Anyone who has ever thrown the horns to the sky probably has some inkling of who Pantera, Slayer and Anthraxare. More likely than not, they worship nightly at shrines dedicated to these masters of shredding, and if they don’t, they bloody should.
It is a special, slightly terrifying night then, when members of all three bands get to together to play a variety of their hits for Metal Masters 4 at the Gramercy Theatre, New York. As Pantera singer Phil Anselmo put it, in a quote I would like written on my tombstone:
let’s f**kin’ jam our everlovin’ f**kin’ goddamn genitalia off
Anselmo was joined by Slayer‘s Kerry King and Dave Lombardo, as well as Scott Ian, Frank Bello and Charlie Benante of Anthrax, and Exodus / Slayer fill-in Gary Holt and bassist Billy Sheehan.
During the hour-and-a-half show, we learn that Phil Anselmo’s voicebox is still capable of singing in ways that should have long ago torn his throat apart, and that while most consider the late, great Dimebag Darrell as irreplaceable, most should also have to consent to the fact that Kerry King is more than a fine replacement – differences between thrash and groove be damned.
The setlist is made mostly of Pantera and Slayer tunes, but with a couple of surprise appearances from Benante and Milano’s second band Stormtroopers of Death (S.O.D.), as well as Exodus’s ‘Strike of the Beast’. As ever though, the highlight of the night for me proves to be a toss-up between Slayer‘s classic ‘Raining Blood’ and Pantera‘s ‘F**king Hostile’. If you can watch both in immediate succession without your head exploding, let us know which, if any, you think stole the show.
The show can be watched in its entirety on Usteam, here.
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Josh is an English student currently studying English Literature with Creative Writing at University in the UK. When he's not wasting time acquiring the grappling beam in Super Metroid, you'll find him being far more productive - listening to Black Sabbath and reading comics. He hopes his work at The Silver Tongue will help him get his writing out to the public and professional world, heaven forbid.