Pics by Lina Glasir
The heaviest tour of the summer is currently on its way, featuring thrash metal legends Slayer, plus heavy metal favorites Lamb of God and Polish blackened death dealers Behemoth. The massive outing kicked off earlier this month in the midwest, traversing through major festivals like ‘Rock Fest’ and ‘Rock USA’ in Wisconsin and ‘Chicago Open Air’ in Illinois, and additional markets such as Columbus, OH, Boston, MA and more, before colliding with New York City for a historical evening at the theater of the world famous Madison Square Garden.
The sold-out affair featured an incredible set from the mighty Slayer, who pounded Manhattan metalheads with countless of devastating classic hits, causing a colossal frenzy in the general admission pit section with bangers such as “The Antichrist,” “Postmortem,” “War Ensemble,” “Mandatory Suicide,” “South of Heaven” and, oh, so many more. The masters of shred touched based on newer tracks as well, like the night’s kick off track “Repentless,” plus “When the Stillness Comes,” “You Against You,” and “Cast the First Stone,” off of 2015’s Repentless. The triple threat of “Raining Blood,” “Chemical Warfare” and “Angel of Death” closed out the band’s extraordinary, 20-track set.
Lamb of God provided direct support, striking MSG with a bulky 10-song performance, with a high-flying Randy Blythe and band discharging anthems from their LPs Ashes of the Wake, VII: Sturm und Drang, As the Palaces Burn and Sacrament, including giant tracks like “Laid to Rest,” “Engage the Fear Machine” and “Walk With Me in Hell.” Heretics Behemoth warmed up the evening with a fierce performance consisting of fiery cuts like “Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer” and “Messe Noire” from their latest effort The Satanist, “Conquer All” off of 2004’s Demigod, “Alas, Lord Is Upon Me” and “Ov Fire and the Void” from 2009’s Evangelion, and “Decade of Therion” and set closer “Chant for Eschaton 2000” from the classic Satanica LP.
Check out more photo coverage from the NYC show in the gallery below. The tour runs through late August, with a string of shows set in the midwest, west coast and Canada. See all remaining tour dates at this location.
Additionally, while Slayer were in the area, they invaded ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ for an intense performance of “Raining Blood,” which you can check out after the gallery.
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