Thursday, 26 June 2014

Slipknot & Slayer (supported by Mastodon & Hatebreed), 5th October 2004 – National Indoor Arena, Birmingham

Played the Birmingham NIA, October 2004. Criminally missed Mastodon due to a copious intake of alcohol in a Broad Street bar (have seen them twice since), before witnessing “South of Heaven,” “Seasons in the Abyss,” “Hell Awaits” and “Angel of Death.” Slayer were tight, machinegun-esque and a spectacle to behold - I recall sprinting along the canal side to enter the arena literally hearing Slayer echo around the city. 

Slipknot played all the “hits” (is that the right word?), including the “Heretic Song,” “Duality” and “People=Shit” (along with a great body of material from their recent and most excellent third album). When Corey told everyone to crouch down and jump up in unison, everyone obeyed and then the whole of Birmingham shook.

“If you’re 555 then I’m 666. What's it like to be a heretic?!” I was dying for the loo on the way back home, but it was worth it.

9 out of 10 (If we’d seen Mastodon and the start of Slayer then it would have been a 10)

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