History Music / Slayer

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]].
15th Aug '16 9:59:01 PM gewunomox
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However, Slayer hit gold in 1986 with the release of ''Reign in Blood'' (their first album produced by longtime collaborator Music/RickRubin), which demonstrated the signature sound for which they have become known and featured their best-known songs, "Angel of Death" and "Raining Blood". The album has been recognized as one of the greatest heavy metal albums of all time. A couple years later, they released ''South of Heaven''. This was met with mixed reviews. While some enjoyed the slower, sludgier style, others decried them for being Music/BlackSabbath wannabes. However, they combined the best of both worlds with the 1990 release ''Seasons in the Abyss''. Most fans tend to look down on the eleven year period when ''Divine Intervention'' and ''Diabolus in Musica'' were released. However, they gained mass controversy with the release of ''God Hates us All'' (coincidentally released on Sept. 11th, 2001). With their 2006 release, ''Christ Illusion'', more fans seem to be warming up with them since they are returning to their thrash metal roots, a trend that continued with ''World Painted Blood'' three years later.

As Music/{{Metallica}} is with its fans, Slayer is with the general public. Much of the content of Slayer songs is quite dark, sometimes focusing on Satanic and anti-Christian themes, and sometimes focusing on the major problems with the world (war, terrorism, religion, serial killers, etc.). Also, every single album cover can be described either as disgusting, unsettling, or horrifying. This has generated album bans and has led many MoralGuardians to decry the members of Slayer as Satanists. However, they fail to realize that vocalist/bassist Tom Araya is a Catholic and Kerry King (who writes virtually all the most stridently "Satanic" lyrics) is actually an Atheist. Despite writing these songs, King has constantly stated that he does not condone what the songs are about, instead likening them to horror movie-equivalent entertainment.

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However, Slayer hit gold in 1986 with the release of ''Reign in Blood'' (their first album produced by longtime collaborator Music/RickRubin), which demonstrated the signature sound for which they have become known and featured their best-known songs, "Angel of Death" and "Raining Blood". The album has been recognized as one of the greatest heavy metal albums of all time. A couple years later, they released ''South of Heaven''. This was met with mixed reviews. While some enjoyed the slower, sludgier style, others decried them for being Music/BlackSabbath wannabes. However, they combined the best of both worlds with the 1990 release ''Seasons in the Abyss''. Most fans tend to look down on the eleven year period when ''Divine Intervention'' and ''Diabolus in Musica'' were released. However, they gained mass controversy with the release of ''God Hates us Us All'' (coincidentally released on Sept. 11th, 2001). With their 2006 release, ''Christ Illusion'', more fans seem to be warming up with them since they are returning to their thrash metal roots, a trend that continued with ''World Painted Blood'' three years later.

As Music/{{Metallica}} is with its fans, Slayer is with the general public. Much of the content of Slayer songs is quite dark, sometimes focusing on Satanic and anti-Christian themes, and sometimes focusing on the major problems with the world (war, terrorism, religion, serial killers, etc.). Also, every single album cover can be described either as disgusting, unsettling, or horrifying. This has generated album bans and has led many MoralGuardians to decry the members of Slayer as Satanists. However, they fail to realize that vocalist/bassist vocalist / bassist Tom Araya is a Catholic and Kerry King (who writes virtually all the most stridently "Satanic" lyrics) is actually an Atheist. Despite writing these songs, King has constantly stated that he does not condone what the songs are about, instead likening them to horror movie-equivalent movie equivalent entertainment.



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]].
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* ''God Hates us All'' - 2001

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* ''God Hates us Us All'' - 2001






!!Slayer shows these tropes:

* AlbumTitleDrop:

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!!Slayer
!! Slayer
shows these tropes:

* AlbumTitleDrop: AlbumTitleDrop:



** ''God Hates Us All'' as the last line of the intro "Darkness Of Christ" and part of the chorus in "Disciple".
** ''Christ Illusion'' in second-to-last song "Cult."

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** ''God Hates Us All'' as the last line of the intro "Darkness Of of Christ" and part of the chorus in "Disciple".
** ''Christ Illusion'' in second-to-last song "Cult." "



** Also this fan-made music video for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqr4QrwSEj4 Criminally Insane]]
* AuthorAppeal:
** Tom Araya has an interest in serial killers, as noted in the songs "213" (Jeffrey Dahmer) and "Dead Skin Mask" (Ed Gein).
** Jeff Hanneman was interested in World War II, since his relatives served in the military, and of Nazi history, despite the fact that in various interviews, he neither supported nor condoned Nazism itself.

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** Also this fan-made music video for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqr4QrwSEj4 Criminally Insane]]
Insane]].
* AuthorAppeal:
AuthorAppeal:
** Tom Araya has an interest in serial killers, as noted in the songs "213" (Jeffrey Dahmer) and "Dead Skin Mask" (Ed Gein).
Gein).
** Jeff Hanneman was interested in World War II, since his relatives served in the military, and of Nazi history, despite the fact that in various interviews, he neither supported nor condoned Nazism itself.



--> And if Iím proven wrong

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--> And if Iím I'm proven wrong



--> Iím pretty sure that God still hates us all

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--> Iím I'm pretty sure that God still hates us all



** Kerry: Choleric
** Tom: Melancholic
** Paul: Phlegmatic
** Gary: Sanguine

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** Kerry: Choleric
Choleric.
** Tom: Melancholic
Melancholic.
** Paul: Phlegmatic
Phlegmatic.
** Gary: SanguineSanguine.



* HatesEveryoneEqually: "Disciple" is the TropeNamer.

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* HatesEveryoneEqually: "Disciple" is the TropeNamer.{{Trope Namer|s}}.



* HorribleHistoryMetal: "Angel Of Death" (about horrible medical "experiments" conducted by [[ThoseWackyNazis the titular Josef]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josef_Mengele "Angel of Death"]] [[KarmaHoudini Mengele]] during WorldWarTwo) and "Unit 731" (about horrible medical "experiments" conducted by the Japanese during the UsefulNotes/SecondSinoJapaneseWar).

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* HorribleHistoryMetal: "Angel Of of Death" (about horrible medical "experiments" conducted by [[ThoseWackyNazis the titular Josef]] [[http://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josef_Mengele "Angel of Death"]] [[KarmaHoudini Mengele]] during WorldWarTwo) UsefulNotes/WorldWarII) and "Unit 731" (about horrible medical "experiments" conducted by the Japanese during the UsefulNotes/SecondSinoJapaneseWar).



** The way some fans like to refer to the band: they don't simply say the name, they [[NoIndoorVoice just belt out]] '''[[NoIndoorVoice SSSSSSSSSSSSLAAAAAAAAAYEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!]]'''

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** The way some fans like to refer to the band: they They don't simply say the name, they [[NoIndoorVoice just belt out]] '''[[NoIndoorVoice SSSSSSSSSSSSLAAAAAAAAAYEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!]]'''



* MinisculeRocking: ''Reign In Blood'' only has three songs that are longer than three minutes - the whole album, which has ten songs on it, comes in at just under half an hour.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness : Unlike [[Music/{{Metallica}} some]] [[Music/{{Megadeth}} other]] very popular thrash metal acts, they usually settle on Level 9, with ''South Of Heaven'' and ''Show No Mercy'' typically staying in the 7-8 range. Back in their day, however, ''Haunting the Chapel'', ''Hell Awaits'' and ''Reign in Blood'' would be considered solid 10s, with some songs from each of the three (e.g. "Angel of Death", nowadays a very hard 9) reaching 11.
** ''Diabolus In Musica'' and ''God Hates Us All'' are mostly a solid 8, while ''Christ Illusion'' is basically half 8 songs and half 9 songs. ''World Painted Blood'', however, generally stays in 9 territory.

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* MinisculeRocking: ''Reign In in Blood'' only has three songs that are longer than three minutes - -- the whole album, which has ten songs on it, comes in at just under half an hour.
hour.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness : MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Unlike [[Music/{{Metallica}} some]] [[Music/{{Megadeth}} other]] very popular thrash metal acts, they usually settle on Level 9, with ''South Of of Heaven'' and ''Show No Mercy'' typically staying in the 7-8 range. Back in their day, however, ''Haunting the Chapel'', ''Hell Awaits'' and ''Reign in Blood'' would be considered solid 10s, 10's, with some songs from each of the three (e.g. "Angel of Death", nowadays a very hard 9) reaching 11.
** ''Diabolus In in Musica'' and ''God Hates Us All'' are mostly a solid 8, while ''Christ Illusion'' is basically half 8 songs and half 9 songs. ''World Painted Blood'', however, generally stays in 9 territory.



* 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 "[[http://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).]]
* PrecisionFStrike:
** "Fight 'Till Death" ''Show No Mercy''
---> There is no future, no fucking world to be saved
** "Chemical Warfare" from ''Haunting the Chapel'',

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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 "[[http://en."[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Silent_Scream The Silent Scream]]". [[spoiler:The movie--most [[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 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).]]
* PrecisionFStrike:
PrecisionFStrike:
** "Fight 'Till Death" from ''Show No Mercy''
Mercy'':
---> There is no future, no fucking world to be saved
saved.
** "Chemical Warfare" from ''Haunting the Chapel'',Chapel'':



** "Criminally Insane" from ''Reign in Blood''

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** "Criminally Insane" from ''Reign in Blood''Blood'':



** "Expendable Youth" from ''Seasons in the Abyss''

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** "Expendable Youth" from ''Seasons in the Abyss''Abyss'':



* TheQuietOne: Jeff Hanneman was the most reserved of the band members, prefering to stay in the tour bus and read after shows rather than stuff like green room after-parties. Even between recording sessions and touring, it was common for his bandmates not to see him much, as he liked to stay at home when he could.
* "[[RainOfBlood Raining Blood]]"

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* TheQuietOne: Jeff Hanneman was the most reserved of the band members, prefering preferring to stay in the tour bus and read after shows rather than stuff like green room after-parties. Even between recording sessions and touring, it was common for his bandmates not to see him much, as he liked to stay at home when he could.
* "[[RainOfBlood Raining Blood]]"Blood]]".



* ReflectiveEyes: The entire video for "Eyes Of The Insane" is shot from this kind of perspective.

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* ReflectiveEyes: The entire video for "Eyes Of The of the Insane" is shot from this kind of perspective.



* RockMeAsmodeus: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9R3_cS6jsk They really like Satanic themes]].

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* RockMeAsmodeus: [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9R3_cS6jsk They really like Satanic themes]].



* SarcasticTitle: "Jesus Saves"

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* SarcasticTitle: "Jesus Saves"Saves".



* ThoseWackyNazis: "Angel of Death", "Behind the Crooked Cross", "SS-3"
* UncommonTime: "Metal Storm/Face the Slayer" starts in 4/4, transitions to 9/8, and then goes back to 4/4. "At Dawn They Sleep" starts in 5/4, then transitions to 4/4. Their usage of this trope has dropped off over time, however.
* UpToEleven: {{Inverted|Trope}} with their fourth album, ''South Of Heaven.'' The band knew that they couldn't possibly top ''Reign In Blood'', so they consciously decided to slow down, stripping away lightning-fast riffs in favor of a more melodic sound.
** However, their next album, ''Seasons In The Abyss,'' combined the best of both worlds.

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* ThoseWackyNazis: "Angel of Death", "Behind the Crooked Cross", "SS-3"
"SS-3".
* UncommonTime: "Metal Storm/Face Storm / Face the Slayer" starts in 4/4, transitions to 9/8, and then goes back to 4/4. "At Dawn They Sleep" starts in 5/4, then transitions to 4/4. Their usage of this trope has dropped off over time, however.
* UpToEleven: {{Inverted|Trope}} with their fourth album, ''South Of of Heaven.'' The band knew that they couldn't possibly top ''Reign In Blood'', so they consciously decided to slow down, stripping away lightning-fast riffs in favor of a more melodic sound.
** However, their next album, ''Seasons In The in the Abyss,'' combined the best of both worlds.
14th Aug '16 1:19:46 AM gewunomox
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** Also this fan-made music video for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqr4QrwSEj4 Criminally Insane]]

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** Also this fan-made music video for [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqr4QrwSEj4 Criminally Insane]]



* BodyHorror: Everything about Jeff's illness, from the illness itself (which caused the tissue on the affected arm to necrotize extremely rapidly, as in over a matter of hours rapidly), to the treatment (the debridement involved flaying off most of the muscle tissue because of how extensive the damage was), and all the way to the recovery, which left him with what looked like the aftermath of a full thickness burn. While few images of him from that time that clearly show the wound exist, this [[http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c277/dendog/slayer/zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.jpg picture of him with Gary Holt]] from 2011 shows just how bad it was.

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* BodyHorror: Everything about Jeff's illness, from the illness itself (which caused the tissue on the affected arm to necrotize extremely rapidly, as in over a matter of hours rapidly), to the treatment (the debridement involved flaying off most of the muscle tissue because of how extensive the damage was), and all the way to the recovery, which left him with what looked like the aftermath of a full thickness burn. While few images of him from that time that clearly show the wound exist, this [[http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c277/dendog/slayer/zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.[[http://i.imgur.com/0v7via4.jpg picture of him with Gary Holt]] from 2011 shows just how bad it was.
29th Apr '16 8:28:49 PM Edgecrusher666
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** Tom: Sanguine

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** Tom: SanguineMelancholic



** Gary: Melancholic

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** Gary: MelancholicSanguine
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