|Slayer guitarist Kerry King|
Their rabid fanbase shows no sign of letting them. This bombastic celebration of all which is brutal rolled into a sold out Pageant Theater in St. Louis, Missouri.
Slayer delivered twenty relentless songs, with barely a moment for one to catch their breath. The violence of their lyrics was matched, to some degree, by the spontaneous mosh pits which kept forming during their songs. The band didn't waste too much time between songs, excepting when bassist/singer Tom Arraya paused to inform us the next song was going to be a love song, before hurling full steam into the decidedly unromantic "Dead Skin Mask". The attack was fierce and fast, exactly as we wanted it.
|Slayer bassist and vocalist Tom Araya|
The following week I was back at the Pageant for a show by Ghost and saw one final piece of confetti float down during their performance and wondered how it could have possibly survived the Slayer show.
The bass was arguably too loud, but the audience didn't seem to think so, as they screamed their approval before, during and after each song. The loudest cheers were reserved for classic songs such as "Seasons in the Abyss", "Angel of Death", "South of Heaven", and that song which is probably the most mosh pit inducing in the history of music, "Raining Blood".
|Slayer replaced a departed legend by adding another, guitarist Gary Holt|
|Drummer Paul Bostaph is evidence Slayer has no shortage of legends to call upon to fill their roster.|
|Holt and King|