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The path I chose has led me to my grave…

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When I first heard Slayer I hated it. It was probably Show No Mercy and I think we were all over at Shelton’s house. He was all about some Slayer which was probably the main reason i didn’t like them. Any time you saw Shelton you heard, “Slayuh rules.” You never really wanted to disagree with him because he was an ox and would wrestle you into submission or body slam you or something. He was a bit of a nutcase and I always felt sorry for his mom. She was so nice.

Metal Blade Records put out 3 compilations called The Best of Metal Blade (vols 1, 2 and 3…duh). Each of them had Slayer and I liked the songs that were compiled…Chemical Warfare, Evil has No Boundaries, Black Magic and Die By the Sword. But I still didn’t consider myself a fan. Then one day in 1986 I was at either at Kelz’ or Danile’s house (sure, his name is Daniel but spelling it Danile is much more fun) and someone had Reign In Blood (on cassette of course!). I was so not into listening to it when they were talking about it. I’m stubborn. Some things never change as I am still stubborn, but I digress. I sat defiantly and quietly in my listening as Angel of Death started.

Then the drums kicked in. WTH? Are those his feet doing that? Really? Someone says dude, check this part out. Yes, you know which part. Right at the end of the solo when everything stops and it’s nothing but Lombardo’s feet pounding the shit out of the kick drums. “Play that again.” “OK, one more time.” “Can we check that part out again?”

On that day I became a Slayer fan. Soon after I went back to the older stuff and really gave it a chance. Raw. Vicious. Vile. Crude. Badass. The whole album plays like a concept album even though it’s not. The cool thing was that the whole album fit on one side of the tape so you never had to turn the tape over when it was in your car stereo. It’s the best and fastest 29:03 of your life.

I went to a Catholic high school and got kicked out of religion class every few weeks for arguing theology or from some other class for just for being a pain in the ass. Instead of going to the office I’d usually just go to the library and listen to Reign In Blood. It was more productive. When classmates would hear it they’d just shake their heads.

I liked South of heaven when it first came out but it was no Reign In Blood. I was pretty much done with Slayer after Seasons In the Abyss. They got a little too…polished.

Written by The Metal Files

September 2, 2008 at 1:24 pm

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  1. I hate Slayer, I love Jesus. Sean is ok too.


    September 2, 2008 at 2:56 pm

  2. I think you should write about how awesome Stained is! Slayer can’t hold a stick to them! “Look at this photograph…”


    September 2, 2008 at 4:43 pm

  3. I think “Show no mercy” was the first Slayer album I heard around 1985 and I liked it. Next was Reign in blood shortly after it came out and it blew me away, still does. Best thrash album of all time for sure.

    Metal Mark

    September 2, 2008 at 5:27 pm

  4. Slayer was a good technical band, I just never got into them too much. They had impressive wristbands/wrist armor though!

    Rob Saunders

    September 2, 2008 at 6:06 pm

  5. Dude, what a great read! I remember the first time I heard Slayer (Hell Awaits). HATED it!! WAY too abrasive compared to my beloved Maiden, Priest and even Metallica. I later learned to appreciate everything up to and including Abyss. Kinda lost them after that. Love your description of “that part” (Lombardo’s feet). A true moment in metal lore. And deservedly so. Thanks for sharing


    October 11, 2013 at 2:09 pm

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