LIVE: Slayer @ Washington Avenue Armory, 11/25/14

December 9th, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg

Slayer’s Kerry King

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Furious and ferocious, a trinity of thrash titans roared into Albany’s Washington Avenue Armory just before Thanksgiving, and Nippertown metalheads in attendance had plenty to be thankful for.

With Steve “Zetro” Souza back at the microphone, Exodus kicked off the show with a rip-roaring half-hour set, before Suicidal Tendencies upped the ante – and the volume – with a 45-minute, high-wattage blast.

But it was Slayer, those kings of the metal mountain, that everyone was waiting for. It was the band’s first Local 518 performance since the death of co-founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman last year. But from the opening tear through the 2009-vintage “World Painted Blood,” it was clear that Slayer wasn’t about to disappoint the fans. Led by powerhouse riffmeister Kerry King and the thundering howl of bassist Tom Araya, the band burned white-hot throughout the hour-and-a-half relentless sonic assault. It was a beautifully brutal, ear-bleeding rampage.

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Kerry King, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

August 9th, 2010, 1:01 pm by Greg

Kerry King“I don’t know. Boy, I couldn’t tell you the first record album I ever bought.

It might have been Van Halen’s ‘Women and Children First.’ That would have been around the time that I first had my own money.

I really don’t know, but it was something like that.”

Guitarist Kerry King and the rest of his bandmates in Slayer invade the Glens Falls Civic Center in Glens Falls at 7pm on Wednesday (August 11), to kick off their co-headlining American Carnage Tour with Megadeth. Opening the show is Testament. Slayer’s “Seasons In the Abyss” and Megadeth’s “Rust in Peace” will be played in their entirety. Tickets $29.50, $39.50 and $49.50.

Slayer/Megadeth “American Carnage” Tour Turns Into 1990 Flashback

April 27th, 2010, 1:01 pm by Greg


The long-awaited American Carnage Tour – postponed for several months due to emergency back surgery on Slayer bassist-vocalist Tom Araya – is shaping up to be one serious trip in a mega-watt, head-bangin’ time machine.

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New Date for Slayer/Megadeth @ Glens Falls

February 1st, 2010, 10:38 am by Greg

Good news!

The American Carnage Tour (which was postponed from its original Friday, February 12 date because of Tom Araya‘s back injury) now has a new date at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

Slayer, Megadeth and Testament are now scheduled to crank up their amps and rattle the rafters at 7pm on Wednesday, August 11. The show will be the first date of their U.S. tour!

Slayer Cancels Tour

January 8th, 2010, 10:18 am by Greg

Yes, apparently headbanging can be hazardous to your health.

Slayer guitarist Tom Araya – known for aggressively swinging his long mane of hair while performing – began experiencing back problems while on tour with the band in Australia and Japan last October, according to Slayer’s publicist. Upon returning home, was diagnosed with a Cervical Radiculopathy, and while a series of minimally-invasive procedures have resulted in some improvement, Araya continues to deal with intermittent bouts of severe pain, numbness and muscle spasms.

“Tom gave various medical treatments more than a fair shot,” Slayer’s manager Rick Sales announced yesterday, “but they just haven’t handled the problem, so he’s biting the bullet and is scheduled for back surgery at the end of this month.”

The announcement came less than two weeks before the scheduled start of the American Carnage Tour, which was to have featured co-headliners Slayer and Megadeth, as well as Testment. The tour was slated to make at stop at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Friday, February 12. Araya’s upcoming surgery has postponed the tour, and the bands hope to re-schedule American Carnage tour dates for summer 2010.

Sales added, “As unfortunate as this is for so many people – the Megadeth and Testament camps, the concerts’ promoters, and, of course, the fans – Tom’s health is the number one priority, and this has to happen.”

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