Testament Live Photo Review

April 29, 2017
Cincinnati, Ohio

Photos and Review by ~James Urban

This night of Heavy Metal featuring the Brotherhood of Snake Tour, began in Cincinnati with the progressively hard and heavy band Prong. Lead singer Tommy Victor is a man to take charge of the crowd, while drummer Art Cruz was an absolute animal on the drums, his long hair seeming to play the drums as he banged his head with this musical enthusiasm. Jason Christopher on bass and backing vocals completed the sound that is Prong and brought the large crowd to their feet banging heads and pounding fists.

“I am the Enemy”, Sepultura’s opening song set the stage for their set with this thought provoking look at our current culture, with each of us being our own worst enemy and our own best solution for our own life’s direction. Derrick Green is a man large of stature and of voice, he captivates the audience with both the growling vocals and deep guttural tones. Andreas Kisser with his masterful licks and wailing mini solos kept everyone’s attention as the high notes broke through the heavy deep sounds of the songs melodies. Long time bassist Paulo Jr. carried the thrashing deep bass lines as he has since 1985 showing us all that he has the skills and never plans on letting them go. Ending the set with one of Sepultura’s best known anthems, “Roots Bloody Roots”, newest member and drummer Eloy Casagrande pounded out the beats of the song with percussive precision.

The Brotherhood of the Snake’s tour stop to Cincinnati ended with the thrash metal heavy hitters Testament. With the first song being “Brotherhood of the Snake”, Chuck Billy came to the stage large and in charge with his gruff voice and signature microphone that he can play like an air guitar. Taking control of the crowd with his metal brothers by his side song after song the drove the crowd into a frenzy. The dueling guitars of Eric Peterson and Alex Skolnick cut right to the audible quick as they battled for the fastest and hardest rifts as they played. Working through their extensive catalog from old songs to new, they never slow down for a second giving the fans what they came for. The hallmark sound is only completed with the heaviest parts to the band in the rhythm section of bassist Steve Di Giorgio and drummer Gene Hoglan. The double bass drums kept the deep pounding metal feeling in your chest throughout the set not letting your body rest even for a second. Each song solidified the band as a well-oiled machine, with the thick and heavy bass lines bridging the gap between the rhythmic drumming and the screaming notes emanating from the guitars.

As I heard a long time ago, thrash metal bands don’t get older they just get heavier, so if you get a chance to catch any of these bands in your local venue, do yourself a favor and get out and feel the metal.


Brotherhood of the Snake
Rise Up
The Pale King
Centuries of Suffering
Guitar Solo
(Alex Skolnick)
Electric Crown
Into the Pit
Throne of Thorns
Guitar Solo
(Eric Peterson)
Eyes of Wrath
Drum Solo
(Gene Hoglan)
First Strike Is Deadly
Bass Solo
(Steve DiGiorgio)
Souls of Black
Seven Seals
The New Order


Practice What You Preach
Over the Wall

Favorite 'FMR' Moments: Seeing these incredible bands still filling venues with the metal faithful \m/ \m/

Testament is:

Chuck Billy - Vocals
Eric Peterson - Guitar
Alex Skolnick - Guitar
Steve Di Giorgio - Bass
Gene Hoglan - Drums

Opening Act(s): Sepultura, Prong

Remaining US Dates:

May 11 The Showbox Seattle, WA
May 12 Revolution Concert House Garden City, ID
May 15 Orpheum Theater Flagstaff, AZ
May 16 House of Blues San Diego San Diego, CA
May 17 Livewire Scottsdale, AZ
May 18 House of Blues Anaheim Anaheim, CA
May 19 The Regency San Francisco, CA
May 20 Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, NV

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