Slayer’s Tom Araya
The crowd filled the general pit area, throwing down like a human grenade leaving exhausted, battered and dehydrated bodies staggering in its wake.
Blasphemous black metal incarnate came first in Poland’s Behemoth, with assorted snakes, symbols and Nergal’s and crew’s decayed corpse paint. Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer, the first hymn from The Satanist opened the show. The unstoppable bloodthirsty voice of the Demigod crushed all on Conquer All. Messe Noire spawned from Giger as Nergal blessed the audience with smoke and incense. Alas, Lord Is Upon Me reveled in falling short of divinity. Old-school Satanica rang out on Decade ov Therion. Ov Fire and the Void inquisitioned the imperfections of God’s creation as Chant for Ezxhaton 20000 ended the blasphemy.
Lamb of God hit the stage like a rapid fire freight train, with the speaker blistering Randy Blythe. The second round of body bashing began with the opening chase of Laid to Rest. Service commenced with the art of Ruin. Now You’ve got Something to Die For gave pledge of allegiance to the continuing body count of fighting the system. 512 muted the screams of the imprisoned soul as Engage the Fear Machine spewed endless apocalyptic propaganda. The code of honor remained unbroken on Omerta. Set to Fail kept continuous neck cranking and vertebrae colliding, leaving only the strongest standing. The Sacrament of Descending was bestowed as sands and ashes of the Hourglass ran fast foretelling coming war. Eventual damnation loomed over the bright star, to Blacken the Cursed Sun. The bloodlust of war and justification over drugs and violence stirred loud on Still Echoes. The intrepid opening notes of Vigil gave the crowd a slight breather as guitars reigned dark ceremonial riffs over the pavilion. Columbus was invited to walk with them in hell. Redneck ended the party bringing the front crowd full circle pit.
Delusions of Savior began as projected crosses, pentagrams and vintage logos danced on the screen.
Slayer’s Kerry King
Chaos began with Repentless and The Antichrist. Divine deviance came on Disciple with an old-school Postmortem trip to the morgue. Hate was spread worldwide, as live staple War Ensemble commenced battle-like crowd patterns.
Vintage and modern day met with Mandatory Suicide and You Against You. The blunt impact of Hallowed Point hit hard waiting for When the Stillness Comes. Dance with the dead in my dreams began the classic story of Ed Gein as cold blue and green light danced together illuminating the stage before them.
Newer tunes bookended classics with Cast the First Stone, Born of Fire, Captor of Sin and Bloodline. Banners went old-school on Seasons in the Abyss. Fire danced and flames spit forth on Hell Awaits.
The encore started with hell’s portrait South of Heaven. The stage went deep crimson as the Raining drum beat began and pit readied to explode. The banshee scream ripped through the speakers on Angel of Death as the show closed with spraying, shooting flames.
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Source: Screamer Magazine