Full disclosure: When it comes to being a metal head, I do a pretty shitty job. There was a time, or times I should say, when I sort of, kind of made an attempt to go down the path of all things metal, but it just never stuck. While I do love me some metal music while skateboarding, or pumping through the headphones once in a while, I never managed to make it a lifestyle. Probably a good thing. True metal fans would be able to sniff me out a mile away and would probably dismember me with their teeth.

But none of that mattered when I got the text message asking if I were available to shoot Anthrax and Testament at The Wilma. I knew it would be an amazing thing witness, up close through the viewfinder. And it was. Better yet, when they took the stage and I got into the photo pit, I was the only one shooting. Free reign. No bumpin’ elbows. No jockeying for position. It was just me ... spittin’ distance from a metal band that has been a force for over 35 years. Here are some of the photos from that night.