Slayer Put On 'The War Face'

"We are making relevant, good music," said Kerry King. "We're still putting on good shows and having fun. That's what it's all about."

Slayer Put On 'The War Face'
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It's been an intense year or so for metal titans, Slayer. The Huntington Park, California band have hit audiences far beyond their previous reach on the wildly successful Big Four tour, alongside Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax. On the flip side, the group have suffered through back surgery, vertigo and flesh-eating spider bites, as well. Still, frontman Kerry King is grateful for the position the group finds itself in. We are making relevant, good music, he told MyDesert.com. We're still putting on good shows and having fun. That's what it's all about. With spider-bitten co-guitarist Jeff Hanneman reportedly on the mend (He seems to be getting better from what I hear, he said), King set his sites on this past weekend's Big Four gig at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, near the group's hometown. The tornado is coming, he said ominously. I've always lived in California, so that show is definitely important to me. The war face will be on. I don't want to suck in front of my friends. Early reports from Indio are that the metal legends most certainly did not. Thanks for the story to Gibson.com.

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    MightyAri
    Everyone has an opinion but if you think Slayer have only made 1 good song,you just have no clue about metal what so ever.
    ProgJazzMath
    The only thing I see impressive about slayer, is that they were one of the first thrash bands. With that that said, they are one of the worst. Can't stand their music and I will agree with the other guy who said Reign in Blood was their only good song. Props to Hanneman for sticking through though.
    ProgJazzMath
    MightyAri wrote: Everyone has an opinion but if you think Slayer have only made 1 good song,you just have no clue about metal what so ever.
    As if Slayer is the only metal band right?
    pantera27
    ChucklesMginty wrote: Ibeanez wrote: How about leaving war references to people who actually fight. Lyrics would be so boring if you could only write about things that have happened to you.
    blommen wrote: ChucklesMginty wrote: Ibeanez wrote: How about leaving war references to people who actually fight. Lyrics would be so boring if you could only write about things that have happened to you. Power metal would be absolutely ruined.
    power metal? death metal wouldn't even be a genre
    JoeyNOTShaw
    snakesson wrote: Ghost_of_Jimi wrote: soad_Simon94 wrote: What good music? Imo the only good song is Raining Blood :| and only musically... Your opinion is poorly formed and ignorantly stupid. The only Slayer song you've probably heard is Raining Blood, hence your post. Try listening to a few of their albums, start with 'Show No Mercy' then come back when you've been schooled little kid. You meant to say "Reign in Blood". Nevertheless, too many ignorant people are posting here. It's fine if you do not like Slayer, but saying it is crap makes you ignorant and a fool. Sorry.
    Agreed, I'm a Slayer fan for their crazys riffs and speed. Not all music has to be orbited around a guitar solo. I know it;s odd to think that as a guitar player. but it's true. S L A Y E R
    MightyAri
    They should have retired from recording years ago.Also it would be nice if this site promoted other metal bands than "the big washed up has beens 4".What a disgrace.
    stefs619
    bustapr wrote: i lold at "frontman kerry king"
    Ha I also lold, your comment also made me lol
    qrEE
    ChucklesMginty wrote: Ibeanez wrote: How about leaving war references to people who actually fight. Lyrics would be so boring if you could only write about things that have happened to you.
    Let's try it - "I just watched Community Now I'm off of the TV sitting now on my PC bored to death because I can't use hyperbole" Wow. That might be the greatest set of lyrics EVER!
    Vindictor
    I like how Pat O Brien (Cannibal Corpse) out Kerry Kinged Kerry King recently when they played solos together! haha. Altough much love to Kerry and hope Jeff gets well soon
    BrineB
    I can't believe that this argument is actually taking place. AGAIN. You either "get" Slayer.....or you don't. Some are just casual fans...if that. I am a hardcore SLAYER FAN to the bone!!! It took me a long time to get to where I am on the totem pole....and I can safely say that if you don't get it...its your loss!!!! LONG LIVE SLAYER!!!!
    Ibeanez
    ChucklesMginty wrote: Ibeanez wrote: How about leaving war references to people who actually fight. Lyrics would be so boring if you could only write about things that have happened to you.
    No, they wouldn't. They would improve. All of the best lyrics are about things that happened to the writer(s). And I didn't say a word about lyrics in the first place.
    metallica-#1
    frontman Kerry King
    We are making relevant, good music, he told MyDesert.com.[/quote]
    I don't want to suck in front of my friends. Early reports from Indio are that the metal legends most certainly did not.
    The preceding were some of the mistakes in the article, good proof-reading
    metallica-#1
    The way i see it, the Big 4 thrash scene fans can be broken down into 4 groups Megadeth = is if you want some Progressive thrash metal Metallica = is if you want some Melodic thrash metal Anthrax = is if you want some sort of thrash you can play at a house party or something and Slayer = is if you want "So aggressive you want to smash your face through your wall" thrash metal i know i may be stating the obvious, but there is some fans of thrash who dont like 3 out of the 4 bands in the Big 4, and they will argue and claim that the music of the bands they dont like sucks and the bands should give up, but they just dont fall into the aforementioned categories
    MightyAri
    still don't know why they are considered thrash metal though, seeing as only a few of their songs are thrash
    LOL!
    ToolCreedence
    djentman wrote: What is Kerry King doing in the news section...he should be practicing guitar.
    NICE
    FeedOnMe666
    got my floor tix for Vancouver w/ Exodus!, stoked, but I really hope Jeff is back by then.
    LIVEtoROCK86
    Anything after Seasons In The Abyss is kinda 'meh', but World Painted Blood is solid. So I'd say they are still making "relevent, good music". Better than anything Metallica or Megadeth are putting out. But the best new stuff has come from TESTAMENT!! No doubt.
    Oldschoolguy
    djentman : What is Kerry King doing in the news section...he should be practicing guitar. lol at this
    dial-a-death
    Saw Slayer a little while back, boring as hell. For such a well liked band, they put on a poor show, basically *name song**playsong**repeat*. I don't think they even said "hello Nottingham, we are SLAYER". mnusically tight but as a show, crap. I think the thing about Slayer is they don't have many songs that you can really chant to, like Metallica do with the breakdown in Creeping Death. The only Slayer album I really like is Seasons In The Abyss, apart from the song Dead Skin Mask, which is crap.
    AzzyAsbourne
    qrEE wrote: ChucklesMginty wrote: Ibeanez wrote: How about leaving war references to people who actually fight. Lyrics would be so boring if you could only write about things that have happened to you. Let's try it - "I just watched Community Now I'm off of the TV sitting now on my PC bored to death because I can't use hyperbole" Wow. That might be the greatest set of lyrics EVER!
    starting to remind me of rebecca black - friday :/
    queenslander47
    Ibeanez wrote: How about leaving war references to people who actually fight.
    /facepalm. Spose we'll leave lyrics about death to those who have actually died as well?
    hanselrocks1
    Slayer IMO is the least talented of the big four. A lot would say anthrax but they arent uber thrashy either. Anthrax is closer to hair metal and slayer heavy metal. I guess its all opinion but King just can't play guitar like the others. and his distortion is disgusting
    jordanjonz
    beyondthegrave wrote: snakesson wrote: Ghost_of_Jimi wrote: soad_Simon94 wrote: What good music? Imo the only good song is Raining Blood :| and only musically... Your opinion is poorly formed and ignorantly stupid. The only Slayer song you've probably heard is Raining Blood, hence your post. Try listening to a few of their albums, start with 'Show No Mercy' then come back when you've been schooled little kid. You meant to say "Reign in Blood". Nevertheless, too many ignorant people are posting here. It's fine if you do not like Slayer, but saying it is crap makes you ignorant and a fool. Sorry. reign in blood is the album raining blood is the song. they were spelled differently.
    vinnym86
    ahem... grrhklklhemahemahem... SSSLLAAAAAYERRRRR!!!!! Anthrax ****in' rules, too! That guy posting above me doesn't know wtf he's talking about, someone call him a wah-mbulance :*-(
    pto654
    Kylianvb wrote: COME ON, THAT AIN'T A WARFACE! SHOW ME YOUR REAL WARFACE!
    lol, you made my day/night
    Corey-Dallas
    hardrocker64 wrote: slayer is slayer
    yeah take it or leave it. you either like slayer or you don't. i personally think musically they are interesting. still don't know why they are considered thrash metal though, seeing as only a few of their songs are thrash. but i can't stand tom - just saying. kerry is a bamf. lombardo is effin awesome, probably the most talented. anyways
    AsOneIStand
    [quote]Ibeanez wrote: ChucklesMginty wrote: Ibeanez wrote: How about leaving war references to people who actually fight. Lyrics would be so boring if you could only write about things that have happened to you. No, they wouldn't. They would improve. All of the best lyrics are about things that happened to the writer(s). The exceptions being John Davis and Otep bitching on every album about their molestations... Oh and Eminem milking his mother's Munchhausen's syndrome for 3 of his records... Go the David Draiman route, spew one long hate-induced paragraph, and then leave it alone.
    maiden=gods
    Misfit-FTB wrote: angelcoma wrote: Why do I feel like Hanneman and Lombardo are the only semi-talented people in the band? Oh yeah, because they are lolz Why do I feel like you are a complete retard?
    i love you.
    Thrash_Attack
    angelcoma wrote: Why do I feel like Hanneman and Lombardo are the only semi-talented people in the band? Oh yeah, because they are lolz
    this.
    Megadethfan245
    Can somebody tell me if I'm right or not. During the Big 4 show Gary did it, but then a few songs in Jeff came in right? Did Gary and Jeff then both stay on the stage then? Or what? SOMEBODY TELL ME!
    Ghost_of_Jimi
    soad_Simon94 wrote: What good music? Imo the only good song is Raining Blood :| and only musically...
    Your opinion is poorly formed and ignorantly stupid. The only Slayer song you've probably heard is Raining Blood, hence your post. Try listening to a few of their albums, start with 'Show No Mercy' then come back when you've been schooled little kid.
    rattleurhead
    djentman : What is Kerry King doing in the news section...he should be practicing guitar.
    lol
    ChucklesMginty
    Ibeanez wrote: How about leaving war references to people who actually fight.
    Lyrics would be so boring if you could only write about things that have happened to you.
    blommen
    ChucklesMginty wrote: Ibeanez wrote: How about leaving war references to people who actually fight. Lyrics would be so boring if you could only write about things that have happened to you.
    Power metal would be absolutely ruined.
    djentman
    What is Kerry King doing in the news section...he should be practicing guitar.
    jurnag12
    blommen wrote: ChucklesMginty wrote: Ibeanez wrote: How about leaving war references to people who actually fight. Lyrics would be so boring if you could only write about things that have happened to you. Power metal would be absolutely ruined.
    I stepped into the tourbus, it stank an awful lot, reminded me of drago- yeah, this isnt gonna work.
    thedarkblues06
    Ghost_of_Jimi wrote: soad_Simon94 wrote: What good music? Imo the only good song is Raining Blood :| and only musically... Your opinion is poorly formed and ignorantly stupid. The only Slayer song you've probably heard is Raining Blood, hence your post. Try listening to a few of their albums, start with 'Show No Mercy' then come back when you've been schooled little kid.
    You mad that I listen to a lot more than just Raining Blood (and the whole Reign in Blood album) and still think they are barely above a mediocre metal band? Yeah, you mad. Having said that, I like Slayer, but everything past Diabolus in Musica is absolute garbage. Christ Illusion is one of the worst albums I've ever heard.
    DragonSlayer001
    @Megadethfan245 Gary played the majority of the set but didn't go onstage for the encore, and thats when Jeff came on and played the last two songs.