Slayer Featured In New Google Ad

Raining Blood used to advertise Chromebook.

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A few months back, we at Ultimate-Guitar raised the question of whether rock music should be used in advertising after a commercial for Volkswagen cars featuring Rush's "Fly By Night" in surfaced online. Now, Google have weighed into the rock as advertising arena, featuring Slayer's 1986 thrash metal classic "Raining Blood" in a video for the new Chromebook. The short commercial, made specifically for Halloween, can be viewed below:

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Slayer are currently working on their Hanneman's illness that was caused by a spider bite. The incident came as a complete surprise to the group:

"You hear about it, but I didn't even think we had that kind of spider in California. And I really think at the end of the day it's a speculation, because his arm was so f--ked up, I can't imagine them even finding where they think it started, if you had my opinion. But, you know, that flesh-eating stuff, you can get scratched by a nail, you can get scratched by anything, and if you don't take care of it, it's gonna turn into something like that. But whatever got him, that is what happened - he had had the disease."

Slayer performed their first ever concert in India on October 20th, with Gary Holt from Exodus filling in for Hanneman. King has compared the guitarist to Judas Priest axe-man Glenn Tipton:

"The Glenn Tipton of our era - really good, really polished and nobody talks about him. To this day, nobody really references [Judas] Priest and Tipton that much as guitar players and I feel the same way about Gary. Exodus have a huge following but a little more overlooked than Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax - the 'Big Four', so to speak, so [it's great] to be able to bring him to the forefront and shove him down people's throats and say, 'Hey, this motherf--ker kicks a-s. Pay attention.'"

Whether you love or loathe the ad, let us know in the comments.

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    "Slayer are currently working on their Hanneman's illness that was caused by a spider bite." I don't even know what this is.
    Hanneman will soon become spider man.
    Hanne-man, Hanne-man, shreds whatever a thrash man can rips a lick, any mode, melting faces with incredible tone LOOK OUT! Here come the Hanne-man. sorry i couldn't resist...
    It seems like there are at least a few words, if not sentences, which simply got removed by an errant keystroke. That aside, I think the ad is actually pretty cool.
    Who the f*ck wrote this article? They should be fired, its your job as a writer to fix that stuff. Another reason I don't visit this website regularly anymore.
    you came today. all by yourself. all over yourself
    I came to see if they had any news about the suicide silence singer. But of course they didn't since they only update a few times a day.
    Who honestly gives a shit if a band puts a song in an advertisement? Are you really suffering so much? They can do what they want.
    For and undead battery? I guess you could say it could survive... *Puts on sunglasses* ...Seasons in the Abyss YEAHHHHH
    is slayer selling out? "no", says nathan explosion. "they are here to make google metal. they will make everything metal. blacker than the blackest black times infinity."
    This just proves that good music can be shown to mainstream audiences with positive results!
    I had a sudden, strong desire to purchase every Google product ever made after I saw that ad...
    I like seeing Gary Holt getting some recognition - "The Glenn Tipton of our era". I feel the same way about Adrian Smith, Dave Murray and Janick Gers... everyone loves Maiden but those guys don't get a lot of recognition as guitar players. They're not too flashy but the songs, riffs, leads... SO solid and vital to how metal has evolved.
    Iron Maiden are one of the few bands where the bassist gets more recognition than the guitarist(s). Not that Steve Harris doesn't deserve it.
    yeah. Steve writes all the songs and what not so gets a lot more recognition. and none of them are really like "look how awesome i am." they just do what they do, and do it f***ing good. they dont need to be flashy because its all right there in the music. BRILLIANT!! well.. the stage shows are kinda flashy (epic is a better word) but for the sole purpose of entertainment. 0% comes from trying to draw attention. its 100% for the fans. F***!!! Maiden just gets better and better the more you think about it!
    It's interesting, because the only other rock bands I can think of where the bassist is more recognized than the guitarists are bands like Rush and Primus, whose bassists are also the lead vocalists. Although, in both of those cases it's arguable that Geddy Lee and Les Claypool would be more recognized anyway.
    It's really cool to see Slayer in another commercial but this commercial is not executed well. Someone must have taken five minutes to make it from Windows Movie Maker and said that's their commercial.
    Yeah uh huh ok great commercial whatever. Now can we get back to this whole spider bite/flesh eating virus part of the story? I just looked it up on google. Whoa...Hanneman's arm was literally necrotizing!? As metal as that sounds, the guy lost the majority of the flesh on his right arm...whoa.
    That was a really bad advert. Slayer was a nice touch, not that anyone will know what it is, if they don't know metal. The song was poorly edited though, didn't sound smooth
    This is cool and all, but I really REALLY feel that Mitch Lucker deserves this spot in the news, id like to say, ALOT MORE THAN THIS SHIT.
    I hear a lot more about Slayer than Suicide Silence. Every fan feels like their band deserves top spot. It doesn't work that way though. I'm not trying to sound like a dick. I'm just being honest and realistic.
    Hanneman contracted Necrotizing Fasciitis from that spider bite, it wasn't an illness it was mother ****ing flesh eating disease, probably a bite from a recluse spider they have a necrotic bite.
    Hopefully this is the start of the new generation of music, taking over all that bullshit.... ....nah, id rather keep metal away from the silly little kids who would ruin it even more.
    Diony x
    They could have used more money for visual side. kinda boring ad without music
    R.I.P Mitch Lucker
    Eclectic Lizard
    I hate Suicide Silence, but it is sad when someone dies. However, how is he relevant to Google or Slayer?
    It has nothing to do with Google or these overrated sell outs. Mitch was awesome and i think news of his death far exceeds this useless article about a band clinging to life securing their retirement. Least they could have done is a short write up
    Love me some Gary Holt and some Slayer. It'd be sweet to see them shred together.
    not even a life threatning spider biter can fix hannemans beyond terrible picking techique and playing.