Slayer, Lamb Of God and more at Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheater (2018)
Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheater (Oklahoma City, OK, USA)
Slayer, Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Testament, Napalm Death
August 16, 2018
People either love them or hate them, and I know and respect the opinions of people in both camps.
But, you cannot deny that SLAYER has created a legacy that far surpasses, and will likely out live than most. If this year's summer tour is indeed the last rodeo for the band (I have my doubts), they went out with a bang. The Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheater sits adjacent to the City Zoo Park, and is a really gorgeous outdoor shed venue. We were treated to five respected bands on the bill including one of the co-founding alumni of the BIG FOUR, as well as a band that should be an heir apparent to the metal crown. For an afternoon in Oklahoma City, metal was once again king. What an afternoon it was.
Beginning the day's festivities was Britain's NAPALM DEATH. Playing a fast, furious and short set, vocalist Mark 'Barney' Greenway and mates rendered a set with none to subtle political undertones. "Multinational Corporations", "Suffer the Children", "Scum" and the DEAD KENNEDYS cover of "Nazi Punks Fuck Off" were all played with purpose. Truth be told, you'd expect nothing less from a what is basically a Hardcore Punk band. Their set though brief, was entertaining.
Closing out the night with "Angel of Death" the band themselves paid tribute to Hanneman, with the screens behind the band emblazoned with his signature "Heineken" bootleg logo. It was fitting if not somewhat anti-climatic. I mean, it was fully expected, but the majority of the crowd relished in it. Following the conclusion of the song, Araya continued to thank the crowd. Many were hoping for another song, but alas, it wasn't meant to be. The nearly twenty song setlist would have to suffice. And if it truly was the last go-around for SLAYER, they did so in a memorable and well done manner.