It was a cold, Winter night when Slayer, along with Testament and Carcass laid waste to The Fillmore Philadelphia located in the historic, Fishtown section of Philadelphia, PA. Once I arrived, and retrieved my Ticket and Photo Pass, the atmosphere alone gave me a good taste of what was to come.
Up first, Carcass began their set. Carcass are Death Metal kings. Jeff Walker made his way on stage and belted out screams that could be heard for miles. The band, having formed in 1985, has gone through some lineup changes over the years. Currently, the lineup consists of Jeff Walker on Vocals and Bass, Bill Steer on Guitar and Backup Vocals, Daniel Wilding on Drums, and Ben Ash on Guitar. I’m not really too familiar with Carcass. So, I was unsure of whether I was going to end up liking them or not. So, I began shooting their set and took some mental notes along the way. Keep in mind, I can only shoot the first 3 songs of each band which isn’t enough time to judge a band that you’ve never listened to before. But, I feel like I took in enough to make a decision once the third song came to a close. I enjoyed them. They were fast, aggressive, and they really got the crowd fired up. Their setlist went as follows:
- Unfit for Human Consumption
- Buried Dreams
- Incarnated Solvent Abuse
- Cadaver Pouch Conveyer System
- The Granulating Dark Satanic Mills
- Captive Bolt Pistol
- Corporal Jigsore Quandary
Carcass wasn’t so bad. I would definitely recommend them to a friend or somebody that is looking for a pure bread, Death Metal band. Their music can be found wherever music is sold.
Up next, Testament took things to a whole new level. Chuck Billy, along with Alex Skolnick on Lead Guitar and Backup Vocals, Eric Peterson on Rhytm Guitar and Backup Vocals, Gene Hoglan on Drums, and Steve DiGiorgio on Bass, started with D.N.R. (Do Not Resuscitate). Other songs included Legions of the Dead, Rise Up, Dog Faced Gods, The New Order, Practice What You Preach, Into the Pit, and my personal favorite, The Formation of Damnation. I feel as if there were to be another band that was going to be added to the Big Four of Thrash Metal, Testament would be that band. Testament is one of the original pioneers of the genre, and since breaking out of the Bay Area Thrash Scene in the late 1980’s, Testament has since made a huge impact. Chuck Billy absolutely delivered vocally, too. For being involved in music for such a long time, he sure doesn’t look like he’ll be slowing down at any time soon. Testament played very well. I hope that their next album is just as good as everything else they they’ve released.
Finally, the almighty Slayer takes the stage to an absolute ecstatic, energy-driven crowd. With fans in attendance chanting their name, Slayer played flawlessly. I’ve seen Slayer four times. And out of those four times that I’ve seen Slayer live, I shot Slayer twice. The first time was at what turned out to be the last Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival to ever take place in Camden, NJ and this time around, Slayer seems to have been really dedicated to fine tuning their live show. The lights went out, and the curtains lit up with all sorts of symbols bouncing off from side to side. Once the curtains fell down, they opened things up with the title track off of their latest album, “Repentless”, which was released this past September on the 11th. If you had the chance to do so or if you plan on catching Slayer on this current tour, notice the guitar that Gary Holt is playing that he had designed recently. The coolest part about that guitar is that he had his own blood withdrawn which was then mixed with the paint that was used to give it the design that you see. Crazy, right? Slayer continued the fun with hits such as Postmortem, Born of Fire, Disciple, God Send Death, War Ensemble, When The Stillness Comes, You Against You, Mandatory Suicide, Hate Worldwide, Chemical Warfare, Take Control, Pride In Prejudice, Payback, Seasons In The Abyss, Hell Awaits, Dead Skin Mask, World Painted Blood, South Of Heaven, Raining Blood, Black Magic, and Angel Of Death. Slayer didn’t fall short at any point. From top to bottom, Slayer kept up the pace and put on an amazing show. Listen to and purchase their latest album, “Repentless” which can be found wherever music is sold.
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A RockHaven Concert Review
by Erik Gibbons