Slayer, Trivium, Mastodon & Amon Amarth




When it comes to metal they don’t get any more influential than the founding fathers of thrash: Slayer. While pretenders to the throne may go heavier and faster you can’t match the peerless Reign in Blood and in particular the blueprint for thrash metal that is the blood curdlingly savage ‘Angel of Death’.

Setting forth once again to wreak havoc across the UK with their aptly titled Unholy Alliance touring package, the band are joined by Trivium, a seriously heavyweight contender in their own right. ‘We’ve all been fans of Slayer forever,’ explains Trivium’s drummer Travis Smith. ‘I introduced Matt [Heafy, vocals] to Slayer a long, long time ago and he was like “holy fuck”, he was freaking out because they are so fast and raw. It’ll be a total thrill getting up there and sharing the stage with a band we’re fans of and getting to see them play every night.’

While it’s hard to match the crushing brutality of the headliners, Trivium have taken the blueprint and made it their own. Their new album Shogun is their heaviest yet mixing sheer speed with dazzling guitar skills and a nod to heroes Metallica. ‘Shogun is the most brutal, melodic album that Trivium have done to date,’ says Smith. ‘You try to make each record a new challenge so you definitely try to take it up a notch to keep it fresh.’

The complex prog-metal of Mastodon and the Viking flavoured melodic death metal of Amon Amarth make this a bill to be reckoned with.

Carling Academy, Glasgow, Mon 3 Nov


Atlanta-based hefty rock behemoth with a proggy approach to metal. Composed of Troy Sanders (bass), Brent Hinds (guitar), Bill Kelliher (guitar) and Brann Dailor (drummer) Mastodon mix sludge, progressive, experimental and heavy metal with plenty of screams. The band has toured with metal giants Slayer, Metallica…

The Nick Rayns LCR, Norwich

Thu 24 Jan 2019


O2 Academy Birmingham

Tue 22 Jan 2019

£35 / 0121 622 8250

With Kvelertak and Mutoid Man.

O2 Academy Bristol

Sat 26 Jan 2019

£40.85 / 0844 477 2000

With Kvelertak and Mutoid Man.

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Slayer, Trivium, Mastodon and Amon Amarth

Over-14s show. The heaviest metal tour of all time, the Unholy Alliance, Chapter III, features thrash legends Slayer in pole position with some younger whippersnappers in tow.

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