Posted in metal | music | pictures on August 16, 2010

words by BBG, photos by Samantha Marble

Slayer
Slayer

In 1991 there was The Clash of The Titans tour, a meeting of some of the biggest names in metal at the moment with Slayer, Megadeth, and Testament all on board for European and US legs featuring a rotating cast of Alice In Chains, Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies, and more. A lot of time and changes have come to pass since that tour; Slayer lost their founding drummer and then found him, Testament battled cancer and arrived victorious, and Megadeth founder Dave Mustaine has a NY Times best-selling book among many other things. But nineteen years later, these thrash metal giants are still kicking around and reformed for a string of summer/fall dates that included the Izod Center in NJ on August 12th (and includes Nassau Coliseum on October 8th, where the classic lineup of Anthrax replaces Testament as opener).

Testament opened the Meadowlands show to a progressively growing audience at 7PM. The band's 40 minute set featured output from their career, with a few nods to their latest From Formation to Damnation. Although I enjoyed their set somewhat, the sound was unintelligible; guitars were completely buried in the mix with only the highest leads bleeding through the mud. That said, Alex Skolnick still knows how to rip it, Chuck Billy plays a mean air guitar, and they definitely know how to incite a killer Wall of Death (check out the video below).

Normally a set by Megadeth wouldn't get my heart racing, but tonight was Rust in Peace in it's entirety so I was guaranteed some of my favorite Megadeth songs. The band, now with Dave Ellefson back in the fold, followed Testament by launching directly into the classic Rust In Peace opener "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due". Sporting the classic "biohazard" emblazoned drumkit from the "Hangar 18" video, the band continued through the LP in track order declaring declaring "That was Rust In Peace!" at the finish and retreating from stage momentarily for a quick costume change afterword. Megadeth then looped back to classics like "Peace Sells" and "Symphony of Destruction" before a reprise of "Holy Wars" to close out the set. Mustaine's voice was a bit buried in the mix from my perspective, a relief in some ways as when he did come through it was too high pitched and nasal for my liking.

Little has changed since the last time I saw Slayer. Jeff Hanneman is still sporting the baseball catcher's shin plates, rockin a Raiders jersey and has his Heineken-style (that reads Hanneman) guitar. Kerry King still looks like a cross between Junkyard Dog and a cast member of Road Warrior. Dave Lombardo is still one of the best drummers on the planet. But what had changed was Tom Araya, due to his recent back surgery: no more head on a swivel, doctor's orders. The thrashing Araya was missed, but that didn't affect the legend's searing set of Seasons In The Abyss (in order) followed by a short set of Slayer classics. Easily my favorite preformance from the night. Dave Lombardo is god.

Tons more pics, some video and the set lists are below...

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Testament, More Than Meets The Eye, IZOD Center, August 12 2010

Testament Wall of Death! Live @ IZOD Center NJ 8/12/10

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Megadeth, Holy Wars, IZOD Center, August 12 2010

Megadeth - Rust In Peace live 8/12/10 complete IZOD Center

Megadeth Peace Sells @ Izod Center East Rutherford - 8-12-2010

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Slayer - War Ensamble (@ Izod Center Aug 12, 2010)

Slayer - South of Heaven live 8/12/10 IZOD Center, NJ

Slayer - Raining Blood , Izod center 2010

TESTAMENT SETLIST: 8/12/10
For The Glory Of
More Than Meets the Eye
Dog Faced Gods
The New Order
Trial By Fire
The Persecuted Won't Forget
D.N.R. (Do Not Resuscitate)
3 Days in Darkness
The Formation Of Damnation

MEGADETH SETLIST: 8/12/10
Holy Wars... The Punishment Due
Hangar 18
Take No Prisoners
Five Magics
Poison Was the Cure
Lucretia
Tornado of Souls
Dawn Patrol
Rust in Peace... Polaris
Trust
Headcrusher
A Tout Le Monde
Symphony Of Destruction
Peace Sells

SLAYER SETLIST: 8/12/10
World Painted Blood
Hate Worldwide
Seasons In The Abyss (in order)
South of Heaven
Raining Blood
Angel of Death

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Comments (23)

seasons of the abyss is not worth hearing in it's entirety...they should do Show No Mercy or even Hell Awaits, all people care about on that album is War Ensemble

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2010 11:01 AM

fucking incredible show.... can't wait for october....

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2010 11:09 AM

What a bogus statement that is... so which songs on Show no Mercy do people "care" about more than those on Seasons? Crowd was going nuts throughout most of Seasons, Blood Red and Spirit in Black were especially awesome....

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2010 11:17 AM

RAIDERS JERSEY!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2010 11:44 AM

awesome show. seasons in the abyss isn't my favorite slayer album, but i'm glad i got to see them play it, esp. blood red.

Posted by jkristian | August 16, 2010 11:47 AM

Wow. The wall of death is so 'girl wearing a skirt as a top."

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2010 12:21 PM

agree...Seasons was Slayer in their prime. Fist 2 albums they were still finding thier groove. Had a great time and glad they pulled it off flawlessly

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2010 12:29 PM

Samantha, loving these!!!

Posted by Brian | August 16, 2010 12:40 PM

Pretty lame that Testament did nothing from The Legacy. That is a classic metal album.


As for Slayer, it has to be Reign in Blood in its entirety if you are going to do a classic album. I'll take South of Heaven, but Seasons? Fail.

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2010 12:43 PM

"Pretty lame that Testament did nothing from The Legacy. That is a classic metal album."

Nothing from Practice What You Preach, either. Talk about a sin of omission...

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2010 1:24 PM

I saw Slayer do REIGN IN BLOOD in it's entirety for their encore at Roseland last time I saw them. R.I.B. was by far Slayer's best album and arguably one of the best metal albums of all time.

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2010 1:44 PM

thanks for these pics and also for the Kiss pics.. rad bv

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2010 1:54 PM

Mehgadeth
Testamehnt
nothing Meh bout Slayer at all, they rule!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2010 2:17 PM

Slayer only played 6 songs?

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2010 2:53 PM

Slayer Mad libs
All you can use blood, war, death, kill.

Posted by john | August 16, 2010 3:02 PM

1101-speak for yourself you annoying twat.

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2010 3:13 PM

This show was EPIC. once of my favorites of the year.

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2010 4:05 PM

Slayer did play Reign In Blood in it's entireity during their 2003 tour with Hatebreed, Arch Enemy and Sworn Enemy and during their 2004 Ozzfest off dates.

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2010 5:29 PM

I drove saw this up in Glens Falls lat week, up there the Wall of Death was more like a Wall of Lets Talk About Our Feelings.

Posted by I.a.N. | August 16, 2010 7:26 PM

Wow. Cannot wait for San Antonio!

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2010 9:42 PM

dave mustaine is the the sickest ripper ever. that is so sweet that they played all of rust in peace.

Posted by Mike | August 16, 2010 9:51 PM

Was at this show and it totally slayed! will never forget it.

Posted by Misfit | August 17, 2010 12:38 AM

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