Anthrax Wrap Up Metal Alliance in NYC With Exodus, Municipal Waste + Shadows Fall
Anthrax and their metal brothers gave New York City one hell of a weekend as the Metal Alliance tour wrapped up on Sunday night (April 21) at Irving Plaza. The gig was was the second of sold-out two-night stand at the venue.
New school and old-school Anthrax fans packed the venue and sung their hearts out as Anthrax performed all of their tunes off their classic album ‘Among the Living.’ Their set started with the title track and fans got even more rowdy as they played ‘Caught in a Mosh’ and ‘I Am the Law’ back to back.
Frontman Joey Belladonna belted out all of these songs with his infinite range that resonated throughout Irving Plaza while bassist Frank Bello delighted fans with some incredibly animated faces. Guitarist Scott Ian is always a sight to see rocking out onstage as drummer Charlie Benante provided precision and pulsating patterns behind the skins.
Guitarist Jonathan Donais, who earlier in the night performed with his own band Shadows Fall, finished out his stint playing with Anthrax on this tour. Interestingly enough, former Anthrax guitarist Rob Caggiano, who is now a member of Volbeat, was in attendance and showing full support for his former bandmates.
The hometown guys also performed tracks from their very well-received ‘Worship Music,’ including ‘In the End,’ ‘The Devil You Know’ and ‘Fight ‘Em Til You Can’t.’ Fans were also treated to their cover of AC/DC’s ‘T.N.T.,’ Joe Jackson’s ‘Got The Time’ and their set ending rendition of Trust’s ‘Antisocial.’
Exodus were a powerhouse onstage, as frontman Rob Dukes spat out some serious tunes as renowned guitarist Gary Holt melted faces with his riffs. The band’s chemistry as a whole was infectious to see – not to many bands could split the crowd down the middle for a wall of death and then have them go into an old school circle pit?
With it being the last 2013 Metal Alliance show, Holy Grail singer James-Paul Luna, Municipal Waste frontman Tony Foresta and Shadows Fall vocalist Brian Fair all jumped onstage to perform with Exodus.
Speaking of memorable, Municipal Waste and their vigorous set left a serious impact on fans and the foundation of Irving Plaza as a whole. When they say “Municipal Waste Is Gonna F— You Up” they sure mean it. The band had complete control of the crowd, who constantly surfed their way toward the stage.
High on Fire had a run on the Metal Alliance tour when it first started, but Shadows Fall came on board later in the tour and they did not disappoint on the last night of the trek. As Fair whipped his dreads around and leaped into the crowd, the overall fortitude of the set definitely left an impact on fans. West Coast opening act Holy Grail kicked off the night of metal with a great performance.
Check Out Photos of Anthrax, Exodus, Municipal Waste and Shadows Fall Below: