An evening with Slayer
“Sometimes it's the venue that makes the music more special.”
- Random Metalhead at the Rave
It is when I got to the Rave for the first time that I truly understood what “Random Metalhead” saying. The Rave at Milwaukee is truly a testament to music venues. With multiple stages and 3 different levels, the venue can be quite overwhelming. I've been here numerous times wondering whether I should stick with the band I was watching or head up to watch an equally awesome band.
When we heard Slayer was coming to Milwaukee, the excitement was hard to contain. This was the band that had laid the foundation for many a metal band around the world. Finally, we would get to see them live - and what better place to see them than the RAVE.
It's customary always to arrive at the Rave quite early. More often than not, I manage to find a band that kicks off the evening and rocks the place entirely. We weren’t disappointed this time either - White Chapel was our find for the evening and they were amazing. I’m sure to draw the ire of a few White Chapel fans, but surprisingly I haven’t heard them yet. If you are one amongst the uninitiated like me, I suggest you start here.
Right after White Chapel, We climbed the stairs to the Ballroom where Slayer was playing. 1 Tour T shirt, 3 shots, and 2 beers later, I found myself staring at the crowded ballroom. While I tried to ignore King Diamond ( “Yes I'm not a fan. So Sue Me “), I focused more on the right spot - far away from the mosh so that we could get pics, but where the mosh was accessible enough that one could jump right in! For those who are still wondering what that looks like - try the left corner of the stage ( where the bassist stands). In most small venues, there is a sweet spot you can find where you can be close to the band and not get killed.
Slayer came in with their usual setlist. Obviously we were waiting for Dead Skin Mask. The setlist was as below.
Obviously, there is no better way to experience the conference than to see and listen to it. Check out the video.
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