After I walked out of my office job as usual, I headed directly to Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie, Texas, and as soon as I was walking into the venue my blood started to pump faster than usual. The day had finally arrived, after months of just having the ticket sitting in a corner and waiting to be put to good use. Here we go. The lights turned off and I finally got to see THE act I’d been waiting for…ANTHRAX! I had goosebumps after drummer Charlie Benante, bass player Frank Bello, guitarists Scott Ian and Jonathan Donais, and of course, singer Joey Belladonna took over the stage.
I had the chance to see ANTHRAX for the very first time three years ago while studying my professional career at Monterrey, Mexico. I seriously can’t describe how I felt when their opening song “Caught in a Mosh” caught up to my ears this time around. A three-man mosh pit broke out of the crowd, followed by “Got the Time”; a short and sweet song that I still have in my mind and I’m still jamming this very second. After an energetic beginning of their performance, Belladonna described the venue as a “Madhouse” and the song of the same title reflected the crowd as that eight-letter word.
The audience got a quick break, and Belladonna invited them to sing the chorus of “Antisocial”, which is very catchy. The five performers to this point were putting on an epic show, with a high quality sound, good presence with the crowd, creating reactions from the front to the back. In reference to the series The Walking Dead, ANTHRAX pulled out their attack card with “Fight’em ‘Til You Can’t”, one of my personal favorites from their latest (and Maestro’s favorite!) album Worship Music. Given the fact that this record was released four years ago, it was just about time for Scott Ian to introduce us to some new riffs and that’s when “Soror Irrumator” from the second installment of the Game of Thrones-inspired album series Catch The Throne: The Mixtape was unleashed.
Their last three songs included another one from Worship Music “In The End”, which also has an awesome chorus and is a longer song than average ANTHRAX compositions. “I Am The Law” was another jam that couldn’t be missed during their set, creating some serious chaos during their fast parts and to close this amazing performance, ANTHRAX gave us the gift of playing “Indians” and with that, the opportunity to get into the WAAAR DAAANCEEE! Incredible set, classic songs, excellent performance. I feel that ANTRHAX has gotten better over the years: they earned their spot as one of the Big Four icons of thrash metal, and I do believe that they’ve gotten better over the time, just like TESTAMENT, OVERKILL, and several other bands I can think of.
Props to ANTHRAX for being composed of such talented musicians, who not only know exactly what they’re up to, but I believe that each one of them has a unique stage presence that makes the band a true dynamic team in their performances. This will definitely be in my Top 10 Performances of the Year 2015.
LIVE WORDS: THE ALCALDE
LIVE PHOTOS: RUDY LUNA