“The Bay Strikes Back Tour” featuring Testament, Exodus and Death Angel play to sold out Town Ballroom
On Friday, May 6, 2022, Testament performed their ‘The Bay Strikes Back Tour’ at Town Ballroom in Buffalo. The tour features Death Angel and Exodus as support for Testament. This show was originally scheduled for a different date last year but had to be rescheduled due to Covid-19. Testament hasn’t played in New York for many years, but that has now changed.
Angel of Death
Angel of Death is an American thrash metal band from Daly City, California, originally active from 1982 to 1991 and again since 2001. Death Angel has released nine studio albums, two demos, a box set, and three live albums. The band went through several line-up changes, leaving guitarist Rob Cavestany as the only constant member; he and vocalist Mark Osegueda (who joined the band in 1984) are the only members of Death Angel to appear on all of their studio albums.
Death Angel is often considered one of the key bands of the Bay Area thrash metal movement of the 1980s and secured club opening slots during that decade, including opening for their peers Megadeth, Metallica, Slayer, Exodus, Testament and Overkill. .
Set list: The ultra-violence, the evil priest, the voracious souls, the seemingly endless time, the claws so deep, the dream calls for blood, moth, humanicide and thrown to the wolves.
Exodus is an American thrash metal band formed in 1979 in Richmond, California. Their current lineup consists of guitarists Gary Holt and Lee Altus, bassist Jack Gibson, drummer Tom Hunting and vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza. There are no original members left in Exodus other than Hunting, who left the band twice, in 1989 and 2004, but rejoined in 2007. Exodus is also notable for its inclusion of guitarist Kirk Hammett in its initial lineup; he eventually left the band in 1983 to join Metallica replacing Dave Mustaine.
Set list: The Blows Will Go On, A Lesson in Violence, Blood in, Blood out, Years of Death and Death, Deathamphetamine, Blacklist, Horror Prescription, Bonded by Blood, The Toxic Waltz and Strike of the Beast.
Will is an American thrash metal band from Berkeley, California. Formed in 1983 as Legacy, the band’s current lineup includes rhythm guitarist Eric Peterson, lead vocalist Chuck Billy, lead guitarist Alex Skolnick, bassist Steve Di Giorgio, and drummer Dave Lombardo (formerly in Slayer).
Testament has seen many lineup changes over the years, with Peterson being the only original member remaining, although they have since been joined by one of its songwriters Skolnick, who was out of the band from 1992 to 2005. Billy has been a member of Testament since 1986, when he replaced original vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza, who had joined Exodus as a replacement for Paul Baloff. He and Peterson are the only members to appear on all of Testament’s studio albums, with the latter being the only constant member overall.
Testament’s fanbase is mostly made up of older fans, but the younger generation was dotted in the crowd for The Bay Strikes Back tour. Their set included 14 songs for the sold-out crowd. Playing hits such as “Children of the Next Level”, “Eyes of Wrath” and “Disciples of the Watch”. Their stage show used CO2 air blasts and arena LED stage lighting with strobes that changed colors often.
Drummer Dave Lombardo sat atop his high drum rig away from the camera and the crowd, but with his playing technique he sits very low on his drum throne, so it’s difficult to see it. There were many mosh pits and crowd surfing all night. Fans really enjoyed the show because they needed a way to release their stress from the current world situation. Parking was cheap, drinks were cold and cheap, and everyone had fun all night.
Set list: Children of the Next Level, The Pale King, Practice What You Preach, The New Order, WWII, Eyes of Wrath, DNR, Legions of the Dead, Electric Crown, Souls of Black, Night of the Witch, Over the Wall, Into the Fosse and Disciples of the Guard.
Upcoming shows Testament
September 9 – Phoenix, Arizona @ Van Buren
September 10 – Albuquerque, New Mexico @ Sunshine Theater
September 12 – Wichita, Kan. @ Cotillion
September 13 – Kansas City, Mo. @ Truman
September 15 – St. Louis, Mo. @ The Pageant
September 16 – Nashville, Tennessee @ Brooklyn Bowl
September 18 – St. Petersburg, Florida @ Jannus Live
September 19 – Strong. Lauderdale, Florida @ Revolution
September 21 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
September 22 – Silver Spring, Md. @ Fillmore
September 23 – Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater
September 26 – Hartford, CT. @ Webster Theater
September 27 – Albany, NY @ Empire Live
September 28 – Portland, Maine @ State Theater
September 30 – Montreal, Quebec @ Mtelus
October 1 – London, Ontario @ London Music Hall
October 3 – ft. Wayne, Indiana @ Piere’s
October 4 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ The Rave
October 6 – Winnipeg, Manitoba @ Burton Cummings Theater
October 8 – Calgary, AB @ Palace Theater
October 10 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore
October 12 – Ventura, CA @ Majestic Ventura Theater
October 13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
October 14 – Reno, Nevada @ Cargo
October 15 – San Jose, CA @ San Jose Civic