by Johnny Papan
May 16th, 2018
This supposed final tour is a bittersuite venture for the thrash community. Since the early 1980s, Slayer has solidified their position as a staple in the heavy metal world. Vancouver was their first Canadian stop among their last run in the country, and the band wreaked havoc for two solid hours, performing the best of their repertoire from throughout their lengthy career. As I write this, my ears still ring, and I can still feel the blend of sweat from myself and those around me on my soaking t-shirt.
The band opened with the title track from their most recent record Repentless, and followed with “Blood Red” from their hit record Seasons in the Abyss. Slayer then performed their classic “Disciple” which had the entire crowd screaming “God Hates Us All.” Other Slayer classics performed include: “Black Magic,” “Seasons in the Abyss,” “Dead Skin Mask,” and “Raining Blood.” They also played some post-2000 songs like their new album’s “When the Stillness Comes,” and Christ Illusion’s “Jihad.” The show ended with the Reign in Blood classic: “Angel of Death.”
To be honest, this was a wild show. There were mosh-pits in several sections of the floor. It was a unique experience being at a general admission show inside of an arena. The floor was noticeably packed and borderline dangerous for the faint of heart. Whether or not this is truly Slayer’s final Vancouver performance in history is a mystery at this point. One can only hope that somewhere down the line the band will play a Vancouver stage again, but between the fan-friendly setlist, trippy, evilesque banner artwork, and explosive pyrotechnics, Slayer made sure that if this is truly their last show, it will never be one to forget.