YMMV: Slayer

  • Award Snub: Not so much award snub as recognition snub; at the 2014 Grammy Awards Jeff Hanneman was not included in the "In Memoriam" montage that pays tribute to musicians who had died in the previous year. What makes it even more frustrating is that Jeff had been the recipient of two Grammy awards in the decade before his death. Naturally, this snub did not sit well with metal fans.
  • Awesome Music: Most of the band's output up to and including Seasons in the Abyss, at the very least. The music after that gets a bit more... controversial, although Divine Intervention and Undisputed Attitude at least are still generally regarded as worthwhile.
    • "Angel of Death" is definitely the icing on the cake. 5 minutes of pure, relentless Thrash Metal.
  • Broken Base: Two kinds:
    • The fast, thrashing riffs of Reign in Blood or the slower, heavier songs of South of Heaven? Reign In Blood is either the band's best album or their Jumping the Shark moment depending on who you ask, with a Vocal Minority of the fans preferring the Epic Rocking style of Hell Awaits.
    • And then, there are those who feel the band jumped the shark when Paul Bostaph was hired as their drummer and, particularly, when 1998's Nu Metal influenced Diabolus In Musica was released. God Hates Us All is similarly polarizing, with many going as far as to say that the album was even worse than Diabolus (although it did give the band their first ever Grammy nomination with "Disciple"). Fortunately, 2006's Christ Illusion and 2009's World Painted Blood mostly rectified this by shedding the Nu Metal influences and returning to the band's thrash metal roots, but songs like "Playing with Dolls" still remain a serious point of contention among the fanbase.
  • Dork Age: The Paul Bostaph period is seen as this by some. Diabolus In Musica, in particular, takes a lot of heat for its obvious nu-metal influence.
  • Epic Riff: "Raining Blood"
    • Tons of them, really. "Raining Blood" is just the most obvious.
  • Even Better Sequel: Hell Awaits and Reign in Blood both got this reaction.
  • Evil Is Cool: Hence why most of their songs are about Satan, Nazis, serial killers, terrorists, etc.
  • Face of the Band: Kerry King, specially for its tattooed and bald looks.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Because of various issues, the release of God Hates Us All was delayed until September 11, 2001.
  • Heartwarming Moments: Slayer and the crew recently rescued a little kitten prior to a show in Indianapolis and helped her find a new home.
  • Magnum Opus: Generally considered to be Reign in Blood, although opinions vary and some consider it their Jumping the Shark moment. Hell Awaits and South of Heaven are also quite well regarded; there is a small but vocal minority that considers Hell Awaits to be the band's finest work and another one that says the same about Show No Mercy.
    • Some fans consider Seasons In The Abyss to be Slayer's best album.
  • Memetic Mutation: HEEEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!(?)
    • VIVA CHILE MIERDA!! (go watch the Big Four DVD/blu-ray if you don't get it. Besides, you probably need to be Chilean in order to really get all Memetic about it)
    • Tom's signature Metal Scream, to the point it has its own website, with a button that plays his opening to "Angel of Death."
  • Most Wonderful Sound: One thing that everyone agrees on is that Tom Araya's epic scream in "Angel of Death" is truly epic.
  • Never Live It Down: The band aren't too fond of being reminded how they used to wear eyeliner when they were starting out. Particularly amusing given some of the infamous homophobic remarks Kerry King has made in interview over the years.
    • On a musical level, the Nu Metal-influenced Diabolus in Musica and God Hates Us All will never be forgiven by some fans. Even King isn't a fan of Diabolus.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Averted with Gary Holt, who is probably one of the only guitarists who had a shot at being welcomed by the fans as a replacement for Hanneman; it probably helps that he manages to capture the essence of Hanneman's playing style while putting his own, equally-distinctive stamp on it. Played straight with Paul Bostaph, who wasn't particularly well-liked the first time around and still isn't held in particularly high regard even in his second time around.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit: This trope was one of the main criticisms people had with God Hates Us All. The album contained quite a few Cluster F Bombs (which were, until then, a rarity in Slayer's music), similarly forced screaming in parts, and the same Nu Metal influence that permeated their prior album. Not to mention a pointless picture in the album booklet of a Bible with nails and the band name burned into it, which was clearly done for no reason other than to prove that they could still be "edgy" in the age of more extreme bands like Mayhem and Nile.