7 March 2019 at The Riverstage
Another muggy Brisbane day as dusk settles in and the resounding tones of the force that is the Almighty Behemoth. The Polish legends fronted by the infamous black metal yogi Nergal (Adam Darski) are not only a force to be reckoned with musically but visually incredible. Never a dull moment from beginning to end they brought in the evening with God shaking fury. Concluding with Lucifer and O Father O Satan O Sun as Nergal throws his guitar to a waiting roadie, then joining together in drumming unity to blast the crowd into the darkening. Behemoth masters of Black Metal. Here’s to another 30 years of intensity and always breaking the mould.
It was definitely an evening for flashbacks to youth and on bounced Anthrax. Scott Ian still rocking the shorts albeit the goatee has turned to a distinguished silver. Beginning the set with tribute to Iron Maiden playing Number of the Beast to get the crowds attention and to their feet. Then powering into the first few bars of Cowboys From Hell honouring the great Pantera. The beards may be silver but the energy has not waned. More bounce than an Energizer Bunny the Trash legends played their set to the fullest throwing in a cover of Antisocial to get the madding throng singing along. Its been a few decades between drinks for myself and Anthrax and I trust there will be a few more.
The conclusion of the evening and also the apparent conclusion of an era with the legends that are Slayer on their final tour. A stage show to raise the dead and summon the spirits for the ending of an era. All the hits were included from Black Magic and Raining Blood to concluding with Angel of Death. The crowd gave back just as much as the band delivered. The heavens opened and the rain came down baptising us all in the final throes of a retiring beast. Tom Araya standing still at the end looking out at the crowd feeling the unity and love of hundreds of fans. The emotion was tangible. Nothing is forever but there will always be in the metal history books – Slayer. Rest in Peace.
Line-up: Slayer, Anthrax, Behemoth
Reviewer: Tina Summers
Photocredits: Tamcam Images