SLAYER. One word that defines the power and aggressive obliteration that is heavy metal. That is of course if you say it properly. For 38 years this band from Huntington Park, CA. has been giving their legions of fans worldwide some of the darkest, fastest, heaviest performances in music, whether it's on record, in person through their intense live performances, or on film. Out now is "The Repentless Killogy", Slayer's short film and live concert!
The short film consists of three videos Slayer released promoting their 2015 album "Repentless". The triology tells a story of revenge, murder, bloodshed and retribution through videos for the album title track and the songs "You Against You" and "Pride and Prejudice". "Killogy" blends these three videos and adds depth to the story through lots, I mean LOTS, of blood, gore, murders backed by the music of Slayer. Alongside Slayer members Tom Araya, Kerry King, Gary Holt and Paul Bostaph many horror film veterans are used to extend the story between Slayer and "Wyatt" including Jason Trost (Beats of Rage, Hatchet III) as Wyatt, Danny Trejo (Machete, From Dusk Til Dawn), Richard Speight (Band of Brothers, Supernatural), Derek Mears (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Jessica Pimentel (Orange Is The New Black), Tyler Mane (X-Men, Halloween II), Bill Moseley (The Devil's Rejects, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), Caroline Williams (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Sharknado 4), and Sean Whalen (Twister, The People Under The Stairs). The "Repentless Killogy" film was written and directed by BJ McDonnell, who conceived and directed the original three videos. The film is released in conjunction with Trafalgar Releasing, Nuclear Blast Records and Prime Zero Productions.
The live concert was filmed at the Los Angeles Forum on August 5, 2017 and was directed by Wayne Isham who has directed videos for artists including Metallica, Foo Fighters, Michael Jackson, Kelly Clarkson, and Britney Spears. Having seen Slayer live multiple times including on the first leg of the band's current final World Tour the concert covers all the highlights fans experience at a Slayer show. The fiery brutal guitar solos from King and Holt, the rapid-fire drumming of Bostaph, Araya's stoic stage presence, intense vocals, and battering bass, as well as the fire, flames, lights, crowd-surfing and massive circle pits!! The close up of King's solo on "War Ensemble" is simply mind-blowing. "Raining Blood" is given an epic treatment with the tone-setting opening featuring Bostaph teasing the floor tom intro while King and Holt's extreme feedback/distortion guitar sounds produce an aura of hell on earth. Literally gave me goosebumps. The band is balls to the walls from "Repentless" to "Angel of Death" and somehow the film even captures the intimate vibe I felt when seeing "When The Stillness Comes" live for the first time.
This film is so damn good and for me even bittersweet knowing it comes during the FINAL tour of this legendary band. From interviewing Paul Bostaph in person during the Mayhem Festival tour to two stints in the photo pit being right in front of these idols of mine through all the years of having their music accompany me along my ride through life watching "The Repentless Killogy" allowed me to experience Slayer in both a new way (through the film) and a reminiscent way (through the concert).
The narrative short film paired with Slayer’s entire performance of its August 5, 2017 concert at the Los Angeles Forum
SLAYER Final World Tour
June 2, 2018
PNC Bank Arts Center
When the metal gods in SLAYER announced that after 37 years of creating skull-crushing music they were touring one final time, I found myself reminiscing through my memories of the band. Topping the list for me was interviewing SLAYER drummer Paul Bostaph in person on the final Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival. I met guitarist Gary Holt backstage then sat down with Bostaph and we talked about the soon to be released album "Repentless". Scoring a copy of "When The Stillness Comes" during Record Store day in 2015 was badass. I was so stoked to hear the first new single from SLAYER in over a year and of course it killed. Then of course there's the music. The speed, the aggression, the pure heaviness of what Tom Araya, Kerry King, Jeff Hanneman, Gary Holt, Dave Lombardo, and Paul Bostaph were able to create will live long after this final tour.
SLAYER's final tour hit Holmdel, NJ on June 2nd, a Saturday night, featuring Testament, Behemoth, Anthrax, and Lamb of God as touring support. An incredible night of thrash metal ended with the headliners tearing through songs from their phenomenal career, 19 songs in total! In usual SLAYER fashion flames were evident through the show and the set opener blew fans away. The group of fans surrounding me were in awe of the graphics featuring crosses and pentagrams swirling over a see-through curtain in front of the stage which showed an immense amount of flames onstage. Then Araya, King, Holt, and Bostaph came out and kicked off the night with the fast thrasher "Repentless". The band performs live just as they do on record. What you heard through your speakers is what you get live. Perfect example for me tonight was "When The Stillness Comes" . Guitar legend Kerry King (who's birthday is tomorrow) was in the spotlight and sounded perfect note for note with the songs unmistakable opening riff. Even Araya, who is truly hung out there alone at moments on this song, killed it, sounding strong as ever especially when the song goes from spoken lyrics to hellacious lines. One of the highlights of the night for me.
SLAYER brought out songs such as "Jihad" and "Dittohead" adding to a sick set list that included all the hits including "War Ensemble", "Angel of Death", "Mandatory Suicide", "Chemical Warfare", "South of Heaven", "Dead Skin Mask", "Seasons in the Abyss", and of course the smash "Raining Blood".
Slayer's final tour was a blast to witness and along with my fellow concertgoers which had to have been close to 15,000 in number it was a night to add to my memories of one of the greatest bands of all time......SLAAAAAYER!!!!
When the Stillness Comes
Seasons in the Abyss
Dead Skin Mask
South of Heaven
Angel of Death
This interview we did during the Camden, NJ stop of the 2015 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival
Paul Bostaph interview audio with Slayer Photos from Camden, NJ 2015