The Rave/ Eagles Club In Milwaukee, Wisconsin is a legendary venue for some killer heavy metal shows. From all of its haunting stories to the many stages, The Rave is almost always one of a band’s favorite places to perform. It was a no brainer that seeing a sold out Killthrax show on a Friday night at this magnificent venue was going to be a fantastic time.
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First to open up this night of heavy metal was Havok! This four piece thrash metal band from Denver, Colorado seriously rips! From the serious riffage, to the pipes behind vocalist David Sanchez, to bassist Nick Schendzielos and his sick light up bass, the energy on the stage with this band is incredible. There were countless Havok fans in the crowd moshing as soon as they opened up their set with their song “Unnatural Selection” the title track off their 2013 album. Heads were banging and the pit was circling almost the entire set. There was nothing slow about this set, especially during their song “From The Cradle to the Grave” off their 2012 album “Point of No Return”. Now the vocal range of vocalist, David Sanchez, is no doubt incredible. But being an impeccable frontman isn’t his only talent. He could totally take up comedy on the side, #literacy. From the great laughs, to the already sore necks of the crowd after just the first band, no one was ready for this substantial set to be over. But to end their set, was “Intention to Deceive” off their recent 2017 album “Conformicide”.
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Next to take the stage, one of the greatest thrash bands that has been around many many years, Anthrax! This five piece band from New York never disappoints. Even if you don’t know Anthrax, you do know Anthrax. They opened up their 12 song set with “Among The Living” the title track off their album dating all the way back to 1987. Nothing slows this band down. Vocalist Joey Belladonna at the age of 57 has impeccable stage energy each performance, and Guitarist Scott Ian at age 54 is a damn power house! Every single member gives a great performance. Over the years Anthrax has released many many albums. Friday night, they played a fan favorite “Caught In A Mosh” off their 1987 album “Among The Living” along with “Fight ‘Em ‘Til You Can’t” off their 2011 album “Worship Music” and also “Belly Of The Beast” off their 1990 album “Persistence of Time”. Anthrax, part of the big four is one of the greatest thrash metal bands to exist. They never disappoint on stage, all the crowd interaction really ties each performance together. The circle pit and head banging never stopped, and neither did the crowd surfers! They toppled over the barricade one after another. The sold out crowd was insanely packed for Anthrax and no one was ready for their set to end. But Anthrax ended their set with their song “Indians” also off their 1987 album “Among The Living”. All the Anthrax fans enjoyed the oldies yet goodies. Anthrax is a band you could see over and over and enjoy each performance just as much if not more. Catch them this year on the bill for Slayer’s final tour!
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Last but not least to pummel the stage, Killswitch Engage! This 5 piece band from Boston, Massachusetts has yet to disappoint live. The immense amounts of energy they have up on stage is incredible. Guitarist, Adam Dutkiewicz definitely plays a big part in that energy, you never know where he will be on stage! Killswitch Engage fans were waiting at the tips of their toes for them to take the stage. Killswitch Engage opened up their 17 song setlist fast and heavy with their song “Rose Of Sharyn” off their 2004 album “The End Of Heartache”. The madness began immediately! Killswitch Engage went on to play some fan favorites off their 2013 album “Disarm The Descent”. “Always”, “The New Awakening” and “In Due Time” are personally some of my favorite KSE songs! Killswitch Engage didn’t disappoint with their set list choices, playing songs like “My Curse” off their 2006 album “As Daylight Dies” and then taking the powerhouse aspect down just a sliver for their song “My Last Serenade” off their 2002 album “Alive Or Just Breathing”. Also, many fans are so stoked for the tease of a new Killswitch Engage album later this year, so keep your eyes and ears open for some new KSE music! Now no one was ready for Killswitch Engage to play their last song because then that really meant the night was over. But they made sure this night went out with a bang! Closing their phenomenal set with their cover of “Holy Diver” by the legendary Ronnie James Dio. Killswitch Engage invited Anthrax vocalist, Joey Belladonna to totally slay this cover. It was incredible! Killswitch Engage put on yet another fantastic show at The Rave.
The Killthrax tour has been selling out many shows, do yourself a favor and order tickets to one of these shows near you! You seriously can’t beat seeing these three bands on the same stage in one night!
Pictures and Review by: Mariah Berg