Slayer, one of the “Big Four” thrash-metal heavy weights, visited Kool Haus on Thursday night and delivered an old-school set of their heaviest and grittiest works from Show No Mercy, Hell Awaits, the epic Reign In Blood, South of Heaven, and Seasons in the Abyss. And what better way to honour and pay the ultimate tribute to their fallen brother, and Slayer co-founder Jeff Hanneman?
Starting off fast and furious with “Hell Awaits” followed by “The Antichrist”, it was obvious early on that Slayer were in their element. With a three-decade long career, not only do singer/bassist Tom Araya, and guitarist Kerry King sound better than ever but still know how to have a lot of fun on stage.
Gary Holt has been a well-received replacement for Hanneman and has managed to fill some pretty big shoes in the short time he’s been with the band. Rounding out the relentless metal onslaught that is Slayer, was tireless drummer, Paul Bostaph, his arms a flailing blur of intensity all evening.
Slayer blew away the packed room with ruthless versions of “Postmortem”, “Jesus Saves”, and “Die By The Sword”. Devil horns were held high and a sea of crowd surfing bodies flowed over the front security barrier like a broken dam all night.
Slayer ended the night on a high note with “Dead Skin Mask”, “South Of Heaven” and fan-favourite “Angel Of Death”.
Araya stood alone on stage looking down into the crowd. The cheers and chants of “Slayer…Slayer” rang out, but Araya was focusing on something else. A fan was being escorted out by security.
“I told you not to take that guy outside”, Araya ordered. “He’s been here all night”, he said pointing the centre of the floor.
“We’re all here to have a good time. Sometimes you get carried away, but it’s all part of the fun!”