It was night where old-school thrash reigned supreme as Testament, Overkill, Flotsam and Jetsam, and 4arm shredded through Philadelphia’s Trocadero Theater.
Testament released their latest full-length, Dark Roots Of Earth, in 2012 via Nuclear Blast Records to solid reviews from fans and critics. The album was produced and mixed by Andy Sneap (Arch Enemy, Exodus) with special bonus tracks recorded, mixed and mastered by Juan Urteaga (Cattle Decapitation, Heathen) at his Trident Studios. Fans were treated to a healthy mix of classic and new titles as the mainstays tore through a dense set. Testament will also head to Japan in March for a series fo shows with Death Angel and Destruction.
We were lucky to have caught Overkill before the band was forced to drop from the tour. The band issued the following statement on Feb 18, “Due to an illness in the band Overkill has canceled the remainder of it’s shows on the Dark Roots of Thrash tour in Feb. After some time for recovery we’ll be back out in the Spring for our Scandinavian tour. See you then!!” The band continues to support 2012’s The Electric Age on E1 and Nuclear Blast.
Flotsam and Jetsam got the crowd warmed up with selections from their fan-funded Ugly Noise full-length. The LP marked the first Flotsam and Jetsam album recorded with two of its original members Michael Gilbert (guitar) and Kelly David Smith (drums) since 1997’s High. Original bassist Jason Newsted (Metallica) also co-wrote some songs for the album, but did not officially rejoin the band. This tour package was rounded out by Australian thrashers, 4arm.
Blow The Scene‘s Senior Staff Photographer, Dante Torrieri (Useless Rebel Imaging) was on hand to deliver a dense set of photos for your viewing pleasure.