If, for whatever reason, you thought Testament were done you were quite wrong. They have a sound that’s just as fresh today as it was back in the 1980s! They are pure American thrash metal and as we are about to see, they are a huge crowd favourite here at Resurrection Fest 2019.
Chuck Billy and the band come out on stage to a huge roar and kick off with Brotherhood of the Snake which they have started many other gigs with this year, followed by The Pale King, the first two tracks off 2016’s ‘Brotherhood of the Snake’ record. These two songs have everything you’d expect from Testament, plenty of thrashy tempo changes, face-melting guitar and, of course, endless air guitar from Chuck! The album itself is one of the band’s most successful yet released, both commercially and critically.
Next we’re treated to More than Meets the Eye and D.N.R. from albums released either side of Chuck Billy’s illness in the early 2000s. Also from The Gathering is Eyes of Wrath which I get a great view of now that I’m out of the photo pit. While Chuck Billy’s vocals are still great, Eric and Steve’s guitar and bass sound great and Gene Hoglan’s drumming is dead on target but for me it’s Alex Skolnick’s guitar that steals the show, he is note perfect with huge scales and tricky artificial harmonics. No wonder Lamb of God paid tribute to him earlier in the day!
It was a little disappointing not to see more material off Dark Roots but it would be hard to complain about seeing this concert if it was your first time seeing Testament, jam-packed as it was with great metal.
Their European Tour this time around has taken in 11 countries and 14 concerts so far but with more to come at big events like Wacken OA and Pol’And’Rock before going back to the States in September. Testament had planned an album, their twelfth studio album, for release in 2018 but it was then pushed back to 2019 and now looks to be pushed again to 2020 breaking the band’s promise that it wouldn’t be another 4 years between albums. The fans here today don’t seem to be complaining too much about that!
The rip-roaring Disciples is next and then we finish off our evening with Testament with The Formation of Damnation. A great show, by a great band.
Brotherhood of the Snake
The Pale King
More Than Meets the Eye
D.N.R. (Do Not Resuscitate)
Eyes of Wrath
Into the Pit
Practice What You Preach
Over the Wall
Disciples of the Watch
The Formation of Damnation
Playing Time: 60 minutes
Steve Di Giorgio