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Slayer: Live In Las Vegas

Live Review

Venue: The Joint @ The Hard Rock, Las Vegas

LA legends up the ante in Sin City

It’s always been a challenging task opening for Slayer and tonight is no exception for CARCASS [7].

“Have you got any more shit you want to throw at us?” asks frontman/bassist Jeff Walker, an easy target as a broken ankle forces him to play sitting down. “I’m not scared, I’m from Liverpool!” he goads. Thankfully, however, the rest of the crowd is more receptive and the thunderous eight-song set, mostly taken from Surgical Steel, earns the band rather more raised fists than middle digits and pint glasses.

Remarkably, it’s been well over a decade since TESTAMENT [7] frontman Chuck Billy kicked cancer’s ass, but the feeling that we’re lucky to have him never seems to fade. He gets a hero’s welcome and by the time the band reach Rise Up, just three songs in, you could be forgiven for thinking you’re watching the headliners. That said, there’s barely time to touch on most of their material, three of the last four songs being title tracks, while entire albums are overlooked. As such, it’s a great set, if not fully satisfying.

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