Fans will be clambering over hot coals to get tickets for this brace of rare Irish gigs by one of the most respected and enduring bands in rock history Slayer. The dates in question are The Academy, Dublin, June 10th 2013 and Limelight 1, Belfast, June 12th 2013.Slayer were one of the most distinctive, influential, and extreme thrash metal bands of the 1980s. Their graphic lyrics deal with everything from death and dismemberment to war and the horrors of hell.
Their full-throttle velocity, wildly chaotic guitar solos, and powerful musical chops paint an effectively chilling sonic background for their obsessive chronicling of the dark side; this correspondence has helped Slayer’s music hold up arguably better than the remaining Big Three ’80s thrash outfits (Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax). Naturally, Slayer have stirred up quite a bit of controversy over the years, with rumors flying about Satanism and Nazism that have only added to their mystique.
Over the years,Slayer put out some high-quality albums, including one undisputed classic (Reign in Blood), and saw the numbers of naysayers and detractors shrinking as their impact on the growing death metal movement was gradually and respectfully acknowledged.
Slayer have survived with arguably the most vitality and the least compromise of any pre-Nirvana metal band, and their intensity still inspires similar responses from their devoted fans.
Do not miss Slayer in The Academy on Monday 10th June, or in The Limelight 1 on Wednesday 12th June. Tickets on sale this Friday from Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com and Ticketmaster.ie.
By Phil Allely