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Saw American Carnage (Slayer/Megadeth/Testament) Last Night

The show was AMAZING!!! I was expecting a good show, but nothing compared to what I did see. All three bands played great sets, and there were very few flaws in their playing.
1Testament
The Formation of Damnation


These guys were a great opener for the show. Chuck Billy growled a lot more than I was expecting but it ended up being really great. Paul Bostaph was a manic behind the kit. I couldn't hear Skolnick or Peterson that well, only enough to just make out the riffs (I was only about 10 feet from the stage at that time.) Greg Christian was pretty much inaudible. Despite these setbacks, and the fact that their set was only about 35 minutes, they put on an awesome show. The Wall of Death during their last song was cool to watch too. 4/5
2Megadeth
Rust in Peace


Since they are my favorite band, I was hoping to see them the most. They went right into Rust in Peace, playing through the whole album before finishing with five other songs. Dave's vocals were much better than I anticipated, and his and Chris Broderick's solos were flawless. David Ellefson was pretty high in the mix and played all of his solo parts in Take No Prisoners, Five Magics, Poison Was The Cure, and Dawn Patrol. Shawn Drover was pretty amazing too, I'd say he is only second best to Nick Menza. These guys put on and amazing show, definitely my favorite part of the whole night. 4.5/5
3Slayer
Seasons in the Abyss


I did not really know what to anticipate from Slayer. Most of the recent live videos I've seen they played sloppy. I was blown away. They started with World Painted Blood and Hate Worldwide, then went into Seasons in the Abyss. After that they played a few more songs including South of Heaven and Raining Blood. They finished the concert with Angel of Death (Tom actually did the scream pretty well, which was a total surprise.) I was on the right side of the stage, and I could only hear Kerry King's amps. This ended up being really good, since Jeff Hanneman's solos were sloppy and King plays most of the riffs anyways. Dave Lombardo was, as always, amazing on the drums. Although Megadeth played better than Slayer, Slayer put on a better show and were a great way to end the night. 4.75/5
4 Overall
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This was an amazing concert. If tickets for the second leg are still available I recommend getting them. Having to sit through Anthrax is worth it for seeing Megadeth and Slayer. Compared to Metallica last December, the only other metal concert I've been to, all three of these bands were way better.
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