Slayer @ MacEwan Hall – March 14th 2016

Slayer @ MacEwan Hall © J. Dirom

After a display of spinning cross, and pentagrams, that culminated to the Slayer logo, the curtain dropped to reveal the religious imagery of the Repentless album cover hung at the back of the stage. The band immediately launches into material from the 2015 album in the form of the title track, Repentless. The house is packed, and the crowd is electric. The fans illustrate that Slayer is a band that transcends generations, as the venue was filled with fans from throughout the bands 34 year history.

Simply put Slayer is unstoppable.

From the first note the crowd explodes into moshing madness. New and old fans alike spill over the barrier as they surf the crowd which is filled with “horns” and pumping fists. Araya is fixated forward as he screams into the microphone, and plays the bass at a furious pace, as Paul Bostaph kept a feverish pace on drums, perched high above.

Kerry King and Gary Holt (sporting a Kill the Kardashians shirt), keep the audience on their toes as they exchange guitar solos. Both playing a breakneck speed, and while intense made it all seem almost effortless to keep up the pace, a testament to their musicianship.

An ever changing spectacular lightshow, that switched from heavy red floods, to monochromatic greens, to intense strobes, and back again, simply added to the intensity and mood of the show. The Repentless banner seemed just that bit more intense under the red floods. Imagery that is indicative to Slayer.

The show is exactly what you would expect from a member of the “Big Four”, exciting visuals, a spectacular light show, and intense playing. All of it had the fans chanting for more, as they moshed the night away, whether your first Slayer concert was in the 1980’s or 2015.

Long may Slayer reign.

Set List:
Delusions of Savior
Born of Fire
God Send Death
War Ensemble
When the Stillness Comes
You Against You
Mandatory Suicide
Hate Worldwide
Chemical Warfare
Pride in Prejudice
Take Control
Seasons in the Abyss
Hell Awaits
Dead Skin Mask
Raining Blood
Black Magic
South of Heaven
Angel of Death

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