#1
Seriously, i'm not bashing on the band or anything, I respect the name and all but... How did this band stood out?

I've always seen some kind of hype around them and I tried to like them but I don't know... To me it sounds like an unorganized mashup of blast beats and shredding. I mostly listen to prog but I do like a few trash bands like Kreator or Exodus. But Slayer? I think I might be missing the point, because a lot of people say they're the best thrash band out there and what not.

What makes you guys like them? Any "must know" songs you would recommend giving another try?

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#2
Im kinda with ya on this thread. Grew up in the 80's 90's and when Metallica really came into the picture. I had a friend who thought Slayer was the cats ass, but the hardest I could ever go was Metallica. I guess it's a "feeling" you have to have for it. It all sounds the same to me. There are one or two songs that I listen to, but I have to be in the mood for it. To be honest, I'd rather listen to Testament or Pantera before I listen to Slayer.
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#3
you like it or you dont.. .no explanation, awesome riffs and good thrash.'

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#5
It's become more of a joke as to how "extreme" Slayer fans are. I still hold the unpopular opinion that the big 4 is
Megadeth > Metallica > Anthrax > Slayer
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#6
because they are to extreme metal what Sabbath was to traditional metal.
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because they are to extreme metal what Sabbath was to traditional metal.


no, that would be Hellhammer/Celtic Frost and Venom
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Stairway is required on any list of anything involving the words guitar or song, I believe Congress amended the constitution in order to put it into federal law.
#8
Reign in Blood was and still is the bench mark that all thrash metal is measured against.

I think the most important thing here, is the Marmite effect!! Some of the most influential bands of all time are a love/hate thing!! I personally don't like Zepplin or the Doors!! But I sure as hell understand that they contributed a massive amount to Rock!

Slayer are a car crash assault on the senses!! you either like or loathe!
#9
Another person who says "trash" instead of 'thrash'.
What the **** is wrong with people?
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#10
I like some of the stuff off Reign in Blood, favorite song by them is Season's in the Abyss, check that out you might like it. Other than that I pretty much agree with you. The solo's are MOSTLY mediocre whammy bar wanking, a lot of it does sound like a random mashup of blast beats and shredding.

I always liked Metallica and Megadeth more. But now I have to be in the mood to listen to either of them.
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no, that would be Hellhammer/Celtic Frost and Venom


Hell Awaits represents the marriage of speed metal technique (Mercyful Fate/Judas Priest) and chromatic scale-based melodic development (taken from Hellhammer/Black Sabbath etc) that actualized death metal. The influence of UK band Discharge is also crucial, as it contributed a rhythmic backbone to the winding riffs.

Venom were a musically inept shock band that had some flukes but produced nothing noteworthy and thus, they should be excluded from any serious discussion about metal's evolution.

People like Slayer because Slayer's music radiates an aura of virility that is a breath of life in an otherwise neurotic and sedated society.


plus hanneman's riffs totally rip
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#12
I grew up in the 80's as well when the "big Four" were starting out. Never really got into Slayer much myself. Liked a couple of songs, show no mercy was my "favorite" as a whole album. My biggest problem, and I'm sure someone is gonna rip me on this, was I never really liked Kerry Kings soloing. Very noisy, overused whammy nonsense, just didn't like his style that was a big turn off for me
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I like some of the stuff off Reign in Blood, favorite song by them is Season's in the Abyss, check that out you might like it.


Thanks, this one is pretty good indeed. I thought it had a kind of Metallica vibe to it.

Well i'm glad to see i'm not the only one who doesn't worship them. I like Megadeth, Metallica and Anthrax but Slayer... Meh.
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Venom were a musically inept shock band that had some flukes but produced nothing noteworthy and thus, they should be excluded from any serious discussion about metal's evolution.


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ps that song wasn't very good
#17
Well from a guitar player point of view their riffs (in my opinion) are some of the most fun to play.
#18
Because opinion

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#19
If you listen Slayer for their solos you are doing it wrong. Slayers bread and butter is the sonic assault of rhythm riffs in Reign In Blood and generally menacing feeling of Hell Awaits.
Atleast thats my take on the subject. I'm not really a shredder person, they tell me nothing.

They are not the best band in the genre (though I consider Angel Of Death the best Thrash song ever) but they are/were fricking intense and they inspired a lot of extreme metal bands back in the day. Thats how it is simply put.

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If you listen Slayer for their solos you are doing it wrong. Slayers bread and butter is the sonic assault of rhythm riffs in Reign In Blood and generally menacing feeling of Hell Awaits.
Atleast thats my take on the subject. I'm not really a shredder person, they tell me nothing.

They are not the best band in the genre (though I consider Angel Of Death the best Thrash song ever) but they are/were fricking intense and they inspired a lot of extreme metal bands back in the day. Thats how it is simply put.


I agree. Slayer's strength isn't the solos, it's the riffs. You should also be focusing on the drums as well. Dave Lombardo inspired a lot of metal drummers.