I don't remember if it was 2010 or 2011 actually, I think it might have been 2010.
Digging: Deadwood - Picturing a Sense of Loss
My friend from California always goes when they hit Sacramento and surrounding areas. I probably wouldn't pay to see them alone but something of a massive festival would be fun. I have never heard negative feedback of their shows personally, but you would know better as someone who has witnessed Slayer. If it was mostly newer stuff, it could be a bit rough. Christ Illusion is okay but World Painted Blood is not quite interesting enough for my taste.
Yeah, I saw them with Megadeth and Testament, and they were both much better than Slayer. Slayer just had zero energy which was weird, they just stood there playing and hardly even interacted with the crowd or anything. Testament at least got a wall of death going, which was cool because there was a dude in a wheelchair leading it, lol.
The setlist wasn't too bad; they played a bunch of good songs like War Ensemble, South of Heaven, Raining Blood, and Angel of Death. It's just the lack of energy that was the issue.
Even if Araya was having problems moving around, it seems like Kerry King and company would inject some life into the set. There is nothing worse than a band that fails to register a stage presence. I went to a Devil Wears Prada, Texas In July, and Volumes show that was quite fun. None of those acts are inherently great but they worked a small stage beautifully without compromising sound. The dual vocalists of Volumes are incredible at controlling a crowd. Didn't mean to change the discussion but it reminded me of that show.
By the way, where is a good place to start with Testament. I have always wanted to get into a bit of Testament but never know a good album to start with.
I'm not that into Testament, but I'd guess either of their first two would be good, they're both great albums.
And yeah, the only movement King did even was walk from one side of the stage to the other a couple times. At least I got to see Hanneman play before he passed.
That was a great show all things considered though, Megadeth played the entire Rust in Peace album from front to end.
Megadeth is on my bucket list of bands to see live. Another solid lineup for Gigantour would be a good time to cross that off. Or(fingers crossed) another tour combining the big four again!