Metal giant Slayer returned to Vancouver where God Hates Us All was created for two sold out shows at the Commodore Ballroom. This place is newly renovated and holds about 1,000 people (I noticed the capacity sign at the coat check) so it was sure to be a highly anticipated show and the crowd was more than ready.
The opening bands Diecast and Hatebreed were awesome if you like bands that master three chords and play the shit out of them. Me, I hated it and the next night was worse -- although the Halloween their intro. Cool! Hatebreed singer was Fred Durst on speed. NEXT! Both bands had better crowds at the second show both crowds seemed to like them so I guess they won some people over.
Alright, next up was Slayer. I planted myself stage right. Then it happened. Slayer came onstage and kicked all of our asses! This was my forth and fifth time seeing the band and by far the best times. Maybe it was because they recorded their album here, but you could sense these shows would be different. They played a set list that consisted of five new tracks and classics "Die by the Sword,” Post Mortem,” "Reign in Blood,” "Captor of Sin,” "Spirit in Black" and too many others to remember. Overall it was a show to be remembered for a long time.