Pillars of Metal
May 16, 2011

Slayer, Megadeth and Testament
September 4, 2010

September 4, 2010

Slayer, Megadeth and Testament – WaMu Theater, Seattle, September 3 2010

I should preface this by saying this is the first time I have seen Slayer or Megadeth, and what an awesome show to start with. It was everything that I could have wanted and expected. Unfortunately amid the drive to Seattle, hotel problems and a big ass line, I missed the first half of Testament, so I can’t say much for them outside of what I heard from outside and the beer garden, it sounded good.

Megadeth was the big draw for my friend with me, and they did not let down. After an awesome intro featuring Jello Biafra, the band appeared one by one and then proceeded to play their entire “Rust in Peace” album. It is a testament to that album how well it holds up to being played in its entirety live. Vic Rattlehead got a great reaction when he came on stage during Dawn Patrol. It was a very Miaden-esque moment and played out very well. After finishing “Rust in Peace” the band played a hand full of their other hits including Trust, Symphony of Destruction, A Tout Le Monde, and others. The band was on it and the crowd was into it making for a solid set.

Setlist:
Holy Wars... The Punishment Due
Hangar 18
Take No Prisoners
Five Magics
Poison Was the Cure
Lucretia
Tornado of Souls
Dawn Patrol
Rust in Peace... Polaris
Trust
Head Crusher
A Tout Le Monde
Symphony of Destruction
Peace Sells

Slayer is a great live band. Not a band for theatrics or the pomp and circumstance of the stage, they instead let the music do the talking. They blasted off with World Painted Blood and Hate Worldwide from their new album andthe crowd was soaking up every ounce of those screaming guitars and thunderous drums. From there they played all of Seasons in the Abyss. I personally do not think this holds up quite as well as “Rust in Peace” for a full play live, it is still a great show. The ending was a real treat as they cranked out Season in the Abyss, South of Heaven, Raining Blood, Aggressive Perfector and Angel of Death. Slayer is a tight band when it comes to their playing, and tonight was no exception. Kerry King and Jeff Hannemen are two of the greatest thrash guitarist ever, and to watch them trade off solos was amazing. Tom Araya looked a little stiff, but that’s hardly a complaint given what he’s been through to get back on stage, and Dave Lombardo absolutely kicks ass.

Setlist:
World Painted Blood
Hate Worldwide
War Ensemble
Blood Red
Spirit in Black
Expendable Youth
Dead Skin Mask
Hallowed Point
Skeletons of Society
Temptation
Born of Fire
Seasons in the Abyss
South of Heaven
Raining Blood
Aggressive Perfector
Angel of Death

WaMu Theater is really a great venue; a large, open floor and decent sound system really help elevate it above some of the other places around town. All the bands sounded crisp and tight. It all added up to a night of awesommetal that truly is in a league of its own. Now, with a sore neck and ringing ears, all I can do is look forward to a US Big 4 tour

Otto   Otto@imetalhead.com