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Stora Skuggan - Stockholm, Sweden
August 7, 2010

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Tom Araya and their Marshall amps wall
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Jeff Janneman of Slayer in Stockholm

Instead, Slayer gave us a bizarre setlist, composed of several recent songs. It was the only band to do so, the rest of the Big Four concentrated mostly on their classics.

But Slayer generally tours Europe once a year, so it’s not hard to hear their classics. Still, at a festival like The Big Four one could expect more old school songs, as all the other bands did.

Anyway, new songs from the album World Painted Blood sound great on live.

Kerry King and his beard - Slayer live at Romexpo in Stockholm

Slayer is an energy machine.
When they get on stage you know that’s going to be fast, loud and merciless, and tonight’s show was no exception!

Drums and guitars had a very good sound, but the bass wasn’t loud enough and it was difficult to hear.

For the first time at a Slayer show I saw the audience quite calm. Not much pogo, few slammers, but lots of headbangers.

Some of the most appreciated moments by the audience were War Ensemble, God Hates Us All and Seasons In the Abyss.

Dave Lombardo, Tom Araya, and their Marshall amps

Slayer didn’t have a backdrop, not a giant screen, nor inverted crosses, as in some previous times I’ve seen them.
They just had a wall of Marshall amps on stage.
I wish they could have used their full production.

Dave Lombardo goes with all the honours, as one of the most impressive metal drummers.
He plays fast and plays right, this man is a walking metronome!

Tom Araya from Slayer live at Romexpo in Stockholm

Tom Araya voice sometimes faded away, and he made the audience sing a few parts of some songs, like War Ensemble.

Yes, his voice might not be what it used to be but, hey! He’s been screaming and singing fast vocal lines for 30 years with the same energy! Slayer have always toured intensively so Araya was doing his best, and I think that it was still very good, even if not perfect.

Kerry King at the Big Four in Sweden

Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King have a unique way to torture their guitars.

As usual, they didn’t move much around the stage, but seeing those guys standing there is impressive.

They are both imposing, especially Kerry King wearing those huge chains out of his trousers.

Jeff Hanneman from Slayer live at Romexpo in Stockholm

On the funny side Jeff Hanneman played almost the whole show with his Heineken guitar: it has the Heineken logo but instead of the beer name, it reads Hanneman.

Slayer did a very good show, but not exceptional.
In my opinion, the performances of Anthrax and Megadeth were better.
The show would have been right on another festival, but I expected a different setlist as this show was part of The Big Four Tour .

Tom Araya and Kerry King of Slayer live at Romexpo in Stockholm


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Setlist Slayer – Sonisphere - Stora Skuggan, Stockholm, Sweden – August 7, 2010

01. South of Heaven
02. World Painted Blood
03. Hate Worldwide
04. War Ensemble
05. Spirit in Black
06. Dead Skin Mask
07. Beauty Through Order
08. Mandatory Suicide
09. Chemical Warfare
10. Raining Blood
11. Aggressive Perfector
12. Angel of Death

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Slayer Line-up:

Tom Araya – Vocals / Bass
Kerry King – Guitars
Jeff Hanneman – Guitars
Dave Lombardo – Drums
Jeff Hanneman at the Sonisphere Festival
Jeff Hanneman and his Heineken Guitar at the Tuborg Green Festival
Tom Araya and Kerry King at the Sonisphere Festival
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