Testament, Deluzion - Old school intimacyBefore we missed the last train to my place, Sledgehammer Messiah and I went to a tiny yet cosy venue called ‘Het Burgerweeshuis’ in Deventer to watch a show of the legendary Testament, foregoing by the locals from Deluzion.
As said, Deluzion, a local band from Zutphen, was appointed as the supporting act for Testament. For them of course an amazing bill, but for us... At least it made clear for me that there are national and local support acts, and Testament obviously deserved at least a national one. Not only the sound was bad, there was no interaction with the audience and the songmaterial sounded way too easy. Except for a few nice riffs here and there it felt like watching a rehearsal of a band that just started playing (and hopefully hasn’t finished learning yet). (Mindsaver)
Testament revived the old glory days of thrash metal this night, that’s simply the summary of their show. They played so furious and with such a big enthusiasm that it really seemed that we stepped into a time machine and went back to the days were the Bay Area bands created a furore. It’s great to see a band with such a long history like Testament thrashing again; in the original line-up that is, and not because they would make a lot of money out of it; just because they fucking love it, you could literally see the big smiles on their faces. The band’s spark was easily caught by the audience in a venue with a capacity of just 450 people, which created such an intimacy that it can almost be called a legendary night. A lot of old songs, well what isn’t old of Testament, passed by with emphasis on their debut The Legacy. This night for sure made a lot of people long for their first new record in nine years, which should be released in the beginning of 2008! (Sledgehammer Messiah)
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