Seeing two of the big four trash metal bands under one roof at The Olympia Theatre, 14th June, seems like a dream come true, right? The Long- reigning titans of thrash, return with a bone crushing show ahead of the many Summer Festivals in which they will be playing this year. Slayer’s astounding ‘Repentless’, release will be aired in all it’s glory in the iconic surrounding’s of the legendary Dublin venue. Having smashed through the U.K before Christmas last year, Slayer are in fighting form and sounding better than ever, regardless of the tragic death of original guitarist Jeff Hanneman back in 2013. Exodus shredder Gary Holt’s continued presence within the band has brought a new level of aggression especially to the live shows. This is going to be all kinds of epic!
Thirty-four years into its career, Slayer remains the preeminent punk-thrash band that helped establish the genre and that up-and-coming metal heads continue to revere and emulate. Slayer is a five-time nominated, two-time Grammy Award-winning metal juggernaut that writes songs which mirror the turmoil and aberrations of our society. ‘Repentless’, the band’s first new album in six years, continues the to destroy the listener with an aural, blood-shaking sonic attack.
Check out the recent sneak preview for the next single off “Replentless”, “You Against You” below.
‘Replentles’ is dark, fast, aggressive and without mercy. It was also the most challenging record Slayer has ever had to make. ‘Repentless’ marks a number of transitions for the band, but with their undisputed attitude, Slayer emerges triumphant, says Tom. “After 35 years, the thing that Kerry and I share is our dedication to the band, and Jeff’s included in that. It’s the same with Gary. He’s been doing this a long time and he’s had the same commitment. It’s a common bond we share with a lot of musicians out there. I’m really excited about the new album, we’ve put a lot of work into it, Kerry especially, and it was all for Slayer.”
Anthrax isn’t your average band! Formed in New York in 1981, the group that would go on to sell over ten million records and become the living embodiment of America’s hi-top wearing, riff-spitting, ear-thrashing answer to the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal has undergone not one, but two complete eras – but that isn’t their real achievement.
Anthrax brand new album ‘For All Kings’ is due at Friday, 26th February” and is their eleventh studio album. It will be the band’s first studio album to feature Jon Donais on lead guitar, replacing Rob Caggiano. Overdrive caught up with Scott Ian last November while the guys were on tour with Slayer and Kvelertak in Manchester. Read that interview here.
It’s about more than just the music and true to Anthrax form, ‘For All Kings’ isn’t just infused with pop-culture references, but deeper subtexts that bespeak the thoughtful artistry that underpins everything that they do. As Charlie explains, while Anthrax’s record doesn’t have a running theme, there’s a significance to it all that comes straight from the heart.
Read Overdrive’s full review of “For All Kings” on this link.
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