Slayer and Anthrax induce feverish state of head banging, moshing and crowd surfing

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Slayer // Photo by Andres Alvarado

Anthrax and Slayer joined forces on the latter’s Repentless tour, stopping by the regal Tabernacle in Atlanta to put on a show of epic proportions – not because of their high-octane musicianship, but also for a surprise guest. All in attendance received an unforgettable evening of thrash metal royalty.

Anthrax opened at 8 p.m. sharp led by original founding member Scott Ian, the New York band hit the stage to a gargantuan round of applause and cheers of “AN-THRAX.” The boys didn’t waste a minute and quickly jumped in to perform Black Sabbath’s “The Mob Rules.” Fans instantly cheered and created your typical mosh pit.

Photos by Andres Alvarado

The show only grew more energetic and intense as the night went on and the crowd’s response to Anthrax epitomized that of a metal concert – spewing lyrics and hand pumps, everyone is on a natural high as the band performs hits like “Evil Twin,” “Fight ‘Em Til You Can’t” and “Breathing Lighting.” Then, once the thought that the best of the show had passed, Anthrax pulled an ace out of their sleeve.

The NYC natives brought out friend and “The Walking Dead” star Norman Reedus to play second bass for the finale “Indians.” With the crowd in a compete frenzy, the boys exited with the adoration of their loyal fan base.

Photos by Andres Alvarado

Having big shoes to fill, Slayer commenced and made a grand entrance as a humongous white curtain covered the entire stage. With each light dimmed, the emblematic Slayer logo lit up the curtain, fans could barely contain their enthusiasm. Co-founder of the LA icons, Kerry King’s entrance was met by shouts and applause by all in attendance. Slayer instantly broke into high gear with a rendition of “Delusions of Savior” which preceded lead track and new album namesake “Repentless.” Lead singer Tom Araya showed his crowd love by signaling to them as he delivers his famous lyrics.

With a nineteen track set delivered flawlessly through the 90-minute presentation, Araya & company had their adoring fans in a feverish state of head banging, moshing and crowd surfing. Exactly the atmosphere all metal shows strive for. The boys made a final encore with renditions of “South of Heaven,” “Raining Blood” and show closer “Angel of Death.” Slayer, founded in 1981, have not lost a step with age. If anything, their energy seems to put peers half their age to shame. Their effort and determination is truly the stuff legends are made of.

Be sure to catch the duo’s tour as they hit markets Dallas, Austin and Denver next. 

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Andres Alvarado

My name is Andrés Alvarado, but you can call me Andy. Born and raised in New York City. I’m a fervent New York Mets fan ...