The second North American leg of Slayer‘s ‘Final World Tour’ has set the east coast ablaze, having kicked off in Gilford, NH last week and gaining momentum with a stop in Bangor, ME this past Friday and a concert in Wantagh, NY at the Jones Beach Theater on Sunday evening, July 29th.
Long Island was left scorched after Slayer‘s red-hot 19-song set that featured an excessive amount of pyrotechnics, seen immediately at the start of their display during opener “Repentless.” Following tracks “Blood Red” and “Disciple” intensified the mood as the stage was drenched in red and blue lighting, as leadman Tom Araya yelped out lyrics such as “You cannot hide the face of death!” and “God hates us all!” for what they say was the last time in the New York City area.
A giant LED screen complimented Slayer‘s malevolent exhibition, illustrating the band’s iconic logo throughout the set and as seen during tracks “War Ensemble,” “Postmortem,” “Black Magic,” and others. Guitarists Kerry King and Gary Holt shredded through the flames, clearly giving it their all during Slayer classics likes “Mandatory Suicide,” “Seasons in the Abyss,” “Dead Skin Mask” and “Hell Awaits” (which of course, had an extra amount of pyro). Located upstage, dead center, drummer Paul Bostaph seemed to have received the best of the fiery cascade, as he pounded through songs like “Payback” and “Dittohead.” The band’s last ravaging in Jones Beach ended with a fatal four-way banger consisting of “South of Heaven,” “Raining Blood,” “Chemical Warfare” and “Angel of Death.”
Richmond’s finest Lamb of God provided direct support on the bill, as the spoken word intro to “Omerta” caused an immediate free-for-all in the pit. Frontman Randy Blythe galloped across the stage and ascended into the air during additional Ashes of the Wake tracks “Now You’ve Got Something to Die” and “Laid to Rest.” The LI show also marked the band’s third show with Prong drummer Art Cruz who didn’t miss a beat while temporarily filling in for regular LoG drummer Chris Adler, who was forced to sit out this run “due to unforeseen circumstances.” The band went on to devastate NY with potent tracks “Ruin” from As the Palaces Burn, “512” and “Engage the Fear Machine” from VII: Sturm und Drang, and “Walk With Me in Hell,” “Blacken the Cursed Sun” and closer “Redneck” from Sacrament.
Kings of New York thrash metal Anthrax hit the stage at 6:55 PM, sending the early bird crowd into a craze with legendary tracks “Caught in a Mosh,” “Madhouse,” “Antisocial” and “Indians.” Vocalist Joey Belladonna and bassist Frank Bello were as energetic as ever during their hometown gig, with Scott Ian ripping through every note of the band’s short 7-song set, which also included the band’s 1990 cover of Joe Jackson‘s “Got the Time,” classic track “Be All, End All,” and “Evil Twin” from the band’s latest offering, For All Kings.
Another thrash metal staple, Testament took to the stage an hour before Anthrax, riffing through fan-favorites likes “The New Order,” “D.N.R. (Do Not Resuscitate),” “Into the Pit” and “Disciples of the Watch.” The Oakland vets also performed a pair of tracks from their latest LP, Brotherhood of the Snake, plus “Rise Up” from Dark Roots of Earth and “Dog Faced Gods” off of Low.
With the sun blaring upon the stage and fans slowly trickling into the venue, UK grindcore masters Napalm Death opened the evening, entertaining early goers with gems like “Multinational Corporations,” “Instinct of Survival,” “Dead,” the 1.316 seconds long hit “You Suffer,” and set-closing rager “Nazi Punks F–k Off.”
We’ve got a ton of live shots from all the bands that played during the 6-hour barrage. Scroll down for full photo coverage. All remaining Slayer North American tour dates can be viewed HERE or after the gallery.
Next up at Jones Beach:
Slayer w/ Lamb of God, Anthrax, Testament & Napalm Death (remaining dates):
1 Times Union Center, Albany, NY
3 Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Lake, NY
4 Lakeview Amphitheater, Syracuse, NY
6 Budweiser Gardens, London, ON
7 Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI
9 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, St. Louis, MO
10 Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta, GA
12 Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN
13 Walmart AMP, Rogers, AR
15 Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, TX
16 The Zoo Amphitheatre, Oklahoma City, OK
18 Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, Denver, CO
19 USANA Amphitheatre, Salt Lake City, UT
21 Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater, Boise, ID
23 Sunlight Supply Amphitheater, Portland, OR
26 SAP Center, San Jose, CA
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