SLAYER! That might be enough of a review of their show at the AT&T Center for most fans. It had been some time since I traveled the 90 miles to San Antonio for a metal show, but the second date Jagermeister Music Tour was enough to rouse me from my apathetic attitude. Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax, a rekindling of the Clash of the Titans tour I saw almost two decades ago was undoubtedly a special occasion.
Running late, as security had a hand in my crotch, ensuring the absence of a weapon, I heard “Caught in the Mosh” blaring from inside. The return of Joey Belladonna is welcomed by all diehard Anthrax fans across the globe. There has never been a more distinct metal voice, and hearing him belt out songs like it was 1988 was a pleasure. Hitting all the highlights, “Indians,” “Time” and even John Bush-era “Only,” which served to show what they could have been if Scott Ian and Belladonna had tolerated each other.
|Antrax at AT&T Center|
The break in the action allowed the crowd to begin building up to Megadeth. Waiting patiently in the halls and smoking lounge, burly metal dudes barking “MEGADETH” at the top of their lungs brought chants all around the arena. When Dave Mustaine hit the stage, the whole crowd singing every word of the whole Rust In Peace album. The show earlier this year at Stubb’s served as an appetizer to this performance. The large arena stage is where Megadeth is really at home, but the highlight of the show by far being Chris Broderick. The new, young guitar maniac primarily known for his roles in Jag Panzer and Nevermore brought intensity to their old material.
Slayer, Slayer, Slayer, SLAYER, SLAYER!!! It builds like no other metal band in the world. There can be only one SLAYER! With the slate to include the entire Seasons in the Abyss album, opening the night with a couple of new songs to warm up the audience before diving head first into this classic album. The stage set simply with Slayer logos, good lighting and brutal thrash metal. Every time they play it solidifies their seat at the top of heavy metal. Kerry King played to perfection, Tom Araya, appearing a little stiff, still has power in his voice and made for one amazing night of metal.
Now I am ready for the Big Four announcement; it’s gonna happen right?