Right, we’ve had industrial, grunge, parody and hardcore posts in the last week or two so let’s get back to some punishing thrash metal.
I’m looking over the horizon to the West in awe of the thrash metal juggernaut tour currently rolling through the North American continent. Slayer, Anthrax and Death Angel all on the same stage one after another. This line up and a lot of the packages assembled in the States in recent years are any self respecting thrash metal fans dreams.
Fine, Europe had Slayer and Anthrax at the tail end of last year, but who would you prefer to see opening up Death Angel or the band we got Kvelertak? Europe might know how to put together a decent festival line up, but the USA gets far better touring packages.
In an ironic twist of fate Slayer released God Hates Us All on what’s now recognised as 9/11. I’m pretty sure the UK release was a day earlier as our record release day always used to be a Monday rather than the American Tuesday until it was all brought inline worldwide.
The album was a slight return to form after the previous trio of records released since 1990’s Seasons in the Abyss. Recorded in a Vancouver studio owned by Bryan Adams, it should have seen the light of day on July 10th but there were issues with the mix, album cover and the label changing distributors. The release date has for some unknown reason courted controversy, but unless a band member or label executive is a distant relative of Nostradamus, then no one could have foreseen the tragedy that unfolded in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania on that particular day.
Bloodline was the only track to get the video treatment even though Disciple still slots into a Slayer set list on a pretty regular basis fifteen years after it debut. God Hates Us All was also the last release to feature drummer Paul Bostaph due to a chronic elbow injury until they reunited for Repentless.