Tuesday, June 10, 2003 @ 2:44 PM
Anthrax & Death Angel Live at
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REVIEW BY: J.P. Walz
The oh-so sweet opening strains of "The Ultra-Violence" called to order a night of metal unseen in these parts in sometime. It didn't seem possible -- was that really Rob Cavestany and Death Angel cranking out the title track to the Bay Area legends 1987 debut?
It was and it was a call to arms, or horns if you will. /p>
The powerful San Francisco thrashers, derailed by a bus accident more than ten years ago, were back and in a big way May 29th at the House of Blues, Hollywood.
The band cut short the instrumental track and jumped right into "Seemingly Endless Time," the lead track from their stellar 1990 release Act III. Vocalist Mark Osegueda commanded the stage and led DA through tracks such as "Bored," "Stagnant" and "Voracious Souls."
In what could only be described as surreal, the band closed the set with "Kill As One." By itself, amazing; but not surreal. But played at the HOB, with all of its peace and love bullshit, and with a near capacity crowd chanting, "Kill - As - One," it was a beautiful thing.
DA's 8 tracks were just the night's appetizer -- Anthrax was the main course and the horn-throwing crowd gorged on tracks spanning the 20-plus year career of a true metal pioneer and standard barer.
Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante recently commented that rock was dying -- that normally strong Anthrax cities didn't get behind or hadn't been exposed to the new material. That was far from the case as the HOB sang along with "What Doesn't Die" the opening number and just one of the standouts from their latest release, We've Come For You All.
Benante's was a madman behind the kit, pounding the house into submission. Frank Bello on bass held up his end of the bargain, prowling the stage and holding down the bottom end of the talented rhythm section.
Also a maniac on stage, Scott Ian's rhythm guitar rarely sounded better. Newcomer Rob Caggiano was a polar opposite of Bello and Ian -- he was much more reserved in body motion, but not in his playing. His leads smoked, pure and simple.
And then there was Bush. John Bush, vocalist supreme and master front man led the assault for 90 minutes.
The band pulled out gems like "Metal Thrashing Mad" and "Madhouse" which sounded right on-target along side new tracks "Black Dahlia" and "Nobody Knows Anything."
A highlight was the inclusion of "Black Lodge," a mellower track from Sound Of White Noise. The track starts slow and soft, which could have lost the crowd, but instead, they caught their breath as the track built up a full head of steam. That brief respite was well needed as the pit swelled during "Bring The Noise" and set closing "Indians."
The hot and sweaty crowd got a fistful of metal from two bands who began their career in the 80s on opposite sides of the U.S. of A, yet laid the ground work of thrash. Lucky for all of us -- really lucky for those at the show.