Entries tagged with: Slayer
by Andrew Sacher
Slayer @ Wellmont Theatre - 11/29/14 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
"Slayer." Thus have many observers dubbed the [band] for this tour, thanks to the absence of Dave Lombardo and Jeff Hanneman. Paul Bostaph is back on the drum throne, where he spent most of the '90s. Exodus guitarist Gary Holt retains the live guitar spot he's held for the past two years and looks poised to keep it.The above quote is from Doug Moore's review on Invisible Oranges of Slayer's Theater at MSG show last year on their first tour since the death of Hanneman (RIP), and also with original drummer Dave Lombardo once again out of the band.
...And unsurprisingly, Slayer were exactly what I expected. They were not "Slayer." they were SLAYER.
This past weekend, they returned to the NYC-area with that same lineup on their tour with Exodus and Suicidal Tendencies, hitting Wellmont Theatre on Saturday (11/29). I was never lucky enough to see Slayer with their classic lineup, but leaving Saturday's show as a first-timer, it was pretty hard not to echo Doug's sentiment. It's sad that I'll never get to see riffmaster Jeff Hanneman, and we can at least hope to see Dave Lombardo behind the kit again one day, but the band that played Wellmont Theatre on Saturday were no washed up phonies pretending to be something they no longer were. Old classics like "Mandatory Suicide," "War Ensemble," "Postmortem" and "Jesus Saves" came to life the same way you imagine they would from listening to the records. Metal played at the speed Slayer plays is a very physical thing, and I can't imagine the endurance needed to do this for over three decades. But not once in the set did it feel like Slayer was slowing down. They just kept inspiring the same kind of fist and teeth-clenching release that makes listening to them a breath of fresh air every time.
Unlike the Theater at MSG show, this time they weren't only playing from the first five albums. They also included a handful of World Painted Blood and "Disciple" from God Hates Us All (the one song in the set that Paul Bostaph actually recorded with them). Still, not a moment was lacking. And if at any point you did somehow start losing energy, there's no way you walked out feeling that way. They did the set closer they've been doing for years, and experiencing that was a whole other level of whoa than I saw coming. The pure evil of "South of Heaven"'s riffy doom into the ass-kicking thrash of "Angel of Death" was genuinely the kind of thrill that has you leaving a venue thinking "that's why I care so much about this stuff." Maybe that encore has lost its power to longtime fans who have seen it over and over again (then again, I wouldn't be surprised if it hasn't), but seeing it for the first time, it didn't matter that the songs were over 25 years old, or that only two of the members that recorded them were on stage. It was truly intense.
Check out the full setlist and a few videos below...
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Iron Maiden in Austin in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
MetalSucks has been spending the past month releasing a list of the 25 greatest metal bands of all time, counting down to number 1 with a new band each day. They polled a pretty broad array of metal experts, ranging from critics to music industry types to musicians that run the gamut from Chuck Billy of Testament to Anatamy of Habit's Mark Solotroff. They released number 2, Iron Maiden, earlier today which came in ahead of other huge/classic bands like Slayer, Metallica, Pantera, Judas Priest and Megadeth. Number 1 gets revealed tomorrow, and considering Black Sabbath have yet to make this list, we think we may have a hunch as to who it's going to be.
The list slants pretty heavily towards classic thrash and death metal bands, with Sabbath being the only doom band in sight. In addition to the obvious classic bands in the top 10, there are some modern genre-busters (Opeth, Meshuggah), foundational death and grind (Napalm Death, Morbid Angel), and some good old 80s theatricality (Dio, Mercyful Fate). Limiting the list to 25 means there are going to be a ton of omissions, but still maybe Neurosis, Converge or Mastodon could've made it instead of Ozzy getting on there twice?
The legacies of classic bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Sepultura, which many would say have taken a hit in recent years, appear untainted here considering they still all take high slots. Something else of note is that there's not one single solitary black metal band on this list. I guess Lamb of God are more important to this panel anyway.
Check out the full list below, and check MetalSucks tomorrow for the inevitable Sabbath reveal.
If you ever wondered what it would be like if sock puppets covered Slayer's "Raining Blood", today is your luckly today. Check out the going-viral video below.
If you're still wondering what it would be like to see the actual band Slayer live, well, it may not be the same, but you have the chance when the thrash metal legends hit the road with fellow legends Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus in November. Hopefully you didn't wait too long to get tickets to their NJ show at Wellmont (now sold out), but tickets are still available for 11/30 at Tower Theatre in Philadelphia (technically Upper Darby), AND we're offering a special offer on four tickets. Enter the code BVSLAYER in the 'offer code' box when placing your ticket order, and you'll get 4 total tickets to the Philly show. for the price of 3.. Order tickets HERE.
All dates HERE. That video below...
by Ian Chainey
SLAYER WATCH: That pic above isn't from the worst remake of Porky's, it's more evidence that Slayer is back in the studio. That's producer Terry Date helming Slayer's potential 2015 return. Maybe we'll get to hear new stuff when they go on tour with Exodus, though maybe you shouldn't post about it on Facebook. The Ultimate Revenge Combat Tour Live '85 tour video appears below because Friday.
Slow metal week? Slow metal week. To drive that point home, Metallica were honored by Guinness World Records for playing seven continents last year. Fans are still waiting for the band to return to the continent of 1986.
All-star death metallers Bloodbath, one of Maryland Deathfest 2015's big draws, have recorded vocals for their new album. Says the band, "All vocals done and in the bag! The mix starts this weekend... Almost there now!" The band has yet to announce their new lead singer. Tip: Take a pic of the back of their head. Seems to work.
Mothership, who are playing the huge NYC-based Uninvited Festival, have wrapped up their next album, Mothership II. The record should hit the streets on November 11. Check out the van-art cover and the tracklisting below.
The folks at Noisey have put together a seven part documentary on one of America's most enduring metal scenes. NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou , which -- full disclosure -- was co-directed by former BV editor Fred Pessaro, will start rolling out on September 16. You can watch the trailer below.
Finally, to leave things on a high notes, a blast from the past: Football season has officially started, meaning we can dust off "81% Burnt," the Dillinger Escape Plan cover that's centered entirely on pigskin legend Art Monk. The track was submitted to the band back in 2001 when open tryouts for vacated vocalist were taking place. 100 percent perfection.
Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions.
Full albums first: Earth, who got super heavy and super psych-y on their new album Primitive and Deadly, are streaming their new album all the way through. Check out it out below. The band is currently on tour and will be playing NYC's Saint Vitus on September 24 and September 25 for their David Lynch Foundation-supporting set.
For single tracks and videos, OSDMers Stench debuted "Road" from their forthcoming Venture (October 7, Agonia Records - preorder). The mighty Horrendous pushed death metal forward with "The Stranger" off Ecdysis (October 14, Dark Descent). And stoner rockers Lo-Pan have offered up another from Colossus (October 7, Small Stone Records - preorder). Lo-Pan are out on the road with Black Cobra and will play Saint Vitus on September 18 for a special Invisible Oranges presented show. Both will also be playing Uninvited Festival. All tracks appear below.
Got it? Good. To shows we go:
TODAY (FRIDAY9/5): Get your underground blast n' big riff on with Organ Dealer, Beast Modulus, Huldra, Hercyn, and Through Thorn and Brier at Saint Vitus (tickets).
SUUUNNNNNDAY (9/7): The heavier-than-heavy Theologian, Megaton Leviathan, Kosmodemonic, and Vailtal Deul bill will shake the Acheron (tickets). If you'd prefer something short, sweet, and violent as hell, Punch, Crushed, Curmudgeon, and Water Torture play Death by Audio. Tickets are $8 at the door.
Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.
Let's talk IO: As always, we tracked the week's new releases with Upcoming Metal Releases. HUGE list. We debuted new recordings from Phobia and Striker. We interviewed interesting Japanese hard rockers Ningen-Isu and artist Mark Rudolph. We showed off our photos from Hoverfest. And we took a deep, deep dive into Lamb of God's Ashes of the Wake, a big album you may have skipped due to the stain of lamestream bro-dom.
Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and the reams of streams, and other noted details below.
Riot Fest Chicago 2014 is set to take place from September 12-14 throughout Humboldt Park. The 10th anniversary of the festival features Jane's Addiction, Slayer, The Offspring, Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina), Mastodon, The Murder City Devils, Failure, Title Fight, The National, The Flaming Lips, Wu-Tang Clan, Descendents, The Cure, Weezer, Social Distortion, Primus, Patti Smith, and many more across seven-stages. The fest has now shared daily lineups, which you can scope out at the bottom of this post. Three-day and two-day passes are still available, and single-day tickets are on sale now.
RFC 2014 daily lineups lie after the jump...
Arctic Monkeys @ Firefly Fest 2014 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
The 2014 Voodoo Music Experience fest happens in New Orleans from October 31 - November 2 and the lineup includes Outkast, Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Action Bronson, Slayer, DFA 1979, The Melvins, Gogol Bordello, Fishbone, Peelander Z and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup is listed below....
Get ready to thrash when the mighty Slayer is joined by fellow legends Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus on a tour this fall that hits the Wellmont Theater in NJ and many other places around the country.
Tickets for every show on the tour go on an exclusive Invisible Oranges presale today (6/26, 10am local time). The password for all dates is "invisibleoranges" All dates are listed with ticket links below....
by Ian Chainey
Slayer at Madison Square Garden Theater in 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
The Slayer, Exodus, and Suicidal Tendencies showcase that brought together the thrash luminaries for a few dates in May (including Rock on the Range) was apparently just a taste of things to come. In the fall, the three will reprise that bill in a North American tour presented by Scion. The tour begins on November 12 in Oakland, California and ends on December 5 in Detroit, Michigan. On November 29, the speedy triumvirate will hit Montclair, New Jersey's Wellmont Theatre. Slayer Fan Club members will be able to purchase tickets on Wednesday, June 25 at 10 AM EST. Sales for tickets for the general public begin on Friday, June 27 at 10 AM EST.
This incarnation of Slayer will include Kerry King, Tom Araya, guitarist Gary Holt, and drummer Paul Bostaph. Exodus, too, just underwent a membership shift, welcoming singer Steve "Zetro" Souza back into the fold. Said Souza, "For my first tour back with Exodus, I'm beyond excited to be on the road with my brothers in true thrash metal! I'm also looking forward to meeting and hanging out with all of the fans on this heavy as hell tour." All three bands have been working on new material. Slayer have their eyes set on 2015, Exodus's material will come a little sooner at near the end of 2014, and Suicidal Tendencies released 13 a little over a year ago.
Slayer is currently on a world tour, but will return to the States before the Exodus/Suicidal Tendencies tour in September for Riot Fest Chicago and Denver. Exodus will play Heavy Montréal 2014, along with dates in Europe and Brazil. And Suicidal Tendencies have two Asian fests on their schedule.
All dates are listed with ticket links and live videos of the three, below...
By Ian Chainey
Ruining Lives cover art
Long-running metallers Prong will be going on tour this year. A long tour. A really long tour. Starting in July, Tommy Victor and his two compatriots will start their epic trek in Italy and will loop around the European festival circuit. Then they'll fly back to the US with an occasional co-headlining slate with vet thrashers Overkill. To wrap things up, Overkill and Prong will do another Euro run, ending up in the Netherlands. Total number of dates: 64. Total number of days: 116. Total haul: So much Frequent Flyer swag. Check out the full list of dates below.
Prong have kept surprisingly busy since reforming in 2002 after an initial run from 1986 to 1997 that saw the band break out thanks to post-thrash classic and request-line favorite "Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck." The outfit started life as something of a crossover act before finding the groove and machine precision of industrial. Unfortunately, over their career, they've been something of a revolving door when it comes to membership. Still, they've had their share of impressive musicians including Paul Raven (Killing Joke), Ted Parsons (Swans), and Troy Gregory (Flotsam and Jetsam). Current bassist Jason Christopher joined the group in 2012 and Arturo "Art" Cruz in 2014. But, through it all, singer/guitarist Tommy Victor has been the lone Prong constant while splitting time as Danzig's shredder. No word if Victor will be handling six-string duties for the reformed Samhain at Riot Fest.
On September 30, Prong will hit Gramercy Theatre in NYC sans Overkill. Ticket details are TBA for that one, but tickets are on sale for the show they play with Overkill at Starland Ballroom in NJ three days earlier.
In August, Overkill join Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, D.R.I., Exodus, Municipal Waste, Body Count (who also have a Gramercy Theatre show coming up), Voivod, Hatebreed, Madball, Fucked Up and many more for the three day "Heavy Montreal" festival. Get yourself to Canada.
All Prong dates along with a cut from Prong's newest album Ruining Lives and a few classics appear below.
by Ian Chainey
Just when you thought the week was going to pass without an Iron Maiden dual harp cover, the Harp Twins deliver a suitably angelic performance of "Dance of Death." Wait. . .what? Indeed, worry not, I didn't mistakenly huff ether: The Harp Twins are a real thing. Perhaps you've even heard selections from the Double Mint-identical sisters, Camille and Kennerly Kitt, playing at finer buffets. They've cut two records, Harp Attack (hard rock covers) and Harp Fantasy (movie/TV covers), and have upped the harp equivalent of irons before, previously plinking "Fear of the Dark." Their fingers are nimble, though the 'we're on a boat!' stage presence might need a little work. (Same goes for the 'that's not my fart' head movements, but, hey, maybe I'm jealous.) Still, if you forgot to get a May Day present for your bud before the Wicker Man burning, here it is. Stream it below.
Of course, the Harp Twins aren't alone. Welcome to the wonderful world of weird metal covers. Heck, in the past two weeks, we've seen a flood of new stars. Chicago's Rob Scalon recently turbo-picked through Slayer's "War Ensemble," utilizing the bane of every bus commuter: the ukulele. It's actually not as horrifying as that reads. Plus, his squeaky clean execution goes a ways to move it beyond novelty.
That said, it can't even step to The Soft Pink Truth for pure bananarama-ness. Why do the Heathen Rage?, the newest album from Drew Daniels of Matmos, might inspire a kvlt kvetch conniption, taking black metal standards and re-doing them as Hi-NRG rave bangers. Corpse paint to day glo in mere seconds. (The record is subtitled ""Electronic Profanations of Black Metal Classics.") The record features guest vocals from Antony Hegarty (Antony and the Johnsons), Terence Hannum (Locrian), Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak) and more. Thrill Jockey will release that one into the wild on June 17. Preorders are up now.
Poking around, one finds a ton of this stuff, since there's nothing like tweaking the over-serious by trading br00ful timbres for the incongruous. Soon, you gravitate to favorites and have trouble listening to the originals after indulging. For example, it's difficult to separate Gleb Kanasevich's clarinet cover of Necrophagist's "Fermented Offal Discharge" from Muhammed Suiçmez's O.G. shred fest after hearing it once. Same goes for Opium Jukebox's Bhangra Bloody Bhangra, the record nerd curio that de-blackened Sabbath classics and redid the doomfathers as bhangra body-movers. But, lest you think these covers are solely the domain of outsiders, there's Mr. Fog. Last year, his group, the UK black metallers Ewigkeit, turned a Burzum tremor into. . .wait for it. . .a dubbed out reggae slow jam. Well played, sir. Well played.
And, yes, we've only dug down as far as our pinky nail here. Hopefully more weird is yet to come courtesy of those with inexhaustible free time.
All of the metal covers mentioned in this post are streamable below.
this is one of 10 albums being performed in full at Riot Fest
The killer lineups for Chicago and Denver's Riot Fests were announced this week, and as if having tons of classic bands wasn't enough, the festival has now announced then ten of those bands will perform one of their classic albums in full. It's in celebration of the festival's 10th anniversary (they're calling it "10 Years. 10 Essential Albums.") and includes Jane's Addiction playing their 1988 major label debut, Nothing's Shocking, The Offspring playing their 20-year old Smash (which they're also doing on tour this year), Weezer playing The Blue Album (which also turned 20 this year), NOFX is doing Punk In Drublic (turning 20 in July), Slayer will play their thrash masterpiece Reign In Blood, Danzig's post-Misfits band Samhain are playing their debut, Initium, Descendents play their highly influential debut Milo Goes to College, Naked Raygun play their debut Throb Throb, and The Get Up Kids will play emo/pop punk classic Something To Write Home About, plus one more TBA. Nicely done, Riot Fest.
"10 Years. 10 Essential Albums." flyer below...
Chicago has The Cure, Jane's Addiction, The National, Weezer, The Flaming Lips, Social Distortion, Slayer, Wu-Tang Clan, Descendents, Tegan & Sara, Metric, the reunited Samhain (!), Cheap Trick, Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina), Patti Smith, Taking Back Sunday, Mastodon, Afghan Whigs, Naked Raygun, Cock Sparrer, Superchunk, Lucero, Murder City Devils, Mudhoney, Failure, Hot Snakes, Thurston Moore, Get Up Kids, Kurt Vile, Wavves, ALL, Mineral, Title Fight, Samiam, Menzingers, Front Bottoms, Pianos Become the Teeth, Bouncing Souls, Buzzcocks, Gogol Bordello, Stiff Little Fingers and many more. Tickets are on sale now.
Denver also has The Cure, The National, Weezer, Social Distortion, The Flaming Lips, Slayer, Wu-Tang Clan, Taking Back Sunday, Lucero, Failure, Hot Snakes, ALL, Mineral, Menzingers, Pianos Become the Teeth, Bouncing Souls, Buzzcocks, Gogol Bordello, Stiff Little Fingers plus Primus, TV on the Radio, Glassjaw, Bob Mould, Violent Femmes and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full Chicago and Denver lineups below...
by Doug Moore
Slayer at MSG Theater, 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Revolver Magazine's Golden Gods Awards were last night. I'm not typically one for awards shows, but this one was notable for a surprise (read: tweeted about several hours in advance) live appearance by thrash metal legends Slayer, who are down to two original members following the death of guitarist Jeff Hanneman (RIP) and the departure of drummer Dave Lombardo. In true post-2000 Slayer fashion, the Golden Gods appearance was timed to coincide with a business announcement -- the band have ended their relationship with Rick Rubin's American Recordings (which goes all the way back to the Reign In Blood days) and signed to a worldwide deal with long-running German label Nuclear Blast where they'll have their own imprint.
The band also announced a tentative early-2015 release date for their upcoming, still-untitled 12th album. They both debuted a song from it, "Implode," live at Golden Gods last night and posted a studio version on their website as a free download. It's their first new studio cut in five years and you can stream it below.
"Implode" pretty much picks up where Slayer left off before the lineup shuffle of the past few years -- which sounds better on paper than it does in practice. The groove section that opens the song aims for 'tense,' but predictably misses and ends up with 'goofy' instead. (There's something to be said for masking your lyrics with incomprehensible growling on occasion.) The band sounds much more confident at the faster tempos that occupy the second half of "Implode." It's not exactly a dire omen for the album to follow, but it hardly inspires renewed confidence in Slayer's songwriting future, either.
Stream "Implode" below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Jeff Hanneman's Circle Pit, Jaworzno, Poland
A mini uproar occurred across social media when the late Slayer heart and soul Jeff Hanneman was not included in this year's Grammys "In Memoriam" video that was played during the awards ceremony and eulogized the likes of Lou Reed, Phil Everly and Cory Montieth of Glee. The snub was in spite of the fact that Slayer had been nominated for Grammys five times, winning twice, first for "Eyes of the Insane" in 2007 and again for "Final Six" in 2008, both of which were off pressings of Christ Illusion. While we can all take solace in the fact that the Grammys are often clueless and out of touch with reality, a city in Poland is doing Hanneman right: they named a traffic circle after him.
For one year, a traffic circle in Jaworzno, Poland, a city within a larger urban area home to 5.3 million, will be called "Jeff Hanneman's Circle Pit" ("Rondo Jeffa Hannemana" in Polish.) A big "fuck yeah" from on high/down below, thanks should be directed to ART-COM Ltd., a company that won an auction to rename the roundabout. Hanneman, who passed last May due to cirrhosis of the liver, would have been 50 on January 31.
Watch a video (in Polish) of the circle's dedication below...
by Doug Moore
Prince Harry in martial regalia
It's always a little weird to hear that the offspring of famous political figures listen to metal. Chiara de Blasio apparently gets down with the riffment. According to Dominic West -- best known for his roles as Jimmy McNulty from The Wire and the traitorous Greek politician Theron in 300 -- the UK's Prince Harry also enjoys shredding guitars and yelling dudes, with a particular interest in the Big Four of American thrash metal. (That's Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, & Anthrax, if you're not familiar.)
According to the Daily Star, the two went on a charitable South Pole expedition together for Walking With the Wounded, a British organization that serves wounded military veterans. (Harry is a captain in the British Army and a veteran attack helicopter pilot.) West was apparently none too taken with the contents of the prince's music collection:
"Harry has a terrible selection on his iPod. It is the sort of thing soldiers listen to. Hardcore thrash metal."On one hand, it's not all that shocking to hear that a military man in his late 20s is into metal, regardless of his lineage. On the other, it's pretty awesome to imagine "Chemical Warfare" rattling the walls of various British royal residencies.
West offers a few more chestnuts about Harry's predilection for extremely dirty jokes and elaborately-constructed field latrines in the Daily Star story. Read it here.
Mastodon at Roseland Ballroom in 2012 (more by Rebecca Reed)
Georgia sludge bashers Mastodon have announced that they'll follow 2011's hard rock-oriented The Hunter with their sixth full length at some point this year. It's being produced by Nick Raskulinecz, who also did the upcoming Hold Steady LP, and has worked with Ghost, Foo Fighters, and others. Release date and title still TBA, but stay tuned.
They're also going on a US tour this spring, and they've got some pretty great support coming from French death metal greats Gojira and Norwegian rock 'n' roll devils Kvelertak. The tour hits NYC on May 15 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketmaster for updates.
The tour also brings all three bands to Columbus, OH's Rock on the Range festival (5/16 - 5/18), which also includes Guns N Roses, Motorhead, Slayer, Wolfmother, Suicidal Tendencies, Down, Exodus and lots of bands that may steer you away from going like Avenged Sevenfold, Kid Rock, Stained, Seether, Chevelle, Fuel and more.
Full Rock on the Range lineup, along with the list of Mastodon's tour dates, below...
by Doug Moore
Legendary saxophonist/composer John Zorn has a well-known proclivity for collaborating from musicians from all walks of life; he recently played with Thurston Moore during the latter's residency at The Stone, for instance and spent much of last year playing with all sorts of folk while celebrating his 60th birthday.
Zorn's Bladerunner project has been a thing for a while; it first appeared back in 2000. The core lineup includes him, legendary bassist/producer Bill Laswell, and ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lomardo. While they've never recorded anything official, some live footage of the combo is floating around the internet, including the clip below.
Bladerunner have just announced a rare NYC gig at Le Poisson Rouge on May 4. Tickets are on sale. Needless to say, it should be absolutely insane.
The trio will also appear one day earlier in Chicago and at Australia's Adelaide Festival in March, which will also feature Zorn playing with Essential Cinema (which features members of his Electric Masada crew) and Cobra.
Check out that live Bladerunner clip and more dates below...
By Doug Moore
Behemoth at Irving Plaza, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Behemoth frontman Nergal is kind of a badass -- he's an extremely gifted musician and a live-performance powerhouse who's played an important role in putting the potent Polish metal scene on the international map over the past 20 years. He's also a cancer survivor; after his 2010 leukemia diagnosis, he underwent chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. Two years later, Behemoth were back on the road and plowing through high-energy live sets like nothing had happened. Again, badass.
Behemoth announced a 2014 release for The Satanist -- their tenth album, and their first in half a decade -- a few months ago. I admittedly haven't been too excited by their last few efforts, but after watching the NSFW video for leadoff single "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel" (streaming below), my enthusiasm for the band has been rekindled. It's far moodier and more patient composition than the cluttered, robotic death/black metal that they've produced recently. They can still put the hammer down when they need to, though; the song's final minute is both the catchiest and most intense moment I've heard them produce since the mid-aughts. The video is pretty cool too, especially if you're into artsy black-and-white shots of evil rituals happening in slow motion.
In related news, Behemoth were also recently announced as part of the initial lineup for the 2014 edition of France's Hellfest, which will take place from June 20 through 22 (6/20-6/22). The lineup so far is huge and crazy: there's a "huge rock band" stage, featuring Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Soundgarden, among others; a big-name thrash/black metal stage that spotlights Slayer, Death Angel, Emperor, Iced Earth, Behemoth, and more; a death metal stage that will include Death To All, Carcass, Opeth, Nile, Gorguts, Hail of Bullets, and Weekend Nachos; a smaller black metal stage topped off by Watain, Gorgoroth and 1349; a sludge/stoner stage featuring Electric Wizard, Monster Magnet, Unida, Kylesa, Godflesh, and Clutch; and a punk stage topped by Walls of Jericho, Millencolin, and Turbonegro. Wow. You can reserve tickets now, if you feel like parsing the Google-Translated ticket page.
Check out the Behemoth video and the full set of Hellfest announcements below.
photos by Caroline Harrison; words by Doug Moore
Slayer @ Theater at MSB
Thrash metal institution Slayer brought their "old-school set" tour with Gojira and 4Arm to the Theatre at Madison Square Garden last Wednesday (11/27).
Despite the fact that the city had emptied out considerably for the Thanksgiving holiday (which fell on the following day), and despite the considerable aspersions that certain quarters cast on the current Hanneman/Lombardo-less iteration of the band, the show drew a strong and enthusiastic crowd. And deservedly so; both Slayer and Gojira ripped it. Slayer's set in particular took on a considerable emotional charge -- this tour is not only their first since Hanneman's death, but also marks their first appearance at MSG since the early '90s. From our extensive writeup at Invisible Oranges:
The attendees of this packed NYC show were clearly glad that Slayer still exists in some form. This band continues to inspire the kind of borderline-pathological enthusiasm that is normally reserved for acts like Phish and Jimmy Buffett. Metal's unspoken law against sporting the logo of the band you're seeing has no force at Slayer shows. We saw Slayer shirts without number; Slayer hats; Slayer hoodies; Slayer jackets; Slayer tattoos; even multiple pairs of sexy Slayer/American flag leggings. (The trendy Slayer Christmas sweater was notably absent). I planned to keep track of how many times I heard people spontaneously scream "SLAYER!" between bands, but I lost count before I got past the beer line.We also touched on the flack that the band has caught for carrying on in the wake of Hanneman's passing and Lombardo's departure:
Putting aside the unknowable details of the Lombardo split, suppose that Araya and King's decision to continue as Slayer is purely financial. Do you blame them? If you were in their position, would you set aside the creative business that you'd helped to build for your entire adult life in favor of the nebulous cause of artistic integrity? Or would you do as they've done, and keep reigning?Check out the whole review and an extensive Slayer/Gojira picture set (we missed 4Arm) over at IO and we've got a few more pics in this post. If you need more Slayer-related reading material after that, consider purchasing the extensive Slayer 66 2/3: The Jeff and Dave Years for a thematically appropriate $6.66.
Also, Slayer's classic debut Show No Mercy turns 30 today (12/3). You can stream that via YouTube and check out more pics from Slayer's Theatre @ MSG show below...
by Wyatt Marshall
A couple weeks back we talked about Metal Meowlisha IV: A Headbangers Furball, death metal greats Obituary's fundraiser fest for feral cats in the Tampa area on 12/21 featuring Exhumed and Terrorizer (lineup below). Those in need of further proof of the inborn bond between metal man and kitty cat need look no further than the previously mentioned Metaldudes Cats book titled, fittingly, Metal Cats will be published in April 2014 and is meow available for pre-order. The book, cover art above, contains photos of over 100 metal musicians and fans with their cats, including:
Black Goat, Thrones, Isis, Lightning Swords of Death, Winterthrall, Wizards of Wor, The Cauterized, Book of Black Earth, Skarp, Harassor, Akimbo, Aldebaran, Atriarch, Oak, Ghoul, Ludicra, Holy Grail, Xasthur, Cattle Decapitation, Murder Construct, Exhumed, Anhedonist, Morbid Angel, Municipal Waste, Skeletonwitch, Gypsyhawk, Nausea, Phobia, Napalm Death.That's a lot of cats! A portion of the proceeds of Metal Cats will go to no-kill shelters.
In other metal book news, a new Slayer biography has emerged, titled Slayer 66 2/3: The Jeff & Dave Years. A Metal Band Biography. The book was written by DX Herris, who previously has written about Slayer in his 33 1/3 series entry, Slayer's Reign in Blood. The book clocks in at a whopping 628 and here's a description:
This timely rock biography answers burning questions, shatters popular myths, and uncovers new truths about Slayer, the iconic group that became the embodiment of heavy metal. This full-length, exhaustively researched account of the thrash kings' career recaps and reevaluates the years guitar hero Jeff Hanneman and drum legend Dave Lombardo were in the group. Over the course of 59 chapters, 400 footnotes and three appendices, it profiles the members and presents dramatic scenes from 32 years in the Abyss: A fresh look at the group's early days. Reign in Blood tours. A European invasion. The Palladium riot. The seat cushion chaos concert. Newly unearthed details from Lombardo's turbulent history with the band. Historical artwork and photos never seen in public before. The entire diabolical discography. Hanneman's hard times. The Big Four's big year. Lombardo's final exit...And a lot more -- sounds pretty thorough. It's currently available in an interactive e-book edition for... $6.66.
Slayer recently rolled through Madison Square Garden with Gojira on their first tour since the passing of Jeff Hanneman. We'll have photos soon -- did you go?
Meowlisha 2013 line-up below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Slayer/Glass Candy/Polyphonic Spree/Slayer surfer @ FFF Fest 2013
Closing Fun Fun Fun Fest, Slayer treated Austin to greatest hits and then some: "Raining Blood," "South of Heaven," "Dead Skin Mask," "Seasons in the Abyss," etc. They also dug out the aforementioned "Die by the Sword," a high point off their 1983 debut LP, Show No Mercy.The eighth Fun Fun Fun Fest happened last weekend (11/8 - 11/10) at Austin's Auditorium Shores, hosting three days of music and fun (fun fun), with such acts as MIA, Deerhunter, Slayer, Television, Thee Oh Sees, Kurt Vile, Cut Copy. Johnny Marr, The Walkmen, Jurassic 5, Killer Mike and loads more. Many of them played again as part of the FFF Nites shows, including shows presented by BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges.
After fooling no one with a false ending of "South of Heaven," the third backdrop of the night unfurled at the back of the stage: a parody of the Heineken logo reading "Hanneman" and bearing his life dates. The top read "Angel of Death." Reign in Blood's terrifying opening track - and closing number on Auditorium Shores - now serves as an epitaph for Slayer's fallen co-founder. - [Austin Chronicle]
We were there in the thick of it and, as mentioned above, you can check out pics from Day 1 HERE and HERE, pics from Day 2 pics HERE and HERE; and pics from Day 3 are HERE and HERE. See you again in 2014 Austin.
by Doug Moore
Slayer at Mayhem Fest, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Slayer's first North American tour since the demise of founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman (RIP) earlier last year draws nigh; its first date is tonight (10/25) in Las Vegas, though it doesn't start in earnest until its 11/8 Minneapolis date. At this point, only half of the classic Slayer lineup remains. Guitarist Kerry King and bassist/vocalist Tom Araya are still plugging away, while Hanneman has been replaced (seemingly for keeps) by Exodus guitarist Gary Holt. Drummer Dave Lombardo -- who quit the band over a financial dispute with his bandmates -- is being covered by Paul Bostaph, who spent most of the '90s as a member of Slayer.
Perhaps in an attempt to dispel any misgivings about the tour, Slayer has announced that they'll be playing an "old school" set that spotlights material from their first five releases. So says the press release:
"Slayer's "Old School Slayer Night" set will include tracks from 1983's Show No Mercy, 1985's Hell Awaits, the genre-defining and Gold-certified Reign In Blood (1986), 1988's South of Heaven, also certified Gold, and Seasons.Hard to complain about that. Though Slayer will obviously never be the same after losing half the lineup that recorded those classics, Holt and Bostaph are more than competent enough to replicate them faithfully. After all, Slayer have been in working-stiff mode for a decade now; they exist for fan service, and they seem to know it.
"The final set list is still coming together," added Araya, "but we're going to give the fans what amounts to 'decades of aggression.' It's going to be a great night of music and moshing for everyone."
Slayer's tour with Gojira and 4ARM hits NYC on November 27 at the Theatre at MSG. It also includes area shows at CT's Oakdale Theater (11/26) and NJ's Susquehanna Bank Center (11/29), and tickets for all three are still available.
Before the NYC-area dates, the tour hits Austin for Fun Fun Fun Fest, where we're doing two FFF Nites shows. One of them is a metal show, presented by our metal blog Invisible Oranges, which doubles as the Austin stop on the ongoing Black Tusk/Inter Arma tour. The show happens on Saturday, 11/9 at Hotel Vegas with the sludgy Black Tusk headlining at 12:45 AM, preceded by the psychedelic black metal of Inter Arma (11:45 PM), Chicago experimental metal band Yakuza (11 PM), and local Austinites Eagle Claw (10:15 PM). I've said this a few times, but if you haven't caught Inter Arma's live show, you should really do that. Their new album, Sky Burial, is handily one of the year's best, and their live treatments of it only emphasize its charms. Entry is free with a FFF Fest badge.
Check out a full live set by the current Slayer lineup, a full stream of the new Inter Arma, and Slayer's complete run of dates with Gojira and 4ARM, below...
by Fred Pessaro
Slayer in Europe, August 2013
As discussed at BV Chicago, Slayer have released a new set of dates without both Jeff Hanneman (RIP) and Dave Lombardo in tow. Its a bit strange to think that is a possibility considering their last 10+ years touring as all four original members, followed by Hanneman's departure a couple of years ago. Either way, the dates include all of the previously discussed appearances at The Theater at MSG, Fun Fun Fun Fest and more, as well as stops in Camden, NJ at Susquehanna Bank Center on November 29 and Oakdale Theater in Wallingford, CT on November 26.
Tickets are currently on sale for MSG; Tickets for the NJ and CT are currently on Fan Club presale (anyone know the password?), with a Citi presale on Wednesday at 10 AM, Live Nation presale on Thursday (9/5) at 10 AM and on sale to the general public starting Friday (9/6) at 10 AM.
All tour dates are listed, along with recent live video, including one of Phil Anselmo singing "Fucking Hostile" with Slayer as his backing band, below.
by Fred Pessaro
Slayer at Mayhem Festival 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Arguably, the best period of Slayer concluded with the departure of Dave Lombardo from the original lineup after Seasons in the Abyss. The return of that foursome in 2001 felt like a rejuvenation of the band. Now with Lombardo out and founding member Jeff Hanneman passing to a higher plane, Slayer, from the outside, seems like a shell of what it once was. Despite all of that, if there is one thing that Slayer has done in their 30+ years as a band, it is persevere... through neck surgeries, a rotating drum slot, controversies, and much more.
As a huge fan of Slayer, I hope to see them move onwards and upwards and part of that is their first NYC headlining show without either Dave Lombardo OR Jeff Hanneman. That happens at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden on November 27. Ticketing info is on the way.
All known tour dates, including Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin and a newly announced show in LA, is below. Make sure you check out a great drum-cam video of Lombardo performing "War Ensemble" below while you're down there.
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 (more by Keith Marlowe)
As discussed, Fun Fun Fun Fest is returning to Austin's Auditorium Shores from November 8-10, and now the full lineup was finally announced. It includes Television, Slayer (again!), Quicksand, Descendents, The Dismemberment Plan, Body Count, Jurassic 5, MIA, MGMT, Death Grips, Kurt Vile, Cloud Nothings, Snoop Dogg/Lion, The Locust, Subhumans (performing Cradle to the Grave), The Men, Title Fight, White Lung, Retox, Chromatics, XXYYXX, Mykki Blanco, Cut Copy, Washed Out, Merchandise, Lemuria, and many more.
Tickets for the festival go on sale today (7/10) at 10 AM CST.
Full lineup and flyer below...