Testament and Annihilator brought a frenzied feast of thrash metal to Dublin on Easter Sunday (1st April 2018), proving exactly why they're among the most respected acts in metal. Bringing with them Polish death metallers Vader, Vicar Street venue-goers were treated to a night of extreme metal on what is for some, the holiest day of the year.
With an impressive three band package, the 'Brotherhood Of The Snake' tour's Dublin stop proved a sell-out, echoing the status of many of the dates on the current European run. With a brace of highly-charged acts behind them, Testament pulled out all the stops to ensure that fans got a night to remember, with a huge production and blinding light show to complement their career-spanning set list.
Mixing classics with newer material from 2016's 'Brotherhood Of The Snake', the San Francisco act reinforced why they're among the most iconic metal acts of all time. Covering tracks from all corners of their catalogue, there was something for the casual to the most die hard Testament fan. From the early fist-in-the-air fury of 'Practice What To Preach', to the demonic stomp of 'Souls Of Black', the band also dug deep, for rare outings of melodic groover 'Electric Crown' and the deathly growl of 'Low'.
Greeting the crowd, and acknowledging the uproarious response they were receiving, singer Chuck Billy said; "It's good to be back. We knew tonight was going to kick some ass!"
The band also took time to pay tribute to some of their peers and heroes, with guitarist Alex Skolnick giving nods to AC/DC and Irish guitar hero Gary Moore during his solo, as well as later playing a snippet from Pantera's 'This Love', as Chuck Billy recalled seeing the band for the first time in Texas, back in 1989.
Taking their bows and closing an incredible four hours of metal with an incendiary 'Disciples Of The Watch', Billy signed off by adding simply; 'We love you Dublin!'
Earlier, Caniadians Annihilator had echoed the Testament vocalist's sentiments, with main man Jeff Waters telling the Dublin crowd; "You're number one!" Uproariously received during their short set, the five-piece ripped through a ferocious 'King Of The Kill', a blistering 'Set The World On Fire' and a demonic 'Alice In Hell', earning themselves an encore for their energetic performance.
Testament's 'Brotherhood Of The Snake' tour concludes with a show London this week, at Koko on Wednesday night (4th April).
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