On June 9th Slayer said goodbye to their southwest Pennsylvania fan base on their Burgettstown date for their farewell tour. Of course they had to go out in style. The lineup was staked with five amazing bands. The first to play that night was testament a thrash band from Berkeley, California. Testament warmed up the crowd with its snake like charm, playing so fast their set ended five minutes early. But that is okay because they played their hearts out. Keeping the energy alive Behemoth played next. The polish extreme metal band from Gdansk knows how to make an entrance. Spookiness and face paint, a way to any metal fans heart. I was hooked from that point in their show they walked off and came back with masks. Definitely knows how to keep the fans intrigued. Anthrax s heavy metal band from New York was the third artist to preform that night. I have to admit this is one of those bands I heard about growing up but never got to listen to them, but I’m glad I did that night. You could tell they and their fans were really happy to be there that night. I don’t think I seen the singer not smile the whole set. It’s great to witness people being happy doing what they love.
Lamb of God of Richmond, Virginia had the best stage presence of the night. There was nonstop energy going across that stage and not a single person sitting in their seats. It felt like their set never stopped the whole time. Which in a metal show why would you want it to? But then it was time for what everyone was here to seen. SLAYER! A rush of mixed emotions hit the crowd. Happy to see their favorite band, excited for the show, but sad to know this was probably going to be the last time seeing their favorite band. An hour and a half was definitely not enough time to say goodbye to these legends. Before the show started someone described Slayer to me as something along the lines of “If hell had a house band, Slayer would always have a home”. Although I’m not sure what they meant by it, but if Slayer is playing a show in hell count me in. With the amount of puro that night you could tell they wanted to go out in a blaze of glory, and for their final tour why wouldn’t they. This tour truly marks the end of an era, but here’s to new beginnings and great times.
Photo/Review by: Cheyenne Simmons