History Music / Slayer

3rd Dec '17 3:56:59 AM Nanogon
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** Slayer famously played in E-flat tuning for most of their career, but their first two albums (and an EP between both albums) are actually played in E-standard; they wouldn't down-tune their guitars until their breakthrough ''Reign''.

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** Slayer famously played in E-flat tuning for most of their career, but their first two albums (and an EP between both albums) are album is actually played in E-standard; they wouldn't down-tune their guitars until their breakthrough ''Reign''.E-standard.
22nd Sep '17 10:34:56 PM unwell619
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* NotChristianRock: Yes, '''''Slayer''''' of all bands has an example here: "Silent Scream" on ''South of Heaven'' is not only an anti-abortion song but is explicitly based on a rather obscure anti-abortion video entitled "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Silent_Scream The Silent Scream]]". [[spoiler: The movie -- most well known in evangelical Christian and Catholic anti-abortion circles where it is still used as a "scared straight" film -- purports to depict a first-trimester D&X (dilation and extraction) abortion via ultrasound, and includes rather graphic descriptions of the dismemberment of the fetus and the "terror" of it trying to get away from the instruments of abortion including "screaming" (lending the film its name).]]

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* NotChristianRock: Yes, '''''Slayer''''' of all bands has an example here: "Silent Scream" on ''South of Heaven'' is not only an anti-abortion song but is explicitly based on a rather obscure anti-abortion video entitled "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Silent_Scream The Silent Scream]]". [[spoiler: The movie -- most well known in evangelical Christian and Catholic anti-abortion circles where it is still used as a "scared straight" film -- purports to depict a first-trimester D&X (dilation and extraction) abortion via ultrasound, and includes rather graphic descriptions of the dismemberment of the fetus and the "terror" of it trying to get away from the instruments of abortion including "screaming" (lending the film its name).]]name)]]. Not that surprising since songwriter Tom Araya is Catholic.
20th Sep '17 2:08:21 PM themisterfree
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Many critics have called Slayer the world's first death metal band. While they did inspire many of the death metal bands of nowadays, they are strictly thrash metal. Slayer has even said that they do not support death metal and call it "cookie monster music". (Slayer's occult and satanic themes also mean that they are sometimes lumped in with the first wave of BlackMetal, although as with death metal, they have little in common stylistically with the genre; however, many other first-wave BlackMetal bands, such as [[Music/KingDiamond Mercyful Fate]], also have little to do with modern black metal beyond the lyrics and image, so this categorisation is a bit more justifiable than calling them a death metal band).

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Many critics have called Slayer the world's first death metal band.band (indeed, [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark Eric Cartman]] used their music to drive a giant hippie music festival out of South Park, as "hippies can't stand death metal"). While they did inspire many of the death metal bands of nowadays, they are strictly thrash metal. Slayer has even said that they do not support death metal and call it "cookie monster music". (Slayer's occult and satanic themes also mean that they are sometimes lumped in with the first wave of BlackMetal, although as with death metal, they have little in common stylistically with the genre; however, many other first-wave BlackMetal bands, such as [[Music/KingDiamond Mercyful Fate]], also have little to do with modern black metal beyond the lyrics and image, so this categorisation is a bit more justifiable than calling them a death metal band).
18th Aug '17 11:48:18 PM Edgecrusher666
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* Kerry King: guitar (1981-present)
* Tom Araya: lead vocals, bass (1982-present)
* Paul Bostaph: drums (1992-1996, 1997-2001, 2013-present)
* [[Music/ExodusBand Gary Holt]]: guitar (2011-present)

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* Kerry King: guitar King - guitars (1981-present)
* Tom Araya: lead Araya - vocals, bass (1982-present)
* [[Music/ExodusBand Gary Holt]]: guitars (2011-present)
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Paul Bostaph: Bostaph - drums (1992-1996, 1997-2001, 2013-present)
* [[Music/ExodusBand Gary Holt]]: guitar (2011-present)



* Jeff Hanneman: guitar (1981-2013, died in 2013 of liver failure)

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* Jeff Hanneman: guitar (1981-2013, guitars (1981-2013; died in 2013 of liver failure)



* Pat O'Brien: guitar (2011)

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* Pat O'Brien: guitar guitars (2011)



* TheAlcoholic: Jeff Hanneman. Sadly, it's what ended up killing him; but for the spider bite and subsequent necrotizing fasciitis, however, it may not have gotten that out of hand. It is known that he was a heavy drinker well before that ever occurred, but from what his widow has said, it was the post-illness recovery process and sharp decline in his playing ability (a good deal of the muscle tissue on the affected arm had been essentially flayed off to stem the spread of the infection) and subsequent inability to play his own parts that drove him into a deep depression that subsequently led to his drinking substantially more.

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* TheAlcoholic: Jeff Hanneman. Sadly, it's it is what ended up killing him; but for the spider bite and subsequent necrotizing fasciitis, however, it may not have gotten that out of hand. It is known that he was a heavy drinker well before that ever occurred, but from what his widow has said, it was the post-illness recovery process and sharp decline in his playing ability (a good deal of the muscle tissue on the affected arm had been essentially flayed off to stem the spread of the infection) and subsequent inability to play his own parts that drove him into a deep depression that subsequently led to his drinking substantially more.



** Kerry King ''really'' doesn't like organized religion... Which is ironic as Tom Araya is a devout Christian but is willing to sing anything that King comes up with (and in fact is pretty enthusiastic about [[{{Troll}} singing stuff that he thinks is likely to piss people off]]; it helps that a lot, if not all, of what the band members write is about stuff that pisses ''them'' off).

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** Kerry King ''really'' doesn't does not like organized religion... religion. Which is ironic ironic, as Tom Araya is a devout Christian Christian, but is willing to sing anything that King Kerry comes up with (and in fact is pretty enthusiastic about [[{{Troll}} singing stuff that he thinks is likely to piss people off]]; it helps that a lot, if not all, of what the band members write is about stuff that pisses ''them'' off).



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: ''Show No Mercy'' takes so much NewWaveOfBritishHeavyMetal influence it could almost qualify as NWOBHM if it wasn't American (in King's words, it sounds like "Music/IronMaiden here and there"). In their second album, ''Hell Awaits'', the band had been listening a lot to [[Music/KingDiamond Mercyful Fate]]'s ''Don't Break the Oath'', and it shows, with multiple songs being influenced by ProgressiveMetal and [[EpicRocking approaching seven minutes in length]], as well as featuring [[UncommonTime odd time signatures]]. This, again, was not generally repeated in the band's later material.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: ''Show No Mercy'' takes so much NewWaveOfBritishHeavyMetal influence it could almost qualify as NWOBHM if it wasn't was not American (in King's Kerry's words, it sounds like "Music/IronMaiden here and there"). In their second album, ''Hell Awaits'', the band had been listening a lot to [[Music/KingDiamond Mercyful Fate]]'s ''Don't Break the Oath'', and it shows, with multiple songs being influenced by ProgressiveMetal and [[EpicRocking approaching seven minutes in length]], as well as featuring [[UncommonTime odd time signatures]]. This, again, was not generally repeated in the band's later material.



** Gary: Sanguine.



** Gary: Sanguine.



* LeadBassist: Tom Araya. It helps that he's also a vocalist.

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* LeadBassist: Tom Araya. It helps that he's he us also a the vocalist.



** In 1992 Araya guest starred on Music/AliceInChains' second album and did exactly this.

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** In 1992 Araya guest starred 1992, Tom guest-starred on Music/AliceInChains' second album and did exactly this.
7th Jul '17 8:03:55 PM CassandraLeo
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* FadingIntoTheNextSong: On ''Music/ReignInBlood'', "Altar of Sacrifice" fades into "Jesus Saves" and, more famously, "Postmortem" fades into "Raining Blood". On at least ''South of Heaven'' and ''Seasons and the Abyss'', almost all their song transitions were continuous, with the only significant gap being between LP sides; some of the song transitions (e.g., "South of Heaven" into "Silent Scream") almost approach SiameseTwinSongs levels.

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* FadingIntoTheNextSong: On ''Music/ReignInBlood'', "Altar of Sacrifice" fades into "Jesus Saves" and, more famously, "Postmortem" fades into "Raining Blood". On at least ''South of Heaven'' and ''Seasons and the Abyss'', almost all their song transitions were continuous, with the only significant gap being between LP sides; some of the song transitions (e.g., "South of Heaven" into "Silent Scream") almost approach SiameseTwinSongs levels. (While most songs on these albums have clear endings, they rarely go completely silent before the next one begins.)
7th Jul '17 8:02:17 PM CassandraLeo
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* FadingIntoTheNextSong: On ''Music/ReignInBlood'', "Altar of Sacrifice" fades into "Jesus Saves" and, more famously, "Postmortem" fades into "Raining Blood". On at least ''South of Heaven'' and ''Seasons and the Abyss'', almost all their song transitions were continuous, with the only significant gap being between LP sides; some of the song transitions (e.g., "South of Heaven" into "Silent Scream") almost approach SiameseTwinSongs levels.
19th Dec '16 6:38:27 PM Exxolon
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->''"Raining blood,\\
From a lacerated sky,\\
Bleeding its horror,\\
Creating my structure,\\
Now I shall reign in blood!"''
-->"Raining Blood"
12th Dec '16 12:13:48 AM Xtifr
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[[Music/{{Metallica}} One]] [[Music/{{Megadeth}} of]] [[Music/{{Anthrax}} the]] "Big Four" ThrashMetal bands, '''Slayer''' was formed in 1981 by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King, later joined by vocalist/bassist Tom Araya and drummer Dave Lombardo. Deriving much of their sound from UK speed metal band Music/{{Venom}} and focusing on dark, Satanic themes, they released their first album ''Show No Mercy'' in 1983. Due to its success, they were quickly pressed to make another album, which resulted in the EpicRocking ''Hell Awaits''.

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[[Music/{{Metallica}} One]] [[Music/{{Megadeth}} of]] [[Music/{{Anthrax}} the]] "Big Four" ThrashMetal bands, '''Slayer''' Slayer was formed in 1981 by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King, later joined by vocalist/bassist Tom Araya and drummer Dave Lombardo. Deriving much of their sound from UK speed metal band Music/{{Venom}} and focusing on dark, Satanic themes, they released their first album ''Show No Mercy'' in 1983. Due to its success, they were quickly pressed to make another album, which resulted in the EpicRocking ''Hell Awaits''.
22nd Aug '16 4:31:28 PM Exxolon
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Not to be confused with the {{Anime}} ''Anime/{{Slayers}}'' or the [[VideoGame/{{Guilty Gear}} Vampire]] or [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer blonde girl]].

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Not to be confused with the {{Anime}} ''Anime/{{Slayers}}'' or the [[VideoGame/{{Guilty Gear}} Vampire]] or the [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer blonde girl]].
22nd Aug '16 4:31:10 PM Exxolon
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Not to be confused with the {{Anime}} ''Anime/{{Slayers}}'' or the [[VideoGame/{{Guilty Gear}} Vampire]].

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Not to be confused with the {{Anime}} ''Anime/{{Slayers}}'' or the [[VideoGame/{{Guilty Gear}} Vampire]].Vampire]] or [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer blonde girl]].
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