Slayer is the classic incarnation of a speed metal band and has been so for over three decades. Their 1986 album Reign in Blood continues to rank as one of the single most influential metal albums of all time. Slayer is currently on the road for the Final World Tour, AXS tickets are available here. This is a must-see concert event, here are five reasons why:
1. It is the Final World Tour
Sad to say but still true, Slayer announced this will be their final tour. Lead singer Tom Araya has spoken publicly about his love-hate relationship with touring. Priorities shift after 35 years on the road and Tom says he is ready to collect his pension.
2. "Big Four” of Thrash
Slayer holds an elite spot as one of the “Big Four” of Thrash metal. Along with Anthrax, Megadeth and Metallica, Slayer is credited with being founding fathers of Thrash music. Many a band have been born over the years from the influence of Slayer riffs.
3. The songs
Slayer has a phenomenal catalog of music. Their songs “Raining Blood,” “Seasons of the Abyss,” “Angel of Death” and “Postmortem” have grown to be staples in every metal-heads music collection. This is the final opportunity to see these amazing songs performed live (click here to read the AXS article Top 10 Slayer Songs).
4. Phenomenal stage show and pyrotechnics
Slayer concerts have always been music-centric events and the current tour is no different. Each show is a celebration of their groundbreaking music. However, since it is the final tour the guys have gone all out and added a spectacular pyrotechnic stage show to their performances. Fans were thrilled by the fireballs which were shooting across the stage and synchronized to the music.
5. Slayer fans
Slayer concerts would not be the same without Slayer fans. Slayer fans may be a unique breed to some but when you are standing together among your people and everyone is unified through music, it is a glorious experience. The circling swirl of the mosh pit, the shouts of “SLAYER!!!” spontaneously rising up from the crowd, the friendships that form from tailgating in the parking lot before the show are treasured staples of a Slayer concert as well.