What can be said about SLAYER that hasn’t already been said by every adoring fan, writer and musician before me? They have stood the test of time, never wavered and unlike other bands, they seem to be wrapping up their careers at the perfect time and going out with a blast of unrepentant, uncompromising, heavy, God-damn metal.
Everyone remembers their first Slayer show, it’s like a right of passage for metal fans. However, now we’ll have to remember our last ever Slayer show. At Viveiro’s Resurrection Fest 2019 they play the final leg of their last ever world tour before retiring.
Let me set the scene. Just before 10PM the heaviest North America has ever produced stepped out into the heaviest rainfall in northern Spain. The crowd is baying for blood by now having been kept warm by metal and cervezas all day. Then it starts.
Picture this: Lightning splits the night. Rain from the heavens falls as the sky opens up. The crash of thunder rolls over the hills nearby. Is there any better way to start a Slayer concert? Well, actually in this case it got so bad that the concert had to be abandoned! I am not kidding, the crowd had to disburse and the concert stopped before it had even begun!
Almost an hour later and the crowd comes back to the wait for their metal heroes and Slayer finally hit the stage full force with Repentless and World Painted Blood followed by one of my favourite songs, Postmortem! Three crucifyingly good performances, Kerry King’s solos in particular were sheer perfection.
Tom Araya got the crowd to help with War Ensemble soon after by getting everyone to scream “WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA…” to open the first track of Seasons in the Abyss. The tempo slows down for songs like Seasons in the Abyss and Hell Awaits.
Then, Raining Blood echoed out across the Spanish hills as the band played through the storm soaked in rain themselves! What an occasion, a perfect way to end Slayer’s domination of the metal world.
It’s heartbreaking to see one of your favourite bands call if quits but at the same time you can’t help feel that it’s the right time to do it after Jeff Hanneman’s death in 2013 to be replaced by Gary Holt of Exodus and Dave Lombardo’s departure from the band in 2013 following a pay dispute, only two remained of the original line-up.
The show was closed with Dead Skin Mask and the machine gun speed guitar and blistering drums of Angel of Death. Tom’s voice nails the intro vocals perfectly, an iconic scream, the death throes of a metal giant.
World Painted Blood
Born of Fire
Seasons in the Abyss
South of Heaven
Dead Skin Mask
Angel of Death
Playing Time: 90 minutes