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“An Evening With Slayer” was the name of the event dominating Long Island’s Paramount. This was the first time that Slayer has come to a quite small and intimate venue, and of course they didn’t disappoint the fans.
As the release date for their 11th studio album, Relentless approaches, on this night Slayer played all the classic hits we have come to love over the years and nothing from their upcoming album. A bit surprising for some fans, considering the band has not released a new album since 2009.
Slayer opened up the show with “World Painted Blood” title song from their last studio offering. Tom Araya raged through the track like only he knows how to. Fans where raging in full force and some unlucky fans were being carried out by awaiting EMT’s. But that didn’t stop the fans from having fun.
Kerry King still proving to the world that he is a fast shredder, annihilated his way through classic cuts “War Ensemble”, “Mandatory Suicide” & “Disciple” just to name a few.
Loyal Slayer fans we’re yelling with excitement over the tracks “Die By The Sword” & “Seasons in the Abyss” a typical reaction to these familiar cunning licks.
As the night went on Tom Araya took a break from their emphatic set and wanted to thank fans for coming to the show and mentioning the “repeat offenders” for the following show to come the following day. A Tom Ayara smirk was all it took as he screamed “Dead Skin Mask” which throttled the fans energy into high gear for the remainder of the night.
The night came to an end as the final track and crowd favorite “Angel of Death” played, fans that didn’t get in on the action, decided to let it all hang out and release. I have seen Slayer so many times I can barely count, each show is something special. The best part of being a Slayer fan is that their shows never get old. They get better with age, Blood is thicker than water, and watching a Slayer show only takes that meaning to a whole new realm.
1. World Painted Blood
3. Hate Worldwide
(Preceded by “Raining Blood” intro)
4. Die by the Sword
5. Chemical Warfare
6. War Ensemble
7. Mandatory Suicide
9. Spill the Blood
10. Hell Awaits
11. At Dawn They Sleep
12. Altar of Sacrifice
13. Jesus Saves
15. Seasons in the Abyss
17. Dead Skin Mask
18. Raining Blood
The highly-anticipated Repentless is Slayer’s 11th studio album, the first since 2009’s critically-acclaimed, Grammy-nominated World Painted Blood and the first with producer Terry Date (Pantera, Slipknot, Soundgarden). The band – Tom Araya/bass, vocals, Kerry King/guitar, Paul Bostaph/drums, and Exodus/Slayer touring guitarist Gary Holt, who recorded lead guitar parts for about a half-dozen of the album’s new tracks – started recording Repentless in March 2014, and made the track “Implode” available as a free download in April of that year. The band and Date continued to record between September 2014 and mid-January 2015 at Henson Studios in Los Angeles. For the album, “Implode” was completely re-recorded from the ground up, and “When The Stillness Comes,” used as an instrumental track in a Scion commercial, got a revamped intro and all new vocals.
LOS ANGELES, CA – (MONDAY, June 1, 2015) – With the title and release date just announced forSlayer’s Repentless, due out September 11, 2015 (Nuclear Blast), today the thrash icons announce their heaviest release ever – literally – Repentless, Metal Eagle Edition. Made of aluminum alloy, measuring 15″ X 17″ X 3″ and weighing in at a hefty seven pounds, the Metal Eagle Edition will house a deluxe digipak of the new Repentless CD plus exclusive bonus content to be detailed soon. The limited (only 3000 copies worldwide) and numbered Metal Eagle Edition will be a direct-to-consumer item and available exclusively via the Nuclear Blast mail-order online stores. Pre-orders are available now, so log onto http://nblast.de/SlayerRepentlessEagle for purchasing info.
The 12-track Repentless is, according to those who have heard it, a sonic assault of brutal, ominous, lightening-fast and heavy-as-hell music with lyrics that unmask what Slayer knows best – the terror, the corruption and the societal turmoil that dominates our world.Repentless also includes “Piano Wire,” an unfinished song from the World Painted Blood sessions written by Hanneman. About the track, Rolling Stone wrote that it “…begins with an eerie guitar line before evolving into a full-on-doom (and classic Slayer) riff onslaught…” King put it this way: “When I hear it, I think ‘Jeff.’ It sounds like a Jeff Hanneman song.”
“The new album sounds like Slayer,” said Araya. “In the past, our fans have always known what to expect, this time they don’t. But we really like it, and I don’t think the fans are going to be disappointed.”
As is expected from Slayer, the band will support the release of Repentless with extensive touring across the globe, beginning this summer when the band headlines the Mayhem Festival. That tour kicks off June 26 at Sleep Train Amphitheater in San Diego, CA. The complete routing is below.
13 Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN
16 Paramount, Huntington, Long Island NY
17 Paramount, Huntington, Long Island NY
19 State Theatre, Portland, ME
20 Amnesia Rock, Montebello, Montreal
(Mayhem headline dates):
26 Sleep Train Amphitheatre, San Diego, CA
27 San Manual Amphitheatre, San Bernardino, CA
28 Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
30 White River Amphitheatre, Seattle, WA
1 Idaho Center Amphitheatre, Boise, ID
3 Ak-Chin Amphitheatre, Phoenix, AZ
4 Isleta Amphitheatre, Albuquerque, NM
5 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver, CO
7 Harrah’s Council Bluffs, Council Bluffs, IA
8 Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
10 Kilpsch Amphitheatre, Indianapolis, IN
11 DTE Energy Amphitheatre, Detroit, MI
12 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL
15 Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto, ON CANADA
17 Susquehanna Bank Arts Center, Camden, NJ
18 First Niagara Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA
19 Xfinity Theatre, Hartford, CT
21 PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
22 Meadowbrook (Bank of NH Pavilion), Gilford, NH
24 Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
25 Xfinity Center, Boston, MA
26 Nikon at Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY
29 Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta, GA
31 Whitewater Amphitheatre, San Antonio, TX
1 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, TX
2 Gexa Energy Amphitheatre, Dallas, TX