This was my third time to see Slayer live. I can’t say that I have ever witnessed them in an arena atmosphere but they definitely brought an amazing set to the stage! Headlining this tour along with Lamb of God and opening act Behemoth, Slayer brought metal back to Denver in such a wicked way.
People were lined up outside eager to gain access to the show. Many were proudly wearing their Slayer t-shirts from concerts past. Moving forward in line, I had the chance to talk to some of the fans. Many had seen Slayer on countless times before but there were a few that had never! This being their first time having come with a friend or family member. What was even more adorable to see were the little kids that had joined their parents to witness metal at its finest.
Entering the venue, as I said before, was nothing like any of the other times I had seen them. The place was HUGE and maybe because it was indoors, it felt like a lot more than at the outdoor shows. I managed to move along with the crowd and found my sitting area just shortly before Lamb of God took the stage. Playing some of their older and newer stuff, they provided the perfect intro for Slayer to command and conquer!
After a brief intermission, the audience is greeted with a white drape veiling the stage. No one can see what exactly is going on behind the curtain as the crew sets the backdrop and performs the sound check. Increasing the anticipation of the crowd, the lights begin to dim and images begin to dance along the white background the curtain has provided. The attendees are held in suspense until Tom Araya, Kerry King, Paul Bostaph and Gary Holt get to their marks on the stage. Immediately the curtain falls and the boys dive right into their opening song ‘Repentless’ from their 11th studio album released in 2015 by the same name. Followed immediately by ‘Disciple’, it was not until the fourth song ‘War Ensemble’ that the stage became very hot with all the fire. I was not sure if they were going to bring the fire to such a closed stage area but they did and all I can say is Fu*k Yes! This is one of the reasons why I come out to see these guys! Not only are they very talented artists, but they are true stage performers and put on a great live set! The technical aspect of their musical capabilities is a reason to see them alone but WOW, if you can just take in all of the stage production as well, I could not think of a better way to spend my Wednesday night!
Of course, all good things must come to an end and Slayer capped the night off with two of their biggest and most memorable hits ‘Raining Blood’ and ‘Angel of Death’. I can definitely say that each time I see Slayer, I am always blown away. Some bands you may see once and be fine with just that…. This is not one of those bands! So if you have not had the chance to see them just yet, just click the link below to find out when they will be in a city near you soon!
Photos by Teddy G / Xposer Photography