It’s definitely THE show to end all hard rock/metal shows for the year 2017, and well, arguably, for the past decade or so. After what seems to be a lifetime for the local heavy metal faithful, the announcement was finally made barely a month ago that PULP Live World (the events arm of PULP Magazine), would be bringing-in Slayer – one of thrash metal’s legendary Big 4 – for an exclusive performance at the KIA Theater this October 11th.
Needless to say, this is definitely one for the books, as this is the only show the legendary metal band is playing in the Southeast Asian region, aside from two shows in Osaka and Tokyo, Japan. Truly, this is especially for the Filipino fans as it is also the first stop of the entire run for the remainder of the year.
So how did it happen? PULP Publisher and PULP Live World Head Honcho Vernon Go himself explains: “As only a few people know, I’ve been planning… attempting, and well DREAMING of bringing the band over for almost a decade (it actually feels longer than that…) – so I guess it finally happened due to persistence and the willingness to comply!” Go, himself a metal fan (and unknown to many, a musician during his formative years…), couldn’t stress enough his own personal admiration for Slayer, adding: “I think Slayer is the most metal of ALL long-standing metal bands: still mean, nasty, gritty and scary even, after all these years… a band unlike Metallica, who over the years have become a Disney version of themselves, Slayer is still – without question – metal!”
Formed in 1981, Slayer – then-comprised of vocalist/bassist Tom Araya, guitarists Kerry King and the late Jeff Hanneman, and Dave Lombardo – was already proving itself to be one of the most furiously non-compromising thrash metal acts to come out of the Los Angeles area, which was ironic since LA was a hub for glam metal, and most of the prominent thrash metal bands hailed from the Bay Area in San Francisco. Originally monikered as “Dragonslayer,” the band’s earlier releases featured a unique metal sound which was a punishing combination of vintage bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Venom, combined with the break-neck speed of punk and hardcore. It was their landmark 1986 Reign In Blood – which featured hit singles and fan favorites like “Angel of Death” and “Raining Blood,” – that brought the band to commercial heights. Less than thirty minutes long in its entirety, it is still regarded by prestigious music critics and various music publications worldwide as “the most extreme and most-influential thrash metal album of all time,” and ranked 6th in Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time.
Needless to say, the band did not slow down from then-on, releasing subsequent albums that would become legendary in any serious heavy metal fan’s vocabulary: 1988’s South of Heaven, 1990’s Seasons In The Abyss, a landmark double-disc live album Decade of Aggression (released in 1991), 1994’s Divine Intervention, a punk/hardcore covers album called Undisputed Attitude in 1996, 1998’s Diabolous in Musica, 2001’s God Hates Us All, 2006’s Christ Illusion (which featured the return of original drummer Dave Lombardo…), 2008’s World Painted Blood and 2015’s World Painted Blood, the first to feature new guitarist Gary Holt (of seminal thrash metal act Exodus, due to the untimely passing of original guitarist Jeff Hanneman…) and returning drummer Paul Bostaph, who last played on-record in 2001. Given the band’s colorful history, die-hard fans have remained loyal and as rabid as ever. In fact, according to PULP sources past and present, Slayer have been the most-requested band to bring-in, since the Annual PULP Summer Slam – certified as the biggest heavy metal festival in the region – has already brought in heavy hitters like Anthrax, Megadeth (both also among the revered “Big Four of Thrash Metal…”), Death Angel, Testament, Lamb of God, ArchEnemy, Shadows Fall, and even underground legends like Cradle of Filth, Kreator, Carcass, Killswitch Engage and The Black Dahlia Murder.
When asked what Slayer fans can expect, Go replied: “Well this is definitely a dream come true for all of us: all those years of listening to their records and cassettes, wishing it would finally happen… I think there will be a lot of fans who will – at first – simply be dumbstruck. But then when reality sinks in that SLAYER is right in front of them in the flesh… heads will start banging, and the bodies will just start pushing against each other; people will SMELL each other [in true metal fashion]; this is the first in a three-run show, so fans can be sure they will be getting the band at their absolute best!”
So be sure to grab your tickets soon as they are going fast! They are available through Ticketnet Online outlets, through their hotline 911.5555 or online through www.ticketnet.com.ph , or simply log-on to www.pulpliveworld.com. Save the date and drag your friends if you have to: blood will rain on October 11th! Horns up!