Live Intrusion

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Live Intrusion
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ReleasedOctober 31, 1995 (VHS) August 17, 2010 (DVD)
RecordedMarch 12, 1995
Genre Thrash metal
Label American
Producer Phil Tuckett
Slayer chronology
Live Intrusion
War at the Warfield

Live Intrusion is a home video by Slayer which was released in 1995 through American Recordings and filmed at the Mesa Amphitheater in Mesa, Arizona on March 12, 1995. [1] The video features a cover of the Venom song "Witching Hour" performed by Slayer with assistance from Chris Kontos and Robb Flynn of Machine Head. [2] [3] [4] It was reissued on DVD on August 17, 2010. [5] Live Intrusion received positive reception from the few critics that reviewed the video.

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Slayer American thrash metal band

Slayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California. The band was formed in 1981 by vocalist and bassist Tom Araya and guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman. Slayer's fast and aggressive musical style made them one of the founding "big four" bands of thrash metal, alongside Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax. Slayer's current lineup comprises King, Araya, drummer Paul Bostaph and guitarist Gary Holt. Hanneman and drummers Dave Lombardo and Jon Dette are former members of the band.

Mesa, Arizona City in Arizona, United States

Mesa is a city in Maricopa County, in the U.S. state of Arizona. It is a suburb located about 20 miles (32 km) east of Phoenix in the East Valley section of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. It is bordered by Tempe on the west, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community on the north, Chandler and Gilbert on the south along with Queen Creek, and Apache Junction on the east.



Live Intrusion was filmed at the Mesa Amphitheatre in Mesa, Arizona, on March 12, 1995 while promoting Divine Intervention on tour. The Machine Head members Chris Kontos and Robb Flynn gave assistance to the band while performing "Witching Hour", originally recorded by Venom in 1981. [6] [7] The video was released as a VHS (Video High Standard) through American Recordings on October 31, 1995. The video features live footage of Slayer and exclusive unseen footage of Slayer on and off the road. [8] The beginning of the video features a portrait of some of Slayer fans, including a picture from the mid-1990s, about a fan, who had "Slayer" carved onto their forearm. [9] It was directed and produced by Phil Tuckett, with the audio recorded by Sylvia Massy. [8] On August 17, 2010, Live Intrusion was remastered and released as a DVD (Digital Video Disc). It was created using the original VHS master and edited the footage with newer technology. [9] [10] The DVD was sold at retail and online for (USD) $13.98. The DVD was also released in the Slayer Live DVD 3-Pak, also released on August 17, 2010. It was sold for (USD) $29.98. [10]

Mesa Amphitheatre is an outdoor concert venue with lawn seating located in Mesa, Arizona. It opened in 1979 and has a maximum capacity of 4,950 people.

<i>Divine Intervention</i> (album) 1994 studio album by Slayer

Divine Intervention is the sixth studio album by American thrash metal band Slayer. Released on September 27, 1994, through American Recordings, it was their first album to feature Paul Bostaph, replacing the band's original drummer Dave Lombardo. The production posed a challenge to the record company, as its marketing situation drew arguments over the album's explicitness. The band used the Decade of Aggression live album to give them time to decide the album's style. Since it was released nearly four years after Seasons in the Abyss, vocalist Tom Araya said that there was more time spent on production compared to the band's previous albums. The cover was painted and designed by Wes Benscoter as a re-imaging of the group's early "Slayergram" graphic.

Machine Head (band) American metal band

Machine Head is an American heavy metal band from Oakland, California. The band was formed in 1991 by vocalist/guitarist Robb Flynn and bassist Adam Duce. The band's aggressive musicianship made them one of the pioneering bands in the new wave of American heavy metal. Machine Head's current lineup comprises Flynn and bassist Jared MacEachern. Duce, guitarists Logan Mader, Ahrue Luster and Phil Demmel and drummers Tony Costanza, Chris Kontos and Dave McClain are former members of the band; Mader and Kontos are currently touring with the band as part of the 25th anniversary tour for its first album.

Critical reception

Chris Beaumont of Blogcritics recommended the DVD to consumers, giving it three and a half out of five stars. He noted that the audio quality was "pretty strong," and allows listeners to clearly hear every chord, note, and word that the band outputs, while the crowd noise proves that it is a live video, but is not so loud that it distracts viewers. [11] Beamount also said that the video's quality "lacks a lot of the polish that more recent recordings have," but he later said that he would rather see it in low quality rather than high quality. [11] Chad Bowar of also gave the DVD three and a half out of five stars. He noted that the video is in decent quality, but, due to poor lighting and shaky camera work, he considered the DVD to be "marginal." [12]

Blogcritics is a blog network and online magazine of news and opinion. The site was founded in 2002 by Eric Olsen and Phillip Winn. Blogcritics features more than 100 original articles every week, and maintains an archive of all its published content.

Track listing

  1. "Raining Blood" (Hanneman, King) — 4:23
  2. "Killing Fields" (Araya, King) — 3:56
  3. "War Ensemble" (Araya, Hanneman) — 4:51
  4. "At Dawn They Sleep" (Araya, Hanneman, King) — 5:03
  5. "Divine Intervention" (Araya, Bostaph, Hanneman, King) — 5:33
  6. "Dittohead" (King) — 2:50
  7. "Captor of Sin" (Hanneman, King) — 3:21
  8. "213" (Araya, Hanneman) — 4:51
  9. "South of Heaven" (Araya, Hanneman) — 4:58
  10. "Sex. Murder. Art." (Araya, King) — 1:50
  11. "Mandatory Suicide" (Araya, Hanneman, King) — 4:03
  12. "Angel of Death" (Hanneman) — 4:50
  13. "Hell Awaits" (Hanneman, King) — 4:53
  14. "Witching Hour" (Venom cover) — 2:54
  15. "Chemical Warfare" (Hanneman, King) — 5:17


Source: both Allmusic and the video's notes. [14] [15] [16]

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