There are many perilous ways one can spend time off - Volcano-boarding down Cerro Negro, Nicaragua's active volcano, or maybe bungee jumping from a helicopter over the bubbling crater of Chile’s Villarrica volcano. How about a visit to Sao Paulo’s Snake Island, home of some 4000 golden lancehead vipers whose venom can melt human flesh, or shark diving without a cage in South Africa. But nothing is quite as insane as a night in the pit at a Slayer concert. Add to that the ferociousness of Lamb of God and Behemoth, and you’ve got a triple bill of truly epic proportions. The six-week expedition will rage across North America beginning July 12 in Bemidji, MN with a stopover at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre in St. Augustine, FL on July 21 and then winding up in Phoenix, AZ on August 20. "As metal tours go, this is the one that your fellow metal heads will be bragging about if you miss it! Not very often I get to go on tour where we are all friends to start. That being said, the potential for greatness at these events is mind blowing. I look forward to being a part of it, and hanging with old friends- bands as well as fanatical fans! Let the festivities begin!!" – Kerry King (of Slayer)
For more than three decades, Slayer’s onslaught has proven the band to be the supreme thrash-metal band on the planet, the band that other heavy acts are measured against and aspire to. Their membership in “The Big Four” – Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax – the four bands that defined the thrash/metal genre – secures their place in music history. The two-time GRAMMY-winners have also accumulated an abundance of certified Gold Albums along with “Best…”awards from media outlets all over the world including Kerrang!, SPIN, Metal Hammer, Revolver and Esquire. Throughout Slayer’s history, the band has never faltered in unleashing its extreme and focused sonic assault, and, unlike many of its contemporaries who commercialized their sound, Slayer has remained crushing and brutal, steadfastly refusing to cater to the mainstream. Slayer’s founding member, guitarist Jeff Hanneman passed in 2013, and Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has been filling in for him since. Paul Bostaph, who was Slayer’s drummer from ’94 through ’01, has rejoined bassist/vocalist Tom Araya and guitarist Kerry King, and is band behind the kit. In September 2015, Slayer released Repentless, the band's 12th studio album, the first without Hanneman and first with producer Terry Date, to widespread rave reviews and the highest chart debut of the band's career.
Richmond, VA natives Lamb of God are one of heavy music’s most successful and uncompromising bands. When the band’s first major release, New American Gospel, was released in 2000 it was immediately touted as a classic within the genre. AllMusic stated it best, “The essential signatures of post-Pantera metal are in abundance on Lamb of God's inaugural album. New American Gospel provides a mighty oak upon which gritty American metal's faith is maintained, effectively bridging the '90s' insistence upon drill-sergeant technicality and the old school's determined focus on riff construction.” Since inception and through it all, Lamb of God’s consistent and unwavering commitment to their music - and their fans – has kept them a critical and fan favorite worldwide, selling millions of albums and tickets around the world. Lamb of God is Randy Blythe (vocals), Mark Morton (guitar), Willie Adler (guitar), John Campbell (bass), and Chris Adler (drums).
Behemoth have been carving out their claim as one of the world's top extreme metal bands since their inception in 1991. That claim was solidified in 2014 with the release of the band's tenth album which marked their triumphant return following front man Adam "Nergal" Darski's battle with Leukemia. While instantly recognizable as the work of the Polish quartet, it takes their sound in previously unimagined and riveting directions. A writhing, densely layered and sinister record, it is quite unlike anything ever unleashed within the canon of heavy music. As such it demands attention, offering ever greater sonic and emotional depths with every listen. Behemoth's lineup is rounded out by Inferno (drums), Orion (bass), and Seth (guitar).