Raining Tie-Dye: Inside the Slayer Mosh Pit at Bonnaroo - Rolling Stone
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Raining Tie-Dye: Inside the Slayer Mosh Pit at Bonnaroo

See photos of thrash titans as they play for possibly their most colorful crowd ever


A Slayer fan crowd surfs as Slayer perform at Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tennesee on June 13th, 2015.


Slayer fans are known for tearing up seats and mercilessly heckling opening acts at their favorite band's prison-riot-like shows; they're certainly not known for wearing tie-dye and straw hats and kissing security staff. Yet, there the thrash-metal OGs were on June 13th, gamely attempting to bring the hate to annual Tennessee love-in Bonnaroo, a fest built on jam bands and folk rock – and mostly succeeding. Tom Araya, Kerry King and cohorts, who are gearing up for the release of their 11th studio album, Repentless, on September 11th, ripped through a 15-song set of misanthropic classics like "War Ensemble," "Dead Skin Mask, "Raining Blood" and "Angel of Death," transporting the frenzied crowd to the dark side, despite the unusual amount of rainbow color. Photographer theonepointeight was in the middle of the mosh pit to catch all the action.


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