Trivia / Slayer

  • Ascended Extra: Gary Holt was a longtime friend of the band and a very skilled musician in his own right who went from a temporary live fill-in to a full-fledged new member after Hanneman's passing. Considering his pedigree in Exodus, fans agree he was one of the few proper replacements.
  • Author Existence Failure: Jeff Hanneman's death has forced Kerry King to do all the guitar work for the band's upcoming album aside from some leads from Holt. It's expected that the album, if and when it's released, will be dedicated to Hanneman.
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: When Jeff Hanneman passed away, several newspapers wrote an obituary that featured the image of Gary Holt, the band's backup guitarist during Hanneman's recovery.
  • Fan Community Nickname: The Slaytanic Wehrmacht.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Despite his scary stage persona, Tom Araya is, by all accounts, a very friendly guy.
  • No Hit Wonder: They've sold millions of albums worldwide, but have never even bubbled under or had a Top 40 hit on rock radio.
  • Old Shame: Diabolus in Musica, especially, is this to Kerry King.
  • Reclusive Artist: Jeff Hanneman, to some degree. The other members were quite happy to hang out with fans after shows and regularly gave interviews, while Jeff would almost always retire to the bus to read and seldom gave interviews. Outside of touring and recording, his bandmates seldom heard from him; most of his free time was spent with his wife. While people criticized King for calling him a dear friend despite having not seen him for several months prior to his death, the truth was that even if you were one of Jeff's buddies, seeing him on a very infrequent basis was perfectly normal and expected.
  • What Could Have Been: In 1984, Jeff Hanneman and Dave Lombardo started a Hardcore Punk side project called Pap Smear, joined by Suicidal Tendencies guitarist Rocky George. They had written many songs together and were planning on recording an album, but Rick Rubin advised against it, thinking it would lead to Slayer breaking up. Two of Hanneman's Pap Smear songs, "DDAMM" and "Can't Stand You", were re-recorded by Slayer on Undisputed Attitude, since he considered those the two best songs the side project produced and thought they'd fit in with all the Hardcore Punk and Punk Rock Cover Versions on the album. Hanneman has also said that from time to time he would reuse riffs that originated with Pap Smear for Slayer songs.
    • According to Tom Araya, Undisputed Attitude itself could have turned out very differently: It was always meant to be a Cover Album, but originally they set out to cover Hard Rock and early Heavy Metal artists such as Judas Priest, Deep Purple, and UFO, as well as The Doors. The songs they were working on "didn't sound right", so they shifted direction towards punk and hardcore instead.

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