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Testament | February 19, 2012


Mega-metal month of February continued with a headlining set by thrash metal titans Testament at the Avalon Nightclub in Santa Clara. The first clue that we were in for a spectacular evening was when there wasn’t a single parking space to be found within a block of the venue. Sold out? Not sure, but damn close; I’ve never seen so many people crammed into the Avalon.

10:30 rolled around Testament took the stage to an eager crowd including quite a few kids … most likely the children of old-time fans. After nearly 30 years, these guys clearly still have the energy and enthusiasm to put it all out there for a phenomenal set.

The crowd was absolutely nuts! Standing in the cramped photo pit as security fended off the crowd surfers, the vibe was insane … there were grins all around as the metal masters thrashed through classic after classic. Trying to photograph Chuck Billy, who air-guitared his ass off with his lighted half-mic stand is like trying to photograph a redwood tree from up-close. The guy is massive in both stature as well as personality. And not to take a thing away from any of the other musicians, but Skolnick is a force! Shredding his ass off … entertaining and dynamic as any metal guitarist in the business. There’s nothing quite like seeing a band and a crowd in perfect simpatico.

And you know what’s great about the San Francisco Bay Area metal scene? The bands support each other. Not only did Steve Souza from Hatriot … who sang for Testament’s predecessor Legacy as well as a post-Baloff Exodus … come out to sing a song with Testament, but Gary Holt (Exodus/Slayer), Phil Demmel (Machine Head) and Ted Aguilar (Death Angel) were all in the house to witness the spectacle. Respect.


  • The Preacher
  • The New Order
  • The Persecuted Won’t Forget
  • Practice What You Preach
  • Over The Wall
  • Souls of Black
  • Into The Pit
  • The Haunting
  • Electric Crown
  • Henchmen Ride
  • More Than Meets The Eye
  • Disciples Of The Watch
  • D.N.R.
  • 3 Days In Darkness
  • The Formation of Damnation

Supporting acts: Angerhead, Hatriot

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  2. tomahawk waveshredder

    man what a bummer not seeing testament when their were in orlando with anthrax and death angel, fucking truck that i bought off of craigslist blew up on me half way to the house of blues i saw anthrax but the whole reason for going was to see testament and alex who totally rips on the axe and i’ve seen anthrax but not deaTH ANGEL which also was a drag maybe next tour so come back to orlando testament, please, peace, thrash rules!

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