Shattered Sun got things rolling with their brand of Texan metal-core, drawing the fist pumping patrons in and delivering a solid yet short set covering songs from their early EP’s and music from their new CD release “Hope Within Hatred”, having been recently signed by Victory Records, Shattered Sun was hand-picked by Chuck Billy himself.
Exodus hit the stage on fire with a blistering set full of energy and excitement and heavy-metal fun. Black 13 opened their set followed with other choice songs from their newly released Blood In Blood Out CD while peppering in the old-school classics such as, A Lesson In Violence, Toxic Waltz, Blacklist, War Is My Shepherd is, Strike Of The Beast and Bonded By Blood . With Steve Souza behind the mic belting out the vocals it just felt right and sounded even better blending their new music and the thrash metal classics into a reinvigorated form. Exodus is firing on all cylinders this time around, full of energy and thrash metal strength, that newer bands considering a 30 year career should take note of.
Headlining Dark Roots Of Thrash 2 is the mighty Testament covering songs off their first 3 albums; The legacy, The New Order and Practice What You Preach, the band rips through a brutal 17 song set list with no “ballad” (s) or lulls! Opening with Over The Wall Testament sets the pace with a feverish pitch that drives the crowd into a frenzy. The set list is a metal heads dream of handpicked thrash gems such as; The Haunting, Burnt Offerings, Raging Waters, The Preacher, Do Or Die, First Strike Is Deadly, A Day Of Reckoning, Apocalyptic City, Eerie Inhabitants, The New Order, Trial By Fire, Into The Pit, Alone In The Dark, C.O.T.L.O.D, Practice What You Preach and Disciples Of The Watch. With state-of-the-art technology these old-school classics were brought to life and sounded superb through the PAs. The stage show was spectacular with intense colorful lighting - lasers and firebreathing pentagrams
True masters of their craft Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson were on their game all night trading riffs and playing as one with Gene Hoglan delivering a thunderous backbeat on the kit and Steve DiGiorgio’s pounding bass backbone. Chuck Billy was unstoppable with his range and power, grand slamming every tune out of the ballpark - hitting a homerun every time. The band is alive and well, doing what they love best- kicking ass!
As this is the first time these two metal powerhouses have had an extensive together, my advice to you is
don’t miss this one, if you appreciate great thrash metal music and a really good time!