So I went and saw Testament a couple nights ago, it was an experience for sure. First up was 4arm. Played well, have some awesome songs. The crowd was pretty weak at that point and the bass was a little overpowering but the mix wasn't terrible. I was still in the 2nd row at this time so I don't know what was going on behind me but there wasn't a lot happening unfortunately, the band definitely deserved a lot more. Then Dreadnought.... not my type of band, the vocalist was beyond ridiculous in his actions but I wouldn't say they played badly at all. It started to become apparent at this point however that it wasn't going to be a sedate night. Some guy grabbed me by the shoulder and tried to pull me into a "pit" that was just a bunch of guys punching each other. The crowd was packing in and I thought the venue must be full..... I was wrong. When Testament was about to start the place was absolutely full, I'm talking 5-6 people per square meter, couldn't move any part of my body at all. The venue had clearly overbooked a lot. When Testament came out it started to get VIOLENT, more than a normal mosh, people were fighting, dragging people who didn't want it in etc. I was dragged away from my friend I was there with about half way through the first song, which was More Than Meets the Eye. I'm not sure what happened for a little while after that as I was defending myself, but i think they played Dog Faced Gods and something else at that point. I eventually found a reasonably stable position in front of Alex Skolnick half way through New Order. They did play the 4 songs I really wanted, New Order, D.N.R, Practice what you Preach and The Persecuted Won't Forget, the band were pretty amazing, a little quiet when drowned out by the crowd but each of them were identifiable at least. At some point some guy grabbed my jaw and punched my on the cheek, I have no idea why, but that definitely wasn't the only similar incident that night. I think everyone get beat around pretty bad that night. My friend had a slight gash on his face and had his wallet stolen as well.... A lot of people made it to the stage. The security did their best but they were already understaffed for just catching the many crowd surfers as there would be at least 5 at any one point. Could have been an epic night probably if it wasn't so crowded, was enjoyable but definitely not as great as it could have been. No real pits formed for most of it, people just trying to force themselves forward and attacking anyone in their way. Some guy also almost burnt me with his cigarette repeatedly, but he ended up passing out anyway so I didn't bother with him. Anyway thats pretty much it for my half awesome gig report, half rant.