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Testament/ Unearth/ Lazarus A.D.

Venue: Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, New Jersey
Date: 5/22/09
Reviewed By: Rich Catino

Lazarus A.D.:

Last Breath
Thou Shall Not Fear
Absolute Power


My Will Be Done
This Lying World
Crow Killer
Sanctity Of Brothers
Grave Of Opportunity
We Are Not Anonymous
Black Hearts Will Now Reign


The Preacher
Practice What You Preach
The New Order
Over The Wall
Sins Of Omission
More Than Meets The Eye
Do Or Die
The Persecuted Won't Forget
Demonic Refusal
True Believer
The Legacy
Into The Pit
Souls Of Black
Electric Crown
Disciples Of The Watch
D.N.R. (Do Not Resuscitate)
Three Days In Darkness
The Formation Of Damnation

Lazarus A.D.

Wisconsin’s Lazarus A.D. could easily be one of the leaders of the thrash metal movement as they are out supporting an excellent debut appropriately titled “The Onslaught”.  The twenty year olds kicked the audience’s butt with thirty minutes of old school thrash in the tradition of tonight’s headliners Testament.  Virtually the new kids on the block, you would never know it based on the numbers in the venue during their performance and the amount of energy given off by the people. 

The young metalheads, both in the crowd and on stage, were having a great time.  Lazarus are easily gaining fans with each city they visit.  Looking forward to the next album and seeing em again live. 


Can’t say I ever liked Unearth or understood why they get so much great feedback from critics.  The Metalcore trend and sound is just not my thing, at all.  Unearth do have plenty of great guitar work but too much yelling, and the melding of hardcore and thrash doesn’t work.  The styling is almost like a progressive thrash at times (think Canada’s Into Eternity).  Regardless of my taste, the music was an angry boot in the face and as performers Unearth work the crowd into a fist throwing frenzy. 


After serving as support for others recently, now headlining, Testament continues touring in support of their critically acclaimed “The Formation of Damnation”.  Three different setlists were voted on by the fans for this headlining run, Jersey got # 3, a best of.  ‘The Preacher’, ‘Practice What You Preach’, ‘The New Order’, ‘Into the Pit’ and ‘Over The Wall’ are usually a given.  ‘Demonic Refusal’ and ‘True Believer’ more than likely replacing recent additions ‘Low’ and ‘Trail of Tears’ (also heard ‘Dog Faced Gods’ has been making the rounds), with ‘The Persecuted Won’t Forget’ the taken from “Formation”.  

By this point, Testament’s rhythm section (Greg Christian, Eric Peterson and Paul Bostaph) are a well oiled metal machine playing in the pocket and by just the facial expressions of Alex Skolnick as he takes command of leads shows the grey streaked shredder is a force to be reckoned with.  And Chuck Billy is surely no slouch as he says the words “God save me nooowww” during the brutally heavy ‘D.N.R.’. 

Sometime in 2010 look for a new Testament album. 

Lazarus A.D.



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