Slayer/Megadeth/Anthrax

By Chip Tamplin

Published on Monday, October 11, 2010

Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax have embarked on a North American tour together and are hitting up all of the major cities right now. Chip Tamplin was in attendance when the tour came to Baltimore, MD and you can check out his impression and photos below.

Anthrax:

Of the bands playing this show, Anthrax were the only ones I hadn’t seen before. I was supposed to go to the Big 4 show in Poland, but had to scrap the plans last minute due to the continuing inconvenience of Mount Eyjafjallajokull erupting.

Still, when I had the opportunity to cover this show, I jumped at the chance. I’ve always been a big fan of Anthrax, especially the version with Joey Belladonna. With Joey Belladonna back at the reigns of the band, I knew this was the best time for me to finally see them. They didn’t disappoint me. Unfortunately being a “special guest” of the tour meant a shorter set than I wanted (only seven songs), but they made the best of what they were given.

The set list was about what you’d expect, six-of-seven songs were from Joey Belladonna’s era with the band, the lone exception being “Metal Thrashing Mad”. The band had a lot of energy, especially Joey and bassist Frank Bello. When the band strolled out and Scott Ian started the intro to “Caught in a Mosh”, the crowd went absolutely nuts and the intensity stayed at a fever pitch for the duration of their set.

Vocals: 10
Crowd Response: 9
Overall Sound: 9.5
Band Activity: 10
Overall Rating: 10

Set list:

1. Caught in a Mosh
2. Madhouse
3. Antisocial [Trust cover]
4. Indians
5. A.I.R.
6. Metal Thrashing Mad
7. I Am The Law

Megadeth:

I’ve always liked Megadeth from an instrumental perspective, but singer Dave Mustaine’s voice has always annoyed me. Still, it seemed like a huge chunk of the crowd was there for Megadeth, especially against the railing.

As was the case for their tour earlier this year, Megadeth played their 1990 album Rust in Peace in its entirety, plus five “greatest hits” songs. We covered their ill-fated Baltimore show in March where the soundboards malfunctioned and the show ended up being canceled after just three songs. Which, aside from finally seeing Anthrax, was my mine reason for doing this show – to give Megadeth a proper review.

There was an incredible amount of energy from the band and even more from the fans. Unfortunately, Dave’s vocals were either turned down way too low or he just wasn’t putting much emphasis on them, but it wasn’t really required with the crowd screaming the words to every song.

Aside from the low vocals I was very impressed with Megadeth’s stage presence, sound and energy. It was a huge step up from their previous Baltimore show.

Vocals: 7
Crowd Response: 10
Overall Sound: 9.5
Band Activity: 9
Overall Rating: 9

Set list:

1. Holy Wars… The Punishment Due
2. Hangar 18
3. Take No Prisoners
4. Five Magics
5. Poison Was the Cure
6. Lucretia
7. Tornado of Souls
8. Dawn Patrol
9. Rust in Peace… Polaris
10. Trust
11. Head Crusher
12. A Tout Le Monde
13. Symphony Of Destruction
14. Peace Sells

Slayer:

Slayer took the stage around 9:45 and played a solid sixteen-song set list. They proved from the beginning why they were the headliners of the tour. While the band doesn’t show a lot of energy through movement or theatrics, they don’t really need to with how solid they sound in a live setting. Guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman alternate solos better than any duo in metal.

If it wasn’t good enough for metal fans to hear Megadeth’s do Rust in Peace in its entirety, Slayer chose to play their incredible 1990 album Seasons in the Abyss in its entirety too. They also threw in fan favorites like “World Painted Blood”, “Raining Blood” and their closer “Angel of Death”.

This was clearly a can’t-miss show for anyone who is a fan of metal and the bands did not disappoint. Every band brought something special to the package that made this night special for everyone who was fortunate enough to experience it.

Vocals: 9
Crowd Response: 10
Overall Sound: 9.5
Band Activity: 8
Overall Rating: 9.5

Set list:

1. World Painted Blood
2. Hate Worldwide
3. War Ensemble
4. Blood Red
5. Spirit in Black
6. Expendable Youth
7. Dead Skin Mask
8. Hallowed Point
9. Skeletons of Society
10. Temptation
11. Born of Fire
12. Seasons in the Abyss
13. South of Heaven
14. Raining Blood
15. Aggressive Perfector
16. Angel of Death

Photos (Bands Listed in Alphabetical Order):

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