Gig review: Slayer and Anthrax – O2 Academy, Brixton, London – 30th November 2015

There was—understandably, after the recent terror attacks in Paris—extra security at the Slayer/Anthrax show last night at the 02 Academy, Brixton. I arrived at about 8 p.m., expecting that most people would have gone into the venue already, but the queue outside was very long. Being a Monday night, most people probably went to the gig after work and it seems that many fans had turned up between about 7.30 – 8 p.m. The delay was caused by everyone being searched by security before being allowed into the venue. This will probably be an ongoing thing, so if you’ve booked any tickets for gigs, it’s a good idea to try and get to the venue early to avoid missing shows. I missed about 15 minutes of Anthrax’s set because of the delay.

Both Anthrax and Slayer are bands that have been around for about 30 years. Their longevity is testament to the fact that they are fantastic at what they do. The packed venue last night proved that they are still very much in demand. They’ve both released music recently, and the new songs sounded awesome live.

Anthrax’s new album is due to be released next year and I’m sure it will be excellent. The single “Evil Twin”, from the upcoming album, is brilliant and was one of the highlights of their set last night.

I’ve been following Anthrax since the late ‘80s, and have loved everything they’ve done. They were the first metal band I saw live, in 1989, and they retain their passion for the music to this day. They always make the audience feel that they are as much a part of the show as the band, and last night’s set was no exception. They played old and new songs including, “Among The Living”, “Indians”, and also apparently “Antisocial” (one of the songs I missed!! Luckily, can catch up on Youtube 🙂 ).

The headliners last night were the mighty Slayer. Before they came on stage, they had their lighting set up with the blue, white, and red of the French flag in a touching tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks.

Slayer are always amazing live. I’ve seen them many times over the years, the first time back in 1990 as part of the “Clash of the Titans” show at Wembley Arena. This is a band you have to see live if you haven’t already. They are the perfect live band. They have a mesmerising stage presence and play their songs to perfection every time. They played a mix of new and old songs.

Here’s a link to the set list: http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/slayer/2015/o2-academy-brixton-london-england-33f29c7d.html

 

Slayer’s new album, “Repentless”, was released in September. It’s brilliant. You can grab a copy via their website. It comes in all formats, including an exclusive, limited edition red vinyl: http://media.nuclearblast.de/bands/Splash/slayer/repentless/retailers/index.html

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