Killthrax II Tour | Marathon Music Works | Nashville, TN

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Killthrax II Tour

Venue: Marathon Music Works

City: Nashville, TN

Date: February 5, 2018

Photos: Nick Zimmer Photography

I recently had the chance to attend the Killthrax II Tour at Marathon Music Works in Nashville, TN. The lineup, consisting of Havok, Anthrax, and Killswitch Engage, brought the metalheads out in droves and provided a night full of headbanging, hair whips, and plenty of riffs.

The Killthrax II Tour got it right. No excessive amounts of bands, no filler, just a classic three band bill with the perfect amount of shred. The night opened with Havok taking the stage and blazing right into their track "Hang Em High" followed up with a half hour of face melting riffs and solos. The band are currently out supporting their latest record, Conformicide, which you can check out here.

The night opened with Havok taking the stage and blazing right into their track "Hang Em High" followed up with a half hour of face melting riffs and solos. The band are currently out supporting their latest record, Conformicide, which you can check out here.Anthrax took the stage next and absolutely owned the Marathon crowd. From the opening riffs of "Among The Living" until the last note of the closer, "Indians", there wasn’t a body in the building that wasn’t headbanging and pounding their fist in the air. The band cruised through classics like "Caught In A Mosh" and "Madhouse," as well as covers of Joe Jackson’s "Got The Time" and Trust’s "Antisocial." Joey Belladonna killed it the entire set with his fantastic vocal range and I don’t think there is a metal musician who does more cardio during a set than Scott Ian, who spent the majority of the performance stomping around stage. Anthrax’s latest album, For All Kings, can be heard here. You can also check them out this summer on Slayer’s final tour.

Anthrax took the stage next and absolutely owned the Marathon crowd. From the opening riffs of "Among The Living" until the last note of the closer, "Indians", there wasn’t a body in the building that wasn’t headbanging and pounding their fist in the air. The band cruised through classics like "Caught In A Mosh" and "Madhouse," as well as covers of Joe Jackson’s "Got The Time" and Trust’s "Antisocial." Joey Belladonna killed it the entire set with his fantastic vocal range and I don’t think there is a metal musician who does more cardio during a set than Scott Ian, who spent the majority of the performance stomping around stage. Anthrax’s latest album, For All Kings, can be heard here. You can also check them out this summer on Slayer’s final tour.Killswitch Engage closed out the night with a raucous 17 song set that did not disappoint. Opening with "Rose Of Sharyn," the band ran through a long list of bangers that spanned throughout their discography. Adam D spent the set running around the stage and even through the crowd to hit the merch table for a drink. While there were no capes to be found on the guitarist this time around, Adam D did sport a killer guitar featuring a pizza painted on it. The band closed out the night with their cover of Dio’s "Holy Diver" featuring a guest spot from Anthrax’s Joey Belladonna. You can check out their 2016 release Incarnate here while the band works on wrapping up their new album.

Killswitch Engage closed out the night with a raucous 17 song set that did not disappoint. Opening with "Rose Of Sharyn," the band ran through a long list of bangers that spanned throughout their discography. Adam D spent the set running around the stage and even through the crowd to hit the merch table for a drink. While there were no capes to be found on the guitarist this time around, Adam D did sport a killer guitar featuring a pizza painted on it. The band closed out the night with their cover of Dio’s "Holy Diver" featuring a guest spot from Anthrax’s Joey Belladonna. You can check out their 2016 release Incarnate here while the band works on wrapping up their new album.