Anthrax Forum London 10-2-17
First up before the sold out crowd was The Raven Age who spent most of last year on the road with Iron Maiden across the globe and with their debut cd due out on the 17th of March big things are expected.
Mixing songs from their debut ep and a couple of new ones their stage craft has improved massively since the last time I saw them but for me the biggest problem was the quite appalling sound mix from where I was sat in the balcony.Strangely the vocals were audible with Michael Burroughs excelling with his melodic tones but the guitars were muted and Jai Patel on drums appeared to be pounding his kit superbly but sadly he was unheard.
The crowd response grew song by song and recent single Salem's Fate tried it's best to be heard from the mud and I look forward to the album next month and seeing them again and maybe hearing all of them too.
As the lights dipped for Anthrax the anticipation reached fever pitch and for me a reminisce at frighteningly 30 years since the release of the classic Among The Living cd and a show at Oxford Apollo with Testament in support that reduced the venue to ruins.
Split into 2 sets first up was a collection of older classics and then after a short break Among The Living in full.
Here is what they played