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American Carnage Tour In Chicago Kills Everyone - Testament, Megadeth, Slayer Are as Good as Advertised

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*Before you start into this report, do yourself a huge favor, scroll to the bottom, see which tour stop is most convenient and buy a ticket. Pay however much you have to. If you like metal, and presumably you do since you are on MetalUnderground.com, then don’t make the biggest mistake of your life and not go – even bigger than the raspberry cosmo you had at Harry’s Drink Shack last Wednesday. And if you already have a ticket, buy another. You’ll need the extra space to clean your melted face and blown mind off the floor.*

Strolling onstage as thrash underdogs to the sounds of “For the Glory Of…,” which is the intro crush from 2009 full length “The Formation of Damnation,” Testament took the stage like a MAC truck pulling to the starting line of a drag race. When the opening chords of “More Than Meets the Eye” hit it was clear we were tied to the tracks at the end of the racecourse and we were going to get run over by a MACK truck. Or something like that anyway. About halfway through the set, it was clear Chuck Billy’s demonspawn roar (which has aged like a fine boxed wine, by the way) had ripped my brains out through my eye sockets, chewed on them for a while, and then jammed them back in through my earhole. The only ones that avoided the carnage were members of the vigorous circle pit, which grew throughout Testament’s 40-minute set and culminated in an impressively large wall-of-death, which Testament built up like fine orchestra conductors and finally set off during the real good head-banging part of set-closing song “The Formation of Damnation.” Leaving the stage, Chuck Billy thanked the crowd for “Kicking Our [Testament’s] Ass.” Well Chuck, thank you for kicking ours.

Are all governments corrupt? Yes. Are all wars just only for the oppressed? Yes. Is the social order of the world all fucked up? Yes. Does Megadeth absolutely rule their live sets? Yes. Starting out by playing every note from “Rust In Peace,” Megadeth shredded their way to our hearts from the get-go. The nice thing about playing “Rust In Peace” in its entirety is deeper cuts like “Five Magics” and “Lucretia” get rolled up and burned live. After “Rust In Peace” was finished and Megadeth took a quick break, they played some classics: “Trust” was a nice surprise, “Head Crusher” was even faster live than it is on “Endgame” and “Symphony of Destruction” and “Peace Sells…” were awesome as always.

But I want to talk to you for a minute about Chris Broderick (he is Mustaine’s new wingman, formerly of Jag Panzer). I can’t bear children, since I am a man, but if I were a woman, and thus able to bear children, I would bear Chris Broderick’s children. Not only does he look like he could fight Mel-Gibson-in-“Braveheart” and Russel-Crowe-in-“Gladiator” at the same time and demolish their candy asses, but he can shred whatever Mustaine, Friedman, and Poland throw at him. And he shreds all of Megadeth’s best stuff so damn easily that while on stage he is probably thinking about how to redecorate his condo after American Carnage is over. At the end of the set, Mustaine thanked the audience with his customary “You’ve been great, we’ve been Megadeth, goodnight!” And for once, everything Dave said was true.

Here is my problem with Slayer – they rule in the studio, but don’t back it up as much when playing live as I expect. After a while their show was, dare I say, boring. Slayer opened with the title track and “Hate Worldwide” from “World Painted Blood,” and then played “Seasons of the Abyss” in its entirety. Every song on that album, with the exception of the album-closing title track, is some combination of riff-shout-solo, all at really fast speeds. Converted to a live setting, the subtleties, melodies, and (barely present) hooks don’t come through like they do for Testament and Megadeth, and it sounds more like a blender than an all-time great thrash metal album. And this is surprising to me, as in the concourse before the show nobody was yelling “Fucking Testament!” or “Fucking Megadeth!” Just, “Fucking Slayer!” And it got a roar of approval right back every time.

Now I’m not a Slayer-hater. A couple weekends ago I had “Slayer Day” where I played every one of their albums, front to back, in chronological order. It was fantastic; you should try it. But lots of their music gets overpowered and drowned out in the big concrete boxes they tend to play in. Toward the end of the set things perked up, as “Seasons In the Abyss,” “South of Heaven,” “Raining Blood,” and “Aggressive Perfector” were a nice break from Abyss-potatoes, and the pit, which startlingly faltered a handful of times earlier in Slayer’s set, went Genghis-Khan-nuts. And let’s keep some perspective too: if Testament and Megadeth were in the nine-to-ten range, Slayer was an eight. Still pretty damn good! At the end of the night Tom Araya thanked the crowd for “Spending some time with us.” Well Tom, thanks to you for taking the time to finally play some songs that rock live.

On the street after the show, there were three main topics of discussion among the worshippers in Metalopolis: 1) “Holy shit, I didn’t know Testament was SO FUCKING GOOD!” 2) “Holy shit, 'Rust In Peace' is SO FUCKING GOOD!” and 3) “FUCKING SLAYER!!!!!” Of course.

Here are the remaining American Carnage tour dates:

August 21 - St Paul, MN, Roy Wilkins Auditorium
August 23 - Bonner Springs, KS, Sandstone
August 25 - Denver, CO, Magness Arena
August 26 - Albuquerque, NM, Tingley Coliseum
August 27 - Phoenix, AZ, Dodge Theatre
August 29 - Chula Vista, CA, Cricket Wireless
August 30 - Long Beach, CA, Long Beach Arena
August 31 - San Francisco, CA, Cow Palace
September 1 - Sacramento, CA, Arco Arena
September 3 - Seattle, WA, WaMu Theatre
September 4 - Portland, OR, Washington County Fairgrounds

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1. deathbringer writes:

Love the headline. My first thought was "holy sh**, wtf happened?"

# Aug 21, 2010 @ 6:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. The_Passenger writes:

I saw them Thursday (8.19.10) in Detroit,MI and it was the loudest thing i have ever heard and my ears rang all day Friday...I miss that ringing in my ear now lol I cant wait to see these guys again next year with the big 4 hopefully by then testament will be apart of it some how because they had and amazing light and stage set up and it didnt hurt that there setlist was AMAZING along with Megadeth and SLAYER!!!!!!!

# Aug 21, 2010 @ 7:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Demise writes:

^ saw them sunday the 15th and they were all intense

# Aug 21, 2010 @ 9:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. deathfreak writes:

Slay was had a dull stage show the sounded great but their stage presence was lacking. Anyone who saw slayer did tom even atempt the scream in angel of death? because that made the show lack for me. He did not even try. :/

# Aug 21, 2010 @ 10:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Demise writes:

^ he didnt try for angel of death but i enjoyed the show none the less

# Aug 22, 2010 @ 12:02 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Felice Eliscu writes:

........Ne w WORLD GUITER

# Aug 22, 2010 @ 5:30 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. FELICE ELISCU writes:

OOOOOPPPPPSSSSSSSS SPELLCHECK DEPENDENCY

# Aug 22, 2010 @ 5:31 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. fELICE eLISCU writes:

HOLY CRAP SLAYER PLAYED CHICAGO AND I SAW IT NOW I CAN JUMP IN FRONT OF A TRUCK AND WE CAN HAVE KENNEDY ROADKILL IN CHICAGO...MY HOME TOWN :) IM SO HAPPY THEY ENDED WITH ANGEL OF DEATH....MEGADETH BLEW THEM AWAY...I KNEW THEY WOULD..BUT NO ONE CARED TO ASK A MUTILATED NOBODY.

# Aug 22, 2010 @ 5:40 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. PREISTESS OF DEATH writes:

August 21 - St Paul, MN, Roy Wilkins Auditorium
August 23 - Bonner Springs, KS, Sandstone
EARTHQUAKE NEW MADRID FAULT
SAN ANDREAS
NEW YORK FLOOD

# Aug 22, 2010 @ 5:57 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Bloodwhore writes:

I didnt hear Tom scream for A of D because I was belting it myself! Killer show in Lowell Ma, and all their new releases take me back 20 years!

# Aug 22, 2010 @ 10:17 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. metal fan writes:

i was at the show in Chicago friday night , and yes Testament played well..Slayer was slayer..nothing fancy ...but like i stated before when i saw the Big Four in concert on screen...Megadeth live is unreal lately...I saw Megadeth about 10yrs ago and they were good but they sound the tightest and Dave has not lost his guitar skills and yes Chris Broderick is the real deal...I personally think he is better than Marty Friedman..and i like Marty but Chris can seal the deal...overall great show..everyone played the asses off and it was hot inside

# Aug 22, 2010 @ 11:40 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Carly =) writes:

I was so sad that there were only a few other people wearing Testament shirts. But I'm so stoked that they put on an excellent show and opened more people's eyes!

# Aug 22, 2010 @ 1:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. krazy k writes:

i seen them on 8/15 in camden nj.Testament was awesome Megadeth was alright but Slayer freaking ruled!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!and as far as what everyone was talking about after the show was how freaking awesome Slayer was

# Aug 22, 2010 @ 2:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Necrovomit writes:

next year the big four should tour with exodus testament and kreator. now THAT would be a show to f***ing see.

# Aug 22, 2010 @ 2:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. xDecapitation writes:

I saw the same line up in Toronto and my sperm count dropped, it was so f***ing good.

That was possibly the best article I've ever read by the way lol, the title is awesome and I love how you insist to buy a ticket before you even read the article.

# Aug 22, 2010 @ 3:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. NW_MetalHead writes:

I will be seeing them in Seattle on the 3rd and I can't fvckin wait!!!!!

Also, I hear that Slayer isn't as good as they used to be live in part because Araya had that surgery and can't headbang anymore. Any truth to that rumor?

# Aug 22, 2010 @ 3:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. yessss writes:

i saw them last monday and damn was it a sick show. personally i thought megadeth stole the show.

# Aug 22, 2010 @ 4:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Good God writes:

#17 I will be at that show brother! \m/

And yes, Tom Araya can't headbang after his back surgery.

# Aug 22, 2010 @ 4:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Good God writes:

Oops I meant #16.

# Aug 22, 2010 @ 5:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. musicallymotivated writes:

Kills Everyone eh? Didn't know Great White was touring
XD

# Aug 22, 2010 @ 5:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. ]\/[EGADET]-[!!! writes:

I never thought I would see these words in print, let alone be a headline in bold AND be the review for the show haha!!! Could of used a couple more !!!! >;] But I've only just known they completly could if they wanted too...

The acoutics were great, they showed up and annihilated us all!! I am still pumped from the show and can't wait to see them again in Oct with Anthrax!!!! It cant come fast enough!!!

# Aug 22, 2010 @ 7:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. ]\/[EGADET]-[!!! writes:

Correction!!! "But I've ALWAYS known!!..."

# Aug 22, 2010 @ 7:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. Necrovomit writes:

ok 16 and 18. we need to get in touch so we can hang out. it looks like we're all going to the same show.

# Aug 22, 2010 @ 11:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Demoncleaner23 writes:

I had tickets to an original American Carnage Date back in Feb that got cancelled. They finally rescheduled the Atlanta date for October 1st and I have procrastinated on buying new tix. This article made me realize I need to get on it and not miss out on such a killer a$$ show!

# Aug 23, 2010 @ 1:16 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. Cate_Arcanium writes:

i for one have always known Testament was that good. I have held them up as one of the top and founding fathers of Thrash as well. Along with bands such as Exodus, S.O.D. and Overkill.

# Aug 23, 2010 @ 1:41 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. shredder4ever writes:

I will be seeing the second leg of the tour in scranton PA never seen anthrax before which will be ok but much rather see testament open, earlier this year when they postponed the tour for tom's surgery megadeth did a 20th anniversary tour for rust in peace along with testament and exodus and i must say it was wickedly sick i got to meet chuck billy and get a pic with him, being that the venue they played at wasnt to big and neither was the town compared to what they usually play all the band members were just kinda hangin outside walking to and from the bus except dave because he woulda got bull rshed i seen him come off the bus and he darted for the stage door and in that moment all you heard was it's DAVE!!! and the people there were sprinting all you seen was an orange flash(daves hair) but cant wait to see them again

# Aug 23, 2010 @ 3:58 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. kristinasativa writes:

I got my book signed by Dave Mustaine at Borders in ST.Paul.He shook my hand!!!!
Went to the show that night.Aug 21.
I thought the show was great.My dream realized,Rust In Peace in it's entirety!!!! And meeting Dave!
I already have my tickets for the Oct.16th show in Milwaukee.I have seen Megadeth(5x) and Slayer (2x)at the ballroom b4.Saw Megadeth as far back is So Far So Good So What at Alpine Valley, WI.Saw Countdown there.
Anthrax will open for the Milwaukee show. Saw them last in 88. Testament was excellent.Alex OMG! and Chuck has a roar!!!!I thought Slayer was awesome!

# Aug 23, 2010 @ 12:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. kristinasativa writes:

The only problem for me with the show was that Testament didn't play Practice What You Preach.Or anything off the The Ritual.I had read the set lists of prior shows so i knew it already, but i still hoped.
i saw alot of fans wearingTestament shirts.

# Aug 23, 2010 @ 12:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. NW_MetalHead writes:

@ Necrovomit, I'll be they guy in the black band shirt wearing jeans. Come find me!

# Aug 23, 2010 @ 3:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. xDecapitation writes:

lol 29, I'm sure you'll be the only one there wearing those exact clothes.

# Aug 23, 2010 @ 7:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. Demise writes:

demoncleaner your tickets from the original show should still be valid you shouldn't have to buy new ones

# Aug 23, 2010 @ 10:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. Necrovomit writes:

lol. whats your email NW?

# Aug 24, 2010 @ 12:52 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. NW_MetalHead writes:

nwmetalhead@gmail.com Hit me up and we'll get a beer at the show

# Aug 24, 2010 @ 3:54 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. Necrovomit writes:

sure. but im only 18 lol.

# Aug 24, 2010 @ 10:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. Lara writes:

Hahahaha, love the paragraph on Chris B. Awesome article.

# Aug 25, 2010 @ 5:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. RTB writes:

XD, post 30 LOL

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37. PANDA writes:

Comment 29 made me smile lol. Because that's such a good description xDDDDDDD

# Sep 2, 2010 @ 12:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. Fear the Slayer writes:

Slayer is the real deal onstage. No, Tom Araya can't headbang anymore, but his basswork is ferocious. The twin guitars of Kerry and Jeff absolutely blister skin. And Dave Lombardo - that's all you have to say. If you happen to be one to doesn't mosh and hangs back and watches the show, you will witness the greatest drummer of all time at his peak!

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