Slayer 11/23/14, Charlotte NC

Dates: November 23, 2014

Location: The Fillmore, Charlotte NC

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BY MICHAEL PLUMIDES / PHOTOS BY JUSTIN KATES

Big Ole Fat Raining Blood: The absolute kings of speed metal, Slayer, brought their brand of definitive heaviosity to Charlotte’s Fillmore on Sunday, November 23rd, with opening acts Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus. Playing to a sold out crowd of bearded, tattooed dudes in black t-shirts and leather jackets, the experience was exactly what you would expect at a Slayer show.  The crowd was as frenzied as the music was furious, with the band cranking the amps up to “11” to kick the crowd’s collective ass off the planet. Original members Tom Araya (looking a bit like Jerry Garcia) and Kerry King were accompanied by Gary Holt (Exodus) on guitar and Paul Bostaph (Testament) on drums in the wake of Dave Lombardo’s exit. I was fortunate enough to catch them with Black Sabbath in 1998 at Ozzfest, but this show kicked the shit out of that performance.

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The stage was adorned with giant upside-down crucifixes – with colorful flowing tapestries, and an array of pastel colors on the backdrop of a sound engineered crisp and clear as vinyl. Slayer played a number of crowd favorites, including Hell Awaits, Raining Blood, South of Heaven, and a tribute to Jeff Hanneman (who passed away from liver failure in 2013) during the encore with Angel of Death. Soaring, searing heavy metal, unadulterated by fashion or pop culture, Slayer, played the heaviest set of music I think I’ve ever witnessed. Araya’s vocals are pitch perfect and King’s guitar work is mesmerizing.  I highly recommend this show. Slayer currently has a ten album set entitled, Vinyl Conflict available at your nearest record store. (Tour dates HERE.)

Set List:

  1. World Painted Blood
  2. Postmortem
  3. Hate Worldwide
  4. Die by the Sword
  5. Chemical Warfare
  6. War Ensemble
  7. Mandatory Suicide
  8. Necrophiliac
  9. Spill the Blood
  10. Hell Awaits
  11. At Dawn They Sleep
  12. Altar of Sacrifice
  13. Jesus Saves
  14. Disciple
  15. Seasons in the Abyss
  16. Snuff
  17. Dead Skin Mask
  18. Raining Blood
  19. Psychopathy Red
  20. South of Heaven
  21. Angel of Death

 

 

 

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