Slayer, Trivium, Mastodon & Amon Amarth
- Henry Northmore
- 30 October 2008
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