Arcania (7/10)
Start 20:00 – End 20:30
Arcania is a French band, formed in 1991, that released its sophomore album “Dreams Are Dead” about one year ago. Once on stage, Arcania offered a great performance, confirming the quality that the band showed on its album, playing a straight show based on Progressive Thrash Metal with some Melodic Death Metal influences. The audience showed to appreciate the set and incited Arcana every time they had the chance. The French band impressed for its fresh songwriting, supported by a furious and accurate drumming, a powerful work on bass, two aggressive and sharp guitars and all was enhanced by the voice of the frontman Cyril Peglion, able to switch from different registers and to keep the audience attention always high. Hard to ask for a better opening band!

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Exodus (9/10)
Start 21:00 – End 22:35
Even if Exodus has gone during its long career through several line-up changes, hiatus and members death, the Californian Bay-Area band is still alive today in 2015, with a new album “Blood In, Blood out” released last year for Nuclear Blast Records, and still with the pleasure to make its worldwide fans head-banging. The Berlin date is the last of the four planned shows in Germany and the die-hard Thrash Metal fans responded in large numbers to the call. Formed in 1980, Exodus is credited as pioneers of the Thrash Metal, melting together the NWOBHM English sound with the Bay Area Punk scene, and it’s still able today to attract at least two generations of fans to its shows. The show itself was simply the best Metal party you could expect: each band member – with the Heathen’s Kragen Lum on guitar instead of Gary Holt, now busy with Slayer – came out on stage smiling and with the aim to have fun all together, and the hot audience didn’t expect anything else. From the opener “Black 13”, alternating many pieces of the new album with classic anthems of the 80s golden years, till the legendary “Bounded By Blood”, Souza &Co. set the venue in fire: moshing, circle pits, crowd-surfing accompanied every Exodus song, adding also that most of the audience sang many pieces along completely haunted by the Thrash Metal spirit. Exodus said goodbye at the best way to the fans after an amazing encore where “War is my Shepherd”, “The Toxic Waltz” and “Strike of the Beast” were given as last present to annihilate the fans, that left the venue sweated with a big smile on the face and the certainty that the majesty Exodus are back and in great form. Long life to the true old-school Thrash Metal!

Venue: Bi Nuu
Price: 27,15€ at Trinity Music
Setlist: Exodus

Berlin, 10.06.2015

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