Review

It was a beautiful Wednesday night in late September and what could be better than being at the Park Street Saloon in Columbus Ohio for a metalheads wet dream, the “Battle of the Bays” tour.

It was an incredible line up consisting of Dust Bolt, hailing from Germany and Power Trip currently residing in Dallas. Then, thrash legends, Exodus from the San Francisco Bay area and Death Metal Pioneers, Obituary from Tampa Bay, hence the tour name, Battle of the Bays! 

Dust Bolt hit the stage first and warmed things up with an intense thrash sound that only a European quartet can so masterfully produce. Supporting their latest release Mass Confusion, they cranked out a set that left us all wanting more! And more is exactly what we received with Power Trip, supporting their recent release, Nightmare Logic which was released in February of this year. These badasses tore it up as they opened up with “Soul Sacrifice” and then “Executioners Tax”, which you may have heard on Sirius radio’s Liquid Metal. I have to admit, I was blown away by the powerful wall of sound these five fellows delivered!

One of my favorite performances I’ve had the pleasure of viewing and will be looking forward seeing them again! Next up, raising the energy up another notch, one of my favorites, Exodus. I was pleasantly surprised to see the return of Mr. Slayer, fancy pants Gary Holt. It’s been a while since he, probably the best guitarist in the biz, has toured with the band he formed back in 1982. With Lee Altus sharing axe duty with Gary, Jack Gibson on bass, Tom Hunting on drums and Steve “Zetro” Souza’s vocals, they are still supporting their latest release, Blood In Blood Out which was released in October of 2014. But this show was about the old school, so we were lucky to witness songs like “Bonded by Blood” and “A Lesson in Violence”, and my personal fav, “Fabulous Disaster”! And of course, we got to “Toxic Waltz”! These guys are thrash royalty and performed to the standard they created so many moons ago.   I can’t express the love Exodus has for their fans and vice versa and it shows with the interaction between the two. It truly was a Lunatic Parade! 

Now it was time, time to experience what I call the ultimate in death metal, Obituary! True originators of the genre, these gentlemen have been slaying the scene since 1982. They have a relentless catalog of about 10 albums and are supporting the latest which is simply self-titled Obituary. Consisting of Kenny Andrews on lead and Trevor Peres on rhythm guitar, Terry Butler on Bass and brothers Don Tardy on drums and John Tardy wielding the mic, Obituary opened with the instrumental “Redneck Stomp, and brought on the onslaught of a set consisting of classic favorites like “Cause of Death” and “Slowly We Rot”, they work the crowd into a feeding frenzy! They didn’t let up and continued the slaughter by performing a wide variety of songs from a huge arsenal they have accumulated over the years. Obituary is better than ever and has no intention of not delivering the most brutal of shows anyone has ever witnessed! As I wrap this article up, you, the reader may be wondering who actually won “The Battle of the Bays”, and the answer is simple! All the fans who were lucky enough to be in the crowd, banging their heads, pumping those fist, moshing like madmen and screaming like howling banshees. Until we meet again, keep those horns in the air and I’ll see you in the pit!

As I wrap this article up, you, the reader may be wondering who actually won “The Battle of the Bays”, and the answer is simple! All the fans who were lucky enough to be in the crowd, banging their heads, pumping those fist, moshing like madmen and screaming like howling banshees. Until we meet again, keep those horns in the air and I’ll see you in the pit!



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Jason Hillard
Jason Hillard