Time and time again, great musicians have shown the world that you simply can’t keep a good band down. And no one is proving that right now more than the legendary thrash group Slayer.
Despite a six year lull in studio albums and enduring the untimely passing of founding member and guitarist, Jeff Hanneman, Slayer came back strong in 2015 with their twelfth studio album, Repentless. Released on September 11, Repentless is the follow up to 2009’s World Painted Blood. Highly anticipated and yet well worth the wait, the twelve tracks on Repentless are each fierce and feverish, a masterfully crafted collection that raises the bar for what is to be considered excellent representations in the thrash sub-genre. Repentless topped charts all over Europe, and in Japan, Australia and New Zealand, and it also peaked at #4 on the U.S. Billboard 200.
And continuing on with the road-warrior status that they’ve earned with blood, sweat, tears, and frequent flying miles, Slayer has just wrapped up a massive European tour with fellow Big Four alumni Anthrax, and are already making plans to head out again early in the new year. Although fully intent on adding even more tour dates soon, Slayer will be kicking off 2016 right with the first leg of their North American tour – on sale now. Getting the show on the road, quite literally, on February 19 in Chicago, Slayer along with special guests Testament and Carcass, will snake through the U.S. and Canada over a five-week period before wrapping things up in Las Vegas on March 26.
For this leg of Slayer’s touring in 2015, concert goers can expect to hear many of their favorite classic Slayer tunes spanning the band’s 30+ year repertoire, as well as some of the brand spanking new material off of Repentless.
If you haven’t heard the new album yet and want a sneak peak of what Slayer is today, check the video for the title cut of the new album, “Repentless.” Filmed at a Los Angeles women’s prison, director BJ McDonnell highlights a brutal and bloody scene that plays out much more like an action film than a music video. There are even guest appearances by actors Danny Trejo (“Machete,” “From Dusk Til Dawn”), Tony Moran (“Halloween’s” Michael Myers), Derek Mears (“Predators,” “Friday the 13th”) and Sean Whalen (“Men In Black,” “Halloween II”) as well as the band, of course, and set to some killer music.
And then head over to Slayer’s official website to get tickets for one of the shows on this tour. Seeing Slayer alone would be thrilling on its own merits, but adding hard-hitting veteran bands like Testament and Carcass to this line-up just makes this tour even more mind-blowing, and an absolute must-see, must-hear, and must-thrash.
Slayer with special guests Testament and Carcass will be playing Chicago’s Riviera Theatre on February 19. Doors open at 6 P.M. and showtime is 7:30 for this all ages concert.
Slayer’s 2016 North American tour with Testament and Carcass is as follows:
19 Riviera Theatre, Chicago, IL
22 War Memorial, Nashville, TN
24 The National, Richmond, VA
26 House of Blues, Myrtle Beach, SC
27 The Ritz, Raleigh, NC
29 The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC
2 Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY
3 The Fillmore, Philadelphia, PA
5 The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD
6 The House of Blues, Boston, MA
8 LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH
9 The Orpheum, Madison, WI
11 Myth, St. Paul, MN
12 Civic Auditorium, Fargo, ND
14 MacEwan Hall, Calgary, AB
15 Shaw Centre, Edmonton, AB
17 Revolution Event Center, Boise, ID
19 The Paramount, Seattle, WA
20 Roseland Ballroom, Portland, OR
22 Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA
26 The Joint, Las Vegas, NV