Testament / Overkill / Flotsam and Jetsam at the Trocadero Theater – February 13, 2013

February 25th, 2013
by Infamous Butcher

Testament / Overkill / Flotsam and Jetsam

Trocadero Theater
Philadelphia, PA
February 13, 2013

Review by Infamousbutcher
Photos by SheWolf

Tour Poster 

 With the monster success of 2012’s DARK ROOTS OF THE EARTH, Testament is embarking on a US headline tour for the first time in many years. This made me very psyched, because every other time I’ve seen Testament they were a support band and their sets were usually an hour or less. Keeping with the recent tradition of killer ‘80s thrash lineups, the tour is with the awesome Overkill and the revered Flotsam & Jetsam! I tell ya folks, the last few years it’s like I fucking died and went to thrash heaven! Big 4 (2011), Megadeth / Testament / Exodus (2010), Slayer / Megadeth / Testament (2010), Slayer / Megadeth / Anthrax (Clash of the Titans II, 2010), Anthrax / Testament / Death Angel (2011 – 2012), and now this! HOLY FUCK!

CHUCK!

Chuck Billy – Testament

Tonight’s show is at my favorite venue in Philadelphia, the Trocadero Theater. I love this fucking place, I’ve seen the likes of Morbid Angel, Crowbar, Grip Inc, Steve Vai, Asia (yes, that fucking ‘80s cheese band), Deicide, Cannibal Corpse, Grave, Overkill , and Exhumed here. Sound quality is good, place is mostly standing room (read: plenty of pit room) except for the balcony which has seats. The place was close to sold out, capacity is 850 souls.

FLOTSAM AND JESTAM

Eric

Eric Krunston – Flotsam and Jetsam

Flotsam and Jestam came on at 7:40 with impressive musicianship and clarity. Going in to the show, I only know two things about these guys, first that former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted came from Flotsam, and second that they did a cool cover of Elton John’s “Saturday Night’s All Right for Fighting”. On the light side for a thrash band, Flotsam played a mix of rockers and slower tunes, some of which were off their new album UGLY NOISE. Eric Krunston’s voice was strong with good range; his style is more power metal than thrash. I enjoyed the short set. Best songs were “Ugly Noise”, “Iron Tears”, and “No Place for Disgrace”.

Jason Ward

Fill in bassist Jeff Barbaree – Flotsam and Jetsam

 

F and J

Flotsam and Jestsam

 

F and J

Flotsam and Jestsam

 

Flotsam and Jetsam

Flotsam and Jestsam

 

F and J

Flotsam and Jetsam

 

F and J

Flotsam and Jestsam

 

F and J

Flotsam and Jestsam

 

OVERKILL

Bobby Blitz

Bobby Blitz – Overkill

Overkill came on at 8:30 with an ass-kicking version of “Come and Get It” from last year’s sensational THE ELECTRIC AGE. Much louder and more powerful than Flotsam & Jetsam, Overkill hammered us with thunderous drumming from Ron Lipnicki and thumping bass from D.D. Verni while Bobby delivered a scorching vocal performance. The band was very tight and together as they plowed through their short set. These guys are so much fun! Bobby is one of the most underrated frontmen in metal; his vocals are heavier live than on the albums and his stage persona just screams attitude! Hey, this is Philadelphia and we love some fucking attitude! Bobby is obviously a New Jersey Devils fan, I’ve seen Overkill twice now and both times he has baited the Philly crowd with some fun hockey trash talk. He also enjoys getting the crowd riled up by letting us know how we rank against other cities and where we rank on the pussy meter! D.D. Verni also has a very cool stage presence, gesturing to the crowd, going fucking insane, and providing good backing vocals. The only downer about the Overkill set is that it was too short. Crowd response was great and a killer circle pit broke out for the old thrasher “Wrecking Crew”. My favorite tracks included “Rotten to The Core”, “Wrecking Crew”, “Electric Rattlesnake”, “Ironboud” and the best profane anthem ever, “Fuck You”, which of course included intense crowd participation!

Overkill

Bobby Blitz and D.D. Verni – Overkill

 

Overkill

Overkill

 

Bobby Blitz

Bobby Blitz – Overkill

 

Overkill

D.D. Verni – Overkill

 

Overkill

Bobby Blitz – Overkill

 

D.D. Verni

D.D. Verni – Overkill

 

Overkill

Bobby Blitz – Overkill

Overkill

D.D. Verni – Overkill

Overkill

Bobby Blitz – Overkill

TESTAMENT

CHUCK

Chuck Billy – Testament

Testament came on FUCKING LOUD AND BLISTERING at 9:40 with “Rise Up”, the opening track from DARK ROOTS OF EARTH. Power just emanated from the stage. Chuck’s voice was a near perfect blend of 80’s style thrash with ‘90s guttural power when called for. He sounded much better than he did back in October at the House of Blues in Atlantic City. Gene’s drumming is sensational; you could feel the base drum from your chest to your feet as your shirt moves from the pounding! He proved once again he is one of the very best in the genre. Eric and Alex shredded riffs and soloed effortlessly, contributing to the chaos. These guys complement each other extremely well, Alex with his virtuosity and Eric with his raw power. Crowd went apeshit with moshing, headbanging, crowd surfing, and singing! The overall effect of the band and the crowd was like being run over by a freight train!

Alex

Alex Skolnick – Testament

The best thing about the Testament performance was the song selection, as they really pulled out the heavy fucking artillery! We got some mind blowing shit that rarely gets played! Here’s what I’m talking about: incredible versions of “Riding the Snake” and “Eyes of Wrath” from THE GATHERING, an incinerator hot “Trial By Fire” (There is no sentence HIGHER), and awesome old stuff from THE LEGACY like “Burnt Offerings” (WELCOME to our house of séance) and “The Haunting”! In addition to all of these classics we got 4 new tracks from DARK ROOTS OF THE EARTH and regulars like “The New Order”, “Into The Pit”, “DNR”, and “3 Days in Darkness”. Pit was nasty and suitably violent, but not completely insane, at least this time no one landed on my head!

Eric

Eric Peterson – Testament

Ok it’s bitch and complain time. There were a few sound issues. Depending on which side of the stage you were on, you could either hear Eric’s guitar or Alex’s, but not both. Chuck was drowned out a few times late in the set during “DNR” and “3 Days in Darkness”. Also, I felt Gene’s drumming was too powerful at times; a better balance between the instruments would have improved the sound.

ERic

Eric Peterson – Testament

Overall, despite these issues the show was fucking fantastic. Dark roots of thrash indeed! This show is a must see for all thrash fans, a fucking treasure trove of different bands and killer cuts. Check out these trash titans when they lay siege to your apocalyptic city!

Alex

Alex Skolnick – Testament

 

Alex

Alex Skolnick – Testament

 

Testament

Testament

 

Alex

Alex Skolnick – Testament

Chuck

Chuck Billy – Testament

 

Flotsam & Jestsam set list

1. Ugly Noise

2. Iron Tears

3. Escape from Within

4. Hammerhead

5. Gitty Up

6. No Place for Disgrace

 

Overkill set list

1. Come and Get It

2. Rotten to the Core

3. Wrecking Crew

4. Bring Me the Night

5. Electric Rattlesnake

6. Ironbound

7. Elimination

8. Fuck You

 

Testament set list

1. Rise Up

2. More Than Meets the Eye

3. Burnt Offerings

4. Native Blood

5. True American Hate

6. Dark Roots of Earth

7. Into the Pit

8. Practice What You Preach

9. Riding the Snake

10. Eyes of Wrath

11. Trial By Fire

12. The Haunting

13. The New Order

14. D.N.R. (Do Not Resuscitate)

15. 3 Day in Darkness

16. The Formation of Damnation

 

 

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