The Bay Strikes Back Tour in Manila: A Metal Mayhem to Remember

Team Manila Concert Junkies
The metal gods descended upon Manila, and chaos ensued as three legendary Bay Area thrash metal bands, Death Angel, Exodus, and Testament, unleashed a relentless assault of pure sonic fury during the highly anticipated "The Bay Strikes Back Tour." Held at the Skydome SM North Edsa, this night will forever be etched in the hearts of metalheads as an unforgettable experience of raw power and unbridled passion.

The atmosphere outside the venue was electric, with metalheads from all walks of life converging upon the Dome hours before the show. Fans donned their battle vests, adorned with patches of these iconic bands. The anticipation was palpable, and it was clear that this was more than just a concert; it was a pilgrimage.

As the lights dimmed, the stage quickly erupted in a blaze of pyrotechnic lighting, Death Angel took the stage, sending a jolt of adrenaline through the crowd. Their aggressive, high-speed riffing and commanding stage presence left no room for subtlety. The mosh pits ignited, and bodies collided in a whirlwind of headbanging and excitement.

Exodus tore through classics like "Blood in Blood Out,” reminding everyone why they are thrash metal legends. They followed suit, delivering a setlist filled with bone-crushing riffs and the unmistakable growls of Steve Souza. The crowd roared in approval as they played their anthems. The mosh pits grew larger, and the metalheads became a swirling, unified force.

But it was during the final moments of Testament's set that the Manila metal community truly showed its passion. The entire arena seemed to erupt in a collective frenzy, with fans creating a massive mosh pit that swallowed the middle row. The energy was electric, as bodies collided and hair whipped through the air.

As the last notes rang out and the stage lights faded, it was clear that "The Bay Strikes Back Tour" had left an indelible mark on Manila's metal scene. Exodus, Testament, and Death Angel had delivered a performance for the ages, and the metalheads who had gathered to witness it had given their all in return. 

This was not just a concert; it was a celebration of the enduring spirit of metal, a night of unity, and a reminder that the power of music can bring people together like nothing else. Metalheads in Manila will carry the memories of this epic night with them for years to come, proudly bearing the scars of mosh pits and the ringing in their ears as badges of honor from a legendary night of metal mayhem.

Words by Chelsea Gonzales
Photos by Kim Nunez

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