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Slayer   Anthrax

At the Gates & Lost Society

Hartwall Arena

Helsinki Finland  The 7th of December 2015


Slayer and Anthrax in the same bill with At The Gates and Lost Society added as supporters, wow… this line-up sounds absolutely fabulous for sure. All in all 4000 metal bangers crawled to testify these four bands in action in the Hartwall hockey arena in Helsinki.

The domestic thrash metal patrol Lost Society kicked the night off by offering the hyper active and blasting thrashing assault. The young three piece is known for being a real uncontrolled act on the stage with the relentless performance. The gig was no exception in this case as the outfit put the full force ahead by encounraging and demanding the audience beserk. Lost Society mostly rely on the brutal speed in songs, but instead the newer material such as I Am The Antidote presenting the more groove based songs.

The Finnish-Swedish battle continues when the long time Swedish metal veterans At The Gates next. The Gothenburg metallers did an equal set consisting of the material of both Slaughter Of Souls and At War With Reality. Without the essential speech and other mandatory obligations At The Gates pushed the 45 minute set thru with the pro and attitude.

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When the Swedish-Finnish metal battle has got completed, the stage was prepared for Anthrax. Anthrax is about to unleash the new album All For Kings in February, therefore seeing them now was a bit early, but the NY thrash veterans will embark for the European festival run for sure. The set was kicked by the legendary stuff Caught In A Mosh, followed by Got The Time, Madhouse. The most recent material was the part of the set for obvious reasons. Evil Twins released as a single in the net was an expected one and Fight’Em and In The End from the Worship Music album. The funny part was the riffing of the mighty S.O.D song of the same titled song. That sounded killer. All in all Anthrax was in the fire thru the whole set. The band kept moving and even raging with the intensive devoted thrashing passion. Despite the short set, it gave a positive vibe and willing to expect more from their upcoming European tours within the next year. Even though John Dette is a real machine behind the drums, but hopefully Charlie Benante will be able join the band for the upcoming European stints.

Caught in a Mosh
Got the Time (Joe Jackson cover)
Madhouse
Antisocial (Trust cover)
Evil Twin
Fight ‘Em ‘Til You Can’t
Indians
March of S.O.D. (Stormtroopers of Death cover)
In the End
Among the Living

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When the last riff of Among The Living was finished and Anthrax had thanked the audience, it is time and turn for Slayer to hit stage. The Repentless was kickstarter, followed by Post Slayer_Repentless_900Mortem. The setlist had been created to cover the obligatory classic ones such Post Mortem, Chemical Warfare, Mandatory Suicide, but however the material off from the Repentless album played a strong role in the set such as Take Control, Vices and When The Silentless came. Before War Ensemble caused the havoc and mayhem in the audience, Tom Araya kept the missionary speech by asking if the people are prepared as the north Europe has became a part of a game in the wargame. Whathever it meant as it depends on anyone willing to understand in every possible way. However the audience was a bit stunned and surprised. However the reaction and the pit was time to time brutal and merciless. Even though Slayer is on the overtime nowadays, but it doesn’t prevent them from unleashing the total warfarelike battlefield with the ultimate sonic divine intervention on the stage. Gary Holt having gained the Hanneman spot is truly a thrash riff master for sure, but his instant playing in Slayer has brought the tightness and precision. Bostaph is a real monster behind the drum kit, beating the kit with the clockstrict playing. Slayer is a well oiled thrash war machine rolling over bringing the utter pleasant mind control and catatonic state of mind. Welcome back.

Delusions of Saviour
Repentless
Postmortem
Hate Worldwide
Disciple
God Send Death
War Ensemble
When the Stillness Comes
Take Control
Mandatory Suicide
Chemical Warfare
Die by the Sword
Black Magic
Vices
Seasons in the Abyss
Hell Awaits
Dead Skin Mask
World Painted Blood
South of Heaven
Raining Blood
Angel of Death