Testament @ Shibuya O-East (Feb. 20th, 2017)

Into The Circle Pit
Live Photos @ Shibuya O-East 2017.02.20

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As singer Chuck Billy mentioned throughout Testament’s night in Shibuya, the band have been coming to Japan for 30 years and it seems that time has neither dulled the band’s enthusiasm nor that of the crowd’s. Such was the atmosphere in the venue that even before the Californian thrash-metallers had even taken to the stage the crowd had pulled the barriers out of the main floor, determined to make room for a non-stop circle pit.

Releasing “Brotherhood of the Snake” last year, Testament stuck to what they do best, keeping the thrash-level high and the strutting sometimes attendant with that genre to a minimum. Songs from the new album such as “Pale King” and “Stronghold” were notable new highlights, the latter sung in support of water protector’s at Standing Rock, receiving a rousing sea of raised fists in solidarity. Live-show favourite “Into The Pit” again proved why it is one of Testament’s more frequently played songs, setting off the crowd at O-East into a flurry of crowd-surfing and circle-pit chaos that had the band beaming, clearly enjoying themselves in front of a hugely excited crowd.

The band play their final date of this Japan tour in Nagoya tonight!

SETLIST

Brotherhood of the Snake/ Rise Up/ The Pale King/ Disciples of the Watch/ Practice What You Preach/ The New Order/ More Than Meets the Eye/ Dark Roots of Earth/ Stronghold/ Into the Pit/ Over the Wall/ D.N.R. (Do Not Resuscitate)/ 3 Days in Darkness/ The Formation of Damnation

ENCORE

Alone in the Dark

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