With 60+ mph winds pounding Chicago, a trio of metal legends, including Liverpool-based Carcass, had blown into to reek havoc upon the Windy City.
The French Renaissance Revival themed Riviera Theatre, built nearly a century ago, was sold out for the event. As the time approaches 7:30 pm, the first band heads for the stage. The crowd is still filing in and finding seats.
First up is Carcass, considered to be the pioneers of both the 80s grindcore and the 90s melodic death metal genres. Time constraints limited the band to a small sample of their decades-long library. Carcass played a 30-minute opening set, which they executed with technical precision energizing the crowd who demanded more.
After a short, 15-minute, intermission, it was time for thrash-icon, Testament. The band played a nostalgic set, also around 30 minutes, of their classics including three tracks from their second studio album, The New Order. Testament covered as many fan favorites as they could leaving the crowd wanting more.
Next up is one of the biggest names in the thrash metal scene, Slayer. The band opened their set with a teaser of upside down crosses, pentagrams, and Slayer logos dancing on a gigantic white sheet while “Delusions of Savior” played softly over the sound system. The sheet dropped, and Slayer launched into the title track of their latest release, Repentless. Accompanying the audio freight train was a flood of blood-red lights and strobes.
The crowd exploded as Kerry King and Gary Holt wailed on their guitars. Paul Bostaph holds a fast tempo as Tom Araya hammered his bass and screamed into the microphone for an hour and a half.
Their set included “You Against You” and “Pride in Prejudice,” which Slayer has never played live.