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.