Slayer’s Final World Tour kicked off in Orlando on June 15, 2018 at the Orlando Amphitheater at the Central Florida Fairgrounds
I have been a slayer fan since the early 80’s. Slayer was one of the most influential bands in metal history, one of the big four I grew up with. MTV ranked Slayer as the sixth greatest metal bands of all time, although I rank them higher. Saying goodbye to a band that has had so much influence on your music life through 3 decades is always tough. I will never forget the show in 1991, Clash of the Titans with Slayer, Anthrax, Testament, Megadeth and Alice in Chains in Lakeland, FL. To be chosen to cover this event was a dream come true.
The crowd was chanting and the energy level rose as fans prepared for Slayer to take the stage. The epic setup included the well known Slayer logo with flames, and a wall of flames across the stage. Opening the show with “Delusions of Saviour” from Repentless, the 12th studio album, the crowed erupted and the mosh pits began. They sounded just the same as I remember thorough all the years and all the shows I have seen, they are timeless. The stage presence and energy, the hard pounding riffs and guitar shredding filled the Orlando amphitheater fans with memories that will last a life time.
Slayer played through many of their memorable songs spanning the entirety of their album history including “South of Heaven” and “Raining Blood” , ending the show with “Angel of Death” the opening track from their 1986 album Reign in Blood which set the standard for dozens of emerging bands.
For more than three decades, Slayer’s onslaught has proven the band to be the supreme thrash-metal band on the planet, the band that other heavy acts are measured against and aspire to. Their membership in “The Big Four” – Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax – the four bands that defined the thrash/metal genre – secures their place in music history.
The two-time Grammy-winners have accumulated an abundance of certified Gold Albums along with “Best…” awards from media outlets all over the world, including Kerrang!, SPIN, Metal Hammer, Revolver, and Esquire. Throughout Slayer’s history, the band has never faltered in unleashing its extreme and focused sonic assault, and, unlike many of its contemporaries who commercialized their sound, Slayer has remained crushing and brutal, steadfastly refusing to cater to the mainstream. Slayer’s founding member, guitarist Jeff Hanneman passed in 2013, and Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has been filling in for him since. Paul Bostaph, who was Slayer’s drummer from ’94 – ’01, rejoined bassist/vocalist Tom Araya and guitarist Kerry King in 2013, and is back behind the kit to stay.
In September 2015, Slayer released Repentless, the band’s 12th, and what would be their final studio album, the first without Hanneman and first with producer Terry Date, to widespread rave reviews and the highest chart debut of the band’s career. The band also teamed up with director BJ McDonnell for three high-concept and brutal music videos for the album’s title track, then for “You Against You,” and the most recent, “Pride in Prejudice,” racking up a combined 25-million+ YouTube views. In 2017, Dark Horse Comics published the three-issue “Repentless” comic book series based on McDonnell’s original story concept for the videos and written by “Metalocalypse” director Jon Schnepp.
On January 22, 2018, Slayer announced its decision to do one last world tour to thank its fans for their decades-long support, and then move on. All Hail Slayer. We will certainly miss you.
Delusions of Saviour
When the Stillness Comes
Seasons in the Abyss
Dead Skin Mask
South of Heaven
Angel of Death