Slayer’s Final Tour


Ryan Hauer

     Slayer is currently on their final tour, which means this is the last time they will be playing live. The tour started May 10, 2018, in North America. Slayer will be playing with four other bands: Lamb of God, Anthrax, Napalm Death, and Testament. It is not decided when the tour will end, but the tour will end somewhere in the year 2019. They have already performed seventy-four shows!

     Slayer is considered one of ‘The Big Four’ in the founding of thrash metal, the other three being Megadeth, Metallica, and Anthrax. Slayer first started doing cover songs from bands such as Iron Maiden and Judas Priest at parties and clubs in Southern California.

     Slayer was founded in 1981 by the vocalist and bassist Tom Araya and guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman. Jeff Hanneman died in 2013, from cirrhosis of the liver, and was officially replaced by Gary Holt. In 2011, Gary Holt joined Slayer as just a touring member. He was originally the guitarist for Exodus, another thrash metal band.

     In my opinion, Slayer ended the show amazingly. As Slayer’s show started, fire shot up on either side of the stage showing pentagrams amidst the two fires. More pentagrams circled around, twisting and turning on the screen behind the band. Electric guitars roared through the stadium, fans cheered and yelled. Not normal yelling, it was like war cries. I was in it with them, of course. It was very exciting. I almost lost my voice, but I cheered on.

      Slayer ended the show with one of their most famous songs, “Angel of Death”. A song beloved by all Slayer fans, and even some people that don’t listen to Slayer all that much. Slayer is a classic, legendary thrash metal band. One of the first to give their music to the metalheads of the world. R.I.P. Slayer…