There’s something beautiful about closing out the week with a thrash metal concert. Off the bat, Slayer is NOT a band that would ever pop up on my playlist because the group never really crossed my path growing up.
Not even during my black and silver lipstick, JNCO and Airwalk middle school phase, though White Zombie and Marilyn Manson CDs were stashed under the peel-able carpet layer in a corner of my teenage bedroom, undiscoverable by disc-shattering parental hands in search of explicit lyric labels.
Perhaps maybe that’s why I found myself REALLY enjoying the experience.
It was rebellious.
It was raw.
It was nostalgically prepubescent.
The kind of body rattling required of a Slayer spectator promises to get out all the energy kinks.
I had no expectations of the concert, as metal was completely foreign land. I feel this really qualifies my review as an honest experience regurgitation from a genuine music lover. I waited to arrive until the headliner began as to not muddle my metal perceptions. By the time the openers had performed, the audience vocal chord usability was at about 50%, but still had enough left for raspy Slayer chants throughout the Don Haskins arena as we awaited their grand entrance.
It was a full house on a late Sunday night, thousands of metal lovers in black anxious to howl and head bang.
Within the first 30 seconds of the set, I could not make up my mind on which observation was most awesome: the social phenomenon of a mosh pit or the shirtless 12-year-old losing his $h!t and nearing his school night bedtime alongside his young, beautiful rocker mom.
Both were in my direct line of site toward the stage and both riled me up enough to rock out myself. My Hook em Horns fist pride went dark, now slamming air at quarter note speed to keep up with the drummer’s tempo.
My surroundings consisted of a variety of headbanging involving air guitars, crouched head-to-knee bends, arms to the sky and straight up vocal annihilation in celebration of the metal superstars. It was surreal and sweaty and my body could not help but join, release…
and LOVE it.
I can’t tell you what songs they performed. I can’t even tell you what I thought of the lyrical message because frankly, I heard no words.
For me, and thousands of others, the Slayer concert was night Slayer Mosh Pitchurch on a Sunday with thousands in the congregation, exorcising the week’s stresses and worries into the smoky remnants of the pyrotechnics with bodyquakes.
Would I pay to see Slayer if I didn’t have a press pass?
Hell. #*%&!$@. Yes.
Words: Bianca Cervantes | Pics: ‘Ace’ Acosta – El Paso Herald Post
Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer – El Paso Herald Post
With Leg Three: Europe of Slayer’s Final World Tour having wrapped up this past Saturday, Slayer announced Leg Five: North America of its Final World Tour, would include a stop in the Sun City.
Slayer, along with Lamb of God, Amon Amarth and Cannibal Corpse will play the Haskins Center on May 5th.
Maintaining the band’s ethos of “play as many places as possible to make it easier for everyone to see the band one last time,” Leg Five will kick off May 2, 2019 at the Ak-Chin Amphitheatre in Phoenix AZ and see the band performing 16 shows across the Southern states and then up the east coast, culminating at the Xfinity Center Amphitheatre in Mansfield, MA on May 25.
Special Slayer VIP Packages will be available for all dates; those details are accessible online.
“We are pleased to announce that the brutality continues with Lamb Of God supporting Slayer on another leg of their farewell world tour! This is the real thing and is not one to miss. Heavy metal is alive and well and we can see it on the faces and hear it in the voices of the huge crowds filling arenas and amphitheaters everywhere we’ve been. It’s been inspirational to see the energy and dedication of diehard Slayer fans turning out in huge numbers all over the world to support the kings of metal. For Lamb Of God to have been so well received is an honor all its own and we are beyond grateful to join them for another round. Cheers!” – Mark Morton, Lamb of God
“We are very excited to hit the road with Slayer again. It is no secret that Slayer is one of our absolute favorite bands, and even though it is sad to see such an influential and legendary band retiring, it is an absolute honor to have been invited to be a part of their farewell tour.” — Amon Amarth
Cannibal Corpse comments, “We are extremely honored to be sharing the stage with Amon Amarth, Lamb of God, and of course Slayer this spring on their farewell tour! To be part of this historic event will be something we will never forget.”
Leg Five: North America (Lamb of God, Amon Amarth and Cannibal Corpse will support on all dates)
2 Ak-Chin Amphitheatre, Phoenix, AZ
3 Isleta Amphitheatre, Albuquerque, NM 5 UTEP/Don Haskins Center, El Paso, TX
7 Bert Ogden Arena, Edinburg, TX
8 The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, Dallas, TX
10 MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa, FL
11 Coral Sky Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, Florida
13 Big Sandy Superstore Arena, Huntington, WVa
14 Merriweasther Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
16 Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center, Noblesville, IN
17 Providence Medical Center Amphitheatre, Bonner Springs, KS
19 DTE Energy Mush Center, Clarkston, MI
20 Covel Centre, Youngstown, OH
22 Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, ON CANADA
24 BB&T Pavilion, Camden, NJ
25 Xfinity Center, Mansfield, MA
Leg Six: Europe – (Support acts for headline dates TBA)
4 Arena Gilwice, Gilwice, Poland
6 Sweden Rock, Solvesborg, Sweden
8 Rock Am Ring, Nurburgring, Germany
9 Rock im Park, Nurnberg, Germany
11 Sports Arena, Budapest, Hungary
13 Leipzig Arena, Leipzig, Germany
14 Nova Rock, Nickelsdorf, Austria
Weekend of June 14-16*
Download, Donington Park, UK
19 Arena, Geneva, Switzerland
21 Graspop Metal Meeting, Dessel, Belgium
23 Hellfest, Clisson, France
25 Tipsport Arena, Prague, Czechoslovakia
28 Tons of Rock, Oslo, Norway
29 Tuska Open Air, Helsinki, Finland
Resurrection Festival, Viviero, Spain
5 VOA Heavy Rock Festival, Lisbon, Portugal
7 Rock The Castle, Verona, Italy
10 Metalheadmeeting, Bucharest, Romania
11 Airport Park, Sofia, Bulgaria
13 Rockwave Festival, Athens, Greece
Weekend of July 27-28*
Heavy Montreal, Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal, QC
Slayer is ready to thrash the Sun City. The longtime, popular heavy metal band, joined by Anthrax and Death Angel, will rock the El Paso County Coliseum (4100 E. Paisano) at 7 p.m. Oct. 27.
The trio of rockers kicked off the North American tour in September.
“It’s always super fun for us to tour with Anthrax,” said Kerry King, one of Slayer’s original members. “Frank (Bello) is one of my best friends in the biz. Put that together with Death Angel, and fans will probably see the best package this year. See you there.”
Fans will hear their favorite Slayer songs from the band’s three-decade-plus discography, as well as a few newer songs from the latest release, “Repentless,” which was named Metal Album of the Year by Guitar World. The videos “Repentless” and “You Against You” have racked up a combined 13.7-million YouTube views.
Slayer has won two Grammy Awards, while Anthrax has garnered six nominations.
Slayer and Anthrax stormed through Europe together last fall, amassing a string of sensational live reviews. Both bands are celebrating their 35th anniversaries.
“We are very excited to tour again with our fellow kings Slayer on a thrash-metal extravaganza,” said Anthrax’s Charlie Benante. “Now, that’s a night of metal … .”
Added Death Angel’s Mark Osegueda: “We are thrilled and honored to be part of this amazing North American touring package. Slayer, Anthrax, Death Angel — it just looks, sounds and feels right. This will be Death Angel’s first-ever tour with Slayer, something we’ve hungered for our entire career. And we will bring that hunger to the stage every night, so get there early because this will be a show not to be missed. Metal is alive, hungry, thriving, and coming for you.”
Tickets are $36.50 and are available at the El Paso County Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online.