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Formed: 1983
From: San Francisco, CA, United States
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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Anthrax, Testament Add Third Leg Of Tour Dates

Fans in Canada and select cities in the northern part of the U.S. will finally have a chance to see what reviewers have called "The Best Metal Tour of the Year," when co-headliners Anthrax and Testament, joined by Death Angel, kick off a late-summer trek on September 14. Starting in Portland, OR, the bands will work their way north, cross into Canada, and play all of the major Canadian cities before wrapping up in Montclair, NJ on October 5. Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 1.

This run will be the third leg of the Anthrax/Testament/Death Angel hat-trick; the three bands packed five weeks worth of venues coast-to-coast last Fall, marking the first time Anthrax and Testament had shared a stage in more than a decade; again, earlier this year, the line-up played another dozen dates to headbangers in cities from Las Vegas to New York.

According to Anthrax's guitarist Scott Ian, "We played to sold-out shows, raging crowds and EPIC war dances, and we can't wait to do it again, especially for our Canadian fans who have been waiting a long to time 'worship music' with us."

"There have been very few three band bills in which the acts are so compatible and the shows so consistent that a second leg of the tour is a 'no-brainer'," said Testament's lead guitarist Alex Skolnick. "But in the case of Anthrax, Testament and Death Angel, that's been the case. Things have gone so well, in fact, that it's made sense to add a third leg with this exact same line up. All three bands are excited to take this show into new territory with a trek across Canada, and a few spots in the US we missed last time around. And this time, Testament will be armed with a brand new album with music that we're eager to share with everyone. Hope to see you out there!"

"We've been tight with the guys in Testament for a long, long time, and had a great time touring with them before," added Anthrax's drummer Charlie Benante. "And all of us in Anthrax are big Death Angel fans, so this is going to be a monster of a great time, for us and for the fans."

Said Testament's frontman Chuck Billy, "It's good to see that metal is alive in 2012 and the fans want a third leg of the Anthrax, Testament, Death Angel tour. Don't fucking miss it! Metal Forever!"

With more dates to be confirmed, the upcoming Anthrax/Testament/Death Angel tour dates are as follows:

September 14 Ace of Spades, Sacramento, CA
September 15 Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR
September 16 Toyota Arena, Kennewick, WA
September 17 Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
September 20 Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, BC
September 21 MacEwan Hall Ballroom, Calgary, AL
September 22 Events Center, Edmonton, AL
September 24 The Odeon, Saskatoon, SK
September 25 Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg, MB
September 29 Danforth Hall, Toronto, ON
September 30 Capitole du Quebec, Quebec City, QC
October 2 Metropolis, Montreal, QC
October 3 State Theatre, Portland, ME
October 5 Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ

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Testament Posts Facebook Fan Interview Footage

Testament posted a Facebook fan interview video featuring guitarist Eric Peterson. Peterson answers questions about the band's forthcoming LP "The Dark Roots of Earth," the details of which were recently unveiled. The album is expected to drop on July 27th, 2012 (Europe) and July 31st, 2012 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records.

Check out the interview here:

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Witchsorrow And More Playing Bloodstock 2012

The Bloodstock 2012 organizers have announced a further three acts for the Sophie stage at this year's festival.

Returning to Catton Hall, Witchsorrow threatens the British summer time with downtuned doom and gloom that echoes metal greats such as St Vitus, Candlemass and Trouble. Says mainman Necro Skull: "We are truly honoured to be returning to cast a shadow over Bloodstock once more. We promise you total doom annihilation, a celebration for the damned as the end of the world looms at the end of this wretched annum. To be in the company of such excellent bands as Watain, Alice Cooper, Orange Goblin, Grand Magus and Winterfylleth is a grand thing indeed. God curse us, every one!"

Returning for the second year in a row, London loud-louts Dripback take a break from the studio to come back to the Sophie stage with their seething mix of hardcore and death metal. The band commented, “For us it’s all about being intense in tents, so this really is the perfect festival slot for Dripback. We’re all so buzzing about playing with Crowbar, Hatebreed, Testament and all the other awesome bands, this really is the best festival."

Finally, Swiss thrashers Battalion make their UK debut at Bloodstock. The Thrash Maniacs check in to say: “It's the first time for us to play in England! What a fucking start! We're looking forward to kick some ass there!!! See ya Bloodstock! Cheers from Zurich, the Battalion-Bastards.”

For more details on Bloodstock Open Air, head over to this location. The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Testament Reveals New Album Details

Bay Area thrash titans Testament have revealed the cover art and details for their upcoming "Dark Roots of Earth" release. The artwork was painted by Eliran Kantor and "Dark Roots of Earth" was produced, mixed and mastered once again by Andy Sneap. Special bonus tracks were recorded, mixed and mastered by Juan Urteaga at his Trident Studios.

The follow-up to the 2008 release "The Formation of Damnation" (reviewed here) will be released on July 27th, 2012 (Europe) and July 31st, 2012 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records.

The track listing is as follows:

01. Rise Up
02. Native Blood
03. Dark Roots Of Earth
04. True American Hate
05. A Day In The Death
06. Cold Embrace
07. Man Kills Mankind
08. Throne Of Thorns
09. Last Stand For Independence More...

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Two More Bands Confirmed For Bloodstock 2012

Finnish pagan metal outfit Moonsorrow and German power metal group Freedom Call have been confrmed as the latest two bands to take part in this years edition of the British metal festival, Bloodstock Open Air, which will take place at Catton Hall in Walton On Trent, Derbyshire from August 10th-12th.

Speaking on the confirmation, Moonsorrow stated: "We are truly excited to take part in Bloodstock Festival 2012. It's been way too long since we played on the British soil in 2008 and we know that lately there has been a huge demand for Moonsorrow to play in the UK. So, all our loyal fans in the UK, we want to see a massive crowd of insane berserks during our set. Don't let us down because we promise we don't let you down, cheers!"

Freedom Call added: "The Bloodstock Festival is the pulsating heart of Heavy Metal...a great audience, which knows exactly to revel."

The lineup for the festival is now as follows: More...

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Crowbar And More Added To Bloodstock

With a plethora of metal talent already on offer - including Alice Cooper, Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir, Testament, Hatebreed and loads more - Bloodstock Open Air has another addition to it’s main stage, in the form of New Orleans sludge-monsters Crowbar. The organizers of the festival commented:

"The epitome of heavy, Kirk Windstein and co have been showing the world that speed isn’t everything since their debut 'Obedience Thru Suffering' stunned the metal world in 1991 with its downtuned, slow-paced yet punishingly heavy sound. With nine studio albums under their very large belts, Crowbar have mastered the art of the riff, continually delivering irresistible sludgey metal via a sound uniquely their own. With mammoth sludgey slabs such as 'I Despise,' 'All I Had (I Gave),' 'Time He’s Nothing,' 'Like Broken Glass,' 'Nothing' and many more, the Ronnie James Dio Stage will be put to the test at Crowbar’s only UK festival of 2012.

"Over on the Sophie stage, additions come in the form of homegrown extreme symphonic metallers and Metal 2 The Masses winners Saturnian, fellow countrymen and Melo-death thrashers Bloodshot Dawn, as well as Finnish melodic death metallers Re-Armed."

Tickets and more information on the festival can be found at the official Bloodstock website. The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Anthrax and Testament Tear Up Baltimore

Anthrax, Testament, and Death Angel recently wrapped up their second leg of U.S. tour dates earlier this month. Baltimore was the second to last stop, on February 7th, and after missing the first leg of the tour in Silver Spring, Maryland, a show at Ram's Head Live was one I couldn't pass up. Despite having stopped in Silver Spring not too long ago, Ram's Head Live was packed pretty close to capacity, if not sold out.

The crowd was noticably older - mostly in their upper thirties and fourties - and for once I didn't feel like the old guy at a metal show. That is, until I saw those who made the show a family affair and brought their teenagers or younger kids. It seemed a little surreal, but bringing my teenage sons is something I could see myself doing in the not too distant future.

When I arrived, Death Angel was already well into their set, despite it being five minutes before they were supposed to take the stage. Having missed the opportunity to photograph the band, I grabbed a beer and enjoyed experiencing their brand of old school thrash. While Death Angel has been around since the 80's thrash scene, I didn't grow up listening to them like the "big 4," so this was my first time seeing the band live. More...

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Testament Confirmed For Bloodstock 2012

The organizers of the upcoming Bloodstock 2012 festival have issued the following announcement about confirming Testament:

"With a line up boasting the likes of Behemoth, Alice Cooper, Iced Earth, Sepultura, Paradise Lost, Watain, Dimmu Borgir, Hatebreed and many many more, a special guest slot would have to be pretty special to be worthy of it’s special tag. With that in mind, Bloodstock Open Air is extremely proud to present Testament’s only UK show of 2012, at the very special guest slot before the Saturday night headliners at this year’s festival.

"One of the first thrash bands to emerge from the San Francisco Bay Area, debut album 'The Legacy' put Testament at the forefront of the thrash metal scene, where they have remained for the best part of thirty years."

Says guitarist Eric Peterson: “We're excited to play the 'Bloodstock Festival' again! This time with some new material to play! Can't wait for the UK to hear our 'Dark Roots Of Earth!' See Ya!”

You can also check out Metalunderground.com's interview with Chuck Billy about the upcoming album at this location.

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Metalcamp 2012 Trailer Posted

A new trailer for the upcoming 2012 edition of Metalcamp was posted. The even takes place from August 5-11, 2012 in Tolmin, Slovenia. The lineup includes the following acts (in alphabetical order):

Amon Amarth
Avven
Brezno
Doomed
Edguy
Eluveitie
Epica
Finntroll
Gorguts
Grand Magus
Hatebreed
Heathen
Inmate
Kataklysm
Korpiklaani
Machine Head
Madball
Morana
Napalm Death
Nile
Pain
Paradise Lost
Sabaton
Sin Deadly Sin
Sodom
Testament
The Black Dahlia Murder

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Gene Hoglan Filling In For Anthrax Drummer

Gene 'The Atomic Clock' Hoglan is pulling double duty on the current Testament/Anthrax/Deaeth Angel tour filling in for Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante. The Anthrax drummer is taking a short leave from the band's concert tour to be with his mother who is terminally ill. Hoglan commented:

"I am honoured to have been asked by Charlie to fill in for Anthrax in his time of need. We are all Metal Brethren, and this is what we do. Unite for the cause, unite for the fans, and unite for metal. Everybody on this tour has pulled together to keep this tour rollin', everybody is kicking ass. And everyone on this tour is sending our love and respect to the Benante and Bello families. And Charlie, we can't wait to have ya back where you belong, my man. I'm just keeping your throne warm for ya bro."

Gene Hoglan also recently released an instructional DVD tiled "The Atomic Clock." Available at Hoglan Industries in the U.S. and at Reversed Records in Canada, the disc showcases Hoglan's three decades of experience of performing and recording with the world's most well-known metal bands such as Devin Townsend, Dark Angel, Death, Dethklok, Strapping Young Lad, Testament, Zimmers Hole, and most recently Fear Factory, along with many others on his resume.

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Testament Frontman Appears on Native Radio

Chuck Billy of Testament is currently on "Native in the Spotlight", a radio program directed at the American Indian community. Billy will be discussing his heritage as well as his role in the heavy metal scene. Testament fans can listen in at this location.

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Prong Announces U.S. Shows

Prong will be touring throughout 2012 supporting the forthcoming release "Carved Into Stone," which will drop in April on Long Branch Records. The initial dates have been confirmed, and they include one headlining date and two shows supporting Bay Area Thrashers Testament on two dates in February, followed by a string of headlining gigs in March.

Prong is putting the final touches on the band's Long Branch Records debut with producer Steve Evetts, which will be titled "Carved Into Stone." Prong's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

2/16: Santa Clara, CA @ The Avalon
2/17: Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades*
2/18: Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory *
3/22: Los Angeles, CA @ The Viper Room
3/23: Las Vegas, NV @ LVCS
3/24: Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
3/25: Fresno, CA @ Starline
3/26: Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar
*with Testament

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Re-recording Metal - For Better or for Worse?

Back in 2005, Dimmu Borgir was a band still basking in the unholy success of its latest outing “Death Cult Armageddon.” And yet instead of launching into a new opus for fans to consume the band members decided on a new approach; they would re-release an early and often praised album (“Stormblåst”) by completely re-recording it, updating the sound with modern production and slap “MMV” on the end. There had of course been prior examples of bands making this choice, but it was perhaps here that best truly crystallized the new era of metal re-recordings. No doubt you have heard of similar re-recordings in the same vein, perhaps most recently Gorgoroth’s “Under the Sign of Hell 2011” or Burzum’s “From the Depths of Darkness”? Perhaps not, but that’s what I aim to uncover for you here. More...

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Testament Comments On North American Tour

Chuck Billy, vocalist of the iconic West Coast thrash metal act Testament, has issued the following statement in anticipation of the band’s upcoming co-headlining North American run with Anthrax:

“We are super stoked to announce our participation for the second leg of this already awesome thrash attack with our good friends in Anthrax and Death Angel. This will mark the last tour for ‘The Formation Of Damnation’ record cycle, as we will be gearing towards putting the new record ‘Dark Roots Of Earth’ in the spring. If you missed us the last time, we hope to see you and celebrate with this amazing line up!”

After wrapping up an October/November run with the same line-up, the all-star thrash trio of Testament, Anthrax, and Death Angel hit the road again for another round of dates beginning in January. Special VIP ticket packages will be available for all the upcoming shows. Dates are as follows:

Jan. 22 – Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues
Jan. 23 – Anaheim, CA @ House Of Blues
Jan. 24 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
Jan. 27 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
Jan. 28 – Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
Jan. 29 – Louisville, KY @ Expo Five
Jan. 30 – Ashville, NC @ Orange Peel
Feb. 02 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
Feb. 03 – Columbus, OH @ The LC Pavillion
Feb. 06 – Allentown, PA @ Crockodile Rock
Feb. 07 – Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live
Feb. 08 – New York, NY @ Best Buy Theatre

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Death Angel Comments On Anthrax Tour

Rob Cavestany, guitarist of the veteran West Coast thrash metal act Death Angel, has issued the following statement in anticipation of the band’s upcoming U.S. run with Anthrax and Testament:

“We are beyond ecstatic that Death Angel has been invited to join our friends Anthrax and Testament once again for the second leg of this tour! More shows, more fun, more THRASH! The first leg was amazing and we expect no less on this next run. This line up is the best we've ever been part of as far as touring the States goes. Every band brings their 'A' game each night, no doubt! Plus, we usually do our own headline shows on days off from the main tour, so very much looking forward to performing our long set to our fans across the country as well. What a fantastic way to kick off 2012! We have an extremely busy year planned and it's certain to begin with a BLAST! See you on the road, at the bar and in the pit!”

After wrapping up an October/November run with the same line-up, the all-star thrash trio of Testament, Anthrax and Death Angel hit the road again for another round of dates beginning in January. Details are as follows:

Jan. 22 – Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues
Jan. 23 – Anaheim, CA @ House Of Blues
Jan. 24 – Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
Jan. 27 – Egyptian Room – Indianapolis, IN
Jan. 28 – Piere’s – Ft. Wayne, IN
Jan. 29 – Expo Five – Louisville, KY
Jan. 30 – Orange Peel – Ashville, NC
Feb. 02 – Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
Feb. 03 – The LC Pavillion – Columbus, OH
Feb. 06 – Crockodile Rock – Allentown, PA
Feb. 07 – Ram’s Head Live – Baltimore, MD
Feb. 08 – Best Buy Theatre – New York, NY

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Anthrax, Testament, Death Angel Leg 2 Tour

After a hugely successful first run, Anthrax, Testament and Death Angel have announced additional tour dates. The second leg of the tour kicks off in Las Vegas on Sunday, January 22 and includes fifteen cities over a three-week period. This trek follows the thrash titan's five-week Fall tour that comprised cities from Philadelphia to Los Angeles. Anthrax will once again close each show, while Death Angel will open.

"The first leg of the tour with Testament and Death Angel was an amazing way to end a great year for Anthrax," said Anthrax's Scott Ian, "and it went above and beyond my expectations! Sold out shows, raging crowds and EPIC war dances! So we figured what better way to start 2012 than to continue this thrash-fest into the new year!!! Thank you all for giving us this privilege to come and play for you. See you soon!"

The return of Belladonna and Anthrax's remarkable renewal began in 2009 in a Cleveland hotel bar with Anthrax's Benante and Ian, and Metallica's Lars Ulrich when he first brought up the idea of The Big Four - Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax, the four bands that served as the original architects for the "thrash/speed-metal" scene," yet had never shared the same stage before. The first of (so far) fourteen Big Four events took place on June 16, 2010, culminating in what was Anthrax's New York homecoming concert - The Big Four at Yankee Stadium on September 14, 2011, the day after Worship Music hit stores. "We came into The Big Four as the underdog," said Benante. "We were the band that had the most to prove, and we've worked really, really hard to do that."

With more dates to be added, the confirmed itinerary is as follows:

January

22 House of Blues, Las Vegas, NV

23 House of Blues, Anaheim, CA

24 Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ

27 Egyptian Room @ Murat Center, Indianapolis, IN

28 Piere's Entertainment Center, Fort Wayne, IN

29 Expo Five, Louisville, KY

30 The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC


February

2 Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA

3 Promowest Pavilion, Columbus, OH

6 Crocodile Rock, Allentown, PA

7 Rams Head Live!, Baltimore, MD

8 Best Buy Theatre, New York, NY

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Paul Bostaph Leaves Testament

Terrorizer magazine reports that Testament singer Chuck Billy confirmed that drummer Paul Bostaph, who is out of action recovering from a serious injury, has left the band. The split appears to be amicable. Gene Hoglan filled in for Bostaph on the band's recent tour with Anthrax and Death Angel, and he is also providing the drumming for Testament's forthcoming album "The Dark Roots of Earth."

Billy commented to Terrorizer, "We just found our last week Paul Bostaph is not coming back to the band, he's starting his own new project and doing some things on his own. So we're actually going to be holding a couple of auditions with probably small group of drummers that we chose - we don't want to have a revolving drum stool, we have a new record we want a permanent drummer."

Ironically, Bostaph's new project is with former, and disgruntled, Anthrax singer Dan Nelson called Black Gates.

Read the full article at this loctation.

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Gene Hoglan Offering Online Lessons

Gene 'The Atomic Clock' Hoglan (Dark Angel, Strapping Young Lad, Dethklok, Fear Factory, Testament) and RealLesson.com have joined forces to offer a rare chance for fans and musicians to receive live, interactive lessons online.

Gene Hoglan recently released his instructional DVD, "The Atomic Clock". Available now on Hoglan Industries in the U.S. and on Reversed Records in Canada, this disc showcases Hoglan's three decades of experience performing and recording with metal bands such as Devin Townsend, Dark Angel, Death, Dethklok, Strapping Young Lad, Testament, Zimmers Hole, and most recently Fear Factory, along with many others on his resume.

RealLesson.com commented, "RealLesson.com is your outlet for taking live, interactive lessons online or in person! During our pre-launch phase, we are having great success in attracting and securing a wide variety of teachers! There is no limit to the style/genre of the teacher, so you will have no shortage of qualified teachers to learn from. We will not only be providing lessons with musicians, but also sound engineers, tour managers, lighting/stage professionals and other relative categories of instruction."

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James Murphy Seeking Donations For Medical Expense

James Murphy, former guitarist of both Death and Testament, as well as founding member of the death metal band Disincarnate, has had a relapse of the brain tumor that sidelined him back in 2001. Murphy is currently accepting donations to cover the costs of his medical expenses. You can donate by heading over here. His publicist also issued the following statement:

"Murphy stated that the tumor had returned but that it was a non malignant and that it was being treated pharmacologically. Unfortunately, those medications have serious side effects that have left him unable to work. The option for different medications is available, but at a cost of over $1000 a month, and he needs a minimum of 6 months of medication for treatment to be effective. With his medical expenses extremely high and James not being able to work due to the side effects of the current medications, the metal community is being asked to come together and help one of their brothers and donate to help him beat this once and for all.

"In August 2001, Murphy was discovered to have a massive tumor growth near the base of his brain (on the pituitary gland) and was quickly scheduled for an urgent life-saving operation. James underwent surgery on September 17th, 2001, involving a Maxillary Swing procedure that made entry through the left side of the face. An incision was made underneath the left eye, along the side of the nose, and finally through the middle of the upper lip. The facial tissue was then pulled back and the cheekbone removed. They then cut through James' sinus and made entry below the orbit of the eye to remove a portion of the growth. More was removed through an incision made in the soft pallet inside the mouth. About 70% of the tumor was removed, the remainder being too close to vital structures to risk further damage. More...

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Testament Shines On National Metal Day

It was Veteran's Day, Friday, November 11, 2011 and a perfect fall day in New England. As if by fate, it was also National Metal Day. It started with Black Sabbath making it's return official - they wouldn't just reform, but create a new album and tour. The icing on this cake was the arrival of one of the most prolific tours that thrash metal could ever assemble: Death Angel, Testament and Anthrax. That is a staggering 84 years of combined metal experience in the building. This was three bands that defined a genre and still to this day put out material that is as relevant as the classics we all know them for.

The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts is a perfect place for an event like this, a haunted theater turned music club. The crowds come from all over New England and they are a knowledgeable metal crowd too. You don't get a lot of punks or wannabees or curious fake metal types. These crowds can rival those in European clubs, making this a location one that most bands play when in the area. Imagine an old style theater with the levels still there but seats removed, the rails of each level still present dividing the crowd. For shows of this caliber, the club opens the balcony section, which does have seating, however beaten and torn those seats may be. The view from this area is a unique one, providing a respite for those beaten in the pit and metalheads who are "heightenly challenged." The club had its years where it banned moshing, but fortunately they eased up and now really allow the crowd to be themselves within the realm of safety and the security team doesn't seem overly dickish. More...

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