I’ll always have a soft spot for this band. I remember talking about music and the topic of heavy metal came up and I remember saying the reason I loved this genre was because of the raw aggression this brought out and it wasn’t necessarily about the violent aspect of it either. These guys were bad ass. I wondered how it would all end for this band when they were too old to carry on. We’re still waiting. I thought the end would come after the death of Jeff Hanneman but Gary Holt (founder of the band Exodus) and long time friend of the band stepped in. They are currently working on a new album and Holt may end up contributing material for this project. Gary could breath some life into this band and maybe take it in another direction. Let’s face it, as much as I love these guys, their stuff, for better or worse is largely still the same. Gary and his band Exodus are a brutal band in their own right but the difference is their approach to music. Gary does not have a formulaic approach to his song writing. The band always seem to come up with different riffs and chord changes. With each release brings a new direction. These albums are different from the last, I think this is also the reason for their longevity. After a few recent albums with two different singers, they have brought back their original singer Steve Souza. Their latest effort is amazing, they haven’t lost their step and the album Blood In Blood Out is quite good! Circling back to the band of the moment, its Holt who is the wild card here and that is most likely what will determine how much longer this band will go on. Slayer is uncompromising and there is no haziness to this bands approach to music. It is powerful, relentless and quite simply aggression unrestrained!
Actually this is the second annual trip. Never have I been so tempted to take a cruise. After all, I have no reason to wade in my own feces or eat food that gives me salmonella. No wait that Princess Cruises! Slayer is headlining this show this year and this is a pretty heavy lineup. You would be hard pressed to find a bigger heavier show on the seas! Tickets go on sale in 5 more days! I’ve seen Motorhead over 13 times and I have a feeling that if you’ve never seen them before you really should. Lemmy isn’t getting any younger and despite news reports he is 69 years old this year and he’s a hard living man. That eventually comes with a price. Anyway another band on this bill worth watching is Exodus. Gary Holt is really burning the candle on both ends. Remember he is also filling in for Jeff Hunneman who passed away a few years back. So he gets to play with Slayer in the headlining then Exodus as support. Talk about having your cake and eating it too. This trip sounds like a lot of fun and maybe, maybe one day I’ll do it.