Pure Rock Patroller
Thursday, January 31, 2002 @ 11:31 AM
Slayer Live At The Murat In In
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The Metal Gods were alive and well at the Murat in Indianapolis last night. As I turned the corner of the building to get in line, I saw my people. Finding headbangers in Indiana is a rare thing now days. It takes something special like a Slayer show to bring them out of the underground. Standing in the 40 degree wind and rain, I thought God truly does hate us all.
Finally inside, I surveyed the sea of black t-shirts. I was home. The concert took place inside the Egyptian Room of the Murat Theater. It's kind of like a high school cafeteria with an Egyptian themed border running around the ceiling. The first band, I can't even remember the name. Musically, they weren't bad, kind of like Pantera. Their singer was the typical shout-into-the mic singer. He wasn't too bad until he actually tried sing. It seemed out of place. Next up was Hatebreed, who were actually pretty cool. Their songs were aggressive and to the point. They got a good reaction from the growing crowd.
After the set change over, the lights went down and "The Darkness Of Christ" began to fill the air. It wasn't the only thing. As if on cue, the smell of "sweet leaf" filled the air. Slayer started with "Disciple" and never let up. The crowd gratefully showed their appreciation to the band. I think Tom was surprised by the audience's response. At one point during the chants of "Slayer," he said the crowd almost made him smile. You could tell that these mid-western headbangers were hungry for some real heavy metal. I would put up one of our pits up against any in the world. I'm not going to go into detail about the set list. I think it's pretty standard. That, and the fact that I seemed to be inhaling more of my neighbors' reefer than they were, I don't remember the order. The band killed, of course. Jeff and Kerry were blistering. Tom yelled his balls off and having Dave behind the drums made it that much more special. Some highlights (that I can remember) were "Born Of Fire,” "Die By The Sword,” "Bloodline,” "Dead Skin Mask,” and the closer "Angel Of Death.” As everyone piled back into the cold rainy night, I couldn't help but to be full of pride to be a part of the metal nation. Even though I won't be able to hear for a day or two, damn, that was fun.