New York City's thrash metal masters Anthrax, with frontman Joey Belladona and Scott Ian, brought their tour to the brand new Emo's East, a huge(by club standards) new music venue that occupies the former Back Room location on East Riverside.
I don't know if the show sold out or not, but it was packed with fans of Austin's metal scene, including 101x's "No Control" Chuck Loesch looking like the notorious Viking Erik the Red with his infamous flowing red beard.
With supporting acts Death Angel and Testament opening this was a great thrash metal warm up for this Sundays Slayer gig at Auditorium Shores. For the complete Anthrax/Testament tour schedule check out http://anthrax.com
With a set that was as fast as it was loud and frantic, Death Angel's frontman Mark Osegueda's natty dreads were mostly a blur as he dashed around Emo's stage. Opening for thrash legends Testament and Anthrax, the Concord, California's based band is trying hard to show the old school some new tricks and are doing a damn good job. For more Death Angel info see http://deathangel.us
Prehistoric sludge metal band Mastodon filled up and sold out Austin's La Zona Rosa and then proceeded to trample the audience with heavy bass lines and wandering guitar rifts.
Their current North American tour continues on through November, ending in Atlanta on December 2nd. The break will be short with the band back on the road January 11th, in Europe. For tour info see mastodonrocks.com