Roots Of Earth

Side B:

04. True American Hate

05. A Day In The Death

06. Cold Embrace

Side C:

07. Man Kills Mankind

08. Throne Of Thorns

09. Last Stand For Independence

Side D (Bonus):

10 Dragon Attack (QUEEN cover)

11 Animal Magnetism (SCORPIONS cover)

12 Powerslave (IRON MAIDEN cover)


(Source: Nuclear Blast News)

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ANTHRAX, TESTAMENT & DEATH ANGEL – Crocodile Rock Cafe, Allentown, Pennsylvania: Concert Review – February 6th, 2012

Posted in concerts, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal, thrash metal bands with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 10, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

A Concert Review & Metal Experience To Share! 

It’s not everyday when I can witness three legendary Metal bands share the same stage… anywhere. As Anthrax being one-quarter of the The Big 4, along with Testament and Death Angel being pioneers of Thrash Metal in their own right, The Crocodile Rock Cafe in Allentown, Pennsylvania, surely did play host to quite the Metal historic group on February 6th, 2012. Thrash Metal history 101 was in session on this night and after all my years of loyalty to these bands, I was still… the student.


Once you begin naming off the musicians from these bands, any tried and true Metalhead from the University of Old School will agree when I use the following words to describe these three bands: genre defining, influential, groundbreaking and resilient. With Joey Vera (Armored Saint) filling-in for Frank Bello on bass and Gene Hoglan aka “The Atomic Clock” (Testament, Dark Angel, Death, Fear Factory, Dethklok, Strapping Young Lad) doing his legendary part on drums for fellow legend Charlie Benante and the result was Anthrax being in the most ultra capable of Metal hands with the rhythm section. Hell yeah.

I was ecstatic to finally solidify plans to attend this concert, alongside fellow Metal buddies Danielle and Lee. They drove down from Bangor, Pennsylvania to pick up my Metal lovin’ butt and head straight to The Crock Rock. They both had purchased tickets to this Thrash event a couple of weeks prior, while my ticket was on hold after I phoned in my payment the day of the show. Off we went, with Danielle at the wheel, while all three of us shared our mutual excitement for the impending night of Thrash Metal glory that awaited us.

Left: Gene Hoglan (Legendary Drummer), Right: A Happy Stone! Hell, it isn’t everyday I run into Gene Hoglan on the street. Metal be thy name and hell yeah!

Gene Hoglan is a class act.

As we approached The Crock Rock, it was obvious this was not your average show happening on this night… the multi-numerous fans were lined up on the sidewalk and waiting civilly to enter the venue in the semi-cold, early evening air. Denim decorated with band patches. Leather. Concert tees. Bandanas. This was the fashion that adorned these fans as they stood there and I felt like Danielle, Lee and myself were going home where we belonged. Within moments the three dollar parking fee was paid and Danielle had backed into our “front row” parking space… right up against the tour buses for Testament and Death Angel. Metal be thy name.

While parked, Lee and I each had a ceremonial beer, while Danielle opted for a hard lemonade named after some dude called “Jack”. Time was of the Metal essence for we all wanted to catch Death Angel’s set. It didn’t take long for us to get into the line of Thrash devotees, all moving single-file, into one direction, a destination which echoed the blissful sound of live Death Angel Thrash. Once inside, the three of us didn’t even have to say it… for we felt it… we were home, where we belonged.

Left: Damien Sisson (bassist) of Death Angel, Right: You Guessed It.

Very friendly and much the conversationist, Death Angel bass wizard Damien cordially gave Danielle, Lee and I at least an hour of his time, well after the show ended. He admires the multi-musicianship of Prince and wouldn’t mind being the “Gene Hoglan of bass guitarists” someday. As we talked back and forth, the four of us shared more laughs than I could count!


Damien picks up a booty of diverse Metal on vinyl while touring overseas and loves dropping that turntable needle down for that analog listening experience. Damien revealed there are four songs nearly done for the next Death Angel album, which he thinks will be released in either January of 2013 or sometime thereafter. Just a fun encounter we experienced with Damien.

Damien Sisson is another… class act.

Death Angel were incredible, seeing and hearing them in a club setting was damn perfect and they played like the Thrash Metal professionals they are famously known for. Mark Osegueda sounded unreal on vocals, a live performer that takes command of the stage and song. I love my Death Angel studio albums, only experiencing a live Death Angel set is nothing short of amazing. Hell, while I’m at it, the same can be said for Anthrax and Testament as well. As I stood there with my head beginning to bang harder and harder to the Thrash wall-of-sound, I’m smirking, realizing that Death Angel is just the beginning of this F’n night of F’n Thrash blitz!

The stage presence of Chuck Billy is something to behold. Chuck Billy is a warrior of both Metal and life. If there ever was a Metal legend that I look up to, it’s Chuck Billy. His battling and surviving the bitch known as cancer, along with leading Testament into a Thrash comeback of the century, while sounding more powerful than ever vocally, has me looking upon him with the utmost Metal respect.


When Testament broke loose into More Than Meets The Eye, the intro vocal chant led from Chuck Billy speared into my Metal soul and delivered unto me that ultimate Metal moment… when exhilaration goes out of control within my senses and I’m feeling that Metal bliss. What an F’n band Testament is live. What an F’n band Testament is period. Holy shit they blew me away. Practice What You Preach. Into The Pit. ‘Nuff said. Damn right.

Anthrax came onto the stage and made an already Metal Thrashing Mad crowd even more Metal Thrashing Mad. Hell, the place went F’n nuts when Anthrax took the stage. F’n nuts. Please note, this was as packed a house as it gets at The Crock Rock, elbow-to-elbow and physical space at an F’n premium. I made my way to the side of the stage, with Metal buddy Lee clearing the way in legendary form. We both were in arm’s length of each member of Anthrax, as they went by us to dominate the stage. Whoa and Metal Mother of Mary.


To say I was like a kid again, as Anthrax kicked out such songs as Fight ‘Em ‘Till You Can’t and Antisocial is a gross understatement. Metal as my witness, I never dreamt I would see Joey Belladonna front Anthrax again, let alone see Joey front Anthrax live at The Crock Rock. For Anthrax to even be doing a club tour is testimonial to their devotion to both their fans and the Metal they created. To share their legacy of Thrash, on an intimate live level like they are doing, makes me realize that Anthrax has truly kept it F’n real, after all these decades.

Metal Buddy Lee 

Metal Buddy Lee caught up with Joey Belladonna at the end of the night. I was on the other side of the block… damn. Anyways, Lee’s encounter with Joey was nothing short of positive and memorable. Joey signed both Danielle and Lee’s concert ticket stubs. Ready for this? Lee gave me his signed ticket stub. Whoa. That’s why Lee is… a Metal Buddy! Whoa again.


Yes, Joey Belladonna was spot-on with his vocals and Anthrax kept their set moving at hyper-speed. Scott Ian and the boys were controlling the Metal mass at The Crock Rock and everyone in attendance became anointed by the gospel according to Anthrax. Lee and I made certain to keep ourselves moving, attempting many times to start a pit of our own far from the stage. We deliberately began knocking into a few unsuspecting fans, these same fans who seemed rather disturbed that we were actually having an F’n good time. Others looked upon us with old school approval. Lee and I didn’t give a rats ass either way.


As a Metal sidenote, I did bump into Testament bassist Greg Christian after the show. He was tired and enjoying a cigarette in the night air before calling it a day. Greg and I shared our complimentary thoughts for Chuck Billy, I then thanked Greg for the memorable Metal night and headed on my way. Meeting up with Greg was an unexpected surprise and he is another Metal class act to add to my long list.

This was an epic night of Thrash Metal. Old School Thrash. Thrash up your ass. Metal Thrashing Mad. We were all at home on this night of vintage Thrash at The Crock Rock… it’s where we belonged.


* For more band info, click on the links below:


DEATH ANGEL – Official Website


Gene Hoglan – Hoglan





Wanna Know What’s Kicked My Metal Lovin’ Ass Recently?

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal, thrash metal bands with tags , , , , , , , on February 7, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

I’m not going to tip-toe around the Metal bush here. I am revealing what has kicked my Metal lovin’ ass recently to the world. Enjoy:

Last night, (February 6th), I took in the Anthrax, Testament & Death Angel show at The Crocodile Rock Cafe, in Metal enriched Allentown, Pennsylvania. These three legendary Metal bands kicked my Metal lovin’ ass into submission. I was joined by Metal buddies Danielle and Lee for this show and the three of us can agree about last evening’s Metal experience with these words: Good Metal times. I will be writing in more Metal detail, just how fun and Metal Thrashin’ Mad the night really was, within the next few days. There’s a couple of cool pics from this Metal experience too.

REVOCATION released Chaos Of Forms back on August 16th, 2011 via Relapse Records and it has served me Metal right. Oh, yes, it has kicked my Metal lovin’ ass from top to bottom. If you are in desperate need of listening to a Thrash Metal album that is so damn intense with its vocal aggression, guitar driven bliss, bass pummeling and percussion pounding assault, then buy Chaos Of Forms and thank the Metal Gods that this band exists. Metal be thy name.




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