Talk about a mind-blowing double-header. Megadeth and Slayer - two of the bands that defined the thrash/metal genre - will perform together for the first time ever in Australia and New Zealand when they co-headline six shows in October (see itinerary below).
Both Slayer and Megadeth have recently emerged from the recording studio with brand new albums - Slayer's World Painted Blood, due out later this year, and Megadeth's Endgame set for a September 15 release.
Megadeth and Slayer will be well-warmed up for the Australian/New Zealand dates, as the bands co-headlined the "Canadian Carnage" trek in June, marking the first time the bands had shared a stage in more than 15 years. According to various Canadian press outlets: "It was a night of thrash impossible to trash..." "Tales about war, death, destruction, Satan, aliens and serial killers have never been so much fun..." "The two heavy metal heavyweights ...went head-to-head on a level playing field. Both bands brought their A game. And the results were anything but pretty - unless you include pretty freakin' loud and pretty freakin' awesome."
Few bands come close to matching the intensity that Slayer brings to its live shows, having been named "Best Live Band" by numerous media outlets including Revolver, SPIN, and Metal Hammer. Slayer - guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman, vocalist/bassist Tom Araya and drummer Dave Lombardo - recorded World Painted Black in Los Angeles between October 2008 and April 2009 with Greg Fidelman producing and Rick Rubin executive producing. Fans around the world were given an early taste of the brutal new Slayer material when "Psychopathy Red," a song inspired by the heinous Russian serial killer Andrei Chikatilo, who confessed to savagely murdering 56 children, was leaked online last Fall. Fans in Australia and New Zealand will be treated to Slayer performing "Psychopathy Red" live on stage.
With over 20 million albums sold worldwide, the icon that is Megadeth culminated the past April with Dave Mustaine’s acceptance of the highly coveted “Golden God” accolade and the band's headline performance at the inaugural Revolver Golden Gods Awards in Los Angeles. Megadeth – lead guitarist/lead vocalist Dave Mustaine, lead and rhythm guitarist Chris Broderick, bassist James Lomenzo and drummer Shawn Drover – recorded Endgame, their 12th studio album in Los Angeles with Andy Sneap. Known for their ferocious live show, Megadeth will once again bring this intensity to their loyal throng of Australian and New Zealand followers.
Monday 5th October Logan Campbell Centre Auckland, tickets from www.ticketek.co.nz 0800 TICKETEK (842538).
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