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SLAYER, ANTHRAX, AND DEATH ANGEL @ THE FILMORE IN MIAMI
October 18, 2016
7:45 - I over heard someone saying, while waiting for my credentials at the box office "Wow I am the only one wearing a white shirt, I am going to stick out like a sore thumb". This pretty much sums up the crowd at the Filmore on Sept 28th. Although, I was a few minutes late due to parking, it caused me to miss my meet time for Death Angel. However, Slayer and Anthrax were well worth 1hr/15 min ride from West Palm Beach, not to mention the traffic from Jose Fernandez funeral.
8:15 - 30 min after my check-in, myself, along with 6 other photographers were escorted to the pit area. I have never attended to a venue at the Filmore, so I was very excited to see the stage was only about 2 1/2 feet off the floor.
8:30 - The standard classic rock music that is played over the PA system at concerts faded out, heavy metal fog filled the air, the crowds screams took over, and the lights dimmed. Anthrax started their set with " You Gotta Believe", the first 7 min and 32 second, song off their new album, "For All Kings", followed by "Monsters at the End". The third song, " Caught in a Mosh" took me back to moshing in my friends basement in 6th grade. After leaving the pit area, I found a comfortable theater style seat in the back of the Filmore to enjoy the rest of their hour set, which took me on a roller coaster ride through my childhood with songs like "Indians", "Anti-Social" and "Time". Watching the crowd and the bands interaction with them, made me feel more like I was watching a Hardcore Show rather than a band who were considered one of the "Gods" of thrash metal ( yes I spelled gods with a capital G). Although, the sound at the Filmore did not due the band justice and I did not see Scott Ian stomp around in a circle, I was amazed at the bands energy and that Joey Belladonna could still hit those notes after all these years.
I have been listening to this band for a long time, but this was the first time I got to see them live. 29 years later, I was not disappointed!
Athrax Set List
You Gotta Believe
Monster at the End
Caught in a Mosh
Got the Time (Joe Jackson cover)
Antisocial (Trust cover)
Fight 'Em 'Til You Can't
9:40 - I was told by the powers that be, that I would only be able to shoot the first 3 songs of Slayer, which was the norm for concerts. The only thing different, was that my camera would not be allowed inside the building afterwards, which was a weird request. Usually, photographers are only allowed to shoot the first 3 songs, but as long as you do not have your camera facing towards the stage you are safe.
9:50 - We were told that we would not be allowed to enter the pit area until the curtain dropped. So, myself along with the 6 or so other photographers patiently waited for the usual dimming of the lights.
10:00 - I have seen Slayer twice before, so I was waiting for the "Slayer" Chats by demonic voices, I have heard in the past, but this time it was different. The house lights turned off and Delusions of Savior (Intro song on Slayers new album, "Repentless) began playing over the PA system. A red design, which reminded me of blood cells under a microscope, was projected on to the large curtain that covered the stage with white illuminated crosses, which slow turned upside down. As the song progressed the crosses faded and Slayers pentagram logo danced across the screen. When the guitars and drums slowed down near the end of the song, the excitement kicked in and chills slowly climbed up my spine. The 3 count on the high hat brought the crowds screams to an almost deafening level, the curtain dropped, and Slayer began their hour and a half set with "Repentless" (the title track to their new album). Myself, along with the other photographers were escorted into the pit area and began shooting. Normally, I feel rushed to get the shots I want for the first 3 songs of a band, but being that Slayers first 3 songs (Repentless, Chemical Warfare, and Disciple) equaled almost 13 minutes, so I was able to relax and really think about the lighting and compose my shots.
The band played 2 more songs (Postmortem and Hate Worldwide) before the only break I remember the band taking, where Tom Araya thanked everyone for coming and asked, " Are you ready to have some Fucking Fun?". This was followed by Tom screaming, "War Ensemble". The band proceeded with their hour and a half set with new songs like "You Against You" and "When the Stillness Comes", which seemed to fill the first half of their 20 song set, but the last half was filled with classics like, " Dead Skin Mask", "Raining Blood", "Hell Awaits" and finishing with "South of Heaven".
As I mentioned before, I have seen Slayer a number of times, but this was by far the most memorable!
SLAYER Set List Repentless Chemical Warfare Disciple Postmortem Hate Worldwide War Ensemble When the Stillness Comes You Against You Mandatory Suicide Fight Till Death Dead Skin Mask Born of Fire Pride in Prejudice Vices Seasons in the Abyss Hell Awaits South of Heaven Raining Blood Black Magic Angel of Death
I would like to thank, Slayer, Anthrax, and Death Angel, as well as David Monnich and Liz Ciavarelli for allowing me access to this event!