Saturday, February 18, 2012

February 15th, 2012 - First Strike

So I had the great pleasure and privilege of seeing thrash metal gods, Testament live the other night at the Depot in Salt Lake City, Utah with opening band, Truce, a local metal band with deep roots. With such a high-energy show I decided to go with local favorite, Uinta Cutthroat Pale Ale, which was on tap.

Uinta Cutthroat Pale Ale is a traditional American ...pale that pours a nice, light amber color with a light, foamy head. Cutthroat is probably one of the most popular local beers with the perfect balance of malts, barley, and hops with just enough hoppiness to give it full flavor for a lighter beer with low gravity. It goes down smooth and has a clean finish... perfect for throwing back a few at a thrash metal show!

And what a show it was!! Truce opened the show with full fury, blasting the audience with "Salespitch for the Masses." Along with "The Gods of War," "Borrowed Soul," and a few new tracks, Truce laid down a great set to warm up the audience for the onslaught of Testament! The mighty Testament brought it all (and more) to the table! Alex Skolnick's amazing guitar work along with the driving power of Chuck Billy's vocal prowess and Greg Christian's bass work blew me away! Along with a few of their newer songs from "The Formation of Damnation," Testament delighted the audience with a wonderful set that highlighted some of the greatest thrash metal songs ever recorded from their 20+ year career. Songs like "Disciples of Watch," "Over the Wall," "Trial By Fire," and the fist pounding "Into the Pit" whipped the audience into a metal frenzy... and all the while I was enjoying the refreshing flavor of my Cutthroat. A perfect beer for a perfect night of head-banging!!

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Concert photos courtesy of Tina Anderson. Thanks Tina!!

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