On Saturday February 2nd, the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, California was completely demolished by 2 of the biggest thrash metal bands, Testament and Overkill. The crowd reacted really well to both bands as there were non-stop mosh pits and there were crowd surfers the whole night. In one area people would be moshing, and somewhere else there’d be people crowd surfing. I’m sure security had their hands full with everyone on the floor as they had to continuously grab crowd surfers and drag them out back into the pit for their own safety but I’m sure people just didn’t care and they wanted to crowd surf as much as possible. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many people crowd surf in one show. Both bands were touring for their newest albums; Testament’s newest album being “Dark Roots of the Earth” and Overkill’s new album being “The Electric Age”. When I heard about this tour, I just knew I had to go and see 2 of the biggest thrash metal bands share the same stage knowing they would put on a great show.
When Overkill came on and opened with the first track off of their new album, “Come and Get It”, the crowd wasted no time in shoving and starting mosh pits. They continued the slaughter with one of my personal favorite Overkill tracks, “Rotten to the Core”.
Throughout the night they mixed it up with classic songs as well as a few newer songs since they had a short setlist. That didn’t stop the crowd from going completely crazy. When they were finished, the legendary Testament came on to continue this thrash night.
Testament also opened with the first track off of their new album, “Rise Up”. They also mixed up their setlist with old and new material. Chuck Billy sounded great on vocals. Guitarists Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson and known to be 2 of the best guitarists in metal and they personally proved it to me on that night. Drumming for Testament was none other than Gene “The Atomic Clock” Hoglan who had previously worked with Testament and has been in a few bands including Dethklok and Death. Testament put on a fast and brutal show and anyone that was on the floor would feel all the shoving, pushing, and moshing that surrounded them.
My only real disappointment would be that neither band came out for an encore performance. Overkill I can understand since they’re an opening band but I expected Testament to perform an encore song with one of my favorite Testament songs but they failed to do so, so that was a bummer. Either way, I had a blast and with the year barely starting, I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year holds in store for me in metal.