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Slayer - War at the Warfield DVD - Reviewed by Nailer

Slayer is arguably the best extreme band in metal history. Almost twenty years of aggression and sticking to your beliefs just can't be denied.

War At The Warfield is basically two parts, the band in concert and the fans that go to the shows. The show itself is killer--19 songs of brutal metal that ironically, for all the "controlled chaos", takes a lot of skill and mastery to play. By the time my personal favorite, "Raining Blood", hits, the band is a perfect, rumbling, 120 decible beast crushing through its catalog. More seasoned veterans than extreme youth, they own the stage and both band and fan feed off each other in a sybiotic metal feast.

The rest of the DVD shows a lot of their hardcore fans, who are known for simply yelling "SLAY-ER!!!" at any mention of their gods. Like all smart cult leaders, the band smiles and lets their followers explain their religionto the uninitiated. Many of the fans shown seem to have some definate social/societal issues, but I'm guessing they were chosen to fit the "ugliest kid on the block" image. Who cares, though, its all metal. Not only is WATW a must for fans, it's a great watch for any headbanger. Wait till those mother fuckers hit the stage at OzzFest in 2004.

Grade: A


--Nailer 02.23.04
About this Writer:
Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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2004
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2003
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2009
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