Enjoy a new exclusive photo feature of thrash metal legends Slayer along with tour-mates Gojira and 4arm, straight from Camden, NJ’s Susquehanna Bank Center by Blow The Scene’s Senior Photographer Dante Torrieri.
Opening the festivities was Melbourne Australia’s thrash metal foursome, 4arm who are currently on their self-proclaimed ‘dream come true’ tour. And who could blame them? Most of us who grew up listening to thrash would chop off a digit or limb for an opportunity to tour with these legends. 4arm held their own in murky waters, as opening for Slayer is notoriously a ‘sacrificial lamb’ spot for bands playing in front of one of the most hostile fan bases in all of music. Unshaken, 4arm cut into a wide swath of tracks including several from the band’s latest full-length, Submission For Liberty, which Metalholic hailed by stating, “4ARM‘s brand of thrash is pretty straight forward, at times menacing, and almost always rocketing along at breakneck speed. Submission For Liberty is staunchly aggressive, full of unchained rage, and packed with thick rhythms and tasty solos, and abundant shredfests.”
Next up was France’s technical metal juggernauts Gojira, who proceeded to melt faces Mortal Kombat style with a razor sharp attack that won over a significant percentage of Slayer‘s loyal followers. The band continues to support their 2012 release L’Enfant Sauvage on Roadrunner Records that received acclaim across the metal community with MetalInjection commenting, ” L’Enfant Sauvage seems almost effortless, and shows that the band know exactly what they need to sound like to get heads a-bobbing and fists a-pumping. No frills, no unnecessary technicality, and certainly no mindless electronic interludes. If Meshuggah are the Melvins of groove metal (the weird band everyone tries to rip off), then Gojira are the genre’s High on Fire (dependable as hell and incredibly heavy). Regardless of what metal niche you may find yourself in these days, you need to hear this.”
If ever there was a metal band that truly needs no introduction, it is Slayer. These seminal thrash heroes have forever changed the course of metal from their inception in the 80s all the way to the present as they continue to support their 2009 full-length World Painted Blood on American Recordings. 2013 is unquestionably one of the most trying for this band as they lost longtime guitarist and metal icon, Jeff Hanneman. The band celebrated Hanneman‘s legacy with a solid selection of tracks that included a heavy dose of pre-93’ material to the delight of many longtime fans. Slayer is a well-oiled machine at this stage in the game, with their shows remaining a sought-after notch on many a concert-goer’s ‘must see list.’ And as ‘must-see’ bands go- It doesn’t get much better than Slayer.
Pictures speak a thousand words, so without further ado, enjoy an exclusive batch of photos by BTS’s Senior Photographer Dante Torrieri (Useless Rebel Imaging)