Slayer brought their “final” tour to NJ (pics, setlist, front-row videos)
Finally at around 9:30 the feature presentation started. Slayer started their set off with the title track from their latest album “Repentless” and then quickly shifted to the 1990 deep cut, “Blood Red”. This was a good way to showcase what the set would be like as the next several tracks would include a mix of newer songs like “Jihad ” and “As Stillness Comes” and classics like “Portmortem”, Dead Skin Mask” and the rarely played “Black Magic”. Once the set was nearing the end, Slayer played all their most popular songs in a row including “Hell Awaits”,”South of Heaven”,Angel of Death”, “Raining Blood” and the obscure concert staple “Chemical Warfare”. Not a dull second went by in the set as the band had endless energy, great sound and the crowd became one giant war assemble. The crowd left the venue happy as their hunger for one last taste of Slayer was more the satisfied. This performance showed the world that Slayer went out exactly how they started, full of energy,excitement and intensity. [Alternative Nation]
Slayer are on what they're saying will be their "final" tour before they break up. Some may argue that with Tom Araya and Kerry King as the only original members, Slayer as we knew them is already over, but the current lineup still puts on killer shows, and as Alternative Nation's review of the recent show at NJ's PNC Bank Arts Center (6/2) points out, "the crowd left the venue happy." For this tour, Slayer have taken a seriously awesome list of openers with them: Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth and Testament. Pictures of all five bands are in the gallery above, and front-row videos of all five bands (by John Erigo) are below. Slayer's setlist is below too.
Slayer's tour will be back in the NYC-area for a show on July 29 at Jones Beach, and that's one got grindcore legends Napalm Death in place of Behemoth. Tickets are still available.
Slayer at PNC Bank Arts Center - 6/2/18 Setlist (via)
When the Stillness Comes
Seasons in the Abyss
Dead Skin Mask
South of Heaven
Angel of Death
photos by Mathieu Bredeau