Things took a turn for the heavy last night (Thursday) on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon when Grammy Award-winning thrash band Slayer took to the stage. They chose to delve into their classic discography for the relentless performance – picking out the career-defining “Raining Blood” from their classic 1986 LP Reign in Blood.
With the lights turned to red, the no-nonsense metal outfit let the feedback reverberate, before launching into the song with reckless abandon. Guitarists Kerry King and Gary Holt turn the clocks back 30 years, headbanging like their lives depended on it, while frontman Tom Araya gives off a more measured demeanor. By most estimations, it’s only the third late-night appearance made by the thrash titans.
It’s not the first time that host Jimmy Fallon has featured more extreme acts on the iconic chat show. During his tenure, he’s put the spotlight on the likes of Anthrax, Metallica, Mastodon, Judas Priest, among others – refreshingly setting himself apart from his competition.
On top of the scintillating performance, the heavy four-piece also took part in an interview for the show’s ‘Tales from Tours’ online segment. In it, they reveal some of the craziest stories in the history of their time on the road, with each member giving their own personal tales.
Slayer are currently touring North America with genre compatriots Lamb of God and Behemoth for their Repentless World Tour. The tour is scheduled to conclude on August 20 in Phoenix, AZ at the Comerica Theatre, with the next stop on the road penciled in for tonight (July 28) in Baltimore, MD.
The band’s latest album, 2015’s Repentless, marked the group’s first release in six years, as well as the first new material since the death of founding member Jeff Hanneman. It debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200, making it the band’s highest charting record to date.