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Tsongas Arena
Jun 17, 2006
By Carina

Unholy Alliance tour 2006: Preaching to the Perverted
AKA: Slayer!!!!!

There was no blood raining down on Slayer this time, unlike the last time I saw them in November 2004, but that didn't make it any less of a metal show.

Canadian's "Thine Eyes Bleed" opened the show at the Tsongas Arena on Saturday night. They were actually supposed to play this year's New England Metal and Hardcore Fest, but for whatever reason, didn't, so it was my first time seeing and hearing their music. Pretty good thrash/metalcore I'd say and that has nothing to do with the fact that Slayer's, Tom Araya's little brother Johnny plays bass in the band, that's just a cool fact.

Mastodon was next and the crowd went nuts.One of the guitar players had a sampler that played a bunch of clips and drum tracks which was pretty cool, especially the sample that was about "brown" vampires that can only be killed with a stake the color of white skin...Even after they ended the crowd continued to chant their name in hopes they'd come back for another song, but alas, the tight set schedule didn't let that happen.

Children of Bodom also tore it up. They opened with the same sample they always use, Napoleon XIV's "They're coming to take me away Ha-Haaa!", which always brings a smile to my face. Between flips of his hair, front man and guitar hero, Alexi Laiho was shredding like a mad man while spitting out his lyrics with vitriolic hate and kept on saying "fuck" and flipping the bird, telling the crowd to do the same. The crowd didn't seem to get it and instead kept on giving metal horns. Not only is this Finnish five piece innovative and talented, but they put on a great show. Watching them perform and catching their playful onstage antics is really something.

Their set list was:
Silent Night, Bodom Night
Needled 24/7
In Your Face
Angels Don't Kill
Living Dead Beat
Hate Me!

Lamb of God was next. Yes, I LOVE these guys…and when the lights came on as they started their set, instead of seeing front man Randy, I saw Bruce Willis…Confused? Well don't be, Randy just shaved his head and I couldn't help but think how much he looked like Bruce Willis. Back to the music though, they were as brutal as ever. They did the infamous "Wall of Death" but all Randy said was "You know what to do"..and there weren't really any bloody injuries. Even Shadows Fall's, Brian Fair ran out on stage for "11th hour" that they dedicated to all the "Massholes" and bands from Mass. I think this was my 10th time seeing them and I always get a chill watching them. They play with such intensity and never stop moving that you can't help but move yourself!

Their set list:
11th Hour
Something 2 Die 4
The Faded Line
Black Label

Time for Slayer to hit the stage! It went from total darkness to crosses and upside down crosses being projected on the back wall along with blue lights and a lot of smoke. It was sheer brutality to see the four original members: Tom Araya, Kerry King, Jeff Hanneman and Dave Lombardo - the pioneers and undisputed kings of extreme speed/thrash metal perform. Havana born Lombardo just might have stolen the show for me. His drumming was of course spectacular, though he was hidden behind his huge Tama drums for most of the set and all you could see was drumsticks. He did give everyone a glimpse when he stood up a couple of times while drumming of course! Araya was gracious and humble on stage, thanking the audience with a warm smile in between songs. How can you mention Slayer without talking about King's guitar work? I certainly can't because no one else can combine melodies and chaos in their playing.

Their set list:
01. South of Heaven
02. Silent Scream
03. War Ensemble
04. Blood Red
05. Cult
06. Disciple
07. Mandatory Suicide
08. Seasons in the Abyss
09. Chemical Warfare
10. Dead Skin Mask
11. Hell Awaits
12. Raining Blood
13. Antichrist
14. Angel of Death

In the end, there were quite a few bloody noses and that's about it according to my friend who was one of the EMT's at the show. And remember kids, they may sing about Satan but as Immolation so eloquently put it: "No Jesus, No Beast", the bands know it and so should you.

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