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King Diamond and Exodus: The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA – 11/6/15

Legendary Danish heavy metal king King Diamond announced another USA tour after just being on this year’s Rockstar Mayhem Festival. To make this occasion extra special, King Diamond performed the entire Abigail album which is one of his greatest accomplishments. Along with him he brought thrash metal legends Exodus to add even more metal to an already amazing night. The previous night sold out within days and so day two was added and I was given the opportunity to attend.



Exodus is a thrash metal band from the San Francisco Bay Area. Just over a year ago, Exodus recruited their longest-standing vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza after being absent from the band for 10 years. On October 14, 2015, Exodus released their newest album Blood In, Blood Out. As Exodus started the show with the song Exodus, the venue was already packed as fans awaited to see one of thrash metal’s biggest bands. The band received a positive response from the crowd as Exodus laid down the thrash metal riffs and Souza let out his vocals that made him very popular among the thrash metal community. The next two tracks were songs from the new album which were the title track Blood In, Blood Out and Body Harvest. Souza took a quick break to let the fans know that this next song is about Vlad the Impaler and the song title is called…Impaler! Despite the band being a thrash metal band, it was very upsetting seeing the crowd being rather still. It’s normal for a thrash metal band like Exodus to have crazy crowds, mosh pits, and crowd surfers. This show barely had any type of movement except for the few times a mosh pit happened. Exodus continued the show with Blacklisted and then followed with one of their best song, Bonded By Blood from their debut album of the same name. Souza finished the song by saying that we are all Bonded By Blood letting everyone know that we as metal heads are all brothers and sisters. The second-to-last song was one of Exodus‘ craziest songs, The Toxic Waltz. A song the band wrote specifically for fans to mosh pit to. The show came to an end as the band finished up the show with Strike of the Beast from their debut album. Exodus was the warm up and left the crowd very happy as they left the stage and made way for the king.


The venue was packed to capacity as fans eagerly awaited for King Diamond to start the show. The lights went off and fans started screaming. The curtains lifted to reveal the stage having two staircases on each side of the stage, two upside down crosses on each end of the stage, and a giant lit-up Baphomet in the middle of the stage. The intro to King Diamond‘s Them album started as the band members made their way to stage one by one. Drummer Matt Thompson started the first song of the night which was Welcome Home from the Them album. King Diamond made his way to the stage and started singing using his famous high-pitch falsetto singing style as he sang “Grandmaaaa! Welcome Hooome!”. His microphone made from two real human bones in the shape of an upside down cross. Accompanying him was a woman dressed as an elderly woman in a wheelchair dressed as King Diamond‘s grandmother in the song. King Diamond would sing the song to her as his grandmother only seem to become irritated with him as he regularly smacked her with his mic and snarled at her. Sleepless Nights was the second song as has a very gothic-acoustic beginning as King Diamond sang the first lyrics, “I cannot sleep at niiiight. That’s what the day is for aaanywaaay”. Whenever the chorus would come of singing Sleepless NightsKing Diamond would hold out his mic and allow the fans to sing the chorus for him. For the third song, King Diamond announced to the crowd that to them, everyday is Halloween! Eye of the Witch was the next song and is another fan-favorite that fans love to sing along to. King Diamond told the crowd that they have a setlist set, but he chooses what they play and he was feeling like playing some Mercyful Fate. Mercyful Fate is King Diamond‘s original band and he rewarded the crowd with not one, but two Mercyful Fate classics. The first was Melissa. During the song, a woman portraying Melissa in the song was held up above a cauldron. The next Mercyful Fate song was Come to the Sabbath. Fans of King Diamond are very familiar with this song. Fans loved singing along to this song. Now that the extra songs were out of the way, it was time for the main attraction of the tour.


The entire Abigail album is to be played. The Funeral intro was played and a coffin with the name Abigail was written on it as King Diamond cast baby Abigail into the coffin to lay her down to rest for all eternity. The album started with Arrival and tells the 1845 story of Miriam Natias and Jonathan La’Fey whom move into a mansion that La’Fey inherits and dismissed the warning given by seven horsemen to not move into the house. The show continues with A Mansion in Darkness and featured King Diamond and a woman in a black dress portraying Miriam walking around the stage with lanterns. The Family Ghost is the third song on the album and is one of King Diamond‘s most popular songs and is regularly played at shows. This song continues the story in where La’Fey is greeted by a deceased family member and shows him a casket in which a corpse of a stillborn child, Abigail, rests. The 7th Day of July 1777 is a fan-favorite that sadly isn’t played too often at King Diamond shows, so this is one of those occasions where fans got to hear it. During the song, King Diamond portrays The Family Ghost and pushes the unfaithful wife down the stairs on stage murdering her as the song says. This all takes place, “In the year 1777…on the 7th day…of Julyyy!” as King Diamond continued singing. Omens is another song that hasn’t been played in a long time and it was nice seeing it return on the setlist. Fans loved singing along as King Diamond yelled out, “deadlyyy OMEEENS!!”. During the performance of The Possession, Miriam came out on stage and showed clear signs of being pregnant with baby Abigail. A baby crib appeared on stage where King Diamond would rock it back and forth, yet the crib was empty. The song Abigail showed Miriam starting to have pains from being pregnant as she prepared for giving birth. Now that the album was coming to an end, the lights went out as guitarists Andy LaRocque and Mike Wead started the acoustic intro the final track on the Abigail album, The Black Horsemen. The intro of the track had King Diamond singing the story of how Miriam becomes possessed by baby Abigail during her pregnancy and pushes King Diamond down the stairs as if he was La’Fey in the song killing him. In the middle of the song, Miriam is shown having more birth pains and starts pushing her belly down and reveals a baby Abigail doll as she finally gives birth to “the second coming of the devil in disguise”. Soon, two black-hooded figures appear and take Miriam away from the stage.


King Diamond and the rest of the band continue playing the song as the fans were already mesmerized by an amazing performance by the King. The song finished and fans were screaming with such joy. The band came out to bow the crowd while King Diamond stayed a little bit longer to wave to the audience. He left the stage and the lights came back on and you could see fans were all smiles as they just witnessed one of the greatest shows they’ve possibly been to.




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Metal Alliance 2013: Anthrax and Exodus – 3/27/13 – House of Blues – Hollywood, Ca


The Metal Alliance tour was phenomenal. This took place at the world famous House of Blues in Hollywood, Ca. The lineup consisted of thrash metal legends Anthrax, Exodus, High on Fire, Municipal Waste, and Holy Grail.

Due to the show starting so early and obviously short on time from coming home from work from a traffic jam because of an accident plus driving to LA which there was another accident on the road,


I missed all the bands except for Exodus and Anthrax. Right when I entered the House of Blues, Exodus was just barely opening.


The whole time the crowd was jumping, moshing, crowd surfing, etc. Exodus was tearing it up and played greatest hits.

Anthrax singer Joey Belladonna

Once Anthrax came on, the energy level rose even higher. On this tour, Anthrax was celebrating the release of their album, “Among The Living”, which is one of the greatest metal albums of all time by playing it in its entirety. They immediately started playing the entire “Among The Living” album which since I know it completely, I started singing along right away(I’m the man with the power, Among The Living! Follow me or die!). Then guitarist Scott Ian started the 2nd track, Caught In A Mosh,


which in my opinion is the ultimate song to mosh pit to. Obviously the mosh pit was insane during that song and it being my favorite Anthrax song, I was screaming my voice out(what is it? Caught In A Mosh! What is it? Caught In A Mosh!).

Anthrax - Scott Ian with Slash

Throughout the night there were a few surprises, such as when they did a cover of AC/DC’s “T.N.T”, ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist, Slash, came out to play with them.


When they finished with Antisocial, we thought they were finished but they had 1 more surprise. Scott Ian introduced another guest and it turned out to be Public Enemy singer, Chuck D.

Public Enemy singer, Chuck D, playing with Anthrax

They did a cover of “Bring The Noise. A rapper singing with a thrash metal band? That was something to see to believe but it turned out sounding awesome. Who knew a rap song covered by a metal band would sound so…


….metal. This was an awesome night, anyone that was gone to any of the shows will say the same thing.

Exodus live – Piranha 3-27-13

Exodus live – Bonded By Blood 3-27-13

Anthrax live – Caught In A Mosh 3-27-13

Anthrax live – Indians 3-27-13

Anthrax live – T.N.T. (With Slash) 3-27-13

Anthrax live – Bring The Noise(with Chuck D) 3-27-13


Initial Lineup For 2013 New England Metal & Hardcore Festival Announced (4/19-4/21)


The 15th annual  New England Metal and Hardcore Festival hits  Worchester, MA April 19th, 20th and 21st. Anthrax, Hatebreed, Suicidal Tendencies and Opeth lead the way headlining the three nights of madness. Anthrax is said to be playing a “Amongst The Living” set (at least that what the poster says anyway). If you don’t want to zoom in and decipher the band names through the cool font, never fear. All the announced artists are listed below. If changes are made, we’ll keep you post. Or keep tuned to the festival’s Facebook page by clicking here.

Update As Of 1/23/12: Artists have been added and they include Dillinger Escape Plan,  Allegaeon, Trapped Under Ice, Alpha & Omega, Born Low, MurderDeathKill and Dark Sermon.

Artists Playing New England Metal & Hardcore Festival 2013

Suicidal Tendencies
After The Burial
Alpha & Omega
Antagonist AD
Ark Of The Covenant
Black Breath
Born Of Osiris
The Contortionist
Dead By Wednesday
Death Before Dishonor
Fit For An Autopsy
Holy Grail
I Declare War
The Mongoloids
Mother Of Mercy
Municipal Waste
No Mercy
Power Trip
Rude Awakening
Saving Grace
Shadows Fall
Suburban Scum
Those Who Fear
Trap Them
Twitching Tongues
Within The Ruins

Added As Of 1/23:

Dillinger Escape Plan


Trapped Under Ice

Alpha & Omega

Born Low


Dark Sermon.

HELL ON EARTH – Slayer, Zombie Team Up For North American Tour

Just like every other article posted on the WORLD WIDE WEB has stated, for the first time since Ozzfest 1999, Slayer and Rob Zombie will tour together. While the trek is being billed as a co-headline, one must assume that Rob Zombie will run around till he is out of breath, and then Slayer will close the night. That is of course if Tom Araya’s back holds up and Jeff Hannemen doesn’t get bit by a spider. The mighty Exodus will be opening the 12 date tour.


SLAYER, ROB ZOMBIE and EXODUS “Hell On Earth” tour dates:

Jul. 20 – Sovereign Center, Reading, PA
Jul. 22 – DTE Amphitheatre, Detroit, MI
Jul. 23 – Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
Jul. 24 – Heavy T.O. at Downsview Park, Toronto, ON Canada
Jul. 27 – MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB Canada
Jul. 29 – Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon, SK Canada
Jul. 30 – Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB Canada
Jul. 31 – Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB Canada
Aug. 02 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Center, Victoria, BC Canada
Aug. 03 – Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC Canada
Aug. 05 – Rose Quarter Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR
Aug. 06 – WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA

UPDATED: It’s Official: OZZFEST Is Now A Total Joke With UK Show Announcement

As if the 2010 US version of Ozzfest (featuring a fat and bloated Motley Crue, as well as unoriginal artists such as Devildriver and Drowning Pool) was not a slap in the face of heavy metal fans – the once great metal singer has decided to torture metal fans across the pond.  That’s right everyone – for one night only the heavy metal puppet is going to have an Ozzfest at the O2 Arena in London, England. 

Perhaps things are different in the UK, but the last time I checked, half that lineup couldn’t sell out most local bars – let alone an arena.  Likewise, does anyone care about Korn at all these days? 

Then again, with pit tickets still available (as of publishing) for the US Tour kick off on August 14th at the massive Glen Helen Corporate Sponsered Pavilion here in Southern California, one must wonder if Ozzfest should have stayed on hiatus?

With all due respect to Rob Halford, in the event you do find yourself at one of the US shows – make sure you head out early to check out both Goatwhore & Skeletonwitch as they are the only bands* worth the price of admission on this traveling failure of a festival.

*Exodus will appear only at the Southern California date and are also worth your time.

 Update 07/19/10: Only adding to the joke – Blabbermouth is reporting that Sunset Strip Gods STEEL PANTHER have been added to this line up.  You know it’s a sad show when a “comedy” band blows every “real” band off the fucking stage (which is exactly what Steel Panther shall do). 

Heathen & Exodus 06/11/10: Key Club – West Hollywood, CA

Exodus (w/ Special Guests Heathen) 06/11/10

Key Club – West Hollywood, CA

Words/Photos/Videos by Reverend Justito/concertconfessions.com

Growing up in the 1990’s, I spent many hours rocking out in the various muscle cars of Concertconfessions webmaster, Mattchee.  We were the second generation of Bay Area thrash metal fans; the kids who were in Junior High when The Black Album ruled the rock world.  Metallica opened the doors and turned us onto a whole world of bands who played the fast paced melodies which made us wonder why we ever purchased crap such as Kriss Kross and Vanilla Ice.  Knowing they were from our home turf and having once had Metallica’s Kirk Hammett on guitars, how could we not instantly fall in love with Exodus?  18+ years later, I walked into the doors of the Key Club in West Hollywood assuming I, at 31, would be one of the younger individuals in the crowd.  Much to my astonishment, most of the over-sold crowd was not even alive when I discovered Exodus twelve years into their career.  That was only the beginning of my shock and awe.
As I walked up to the bar to order a drink, Heathen was already killing it on stage.  Supporting the just released The Evolution of Chaos record, the band had the full attention of the packed pint-sized venue.  I did my best to find a solid spot within the crowd sunk into the mayhem.  The band already had the crowd eating out of the palm of their hands by the time of my arrival.  With crowd chants of HEATHEN! between songs like “Mercy Is No Virtue” and “Arrows of Agony,” one would have thought that they were the headlining act.  Huge circle pits filled the club’s front floor section, as duel axe-slingers Kragen Lum & Lee Altus tore up career-spanning numbers such as “Death By Hanging.”  Most of the crowed seemed shocked when the band exited the stage after “Open The Grave.”  They clearly were not ready for the band’s set to end, as chants for their return drowned out the bright house lights and Mastodon blasting over the PA.

Billed as a release show for the group’s recent Billboard Top 200 album Exhibit B: The Human Condition, Exodus kicked the main event off just past 11pm.  With a world-wide broadcast via Stickam, the five piece band hit the stage like a bag of bricks upside the head.  Opening with the Exhibit B crusher “The Ballad of Leonard and Charles,” the building erupted as fans went absolutely ape-shit.  Did the band even take a break before heading straight into “Beyond The Pale?”  I was more concerned with one of the many kids in the crowd proudly wearing the band’s “Satanic Hispanic” T-Shirt.  I was convinced his brains had splattered on the stair case that his head had just crashed into.  After some help up from fellow fans, the youngster dusted himself off and was thrashing around in the pit by the time the band was rocking the Exhibit A monster – “Iconoclasm.”    After all, Exodus was in town on a Friday night – and this was an event not to be missed.

I felt current vocalist Rob Dukes did a great job of delivering the lyrics from all eras of Exodus, despite the fact that many Internet trash talkers have nothing kind to say about him.  “Blacklist” sounded much better than my first Exodus show with Steev Esquivel back in 2004.  The duel guitar attack from Gary Holt and Lee Altus (who was working a double shift on this particular evening) was the driving force of the music, sending the circle pit into overdrive on classics like “Piranha” and “Fabulous Disaster.”  It didn’t matter which era of songs was recalled — the crowd responded with enthusiastic violence.  The band’s open invitation to stage divers did nothing to calm the carnage.

As if the invite to stage dive was not enough, the true crowd highlight of the evening was the wall of death.  Led by Dukes during the set’s closing number “Strike of the Beast,” the packed floor did a fine job of finding the space to part.  Once Dukes screamed “Go” into the mic, it was pure mayhem as the two sides crashed together forming one solid mob of energy.  Bones were crushed and bodies were bloodied as the band bashed out the Bonded By Blood juggernaut.
Chants of Exodus began within seconds of the band exiting for an encore break.  After blasting through the song “Bonded By Blood” the band asked for fan requests.  With most fans screaming for “The Toxic Waltz,” the band agreed, stipulating that fans promised to cover the entire floor with a circle pit.  The fans were happy with the terms of the deal and formed the largest circle of the night.  I generally don’t approve of bands closing with a new number; however on this particular late spring night, it just seemed to work.  “Good Riddance” declares that the end of the Earth is upon us and perhaps that is just what it will take to end Exodus’s lengthy career.  30 years after Hammett and Holt formed the band, the music is still kicking and is embraced by a very young and very rabid fan base.  With Exodus, the music is timeless and the energy created between the band and the audience is truly something special.  I have no doubt that when the band does it’s 50th anniversary tour, the pit will be rocking with a base of fans who have yet to be conceived.


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