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Review: SLAYER – Live @ The Academy, Dublin (July 1st, 2014)

Posted in Gig Review, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 2, 2014 by Tickets There

If you’re an Irish metal fan, you can be forgiven for thinking SLAYER are the only metal band in the entire world these days. After all, the group has performed here six times in the last year and there’s still tonight’s sold out Academy show to go. While other major metal bands appear to have shrugged off Ireland on their outings over the past few years – SLAYER have been coming back again and again to assault the holy hell out of us and up mid-week drink sales by 12.7% for the entire year. That’s impressive when you consider we live in Ireland.

IMG_9505Tonight’s crowd know the deal. People hang back around Fibbers, Gypsy Rose and the bars around Abbey Street. There’s no rush – no support so nothing to do but relax and avoid the possible elevator pong music that was forced upon us last year. By ten to nine however – the bars have deserted, the Academy is rammed and the familiar opening hiss of ‘Hell Awaits’ from Decade.. comes sneering over the PA.

IMG_9557No sooner or Slayer on that it seems they’re half way into their set. ‘The Antichrist’, ‘Necrophiliac’ and ‘Mandatory Suicide’ just explode out at furious (my favourite Slayer word) speed and power. Tom gleams at the audience, nodding his approval and waits for the roars to calm down before thanking us for showing up and kicking off ‘War Ensemble’ followed by ‘Disciple‘, ‘Post-mortem’ and ‘Hate Worldwide’.

The set is incredible – almost like it’s been handpicked by fans and Slayer sound as fast, filthy and furious as ever before. ‘At Dawn They Sleep’, ‘Die By the Sword’ and ‘Spirit in Black’ pave the way for new tune, ‘Implode‘, to fight it’s corner for a regular space on Slayer’s set. As the end starts to creep nearer, Slayer start whipping out fan favourites and Tom leaves the choruses to the crowd as we begin to drown out the PA. ‘Seasons In The Abyss’ and ‘Dead Skin Mask’ follow before the band finish their main set with ‘Raining Blood’ and  ‘Black Magic’.

As with last year, the giant Hanneman banner drops and Slayer return to finish the night with ‘South of Heaven’ and ‘Angel of Death’. Slayer may have lost Jeff, the legend behind many of their most loved songs. They may also have fallen out with Dave – their founding member, drumming legend! But Gary Holt and Paul Bostaph fill those spots nicely tonight, as with last year and Tom and Kerry are still bad ass motherfuckers. Slayer are proving with every show that nothing can stop them and hopefully we’ll hear some more music from the current line-up in the near future. Failing that, we’ll probably see them again next year in the Academy – hopefully!

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SLAYER: New Music and Return to Ireland!

Posted in Gig Listing, Music, New Music, News, Special Features with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2014 by Tickets There

img_50162014 is definitely looking much brighter than last year for the mightiest of all gods – SLAYER. Flash back to this time last year and the world was just days away from hearing the news that founding guitarist and chief songwriter, Jeff Hanneman had passed. After years battling a flesh eating virus, Jeff finally succumbed to his hidden battle with alcohol leaving the recording and touring of the band in immediate doubt. To top things off, Dave Lombardo – Slayer’s long time suffering drummer had been unceremoniously kicked out just weeks before and his permanent replacement (Paul Bostaph) was still to be announced. No founding drummer, no chief songwriter – a sad time for Slayer and their fans.

img_5062A month later Slayer took to the stage in The Academy, Dublin for the first of three Irish shows and all worries about the bands stability went out the window. They rampaged through two blinding sets in Dublin before heading to Belfast and doing it all over again. The band looked and sounded great, with Jeff’s replacement (GARY ‘THE LEGEND’ HOLT!) filling the part like a pro and Paul easily slipping back into his old chair behind the iconic Tom and Kerry. The band made little reference to Jeff’s passing, but rumours circulated that Slayer were now at an end in recording terms. Thankfully that turned out to be bullshit as they’ve just surprised the world with a brand new tune – ‘Implode’. Not a bad song at all and one that’s currently monopolizing the TT cans. Scroll down further and give it many, many spins. (You can also download it for free from Slayer.net)

img_5072TO TOP IT OFF – tickets for Slayer’s recently announced three Irish shows go on sale tomorrow morning. This time they’re hitting Belfast twice on June 29th and 30th and Dublin’s Academy on July 1st. With new material, some time between Jeff’s passing and the dismissal of Dave – things are finally in motion to move into a new era for Slayer. If ‘Implode’ is anything to go by, we have nothing to worry about. The future is blood, the future is SLAYER!

AND – to all those giving out that Slayer shouldn’t do anything without Jeff and Dave- shit up your face. A band that’s been together that long are like a family. It’s everything and you seriously expect Tom and Kerry to give up their entire lives, after three decades together because some of their family have moved on or they’ve had a falling out with someone? Life stinks, shit happens – you move on. That’s how it is so deal with it.

SLAYER!

Slayer Irish Tour Dates 2014

  • June 29th: The Limelight, Belfast
  • June 30th: The Limelight, Belfast
  • July 1st: The Academy, Dublin

Tickets on sale tomorrow morning from Ticketmaster.ie and all usual outlets.

REPORT: Slayer – Live @ The Academy, Dublin (June 11th, 2013)

Posted in Gig Review, Music with tags , , , , , , , on June 13, 2013 by Tickets There

IMG_5078Going to see Slayer two nights in a row – one of the best decisions this writer has ever made. For the second night in a row, SLAYER raised the roof off Dublin’s Academy with what seemed like even more power and ferocity than Monday’s show (quite a feat considering the incredible performance they put on last night). There was even more banter from Tom Araya with him even (tongue in cheek) asking the crowd if there were ‘any requests?’, before he politely listened and remembered ‘we don’t do that’.

IMG_5072The set-list also saw a few changes with ‘Hallowed Point, At Dawn They Sleep, Stain of Mind, The Antichrist, Payback’ and ‘Hell Awaits’ all being dropped and replaced by ’Spirit In Blood, Die By The Sword, Postmortem, Altar of Sacrifice, Jesus Saves’ and ‘Ghosts of War’ which gave the night a fresh feeling, rather than just rehashing the same show as the night before.

Rather than go through a detailed review (again), heres what ye all want. Photos, set lists and videos – enjoy J.

Monday June 10th Videos

Tuesday June 11th Videos

SLAYER
Live @ Dublin’s Academy Set-lists
Monday, June 10th 2013 Tuesday, June 11th 2013
World Painted   Blood World Painted Blood
Hallowed Point Spirit in Black
War Ensemble War Ensemble
Hate Worldwide Hate Worldwide
At Dawn They   Sleep Die by the Sword
Stain of Mind Bloodline
Disciple Disciple
Bloodline Postmortem
Mandatory   Suicide Altar of Sacrifice
Chemical   Warfare Jesus Saves
Seasons in the   Abyss Mandatory Suicide
Dead Skin Mask Chemical Warfare
The Antichrist Ghosts of War
Payback Seasons in the Abyss
Hell Awaits Dead Skin Mask
Raining Blood Raining Blood
Encore: Encore:
South of   Heaven South of Heaven
Angel of Death Angel of Death