It was always going to be a long goodbye for Slayer. A good five months since they performed their final UK show on Donington’s hallowed turf, however, the craziest fans in all of music are getting one last chance to come together to celebrate the band that united them in sonic violence.
Tracking the campaign of revenge wrought by eye-patched anti-hero Wyatt against a group of white nationalists led by the near-demonic Luther, the BJ McDonnell-directed 40-minute short movie that begins The Repentless Killogy combines their recent triumvirate of music videos – You Against You, Repentless and Pride In Prejudice – with additional footage and a satisfying coda to complete its bloodthirsty narrative arc.
After that, we get their spectacularly filmed live performance from the Los Angeles Forum on August 5, 2017. Anyone who’s gotten in on the action will know what to expect here – fire, chaos and inverted-crosses, mostly – but there’s a real pleasure in getting to sit back and watch it all unfold without the danger of chewing on a knuckle-sandwich. Adding another wrinkle, Slayer were banned for so many years from even performing in Los Angeles county that this performance bursts with an extra layer of defiance.
Before violence erupts across the globe following its blu-ray release on November 8, we grabbed our popcorn and cranked the volume on a sneak preview to see what we could find out from the most ferocious metal movie of the year…