Slayer at The Municipal Auditorium
Slayer came back to Nashville. Their last visit was February of 2016. This time Slayer brought with them fellow metal icons Lamb of God and Behemoth, from Poland for the Repentless Tour. The host for this mammoth sized gathering was the Municipal Auditorium, located near downtown Nashville.
One thing I love about attending a Slayer show is the crowd. The passionate fans cross generations. I saw long time fans, new fans and young fans there with their parents. Many were attending their first ever Slayer concert. One thing I love to hear while waiting in line to get my metal detector wand run down and that’s the screams of hundreds of fans yelling “SLAYER!”
Behemoth played first, and seemed to be summoning beast from the dead with their evil musical composition. Lamb of God’s imagery and precision on stage is captivating. Perhaps Randy Blyte said it best when he said “Nashville, we came here to fuck shit up”.
The time has come for Slayer to take the stage. The anticipation was boiling over, the crowd was buzzing, and you could feel the energy, static compression ready to unravel. The red spinning crosses for this Sunday night service was about to begin and all we ask is that you make a donation in blood. Repentless.
The curtain would drop and Slayer would show no remorse from the opening chord of Repentless. Slayer, for over 30 years, has been the lynch pin in the thrash metal world. Slayer is easily one of the most influential and forthright bands forging their way across the world today. They are one of last true relics from metal’s thrash heydays and they can still pack auditoriums and the countless other sold out venues across the country.
Slayer has been able to keep their evil and demonic aura for so long. It’s a testament to their skill and sheer brutality of the live show.
Hell, fire, and the scorched souls of man. Slayer embraces the larger than life persona and transforms it through its vicious, relentless and magnetism lead by Kerry King and Tom Aria. The flames licking them like the devil. The backdrop of demons, ghouls and priests set the scene as Jesus is bleeding for the sins they claim we commit.
Slayer would bludgeon the audience with deep cuts like “Postmortem” “War Ensemble” “Disciple” and a personal favorite of mine “When the Stillness Comes.”
Raining Blood, and flames for the Angel of Death lives South of Heaven. Born of Fire, For Hell Awaits. The Seasons in The Abyss Slayer brings a Bloodline like no other live in concert. The torment you feel, the anguish in your life can be withheld, if only for a short time.
There is a lot of speculation about the future of Slayer but you’ll have that in the modern age of information. I can only go off what I see and for me as a fan, and as a member of this blessed society, I hope that Slayer will continue to crush its doubters and set ablaze the stage. Hell on earth and the ritual of thrash metal shall burn all who doubt its claim of relevance.