Do Or Die

So from some new bands with White Boy Wasted and VUUR via something rare in the shape of Toxik it’s now time for something excessive. Here’s the first of two posts today from bands I’ve seen numerous times, easily in double figures for each. 

Both from California, but first up the mighty Testament. Double figures for this band was brought up at the end of last year when I saw the band supporting Amon Amarth in Birmingham. A bit of a travesty in my eyes, but it all pays the bills and probably better financially than another European excursion on their own. Saturday will mark the first time I’ve seen them abroad. It feels like I’ve been travelling to see Chuck Billy and his crew for years, so I’m surprised I’ve only scrapped eleven viewings so far. 

They were the first band announced for this years edition as last years was still in full flow. Posters were put up around the arena late in the day proclaiming their return, thirty years after their arrival in the city. Most of the posters were also removed as souvenirs before the final strains of Indians drifted into the Eindhoven air.  

Saturday will be the first of two Testament shows within a month and fingers crossed not the last for the year. The four shows last year with the Swedes have been the only opportunity to showcase the superb Brotherhood of the Snake album, but when you’re a support act with limited time to play the newer or obscure stuff has to take a back seat to some extent. 

In August they return to theses fair shores  to play at Bloodstock. They’re below Blind Guardian and Friday headliners Amon Amarth, so again time will be limited. Their rabid UK legions though are living in hope that their headlining European tour with Annihilator and Death Angel announces a few dates here after the festival appearance. We can all live in hope, but without any British shows materialising I foresee a short hop to Munich for an evening of unabashed thrash metal. 

Sandwiched in between Testament’s first two albums was the original version of the Live at Eindhoven 12″. The full ten song set was repackaged and rereleased in 2009. Surprisingly no official video has accompanied the release to document the occasion. The Dynamo Open Air performance came two days after they played the club where the festival has taken its name from. I’m pretty confident that the club show was the band’s first foray into Europe. 

I can’t seem to find any footage from the open air show in 1987. There’s some up on YouTube from future appearances and there’s a lot of raw footage from the club show. I won’t let that deter me, so here’s the audio of Do Or Die recorded at the ice rink. Seems a bit daft not having something from that show. 


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