I have this concert on VHS format, so when it was re-released on DVD I had to upgrade to DVD. I love the little interludes of Slayer craziness on tour between the songs but I would have preferred to have the behind the scenes craziness as bonus features. I like my concert footage to be continuous and not interrupted. This is the first video footage with Paul Bostaf on drums and it is awesome to say the least. Slayer live is an amazing experience as they give 100% every time. If you love Slayer you need to buy this DVD.
Since their formation some 20 years ago Slayer have released some of the most classic albums in the metal genre including 1986's thrash metal landmark "Reign In Blood" and here in this 1995 gig (in support of 1994's Divine Intervention album) Slayer show they have the power to belt out some of their greatest tunes with more intensity than ever! Classic tracks like "Raining Blood", "At Dawn They Sleep", "Captor Of Sin", "Ditto Head", "Angel Of Death" and "Hell Awaits" all feature in a brutal live form. Also included is a cover of Venom's "Witching Hour" where Machine Head's Robb Flynn joins the band in the action.....and how can I forget the best Slayer song ever "Chemical Warfare"?? Closing the gig in a perfect way. This video also includes some hilarious backstage/on the road action from the band including games like "hit the cola can" and so much more :)....A jam packed 70 minutes of hilarity and classic tunes from the most influencial thrash metal band EVER!
We've getting here well-known from VHS edition gig from "Divine Intervention"-era. In recently read biography of band (written by my countryman, Jaros'aw Szubrycht) I found information that Araya and company were then struggling with getting back media and fans attention, with grunge/ groove metal and hardcore/crossover winning charts those days. Yet I believe (and think) that this album is well underrated - that show reveals it at best, with tracks like "Dittohead" and "Killing fields" well sandwiched between Slayer's evergreen classics ;). Good show, some funny off-stage videos (even Grim Reapers have sense of humor, then) plus some symbolic change of duty in "Witching Hour", with guys from Machine Head joining on stage (yet, as time shown, they bombed quite soon, on 3rd and especially 4th album - later sporting noteworthy comeback with "From the ashes of empires"). OK quality of picture, few views from multiple cameras, yet no extras - for them you have to search for other Slayer's DVD releases. Here we've got straight shot in the head, with lots of sweat and talent on stage :).
Apart from the fact that slayer are one of the best metal groups around and have been for ages they have surpassed themselves with this video. look at the play list and it already has promise but watch it and have that flame that ignited when you first heard slayer re-lit. Nough said.
This is Slayer at their best performing live,All the band members are on top form and work together to make the songs really come to life.notably Jeff Hanneman although being my favourite member of Slayer he really plays the solos perfect.Every song is delivered with energy and passion,was well worth waiting for.Paul Bostaph delivers such a great performance on drums and tom arayas voice sounds quite gruff but awesome.Kerry and Jeff are the best guiatr duo in thrash along with Kreator.Songs such as notably At Dawn they Sleep(one of my favs by Slayer),Captor of Sin and Chemical Warfare are performed with great sound,along with the classics War Ensemble,South of Heaven And Raining Blood.plus you get to see the songs from Divine Intervention played Harder,Louder and Faster than the album version which makes it a plus and worth adding to your Slayer collection.If your a fan of Slayer or Thrash metal/Metal in general this is an essential purchase worthy in anyones collection. Slayer - Live Intrusion [DVD]