Concert Review: Slayer in Bangalore, India

Photos by Nikita Shah, Ashwin Dutt, Aashay Samant and Yash Pathak

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“Namaste,” he said, joining his hands in the traditional Indian way of greeting, “I want to thank you all for coming here tonight.” Rarely has Tom Araya been known to smile, but Saturday evening gave him a reason to use that facial expression several times. Opening with the title track of their latest, and down a few classics, Slayer delivered a punch with a relatively newer song. The assault then went uphill as Kerry King, bald and tattooed and reliable as ever, swung his axe and nodded his head as his legendary band played terrific songs that have enthralled us for years. Most would say Dave Lombardo stole the show with his high-energy performance, and even though I love Paul Bostaph more, the original Slayer drummer was thundering, to say the least. “Shukriya, mere dosto”, said Araya, in that only voice which can silence Satan Himself, and the gods left the stage briefly as the crowd, which had head-banged and moshed like never before, chanted the band’s name in unison, knowing very well that the thrash kings would be back for an encore. Gary Holt, filling in for Jeff Hanneman, played his guitar like the master he is, soloing the hell out with that Exodus wristband on his right arm. The setlist is unimportant, as is this review which has been written only to tell you that there were no stars above us because the mighty Slayer blew every single one of them out of the sky that night, and to let Tom Araya know that he doesn’t need to tell us that he’ll keep us “for-fuckin’-ever”, because we’ve always belonged to Slayer.


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31 Responses to “Concert Review: Slayer in Bangalore, India”

  1. October 22, 2012 at 10:28

    man, what a fucking awesome setlist! you have been graced with such an opportunity, which i can only dream of, to see the thrash metal gods


  2. 4 Akhil Verma
    October 22, 2012 at 11:14

    Such a sycophantic review. I’m sick of these reviews that really don’t tell you anything about the show (Sound quality, setlist quality, crowd size, crowd participation, vibe, atmosphere etc), and instead just go on cliched rants about the Gods of this and Satan of that… Grow up.


    • October 22, 2012 at 11:28

      You’re welcome to send me your review as a guest post. I’m going to say what I think needs to be said. You can run to other reviews to know about crowd participation and sound quality.

      Open your eyes wide and look at the setlist in the slideshow and see if it is up to your standards.

      Chutiya saala.


    • 6 Anonymous
      October 22, 2012 at 17:22

      The purpose of a review(at least of a concert) can be twofold – it can either be an assessment of the ‘product’ in terms of technicality and other objective parameters, or a piece that captures the catharsis and the atmosphere that came with it. Combining the two would be ideal, as you say, but I did enjoy the review for the second of the aforementioned reasons. ‘Setlist quality’ would be a very subjective parameter, and I think vibe and atmosphere was appropriately covered. I do wish there was a bit about the sound quality and crowd management and other such stuff, since these tend to be a major problem in Indian gigs.


  3. 8 Nikita Shah
    October 22, 2012 at 12:13

    Awesome that you got the setlist… a beautiful review. Captures the sentiment of the audience perfectly.


  4. 11 Devdutt
    October 22, 2012 at 12:25

    I’ve talked to some 7-8 ppl since the gig and every one of them is suffering some form of post-gig depression. It’s the greatest live show I’ve seen; the entire day or so leading into the gig was brilliant, the time spent outside the venue was brilliant, the time spent connecting with old friends was priceless. That last line of the review actually gave me goosebumps.


  5. October 22, 2012 at 12:27

    A humbling experience, if there ever was one.


  6. 19 Rohit Sabnis
    October 22, 2012 at 13:51

    I could not attend the show for work purpose ( a dick i am for not postponing a meeting for Slayer ) but i had the opportunity to watch them in Sonisphere last year in UK with the Big 4 and i know exactly what you mean by saying “.” Rarely has Tom Araya been known to smile, but Saturday evening gave him a reason to use that facial expression several times.” I think Slayer has the best attitude on stage.


  7. 22 Ritesh Mayekar
    October 24, 2012 at 05:50

    Some good HD footage of the show


  8. March 18, 2013 at 08:16

    looking some videos, Tom is the devil! 😀

    btw: Recover soon Jeff…


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