Played at Graspop Metal Meeting 1996 / 2000 / 2002 / 2005 / 2007 / 2010 / 2012 / 2014 / 2016

United States


These Californian thrash legends have been at the forefront of heavy music since 1981 and 35 years later, the hate offensive continues to reap souls worldwide. With a catalogue including the likes of ‘Reign in Blood’ (1986), ‘South of Heaven’ (1988), ‘Seasons in the Abyss’ (1990) and ‘World Painted Blood’ (2009) to name but a few, Slayer have an amazing repertoire to choose from. More importantly, the first album with just two original members in the line-up, ‘Repentless’ (2015), is a worthy addition to their stellar catalogue. Fuelled by a newfound rage following the death of riffmeister Jeff Hanneman – and with Gary Holt now firmly embedded as his permanent replacement – the new album is a trip down memory lane, with most tracks reminiscent of specific Slayer songs from the past while still offering sufficient variety. Doomsayers predicted Slayer wouldn’t survive Hanneman’s untimely demise but they should have known better: Slayer’s evil has no boundaries. (Text: Steven Verhoeven / Translation: Nick Devos)