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Nza’s Review: Slayer – Live DVD 3 Pack Box Set – “Live Intrusion,” “Still Reigning,” & “War At The Warfield” [2010]

Posted in Slayer on August 30, 2010 by gearsofrock
It was my honor to view not one, not two, but three Slayer DVDs, all in a row baby. Got the whiplash and bleeding pupils but I will give ya’ll what u came for, the reviews:
First up is Live Intrusion. Making its DVD debut, this one captures the thrash titans during one of their heaviest periods (if that’s even possible because they never really ever soften up), the 1995 “Divine Intervention Tour.” In the first 5 minutes of the video we get a disciple of Slayer cutting Slayer permanently into his skin and then setting it a flame to have the permanent tag stick. DEDICATION? MUTULATION? Call it what you will.
Opening with the blistering “Raining Blood” is a treat because nowadays you have to wait for this gem, kididdies. The audience is insane, the camera work captures its madness perfectly and leaves you thirsty for blood and carnage. Shredding through classicks like “War Ensemble,” “South of Heaven,” and “Hell Awaits,” Slayer thrash and destroy all. 4 Pentagrams
Secondly, Still Reigning proves indeed that Slayer does reign and takes no prisoners in the process. Thrashing out the entire Reign in Blood record is a site to see and it should be mandatory to any upcoming metal bands that wanna see what it takes to master the art of shredding. Reunitng on this tour with Dave Lombardo, Slayer kills it in the first set and then returns to the stage for 6 more classicks “War Ensemble,” “Hallowed Point,” “Necrophiliac,” “Mandatory Suicide,” “Spill The Blood,”  and “South Of Heaven.” This disc offers more with a Slayer Fan appreciation and nice retrospect of the early days of Slayer. 4.5 Pentagrams
Last and certainly not least, War at Warfield is the must have out of the bunch of DVDs. Filmed at the Warfield Theatre in San Fransisco during the “God Hates Us All Tour,” the thrash titans are relentless. They show no mercy and definitely show no signs of slowing up 15 years into their career. Other than Reign in Blood and the new (BEST) World Painted Blood, God Hates Us All has some of my favorite Slayer tunes on it, and its cool to hear some of those tunes here like “God Send Death,” “Disciple,” and “Bloodline.” Get this now! 5 Pentagrams
I hate to mention Dashboard Confessional and Slayer in the same sentence, but after seeing both bands many times, Slayer concerts share a similarity with Dashboard shows. They don’t need to sing their tunes, the fans will. It is truly a sight to see. I look forward to seeing them, Megadeth, and Anthrax on the “American Carnage Tour.” If you are too chickenshit to see them in the flesh, get this. If you are a fan, you already have them! -NZA
Box set is available in the Slayer store

Review: Slayer – World Painted Blood [2009]

Posted in Slayer with tags on October 24, 2009 by gearsofrock

You would think that even a pioneering thrash metal band would evolve and head in a different direction at some point during a career that spans nearly 30 years. Not Slayer. On World Painted Blood, Slayer is just as devastating, fast, and angry as they were in 1986.

This is a band that has consistently opted for the conservative and rare “stick to your guns” approach while mastering the craft that they began in the process. Slayer delivers thrash perfection offering musical aggression at its finest. Standout tracks such as “Snuff,” “World Painted Blood,” “Psychopathy Red,” and “Beauty Through Order” might as well have been A-Sides on Reign in Blood and Seasons in the Abyss.

The lead guitars of Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King not only trade shotgun blasts of shreddage throughout but also harmonize in the most demonic of manner on “Playing With Dolls” and “Human Strain.” You can expect the fist throwing “Hate Worldwide” to be a hard stomping pit-pleaser on the supporting world tour and beyond.

Dave Lombardo’s powerful drumming is thunderous and explosive particularly on “Unit 731” and “Public Display of Dismemberment,” while Tom Araya continues to display his dominance as the official voice of thrash music. All in all, World Painted Blood is flawless and immaculate, a 5-star performance, and the album of the year -Meds

5 StarsSlayer is Tom Araya (Vocals/Bass), Jeff Hanneman (Guitar), Kerry King (Guitar), & Dave Lombardo (Drums).

Track Listing:

  1. “World Painted Blood”
  2. “Unit 731”
  3. “Snuff”
  4. “Beauty Through Order”
  5. “Hate Worldwide”
  6. “Public Display of Dismemberment”
  7. “Human Strain”
  8. “Americon”
  9. “Psychopathy Red”
  10. “Playing With Dolls”
  11. “Not of This God”


GOR Recommends Megadeth Endgame and Alice in Chains Black Gives Way To Blue.

Upcoming Releases: Rammstein “Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da,” Slayer “World Painted Blood,” & Rob Zombie “Hellbilly Deluxe 2”

Posted in Rob Zombie, Slayer with tags on October 17, 2009 by gearsofrock

Amazon RammsteinRammstein – Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da [Oct. 20, 2009] Never fully got into these guys, don’t consider myself a fan, but you can’t dislike their one hit track “Du Hast.” Have they released anything as powerful since? Not so much. Pre-release verdict: Rammstein’s music is always amusing from an American’s perspective. There is something about the aggression, hostility, and anger in their presentation of the German language.

Amazon SlayerSlayer – World Painted Blood [Nov.3, 2009] I have been looking forward to this album since  last year’s release of the thrash punk track “Psychopathy Red” that was offered during the “Unholy Alliance” tour. Pre-release verdict: Slayer is legendary and is not capable of releasing bad thrash music. This could be in the running for best metal album of the year, even with its November 3 release date.

Amazon RobzombieHELLBILLY2Rob Zombie – Hellbilly Deluxe 2 [2010?] Just got word today that Zombie pushed this release from Nov. 17 to next year. Why? Perhaps “What?,” the first single did not receive a great reception. Pre-release verdict: Weird delays like this make me very nervous. Probably won’t be as great as the original Hellbilly Deluxe or The Sinister Urge. Let’s see how the fall/winter tour progress.

2009 is really winding down now. Make sure you vote for the best hard rock and heavy metal album in the Gears of Rock poll. I am really looking forward to your picks. The results will be posted in December -Meds

Announced: Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival 2009 Summer Tour Dates

Posted in Slayer with tags on February 27, 2009 by gearsofrock

The 2009 Mayhem Festival is gearing up to be one of this summer’s concert tour highlights with Slayer and Marilyn Manson playing the headlining role. Other featured metal bands include Bullet For My Valentine, Cannibal Corpse, Trivium, All That Remains, and The Black Dahlia Murder.

Fri 07/10/09 Wheatland, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Sat 07/11/09 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sun 07/12/09 Devore, CA San Manuel Amphitheater
Tue 07/14/09 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre
Fri 07/17/09 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Wireless Pavilion
Sat 07/18/09 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion
Sun 07/19/09 Englewood, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
Tue 07/21/09 Bonner Springs, KS Capitol Federal Park At Sandstone
Wed 07/22/09 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amph. St. Louis
Fri 07/24/09 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
Sat 07/25/09 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
Sun 07/26/09 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Tue 07/28/09 Toronto, ON The Molson Amphitheatre
Wed 07/29/09 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion At Montage Mountain
Fri 07/31/09 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
Sat 08/01/09 Burgettstown, PA Post-Gazette Pavilion
Sun 08/02/09 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Tue 08/04/09 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
Thu 08/06/09 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater
Fri 08/07/09 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
Sat 08/08/09 Hartford, CT New England Dodge Music Center
Sun 08/09/09 Bristow, VA Nissan Pavilion At Stone Ridge
Tue 08/11/09 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre @ State Fairgrds.
Wed 08/12/09 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
Fri 08/14/09 Dallas, TX Center
Sat 08/15/09 The Woodlands, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sun 08/16/09 Selma, TX Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

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Review: Slayer “Psychopathy Red” [2008]

Posted in Slayer with tags , , on November 1, 2008 by gearsofrock

During the “Unholy Alliance” tour, Slayer gave fans in attendance a brand new single for free. The track is called “Psychopathy Red” and clocks in at 2:31. You can find this devastating tune floating around YouTube and all over the web. You can also hear it on the new Slayer record to be released this summer, and also watch the making of the tune at

“Psychopathy Red” begins with a sensational thrash riff, by ax-masters Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King, that is delivered with an evil grace and such ease. The vicious thrash chorus riffs belt the listener in the mouth leaving a slight taste of blood in the back of the throat. There is a refreshing little bass solo [1:02] by Tom Araya with the drums providing thunderous accents that set up the guitar solos. At 1:34 there is a quick groove that allows some breathing room before smashing through to the next verse. Araya’s vocals are at the usual passionately dark levels that us Slayer fans expect. Overall, another solid thrash track from these metal legends. 8.5/10

Update Oct. 2009: “Psychopathy Red” is the ninth track on Slayer’s new album World Painted Blood due Nov. 3, 2009.

Dimebag Darrell Tribute At Ozzfest 2008

Posted in Anthrax, King Diamond, Ozzfest, Slayer, Soulfly with tags , , , on August 12, 2008 by gearsofrock

Above is the only decent video with good audio that I could find from the Dimebag tribute. It is “A New Level” with Max Cavalera [Soulfly], King Diamond, Scott Ian [Anthrax], and Kerry King [Slayer]. Many people are thrashing on King Diamond’s backing vocals, I embrace them.

From what I have seen of this venue on YouTube, it really doesn’t seem like the greatest place to hold the only Ozzfest show of the year. You can probably see what I mean. There seems to be no good view of the stage and the location of the jumbo screens are not optimal. Then there is that ugly Pizza Hut logo on top of the stage. I am confident they will bring the show back on the road next year.

Rock Show Countdown: #6 Pantera and Slayer

Posted in Pantera, Rock Show Countdown, Slayer with tags , , on August 9, 2008 by gearsofrock

Pantera and Slayer at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY, June 21, 2001

First of all the, this show’s lineup was just insane and does not require any explanation of its awesomeness. Pantera and Slayer on the same night…Can life get any better?

This was also the final time I got to see the legendary, Dimebag Darrell perform. I still have his guitar pick from this amazing concert that I caught, wrestled for, then bled on. Yes, the pick is still fully outfitted with my blood. Ah, memories.