As we pull up to the Gas Monkey Live on April 7th 2017, we see a long winding row of metal heads from the front door, wrapped around to the back of the building and streaming through the parking lot. This is instant gratification of unity in a metal atmosphere.  We are here to THRASH!!!! We pull around the back to park close to the buses and what do we see? Well it’s one the most awesome 18 wheelers that I have ever seen, wrapped in the tour logo. It was killer!

We walk inside this home away from home venue and view the sea of people here, ready to rock! This is one hell of a powerful image. Whether you were here to see Testament, Sepultura, Prong or all three of these awesome bands, you were about to get thrashed for sure.  All three of the bands have been around since the ‘80s and they know how to please their fans.

PRONG – Founded by singer/guitarist Tommy Victor in 1986, Prong brought in a brutal hardcore heavy metal/punk sound. To their credit, Prong has influenced a plenty. It has been said by members of Korn and Nine Inch Nails that they cite Prong as an influence to their musical style. It’s no wonder since they have put out eleven studio albums, one live album, four EPs, one DVD and one remix album. No matter if you are a fan of their early releases such as Force Fed and Beg to Differ or maybe their most recent recordings on Songs from the Black Hole or their most recent 11th studio album X (No Absolutes), their set list never disappoints. At the Gas Monkey show, they graced us with an eight song set that included the greats, such as “Beg to Differ”, “Cut and Dry” and the all famous “Snap your Fingers, Snap Your Neck which is considered as Prong’s most successful release to date. To say the least, this badass trio, Prong is as much of a strong force in the metal scene today as they have always been.

SEPULTURA  – This Brazilian heavy metal band was formed in 1984 by brothers Max and Igor Cavalera. Even though Sepultura, which by the way is pronounced (se.puw.’tu.re) has had several changes in its lineup, the band has remained steady in its metal stylings. Since Igor Cavalera’s departure in 2006, there have been no original members left in the band. Today’s current line up consists of vocalist Derrick Green, guitarist Andreas Kisser, bassist Paulo Jr. and drummer Eloy Casagrande. Paulo Jr., who has been a member of the Sepultura since 1985, is the only member to appear on every release.

In Sepultura’s 33 tenure, they have released 14 studio albums to date.  The most recent album release is Machine Messiah, which hit on January 13th of this year.  Their most successful albums thus far are Arise (1991), Chaos A.D. (1993), and Roots  (1996). Sepultura has sold over 3 million units in the United States and almost 20 million worldwide. This has gained them multiple gold records around the globe.

TESTAMENT – This American thrash metal band has been in the metal scene since 1983. From 1983 to 1986 they were known as Legacy.  While recording their first album, the band was forced to change their name to Testament. In which according to Maria Ferrero, it was suggested by Billy Milano of S.O.D, because the Legacy name was already trademarked by a jazz band. Testament’s current line-up comprises vocalist Chuck Billy, guitarists Eric Peterson and Alex Skolnick, bassist Steve Di Giorgio and last but not least drummer Gene Hoglan. In this 34 year since its inception, the band has had numerous lineup changes in which Peterson has been the only constant member.

Don’t let the numerous lineup changes fool you! I mean, keeping ALL original band members is unheard of, well unless you’re ZZ TOP with their 48 years together (DAMN). Testament has sold over 1.4 million albums in the US since the SoundScan era and 14 million albums worldwide. After signing with Atlantic Records in 1986, their first five studio albums were released with widespread critical acclaim. This secured opening slots on major tours with notable acts such as Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and Anthrax, just to name a few. Testament also gained much critical recognition for embarking on the European Clash of the Titans tour with Slayer, Megadeth and Suicidal Tendencies. In the past 5 years, Testament has debuted at No. 12 on Billboard 200 with their Dark Roots of Earth in 2012 and most recent Brotherhood of the Snake at No. 20 on the Billboard 200. Brotherhood of the Snake has received positive reviews from critics and has scored their second-highest chart position.

On this day (April 7, 2017), I claimed as TESTMENT DAY as I was completely stoked and honored to see them again. Testament hits the stage and immediately busts into “Brotherhood of the Snake”. The crowd is insane and pumped to say the least. With the 16 song set list, they metalized us with the best of the best, ranging from “Rise Up”, “Low” and “Souls of Black”.  The encore of “Practice What You Preach” and “Over The Wall” had us fans begging for more.Yes because we’re greedy metal heads……