All photos by Erica Lauren
As you all have probably heard, over the weekend, the metal community lost one of its own as FUCKIN’ SLAYERRRRRRRR has decided to lay themselves to rest and call it a day.
Performing for the very last time with two soldout hometown shows at the 17,000-capacity Los Angeles-based arena The Forum, Tom Araya, Kerry King, Gary Holt, Paul Bostaph and the spirit of the late, great Jeff Hanneman bowed out on top after a legendary nearly 40-year career.
As you can imagine, the emotions in the venue were high as the irreplaceable thrash gods ripped into an unforgettable 20-song set. Closing the final chapter of their prestigious career with the 1986 Reign In Blood classic “Angel Of Death,” Araya, King and Co. finished their night with one final mosh pit and countless thank yous to their thousands and thousands of hardcore supporters.
Addressing the diehard Slayer fanbase one final time, Araya told those in attendance, “Thank you. Thank you very much. I want to thank you for sharing your time with us. Time is precious. So I thank you for sharing that time with us, thank you. I’m gonna miss you guys. But the most important thing I want to thank you for being a part of my life, thank you. Good night. You guys be safe.”
For a small glimpse into Slayer’s sinful send-off, be sure to check out our pyro-filled photos from Noise contributor Erica Lauren below. Afterward, make sure to join us in a blood sacrifice as we pay respect to our dark lords, Slayer. Rest In Power.