Feature: Top 6 Reasons You Need to See Slayer Before You Die
Thu, 31 Oct 2013 09:54:47
There are a few bands you need to see before you die. Slayer is at the top of the list.
A Slayer show is like the highest octane action movie you've ever seen mixed with a black mass. It's visceral, vicious, and vibrant. Most importantly, you'll leave invigorated and inspired—in awe of one of the greatest groups to ever take the stage. Attending a Slayer concert should be a rite of passage for any music fan—or anyone with a pulse.
So given that, ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino compiled the top 6(66) reasons everybody needs to see Slayer before they die.
The Top 6 Reasons to see Slayer Before You Die
6. The Energy
The energy at a Slayer show coming from Tom Araya, Kerry King, Gary Holt, and Paul Bostaph is unparalleled. Regardless of genre, they put on the most intense and kinetic show imaginable. During the second performance of their two-night stand at the Palladium this week, Divine Intervention classic "Dittohead" practically tore a hole in the floor it was so fast and heavy.
5. The Musicianship
Do you want to see an exorcism of raw talent right before your eyes? The foursome is playing tighter and tougher than ever never missing a mark on the likes of "Payback" or "Black Magic". Any other band would run out of steam after thirty minutes. The bludgeoning here commences over the course of an hour-and-a-half and the technicality never wavers. King's solo on "War Ensemble" makes jaws drop.
4. The Visuals
Less is more of course with Slayer, but the upside down crosses hanging from the ceiling made for a nice atmospheric touch, especially during the dirge-y "South of Heaven" and "Seasons in the Abyss".
3. The Setlist
It's an "Old School" set of classics. How much does it blow when you go see a band and they only play their new album? Slayer give people what they want—and more.
No two Slayer shows are the same. You never know what you'll see whether it'll be an Exodus cover getting thrown in or the pit exploding into Hell on Earth...
1. It's Fucking Slayer
'Nuff said. Buy a ticket now.
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