Meeting Testament, Lamb Of God: Life Made

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November 12, 2013 could easily go down as the greatest day of my life. I’m not trying to throw my engagement to my girlfriend or the birth of my daughter under the bus, but I had the opportunity to do something that even I thought was impossible.

I met Testament and Lamb of God. 

It’s been over a week since then and I still can’t wrap my head around all the goings on that chilly day in Vancouver. Being able to shake the hands of Mark Morton and fellow Gunshyassassin contributor Chris Adler was a good start. Having Randy Blythe come up to me outside the Lamb of God tour bus with his skateboard, take a picture with me, exchange some nice words and then skate off into the sunset was really something out of a crazy metal story book. 

I was fortunate enough to score an interview with the Atomic Clock himself, Gene Hoglan, who’s currently in Testament. It was nerve racking having to interview my all time favorite drummer in my all time favorite band. Just as I thought, Gene turned out to be the chillest guy ever and made the butterflies in my stomach fuck right off. Little did I know that Gene shares a lot of the same sentiments that I do. He wasn’t hesitant at all to blast Metallica’s Load and told me what everyone knows already; Gojira is the next potential super stardom metal band. He also dropped an interesting Devin Townsend story that you can hear in the attached interview.

An entire Testament meet and greet was next on the docket and I was able to get some sweet merchandise from the men themselves. Other V.I.P.’s lost their shit when Gene already knew me by name! 

By this time, it was getting to be too surreal. I was hanging out back before the gig that night with bassist Greg Christian, reminiscing about The New Order. Jill Janus from Huntress gave me a hug and during Lamb’s set that night, a mosh pit started. Now I know that doesn’t sound amazing but it really was. This concert took place at a seated venue. Seated! Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage, Testament and Huntress played to a 3,000 SEAT venue. The mosh pit took place in all the aisles. You seriously can’t make this stuff up. 

Now if that doesn’t sound like an epic night of metal, I don’t what else would. 

Please enjoy my interview with Gene Hoglan that day, on the Testament tour bus. 

Life = Made. 

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