Bay area thrashers Testament, who formed way back in 1983, graced the Encore Stage at 3.20pm, following the equally retro minded but low down Ace Frehley. Testament performed a great, albeit condensed, set covering their most well known moments from their ten albums and 22 years in the business. Launching their set with two fearsome numbers, the festival built ‘Rise Up’  from their latest LP, 2012s “Dark Roots of Earth” and the guttural charms of ‘More Than Meets The Eye’ from 2008s cracking “Formation of Damnation” –  the interminable wait for a new album continues.

Chuck Billy and his cohorts roll out fan favourite ‘Practice What You Preach’ and the stone cold classic ‘Into The Pit’ with aplomb – with the latter resulting in the earliest semblance of a pit Donington can fathom. For a band known amongst the Godfathers of thrash and with such a vast repertoire of songs, it is a bit saddening to see them this low on the bill. That does not hinder their deliverance of a stellar set,  pulling off all the soloing histrionics, chants and roars like seasoned pros.

Testament – Official Website

Photo Credit: Scott Salt/Download 2015