Hit this show last night here in St. Louis. Here's a brief lowdown. Opening band was Downthesun - total joke. Band had two singers, not really rap metal but close enough to it. Their sound was muddy and horrible. Two singers, and a "keyboardist" who just kept hitting one key to trigger loops - he sang too. Guitarist hit maybe two chords throughout the set. Bass player might have been ok, couldnt hear him. They said their album comes out in October, skip it In Flames - really tight and great sounding. Bass player played a six string, but wasnt playing six strings, heh. My first time seeing them, and while I was never a huge fan of all their recordings, but seeing them live gave me a new respect. Unfortunately they only played for 1/2 hour. Soulfly - I used to be a big Sepultura fan. I don't like Soulfly too much. Their music was boring and static, it pretty much all sounds the same - and they're tuned down so much, the mix was muddy. Its just mosh riffs with Igor telling the crowd to "jump! jump!", which of course they do. Entertaining but not great. Bass player did have a great distorted sound though. Slayer - Well I've seen Slayer countless times, so I won't go into the set too much - very few new songs and a ton of old stuff! It kicked ass. Tom Araya's bass rig was nowhere to be seen on stage - maybe they hid it under the drum riser. His bass playing has really gone to hell over the years. I have old videos of them from the mid '80's when he finger played, and he'd be riffing right along with the guitars. Now he just roots out most of the riffs, and at times stops playing all together. Not that it matters, as you couldnt hear the bass anyhow. I guess he's a lead singer now Dave Lombardo was on drums which is killer - they have the best stage drum mix ever. Its been cool to see them over the years too - I think my first Slayer concert was in '84. Overall a great evening with my bandmates and all the other local metal bands hanging out. Peace.