Guitarist Kerry King shreds on stage for thrash legends Slayer at Kool Haus in Toronto
Who: Slayer, Gojira and 4Arm
When: 21 November 2013
Where: Kool Haus, Toronto
In One Word: Tame
Old school metalheads’ dreams came true last night when the legendary thrash metal rockers Slayer hit up the Kool Haus in Toronto, with Gojira and 4Arm in tow. Perhaps it was the mix of older and very young fans in the crowd, or maybe the “No Circle Pits” signs posted around the venue actually worked, but the crowd and pits were a lot less brutal than you’d expect with the lineup, or for a rock show in general.
Not to say that the show was bad at all – Slayer certainly lived up to their reputation of being able to put on a killer live show and Gojira and 4Arm proved themselves worth of opening for them.
4Arm, Australian rockers who play a cleaner form of thrash metal, were relatively unheard of amongst the audience but managed to get most of the half-filled hall to headbang along. Particularly memorable was bassist Andy Hinterreiter, who bounced around the stage with a giant grin on his face for most of the set.
The Kool Haus began to get packed once French death-metal outfit Gojira, arguably one of the biggest metal bands in recent history, took the stage. Surprisingly, they saw the most action out of the audience that night, with the no-circle-pit-or-crowd-surfing rules finally going out the window.
The chaos I was expecting to take over when Slayer finally came on never really hit, although things started to get a little wilder halfway through when the band launched into fan-favourite “Raining Blood.” Slayer mostly stuck to their older material with the setlist consisting of cuts from 1990’s Seasons in the Abyss and older, which seemed to suit the audience just fine. Another memorable moment was when lead singer Tom Araya stopped in between songs to tell security to not kick someone out.
“Don’t put him outside man, don’t put him outside. We’re all here to have a good time,” he said. “It’s just that some of you fuckers get carried away.”
Carried away, maybe not so much. But sometimes, as long as the music’s good, it’s okay to just stand in place and rock out.
© Jackie Hong, Music Vice
Photographs of Slayer, Gojira and 4Arm by Jackie Hong: