Review: The Killthrax Tour – Danforth Music Hall, Toronto – 3rd May 2017

There are some tours in metal that you just can’t afford to miss and the Killthrax Tour with Anthrax, Killswitch Engage and The Devil Wears Prada are one of those. With their non-stop touring schedules it was great to see the bands make a stop in Toronto, Canada.

Unfortunately, one of the opening bands, Code Orange, were unable to make it north of the border but that didn’t take away anything from the show. The Devil Wears Prada (★★★★) hit the stage flying playing a great mix of old and new songs. Songs like Daughter and Worldwide from their latest album Transit Blues highlighted their set as the band shone through the darkly lit stage to get the night started.

Killswitch Engage (★★★★) were up next and, with a much better lit stage that The Devil Wears Prada received, opened with Hate By Design, a killer heavy track off of their latest album Incarnate. The crowd was pumping as Jesse Leach’s vocals seemed to be much heavier than other times that I’ve seen Killswitch. Other Incarnate songs like Embrace the Journey…Upraised, Strength of the Mind, and Alone I Stand punctuated their set to accompany their older songs like A Bid Farewell. The band was tight and the crowd loved them. From start to finish Killswitch Engage engaged the crowd even during their more melodic songs.

To end their set, Killswitch brought Joey Belladonna of Anthrax on stage to cover the Dio song Holy Diver. The crowd sang along beautifully and Joey’s old school energy complimented the vocals and rest of Killswitch perfectly. It was an amazing way to end the second set of the night.

Anthrax (★★★★★) finished the night in amazing style. Opening with Among the Living, their energy, even after 30 years of performing, still doesn’t miss a beat. Immediately the crowd went in to a fury and started throwing themselves at each other, fighting to be closer and closer to the stage. The security guards certainly had their hands full throughout the night. In a set that was based mostly on classics like Caught in a Mosh, Madhouse, and Efilnikufesin (N.F.L.)., Anthrax turned back the clocks to the era where thrash thrived. Scott Ian’s trademark parading around stage and jumping was present in every song and although his beard might a little greyer, you would think we were back in the 1980s. The band finished off the night with a Trust cover, Antisocial which lead in to a what seemed like a personal anthem, Indians, from lead singer Joey Belladonna. If you ever get a chance to see them, whether it be a festival, arena show, or a smaller show for 1500 people like this one, get out. Go see Anthrax. You will never be disappointed from the kings of thrash.

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