The kings of thrash played to a packed house full of rowdy metal fans in New York

Metal legends Slayer played the first of two nearly sold-out nights at The Paramount in Huntington, NY on June 16th. Billed as An Evening With Slayer, there was no opening act. It was simply Tom Araya, Kerry King, Paul Bostoph, and Gary Holt performing roughly 90 minutes of classic thrash for the near-capacity crowd.

The veteran metal act played fan favorites from the lengthy career, including “Hell Awaits,” “Chemical Warfare,” “Die By The Sword,” “Seasons in the Abyss,” “Raining Blood,” and “Hate Worldwide” among others. They opened the show with “World Painted Blood” and closed it with a two-song encore of fan favorites, “South of Heaven” and “Angel of Death.”

This tour is a ‘must-see’ for any Slayer fan. The energy in the Paramount was electric, and the enthusiasm of those in attendance unquenchable. Without a doubt, Slayer has proven an underground metal band from the early days of thrash can indeed gain the mainstream recognition they greatly deserve.

Check out Brian Matus’ photos from the first of Slayer’s two shows.

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In a few short years, Brian has progressed from shooting local bands to national acts like Ted Nugent, Slayer (at Madison Square Garden) and (former Metallica bassist) Jason Newsted. Brian's photos have been published on t-shirts, multiple online and print magazines, and on the cover of the 'Vaulted' DVD for Yellow Ape Productions. Based on Long Island, Brian also works in New York City. You can see more of his work at

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