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Slayer @ Continental Airlines Arena (6/16/2006): “Unholy Alliance Tour”

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Artist: Slayer
Venue: Continental Airlines Arena (East Rutherford, NJ)
Opener: Lamb Of God, Children Of Bodom, Mastodon, Thine Eyes Bleed
Date: 6/16/2006
Label: Def American Recordings

The show was billed as “The Unholy Alliance” tour and I cannot think of a better description especially for a tour that take the most exciting Metal bands of today and partners them up as openers for the one and only Slayer. The show in my area would be at The Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford NJ, and tonight it was labeled as the “theatre”. When they do this, areas of the venue are cordoned off by large black curtains. These drapes make the venue just a little more intimate. I first experienced this during the last Slipknot tour and was amazed at this aspect of the place with this setting being used.

Thine Eyes Bleed: Sadly, I missed their entire set and the result of this would be the very early start time for the show. When you have five bands performing this is the risk you take and a venue is under different restrictions from a nightclub so that was that. I did hear a couple of good things about them from surrounding people who rushed in to the place to get the best spot for the night and I will be looking into their CD as soon as I can get my hands on one.
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“MTV2 Headbangers Ball: The Revenge” by Various Artists

Artist: Various Artists
Title: “MTV2 Headbangers Ball: The Revenge”
Label: Roadrunner Records
Release Date: 4/11/2006
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 7/10

Headbanger’s Ball was an institution in the middle years of MTV that was a phenomenon when it originally aired. It was the place to be on a Saturday night as for a few hours Metal ruled and you would not only see your favorite artists but also be treated to new and exciting music from up and coming bands. The network brought the show back to us a couple of years ago and it no longer features the big hair bands of the eighties that sometimes found their place on the show. As the title denotes the Headbanger’s is back and it has returned for revenge. Roadrunner Records in conjunction with MTV has put together this amazing collection of some of the heaviest music around and it is sure to please the hungriest of Metal appetites. Thirty-eight songs on two CD’s and at an affordable price make this a definite item to investigate. Take a look at the artists whose work you will find here : Slipknot, Korn, Iron Maiden, Hatebreed, Mudvayne, Avenged Sevenfold, HIM, Trivium, Lamb Of God, 10 Years, Disturbed, As I Lay Dying, Lacuna Coil, Underoath, Mastodon, Killswitch Engage, Black Label Society, Bleeding Through, In Flames, Chimaira, Bullet For My Valentine, Arch Enemy, It Dies Today, Opeth, Norma Jean, Devildriver, Still Remains, God Forbid, Throwdown, From First To Last, 38 Crazyfists, Dragonforce, A Life Once Lost, High On Fire, Bloodsimple, Haste The Day, Walls Of Jericho & Kingdom Of Sorrow.
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“Masters Of Horror” Soundtrack by Various Artists

Artist: Various Artists
Title: “Masters Of Horror”
Label: Immortal Records
Release Date: 10/18/2005
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 6/10

Showtime cable has a great idea in their program “Masters Of Horror” for it takes some of the greatest talents in the genre and lets them create an hour long horror segment as a part of this program. These mini movies are really good and I speak as someone who does not often see Horror films. I changed my tune when you consider Landis and Carpenter are involved as there is a level of quality that is hard to avoid in these directors. The CD companion that features the music showcased in the series is not that rooted in Horror of Masters for that matter. Yes there are some good moments but overall the CD is difficult to absorb unless you want a spattering (pardon the pun) of a wide variety of musical personalities. There were some solid moments on the CD such as the cover of “Enjoy The Silence” by It Dies Today and of course the Mudvayne and Shadows Fall songs are good ones since those particular bands are veterans at delivering powerful Metal to the masses. Serj Tankian does a good track with Buckethead and that might generate an added level of interest. There was a lot of oddly placed Emo-Punk stuff like Scary Kids Scaring Kids and Alkaline Trio which might have fit the context of the show but seemed out of place on an album like this. I was amazed to find Andrew WK on this as I thought he was yesterday’s news already with his vastly similar on every track album. I think more emphasis should have been placed on getting bands that had a Horror motif like Alice Cooper or GWAR or even Rob Zombie. Stuff like that would guarantee a sale and not find this CD like many other soundtracks sitting in bargain bins after the initial excitement about the show wears off. I cannot delve deeper into this release since I was only afforded a sampler as a promo and not a full release.
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Slayer @ Roseland Ballroom (11/11/2004)

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Artist: Slayer
Venue: Roseland Ballroom NYC
Opener: Killswitch Engage & Mastodon
Date: 11/11/04
Label: American Recordings
Genre: Thrash Metal

The Jaegermeister Music Tour has definitely become one of the most anticipated events in Heavy Metal music these days and primarily because it features the mighty Slayer as the headlining band (or at least it has for a couple of years now). It is an example of metal at its most primal intensity and can become brutal beyond description. This year it would be no different for Slayer would return as the Headliner with Killswitch Engage and Mastodon would kick of the mayhem for the evening. I cannot think of a better venue for this sort of concert than Roseland Ballroom. The entire front stage area becomes a pit when Slayer comes on and if you are not into that sort of thing you really need to run for the hills as it can get crazy.
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