Text and photo: Boris Štromar
So finally the day came when Zagreb was the capital of heavy metal! Not one but two big heavy metal bands, Anthrax, and Slayer, played in front of some 5000 fans in a Zagreb Fair Hall. Although the beginning was set for 8:30 pm, fans started gathering at the site early afternoon to warm up with a couple of cold beers. Cars had their windows down, doors open and stereos to their maximum. Both bands were promoting their latest albums but of course, everyone wanted to hear the old favourites.
Slayer opened their gig with “Repentless” the title song from their latest album. That one and “When Stillness Comes” are definite keepers so I hope they will play them more often. The singer Tom Araya was not allowed to jump because of his neck and back problems which resulted in the surgery where he had to replace a disc in his neck. But he gave us something different and maybe ‘spiritual’. He seemed to enjoy the show very much as you can see him smiling a lot on the photos. The last few songs featured a big green banner with Hannemann logo, as a remembrance to their late guitarist, Jeff.