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Slayer!!!!! WaMu Theater, 11.01.13, Seattle, WA.

Tom Araya & Kerry King, Slayer, 11.01.13, WaMu Theater, Seattle, WA.

 

Friday night Slayer made it Reign in Seattle. If you missed the show, you missed one for the decibel record books. It was soooo loud in WaMu Theater I swore my lens was gonna shatter during Tom's scream from Seasons in the Abyss! His voice was stronger than Ive heard in years. For a new fan off the street it had to be glorious! Seeing Slayer for the first time, because... Slayers cool! We get it, but most of us know this band like the back of our hand. 

    

There was a stagnant feeling in the air, a slight miss fire... in fact there was no fire, or Hanneman, or Lombardo. Last time I saw them the pyro gave me flash burn, original drummer Dave Lombardo was still swinging, and founding member and guitarist Jeff Hanneman was alive. The metal community knows the feeling all too well though. Its not the first time we've seen a guitar grace the stage without its player. And we've all looked forward to seeing one musician on stage while feeling torn because the original member is missing... no matter the circumstance. They say good things always come to an end but for Slayer, like many others, this isnt it!

 

Paul Bostaph is back on drums and is no stranger to the Slayer throne, having played with the band for nearly a decade in the 90s and early 2000s. Bostaph also plays in Exodus with guitarist Garly Holt who filled in for Hanneman over these past few difficult years. This Slayer sound may very well be the new norm, and it sounded fucking good! Then again how could it not! Check out this set list...

 

Hell Awaits

The Antichrist

Necrophiliac

Mandatory Suicide

Captor of Sin

War Ensemble

Postmortem

Alter of Sacrifice

Jesus Saves

At the Dawn they sleep

Die by the Sword

Spirit in Black

Seasons in the Abyss

Strike of the Beast (Exodus)

Dead Skin Mask

Raining Blood

Black Magic

Encore

South of Heaven

Angel of Death

 

Old school, as promised, and they were feeling it! I watched the lighting tech throughout the show and he was getting down! The stage looked great, in good ol' Slayer fashion. Giant hanging metal inverted crosses moved up and down in front of three different backdrops. During the encore of Hanneman-riff-fan-favorites, "South of Heaven" and "Angel of Death", the backdrop also payed tribute... Still Reigning

 

RIP Jeff Hanneman - Angel of Death - Still Reigning - 1964-2013 

Gary Holt, Tom Araya, Paul Bostaph, & Kerry King, Slayer, 11.01.13, WaMu Theater, Seattle, WA.

 

Kerry Fucking King, Slayer, 11.01.13, WaMu Theater, Seattle, WA.

 

Gary Holt, Slayer, 11.01.13, WaMu Theater, Seattle, WA.

 

Paul Bostaph & Kerry King, Slayer, 11.01.13, WaMu Theater, Seattle, WA.

 

Tom Araya, Slayer, 11.01.13, WaMu Theater, Seattle, WA.

 

Gary Holt, Paul Bostaph & Tom Araya, Slayer, 11.01.13, WaMu Theater, Seattle, WA.

 

Tom Araya, Slayer, 11.01.13, WaMu Theater, Seattle, WA.

 

Slayer, 11.01.13, WaMu Theater, Seattle, WA.

 

 

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