Concert Review: Legends of Thrash Featuring Kreator, Overkill, Warbringer + Rope
Legends of Thrash
Featuring: Kreator, Overkill, Warbringer + Rope
November 1, 2013
Reviewed by: Brian Cross
Photos by: Diana Guay
Naming your tour “Legends of Thrash” demands that you live up to some pretty serious expectations. With luminaries like Kreator and Overkill on the bill, such lofty aims are clearly met; and with Warbringer as an opener, you’ve certainly got your bases covered. Not only do you have thrash metal from both sides of the United States, but bringing in the Teutonic sound from across the pond only made the lineup that much stronger. Kreator and Overkill released two of 2012’s best metal records (Phantom Antichrist and The Electric Age, respectively), and their mastery of thrash was on full display.
First up was regional newcomers Rope, offering some straight-up heavy metal with a touch of groove. They stood apart from the later bands as they were not a thrash outfit, but they boasted some solid musicianship nonetheless. Warbringer followed, speeding things up right off the bat with “Total War.” The band continued to shred the fans’ faces off and incited some massive circle pits despite many fans still hanging around the bar.
Well, once Kreator came calling, the wallflowers put down the PBRs and rushed to the floor. Kicking things off with the pounding “Phantom Antichrist,” the German thrash stalwarts roiled up the massive crowd with their brutal assault. Fan-favorites like “Pleasure to Kill” were of course part of the set, before moving on to “Violent Revolution,” and the anthem “United in Hate.” Finishing off their set with a mix of “Flag of Hate” and “Tormentor,” Kreator proved that they’ve still got it after all these years.
The second co-headliner of the evening was of course the mighty Overkill. The Jersey natives opened with the classic cut “Deny the Cross,” as frontman Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth ran around the stage with more energy than guys half his age. His demonic shrieks haven’t lost their edge in over three decades, as shown with “Electric Rattlesnake.” He noted that the crowd was filled with old-school Overkill fans, and the band knocked out classics like “Rotten to the Core” while also bringing along later material, so that the fans could bask in the light of the “Necroshine.” The circle pits kept going all night, and the show came to an end with Overkill’s classic cover of the Subhumans’ “Fuck You.”
As an aside, one might wonder which band had more fans in attendance, or if any hostilities broke out between the two camps. Not so. I saw a fairly equal number of Kreator and Overkill shirt-clad metalheads, all throwing up the horns together, no matter if their preferred band was onstage or not. (Though both sides did have a laugh at the young scenecore fans lining up outside for an Attila show at the Palladium’s upstairs venue.)
The “Legends of Thrash” tour has just gotten started, and it’s certainly not one to miss. (It must also be noted that every band had an excellent sound mix, so the audio engineers on duty are to be commended.) Here’s to many more decades of Kreator and Overkill, spreading thrash metal worldwide!
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