Gig Review

Warbringer, Onslaught
Newcastle, Academy
22nd July 2009
Testament                  Warbringer        Onslaught
Photo Of Testament © Copyright Ellie PockleyThrash metal legends Testament recently embarked on their first UK tour for a while recently with support from veterans Onslaught and a relatively young thrash metal band Warbringer. Testament certainly showed an enthusiastic Newcastle crowd that old dogs don't lose old tricks with a set that included songs from older albums like Legacy all the way through to their 2008 album Formation of Damnation.

Despite there not being a full house Warbringer, a band with many aspirations showed their credentials with a blistering forty-five minute set. The gradually gathering crowd really seemed to get into their music which served to greaten the atmosphere.

Onslaught were very well received and were technically very good. Again the crowd loved their whiplashing songs. Unfortunately, I wasn't so easily impressed, for me their songs for the most part sounded too alike. They were also pretty static onstage which in my opinion is criminal. I think that as well as playing a tight set you have to be lively and put on a good show. With Onslaught, the fact that a lot of the songs sounded the same may have been ignored if they'd moved around a bit but they didn't. Maybe it's time for them to hang up their guitars?

Photo Of Testament © Copyright Ellie PockleyTestament were everything they've been hyped up to be preceding this tour, they sound just as good as when they started out way back in the early 80's. The song that stood out the most was their recent single 'More Than Meets The Eye' from 2008 album Formation of Damnation. The crowd were singing back to Chuck Billy and the roof nearly came off the O2 Academy. With typical hard hitting riffage and brilliant solos together with Billy's strong, distinctive vocals, Testament are a band that you must see before you die. With Billy announcing that the band are working on a new album for 2010, they show no sign of stopping continuing their metal legacy that has spanned for two decades.

Testament 5/5
Warbringer 3/5
Onslaught 2/5

Review By Alan Brown


Chuck Billy
Eric Peterson
Greg Christian
Alex Skolnick
Paul Bostaph


John Laux
John Kevill
Ben Bennet
Adam Carroll
Nic Ritter


Sy Keeler
Nige Rockett
Steve Grice
Jeff Williams
andy Rosser-Davies

 Band Related Links
Testament Myspace
Warbringer Myspace
Onslaught Myspace
 Review Score Code
- Top Cheese
- Brilliant
- Pretty damn good
- Ok I guess
- What Was That?