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Slayer, Testament, Carcass

When: Sat., Feb. 27, 8 p.m. 2016



You can't help but wish that the 2016 version of Slayer will unbottle the same lightning that earned the band infamy and icon status when its founding foursome crafted the speed-frenzied riffs and squealing solos of Show No Mercy and Reign in Blood. More than three decades have passed, however. Slayer fired Dave Lombardo in 2013, and Jeff Hanneman died months later. Last year's Repentless suffers those losses, even if its rush of frantic, scathing thrash feels so familiar. Thanks to the band's immortal early work, plenty of acts now play with the same tropes and sometimes outmatch the old masters. Fellow first-wave thrashers Testament split the undercard with Carcass, whose early grindcore innovations have given way to a remarkably fruitful second life as an ambitious melodic death-metal band. Original Slayer or not, this is still a worthwhile night of heavy metal rites. —Bryan C. Reed

THE RITZ, RALEIGH 8 p.m., $49.50,

Price: $49.50

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