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08/03/2018 Slayer, Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Testament, Napalm Death (Darien, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center)

By Eric Bonus | August 5, 2018 11:04 am

SLAYER!!!!

I’d never seen Slayer, even if its not *the* last tour it’s gotta be close to it, and the rest of the bill was a metal whos-who, so this one was a no-brainer for me. I got first row of seats behind the pit, so a picture-perfect spot too.

I got there right on time as I wanted to catch Napalm Death. These guys have been doing it for a long time, and while their grind/noise brand of metal isn’t exactly my cup of tea, I wanted to be able to say I saw them. Lead singer Barney Greenway was energetic as all get out, and the rest of the band followed suit. Glad I saw them

Napalm Death
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Multinational Corporations
Instinct of Survival
When All Is Said and Done
Smash a Single Digit
Standardization
Suffer the Children
Silence Is Deafening
How the Years Condemn
Scum
You Suffer
Dead
Nazi Punks Fuck Off (Dead Kennedys cover)

Multinational Corporations

Testament was up next, and as part of the “next four” of 80’s thrash bands, I was excited to finally get to see them. I barely know any of the tunes, but it didn’t matter, they were fantastic.

Testament
———
Brotherhood of the Snake
Rise Up
Dog Faced Gods
The New Order
Stronghold
D.N.R. (Do Not Resuscitate)
Into the Pit
Over the Wall

Into The Pit

I’d finally seen Anthrax earlier in March with Killswitch, so I knew was I was in for – and it was a truncated version of what I saw at the Dome, with the exception being Evil Twin. Fine by me, as other than that one I knew all the songs (got the two from State of Euphoria again!) and they sounded just as good.

Anthrax
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Cowboys From Hell (Pantera cover) (Jam)
Caught in a Mosh
Got the Time (Joe Jackson cover)
Madhouse
Be All, End All
Evil Twin
Antisocial (Trust cover)
Indians

Got The Time

The last time I’d seen LoG was at Darien, and again in the direct support slot (last time it was for Slipknot in 2015). They played a bunch of the old favorites, but also switched it up a touch this time around, as we got Omerta as the opener, Engage the Fear Machine, and Blacken the Cursed Sun. The perfect table-setting for the headliners.

Lamb Of God
———–
Omerta
Ruin
Walk With Me in Hell
Now You’ve Got Something to Die For
512
Engage the Fear Machine
Blacken the Cursed Sun
Laid to Rest
Redneck

Now You’ve Got Something To Die For

512

Redneck

It bears repeating: SLAYER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’d never seen them, and seeing that it’s billed as the last tour, I figured I really oughta go. Plus it completes my “Big 4” thrash bands concert checklist. I must admit, I “studied” for the show, but I never got into Slayer the way I did the other big metal bands. Having said that, I absolutely respect their place in metal history, and would have regretted not seeing them. It was every bit as loud, heavy, and evil as I expected, and they were fantastic. The set was super long, seems like it had a good mix over the entire catalog, and frankly, there’s nothing like hearing Raining Blood live, with the heat from the pyro in your face. In a word, AWESOME.

Slayer
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Delusions of Saviour
Repentless
Blood Red
Disciple
Mandatory Suicide
Hate Worldwide
War Ensemble
Jihad
When the Stillness Comes
Postmortem
Black Magic
Payback
Seasons in the Abyss
Dittohead
Dead Skin Mask
Hell Awaits
South of Heaven
Raining Blood
Chemical Warfare
Angel of Death

Dead Skin Mask / Hell Awaits

Raining Blood / Chemical Warfare

Angel of Death

2018-08-03 Slayer/LoG/Anthrax/Testament/Napalm Death @ Darien Lake

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