For California-bred thrash metal group, Slayer, the past nearly forty years together has been a huge success. From GRAMMY-Awards to Gold-certified records, Slayer’s career has culminated into their final tour in 2019 – the Final World Tour. With a six-leg tour spanning over 18 months, the group stopped at Camden, New Jersey’s very own BB&T Pavilion on May 24 to say goodbye the only way they know how, with a badass metal show.
The band was supported on this leg of the tour by Cannibal Corpse, Amon Amarth, and Lamb of God. First up was Cannibal Corpse, who gained a large following after their 1991 record, Butchered at Birth. Following Cannibal Corpse was Swedish death metal band Amon Amarth, who’s high-energy, European-infused flair had the audience moshing along throughout their entire set with an impeccable stage design. Lamb of God was the final supporting act, who, despite hailing from Virginia, find their home place in Philadelphia, which is right across the river from Camden’s waterfront where the BB&T Pavilion resides.
By the time Slayer took the stage, the lawn was packed to the brim of eager Slayer fans, young and old, waiting on one last chance to see their favorite band. An incredible farewell to the City of Brotherly love, vocalist and bassist Tom Araya treated the crowd to a twenty-song set featuring songs from their debut record all the way to their most recent release.
The high energy set induced moshing and crowd surfing in the pit, and was a great way to bid farewell to their Philadelphia and New Jersey fans.
Photos & Review by: Lexi Shannon