Sheer power and precision and the best thrash metal riffs ever. War Ensemble, The Anitichrist, Raining Blood, South Of Heaven, Dead Skin Mask, Seasons In The Abyss, Chemical Warfare, Mandatory Suicide, Angel Of Death. Lead breaks edging on the avant garde, no sub Diamond Head rehashes here this was closer to Ornette Coleman with a whammy bar. No one came close for straight metal.
It was a life changing moment for this 16 year old boy in the audience. Slayer, one of the best bands ever.
Thank you Jeff Hanneman, a wonderful musician. RIP.
My friend Dom Lawson wrote this excellent obituary in the Guardian today. Read it here: