Goatwhore Celebrates The 25th Anniversary Of Slayer's "Reign In Blood"
Just northwest of New Orleans is our capital city of Baton Rouge. Lately, they’ve been getting plenty of good metal shows like Crowbar, Thou, and now Goatwhore, who played a special set for this this show. Four bands came together to celebrate the 25th anniversary of one of the cornerstone albums of the metal world; Slayer’s album "Reign in Blood" which was released October 7th, 1986. To add to the festivities, there was Slayer cookie cake and I made some slain cupcakes with fondant knives piercing the spicy chocolate cupcakes that bled strawberry syrup. Confections aside, the show was more like a party than a concert. Even some regular New Orleans folk made the trek out for the occasion. I was able to film Goatwhore’s set which can be seen in two parts below.
After opening bands No Need for Armor and Blessed be the Wretched warmed up the house, Baton Rouge's own Axes of Evil put on a real spectacle. After some great very classic thrash songs that the crowd was loving and dancing to, vocalist Mike Dodd whipped out a claymore that he held menacingly to his shoulder as he prowled along the edge of the stage. The next trick up his sleeve, and absolutely the best part of the show for me, was when Mike re-enacted Slayer’s on-stage bloody performance by completely dousing himself with a jug of fake blood during their closing song. Everyone stared and cheered as the Carrie look-alike growled furiously. He also did not wash it off after they exited the stage, roaming the bar in full blood-soaked clothing. Although I was very impressed, I did try to avoid him.
The stage at the Spanish Moon was just slightly higher and wider than most in New Orleans that don’t use barricades; it was perfect for stage-diving that the crowd took full pleasure in jumping from throughout the set; some successfully, some now have concussions. Goatwhore took no mind of the divers as they plowed through song after song, barely stopping for even a second. When there was a short break guitarist Sammy Duet made sure to dedicate songs to his friends including Ben Stout, former guitarist for Goatwhore and Graveyard Rodeo. The Slayer selection they chose was “Black Magic” and they did an awesome job covering it in their way. The band did yet another Judas Priest tease, playing the first few second from a beloved song then suddenly stopping. I asked Ben later when Goatwhore would actually go through with a whole Priest song. He commented that he would love to play any Judas Priest song, but “One problem. I can’t sing like Halford. He is majestic!” After an hour of black metal, the intense show ended with a punch from “Carving Out The Eyes Of God,” opening track “Apocalyptic Havoc.” A weary, yet pumped-up audience was left wanting more and lingered hoping that just one more song would be played. They’ll just have to wait for the next show. Goatwhore’s entire setlist below:
“This Passing Into The Power Of Demons”
“Provoking The Ritual Of Death”
“Razor Flesh Devoured”
“To Mourn And Forever Wander Through Forgotten Doorways”
“Alchemy Of The Black Sun Cult”
“Black Magic” (Slayer cover)
“Carving Out The Eyes Of God”
“In The Narrow Confines Of Defilement”
“Beyond The Spell Of Discontent”
“In Legions, I Am Wars Of Wrath”
The show was a fitting tribute to Slayer with treats, swords, blood, and lots of fun had by all. Kerry King and Tom Araya would be proud.
Emily is an avid supporter of the New Orleans scene, often filming shows and conducting interviews with local bands to help promote their music. She also runs her own site dedicated to the New Orleans scene, Crescent City Chaos.
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