Slayer: Unpublished 1983 Interview Now Available

Brian Lew has posted a previously unpublished 1983 interview with Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman of Slayer.

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According to, Brian Lew, co-author of "Murder In The Front Row: Shots From The Bay Area Thrash Metal Epicenter" (Bazillion Points Books), has posted a previously unpublished 1983 interview with Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman of Slayer. The interview, typed by Kerry King, was originally intended for the second issue of Lew's pioneering Whiplash fanzine, and covers a time period prior to the release of Slayer's 1984 debut album, "Show No Mercy".

The interview can be viewed at this location.

Among the subjects covered are Slayer's early history, band influences, the Los Angeles heavy metal scene, and writing songs "as heavy and evil as possible."

Kerry King on Slayer's influences: "I think it's kind of obvious that we like Venom and Metallica. I also think [Mercyful] Fate's new album has some of the hottest riffs ever written."

Jeff Hanneman on the Los Angeles heavy metal scene: "L.A. has got to be the poser capital of the world. Around here Quiet Riot, Mtley Cre, and Ratt are the heaviest in the world. So if that's heavy we must be molten steel."

"Murder In The Front Row", by Harald Oimoen and Brian Lew, is a stunning collection over 400 color and black-and-white photos of the birth of thrash metal in San Francisco, capturing historic moments including the earliest shows by Slayer, Metallica, and Megadeth, and events such as the first night Slayer met the young members of Metallica. The book also includes passionate personal accounts by Bay Area veterans Harald Oimoen, Brian Lew, Ron Quintana of Metal Mania, Gary Holt of Exodus, Alex Skolnick of Testament, and Robb Flynn of Vio-Lence/Machine Head. From DIY origins to world domination, the Bay Area thrash metal scene screams to life in these fearless pages.

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    deadlydictator wrote: SSSSSLLLLLAAAAAYYYYYEEEEERRRRRhadtodoitlol
    Raise those horns, ****in' Slayer!!! I am a huge Slayer fan, they have been a massive inspiration to me as a guitar player. World Painted Blood is the only album out of their career that disappointed me. I wish they'd shift into gear and release another "God Hates Us All". That album was incredibly brutal, the fact that they incorporated seven string guitars and Kerry and Jeff played in Drop B flat tunings on Payback, Here Comes the Pain, and War Zone. That to me, was way beyond Reign in Blood and Seasons in the Abyss. Slayer will always be one of the greatest thrash metal bands of all time.
    Early RATT and Motley Crue records were heavier than their bullshit albums. 'Nuff said