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Slayer, Lamb of God and Anthrax lead a heavy lineup of metal at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut

Testament, Behemoth, Anthrax, Lamb of God, and F*ckin’ Slayer. I can’t believe a line up this insane is even legal. In my constant running from photo pit to my nosebleed seats, I was dodging puddles of blood on the floor and the halls of Mohegan Sun’s arena were echoing with metal heads chanting and hollering for their favorite band, SLAYERRR!

Testament was up first and set the tone for the night to come. Immediately starting us off with tons of energy from the title track of their 11th studio album Brotherhood of the Snake. For my first time ever seeing Testament, I thought they put on an amazing and just outright fun performance. Hitting us with the classic smoke machine to accent hard riffs and each member providing their own, awesome brand of showmanship. I can’t wait for these guys to come around again.

Behemoth, or as I like to call them, The Most Dramatic Band in the World, once again, blew me away! As a long time fan of theirs, I’ve never been disappointed by a set. They pulled out some older, heavy hitters on this tour, as compared to “The Satanist” heavy set lists in the more recent times I’ve seen them. It was a pleasant surprise for me, but the whole time I couldn’t help but wonder what all the 80s thrash metal heads were thinking while they got blasted in the face with extreme death metal. They are a band like no other in how they completely alter the energy in a room with their massive presence, shifting the mood to something a little more serious than just a wildly fun show. Behemoth also hit us with a brand new song titled “Wolves of Siberia: and all I’ve really got to say is, oh my god. They’ve been teasing us with talk of a new album in the works for a minute now and I cannot wait for my favorite blackened death metal gods to bestow upon us another impeccable album.

Slayer

Lamb of God

Anthrax. Freaking Anthrax. Not one, but TWO of “the Big Four” in one night. These guys looked like they were having the absolute best time sharing the stage with each other and capturing the attention of the thousands of fans in the arena. After the show, I went and watched the clip of Anthrax performing on “Married With Children” and lost my mind at how all these guys look exactly the same all these years later, still going as hard as ever. True thrash gods never letting go of what made them rise to the top, yet still cranking out new music refreshing enough to keep countless fans around. As I was photographing, I couldn’t help but notice the tiny presence off to the side of the stage. Guitarist Scott Ian brought his son along on tour, who looked like he couldn’t be over 7 years old and was headbanging, moshing, and singing along more than any other fan there. Maybe it’s just me being a sappy p.o.s., but Lil Dude might’ve stolen the whole show!

Lamb of God came right out and hit us with their song Omerta and just nailed us over and over with, as my buddy put it, an “all killer, no filler setlist”. It’s been a minute since the last time I’ve seen Lamb of God and once again, they shook the venue to the very core. I can’t even come up with the proper words to talk about their performance that night because it was just that perfect. They’ve earned every ounce of recognition and success they have gotten over the years and I’m so excited to continue to watch them only grow more and more as years go on.

Now, what can I say about Slayer that hasn’t already been said in their illustrious career as one of the biggest names in thrash metal of all time? Literally nothing, but here I go anyway. Never in my life have I seen a band make shredding THAT hard look THAT easy. Yes, they’ve been doing this a long time, but that doesn’t make it any less mind blowing watching Kerry King just do that 3 feet away from my face. Slayer started off with teasing the overflowing crowd with a projection show of classic Slayer imagery dancing around a sheer curtain before firing off the pyrotechnics, dropping the curtain, and walking out on stage to command the arena for the next hour and a half. Perfectly punctuated with flames and dancing lights, each song hit harder and harder as they rolled out their set of almost strictly hits; all the songs any fan wants to hear and see. Taking very short breaks between some songs, Tom Araya used that time to remind the crowd how appreciative he and the rest of the band are for the years they’ve spent performing and for the die hard fans that have always supported them. The crowd broke out in a chorus of “boos” at the mention that all good things must come to an end but upon that, crescendoed into cheers as they then immediately tore into the next song. Closing with Angel of Death, Slayer hung a banner behind them to commemorate late, founding member Jeff Hanneman. When the set eventually came to a close, all the members gathered at the front of the stage to bid the crowd a solemn goodbye, before tossing some guitar picks and drum sticks into the crowd. I’ll bet whoever caught those are not going to let go of those any time soon.

Every band on the bill brought their absolute best to Mohegan Sun that night and if you are, for any reason, questioning whether or not you should see the metal tour of the year, well…you’d be missing just that.

Testament

Testament

Testament

Testament

Behemoth

Behemoth

Behemoth

Anthrax

Anthrax

Anthrax

Lamb of God

Lamb of God

Lamb of God

Slayer

Slayer

Slayer

Slayer

Slayer

Slayer

Slayer

Slayer

Meghan McCabe
Meghan McCabe is a photographer based in New York City. More of her work is available at meghanameliaphoto.com.

Slayer, Lamb of God and Anthrax lead a heavy lineup of metal at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut

Testament, Behemoth, Anthrax, Lamb of God, and F*ckin’ Slayer. I can’t believe a line up this insane is even legal. In my constant running from photo pit to my nosebleed seats, I was dodging puddles of blood on the floor and the halls of Mohegan Sun’s arena were echoing with metal heads chanting and hollering for their favorite band, SLAYERRR!

Testament was up first and set the tone for the night to come. Immediately starting us off with tons of energy from the title track of their 11th studio album Brotherhood of the Snake. For my first time ever seeing Testament, I thought they put on an amazing and just outright fun performance. Hitting us with the classic smoke machine to accent hard riffs and each member providing their own, awesome brand of showmanship. I can’t wait for these guys to come around again.

Behemoth, or as I like to call them, The Most Dramatic Band in the World, once again, blew me away! As a long time fan of theirs, I’ve never been disappointed by a set. They pulled out some older, heavy hitters on this tour, as compared to “The Satanist” heavy set lists in the more recent times I’ve seen them. It was a pleasant surprise for me, but the whole time I couldn’t help but wonder what all the 80s thrash metal heads were thinking while they got blasted in the face with extreme death metal. They are a band like no other in how they completely alter the energy in a room with their massive presence, shifting the mood to something a little more serious than just a wildly fun show. Behemoth also hit us with a brand new song titled “Wolves of Siberia: and all I’ve really got to say is, oh my god. They’ve been teasing us with talk of a new album in the works for a minute now and I cannot wait for my favorite blackened death metal gods to bestow upon us another impeccable album.

Slayer

Lamb of God

Anthrax. Freaking Anthrax. Not one, but TWO of “the Big Four” in one night. These guys looked like they were having the absolute best time sharing the stage with each other and capturing the attention of the thousands of fans in the arena. After the show, I went and watched the clip of Anthrax performing on “Married With Children” and lost my mind at how all these guys look exactly the same all these years later, still going as hard as ever. True thrash gods never letting go of what made them rise to the top, yet still cranking out new music refreshing enough to keep countless fans around. As I was photographing, I couldn’t help but notice the tiny presence off to the side of the stage. Guitarist Scott Ian brought his son along on tour, who looked like he couldn’t be over 7 years old and was headbanging, moshing, and singing along more than any other fan there. Maybe it’s just me being a sappy p.o.s., but Lil Dude might’ve stolen the whole show!

Lamb of God came right out and hit us with their song Omerta and just nailed us over and over with, as my buddy put it, an “all killer, no filler setlist”. It’s been a minute since the last time I’ve seen Lamb of God and once again, they shook the venue to the very core. I can’t even come up with the proper words to talk about their performance that night because it was just that perfect. They’ve earned every ounce of recognition and success they have gotten over the years and I’m so excited to continue to watch them only grow more and more as years go on.

Now, what can I say about Slayer that hasn’t already been said in their illustrious career as one of the biggest names in thrash metal of all time? Literally nothing, but here I go anyway. Never in my life have I seen a band make shredding THAT hard look THAT easy. Yes, they’ve been doing this a long time, but that doesn’t make it any less mind blowing watching Kerry King just do that 3 feet away from my face. Slayer started off with teasing the overflowing crowd with a projection show of classic Slayer imagery dancing around a sheer curtain before firing off the pyrotechnics, dropping the curtain, and walking out on stage to command the arena for the next hour and a half. Perfectly punctuated with flames and dancing lights, each song hit harder and harder as they rolled out their set of almost strictly hits; all the songs any fan wants to hear and see. Taking very short breaks between some songs, Tom Araya used that time to remind the crowd how appreciative he and the rest of the band are for the years they’ve spent performing and for the die hard fans that have always supported them. The crowd broke out in a chorus of “boos” at the mention that all good things must come to an end but upon that, crescendoed into cheers as they then immediately tore into the next song. Closing with Angel of Death, Slayer hung a banner behind them to commemorate late, founding member Jeff Hanneman. When the set eventually came to a close, all the members gathered at the front of the stage to bid the crowd a solemn goodbye, before tossing some guitar picks and drum sticks into the crowd. I’ll bet whoever caught those are not going to let go of those any time soon.

Every band on the bill brought their absolute best to Mohegan Sun that night and if you are, for any reason, questioning whether or not you should see the metal tour of the year, well…you’d be missing just that.

Testament

Testament

Testament

Testament

Behemoth

Behemoth

Behemoth

Anthrax

Anthrax

Anthrax

Lamb of God

Lamb of God

Lamb of God

Slayer

Slayer

Slayer

Slayer

Slayer

Slayer

Slayer

Slayer

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