Headlining my birthday bash on Friday is the mighty Slayer.
Ah, the conundrum that is Slayer in 2015. Apparently it’s “not cool” to like Slayer anymore as they are a cover band, a tribute act or a pale imitation of what they used to be. Plus they haven’t released a good album since the 80’s. The best reason for not going to see them on tour this time are the “extortionate ticket prices”
Well your loss is my gain!!
Apparently many see them as a tribute band because only 50% of the original band are still in Slayer. Unfortunately guitarist Jeff Hanneman passed away in 2013. Should the band have folded due to his untimely death? They carried on with a replacement and there aren’t many people who could have filled Jeff’s Hi-tops so well, fortunately they recruited Gary Holt and he can fill those shoes!
Onto the drum stool – Dave Lombardo, (the best drummer Metallica ever had!!). For whatever reason we fans are not 100% privy too, Dave departed the band for a third time in 2013 (not the bands luckiest of years). He was briefly replaced by Tony Scaglione in 1986/7 then again for best part of a decade by current stick man Paul Bostaph. Bostaph has recorded five studio albums with Slayer but for some reason this time around he’s not accepted by a noisy minority of “fans”.
Finally the ticket prices. I agree it’s not cheap (even more an issue once fees and things are added on) but if you went to a headline gig by Slayer, Anthrax and their Icelandic support band Kvelertak how much would you pay for three gigs? You’d easily be looking at £70 and up. Is £40 face value really a bad deal?
I think a lot of this is now down to those internet warriors who can remain nameless and faceless behind their PC and appear to be cool and hip by slating a band. They should try listening to their latest album Repentless and then tell us fans why they are pale imitations in 2015, rather than dwelling in the 80’s.
Seasons In The Abyss is my all time favourite track taken from their 1990 album of the same name.