Behemoth was up next. Totally not my thing but they’re good at their craft and they had some fans who were really into them scattered throughout. At 6:55 it was time for Anthrax. By this time the pavilion was about 90% full giving it the ol' eyeball test and the lawn was starting to pack as well. I've seen Anthrax about 40 or so times but I've only seen them open for a few bands over the years so even I was taken aback and impressed with how well they went over. They had that entire place rocking. Quick set, but just extremely well paced 7 song set. Other than "Evil Twin" it was classic material that everyone knew and they had nice pits down in the GA section and up in the lawn.
Lamb of God were the penultimate act. Again, like Behemoth, not my thing but LoG are clearly at a level of headlining some pretty big places on their own. Slayer gave them ample room for a pretty good stage show they played about 9 songs in a close to an hour set and by this time the crowd was either 100% into LoG or restlessly pounding beers waiting for their headlining heroes.
Slayer were Slayer. This is a good thing and a bad thing. The setlist is pretty close to what they were doing in 2015-2017 although it's more of "greatest hits" set list now with material from the EP, a surprise mid 90's song, and stuff all the way through to the latest record. The major difference between this and any other Slayer show was intensity.. Both from the band and the crowd. You have Slayer filling up a venue 3 times the size of where they usually play in most cities and damn near selling it out. Then somehow manage to have 99% of that crowd knowing every word to every song. Where did these people come from? LOL. Post Gazette reported 12,000 tickets. Again, I think the Rockstar Mayhem Festival of 2015 drew about 3,000 and that's being generous... And where as Slayer can sometimes seem like they were sleepwalking through their setlist after doing this for 37 years, they seem to be enjoying every second of this tour. Every time the spotlight was on Tom alone as he addressed the crowd, it was deep. Slayer fans love Mr. Araya. At the end of the show he just stands there for nearly 3:00 minutes while the other three are giving out picks and sticks, Tom was just taking it all in before giving a heartfelt goodbye. If this is truly it, Slayer went out on a high note. If you're a metal fan and a Slayer fan, there is truly no reason to miss this tour.
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Is this really the end of Slayer? Thrash band crushes at KeyBank
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JUN 10, 2018 11:04 AM
They came en masse and wore the appropriate black for the last rites.
Metal fans from near and far descended on KeyBank Pavilion Saturday, about 12,000 strong, to pay their last respects to Slayer, commonly pronounced as “SLAAAAY-ERRRR!”
“They helped invent the music that we and other bands play,” Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe stated during its opening set. When one of the LoG guitarists played the opening to “South of Heaven,” Blythe added that the deadly riff “makes me want to go kill a chicken or some s--t.”
It was probably for the best that all the chickens were already in the concession stands. After all, there were plenty of children in attendance with their metal-loving parents (I saw one teaching her two young boys to mosh, a safe distance from the violent circle pit on the lawn).
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The End of Days, announced in January with little explanation other than it being the farewell tour, was a full buffet of metal beginning with fellow California thrash veterans Testament blitzing through ‘80s fare like “Over the Wall” and adding new songs from “Brotherhood of the Snake.” Polish extreme metal band Behemoth added some horror to the afternoon with demon costumes, monster vocals and such occult fare as “O Father O Satan O Sun!”
Anthrax, one of the Big Four thrash bands with Slayer, came with four of the five ‘80s members and lived up to that billing with a relentless seven-song set that opened with “Caught in a Mosh” and mixed their covers of Joe Jackson’s “Got the Time” and French band Trust’s “Antisocial” with the vintage “I Am the Law” and new entry “Evil Twin.”
Lamb of God, the pride of Richmond, vaulted the show back into dark, heavy mode with a sludgier sound and Blythe’s growling vocals and tortured lyrics, starting with the murderous “Omerta” and moving through “Walk With Me in Hell” (dedicated to Pittsburgh’s Code Orange), prison song “512” and a climax of “Redneck.”
There was no question who ruled the evening. Despite all the mileage on them over 37 hard years, Slayer looks nothing like a band on its last legs.
They made a statement, hitting the stage with their newest material, 2015’s “Repentless,” on the way to revisiting 10 of their 12 albums (all but the ‘90s offerings “Undisputed Attitude” and “Diabolus in Musica”).
Song after song began with an iconic or killer riff before the time signature shifted for bassist Tom Araya to rush through the hellish, harrowing, dystopian lyrics of Jeff Hanneman, who left us in 2013. With Paul Bostaph driving the works and the stage ablaze with more fire than any other band has employed, the songs ultimately came down to lightning-fast solos from Kerry King (tattooed, muscled and wearing a Slayer shirt) and Gary Holt, sporting an Exodus wristband “Kill the Kardashians” T-shirt. They are without doubt two of the busiest guitarists you’ll ever see on a stage.
After informing us that “god hates us all” (“Disciple”) and vividly depicting the ravages of war (“Mandatory Suicide,” “War Ensemble,” etc.), Araya stopped to ask, in his soft-spoken manner, “Are you guys having a good time … making some lasting memories?”
Just about everyone seemed to agree that we were, so Slayer raged on even harder, stacking the biggies at the end of the set with a run that included “Seasons in the Abyss,” “Dead Skin Mask,” “South of Heaven” and “Raining Blood.”
Crashing to a finish with “Angel of Death,” Slayer sent its faithful to the parking lots properly pummeled one last time.
Araya, the oldest member, is only 57 -- a mere babe in classic-rock years — so it’s entirely possible we haven’t really, really seen the last of Slayer. The band has new music on the way, so it remains to be seen if this is just farewell … for now.
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