The End Of Slayer?

Tom Araya has told Worcester magazine that the next Slayer album may be their last.

The End Of Slayer?
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Tom Araya has told Worcester magazine that the next Slayer album may be their last. In an interview discussing the Slayer/Marilyn Manson coheadlining tour, the metal legend also discussed what the future may hold for Slayer and Araya feels that the end may be near. Read an excerpt from the article: History has shown those who precede Slayer don't have an easy time of it, as rabid fans have been known to chant the band's name throughout entire sets of opening acts. While on one hand it will be a blessing for Marilyn Manson that Araya and company will go on first each and every night, following a performance by the most potent live band in metal's history isn't going to be a cakewalk. "A lot of bands opt for us closing, but there have been a few that wanted to close, like the Slipknot tour we did in 2004," Araya says. "We always look at the opening spot as a prime-time spot, you know what I mean? Everybody's there for prime time, which is 8 or 9 o'clock. We have no qualms as far as opening for anybody, because that means that they have to follow." Araya continues, confidently declaring, "I don't want to sound big-headed, but to us, that's considered signing your death warrant. I think that Manson's got his work cut out for him." The 46-year-old singer/bassist does admit after spending more than half of his life entrenched within a band as aggressive as Slayer, that the end of the road may loom on the horizon. "Well, there have been remarks made about seeing an old man head-bang," laughs Araya. "And I have to agree. I think the Stones can do that, probably go out and do their stuff in their 80s, but it just wouldn't look right [for us], you know what I mean? "It's actually pretty strenuous," he continues, "that's why I don't see it going any further than a certain point in time. We have one more record to do, which is our deal with [super producer Rick] Rubin, and we'll have to sit down and discuss the future. But I can't really see myself doing this at a later age." Read the entire story at Worcester Magazine.

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    Heid
    Although it will suck if Slayer do split at least they will be quitting whilst ahead. OK, their newer stuff isn't brilliant but I think it's very dignified of Tom to admit that "enough is enough". Also, I'm only saying this because I've already seen Slayer twice
    Bazilisck311
    Nonesense, your band isn't finished until you're the star of an episode of Scooby Doo Movies.
    thereverendsoup
    Arrogant pricks...good riddence, you're not even half the bands that Metallica and Megadeth are.
    Are you SERIOUS!? No one has sold out on quite the same level as Metallica (at least Slayer still plays metal), and Megadeth hasn't put out a decent album in over a decade. I'm just glad Slayer's quitting while they're more or less ahead, rather than getting old and embarrassing.
    The Novice
    I like 'em...-ish. But they're important to metal and since metal is important to me, I find it to be sad news..
    Scourge441
    guitarman47 wrote: FINALLY!!!!! SLAYER IS THE MOST OVERRATED BAND IN METAL
    STFU. Slayer are one of the most influential metal bands ever. Just because you don't like them doesn't mean they're overrated.
    not_dead_enough wrote: Yeah, Slayer played like shit, Lombrado isn't half as good live as he is in the studio and Araya was sloppy and hardly addressed the crowd. The fact that Araya's a hyporcritical catholic doesn't help either... But i'm not here to preach.
    Well, when I saw them, Araya addressed the crowd plenty, wasn't sloppy, and "Lombrado" was much better than I've ever heard him in the studio. And Araya's said plenty of times that the things he sings about will not and do not interfere with his beliefs, so cut it with the "he's a hypocrite" crap.
    gm jack wrote: And Manson will have his work cut out. If you even see a SLayer crowd, they are some of the most fanatical and dangerous. Compare that to a standard Manson crowd. As said before, it is entirely possible that some Slayer fans start leaving if Manson isn't good enough, as there are too many 'Slayer pwn' people who would only stay fthough a Manson set if Slayer were after normally. And that's coming from a Slayer fan.
    That's exactly what's been happening. Some are just leaving before Manson comes on.
    Decembero
    Quit while they are ahead! Although Im sorry to see the end of slayer cos i love them, They are at the top of their game! They shouldnt wait till they become old and useless before quiting. I hope they go out with a bang, and a big-ass tour!
    stuartlarge
    Ive seen them live and they are a force to be reckoned with, awsome show it was. Ill be looking forward to their new album to see if because its their last if they step up the bar and make an epic record.
    recliner33
    Midnight Rocker wrote: thereverendsoup wrote: Arrogant pricks...good riddence, you're not even half the bands that Metallica and Megadeth are. Are you SERIOUS!? No one has sold out on quite the same level as Metallica (at least Slayer still plays metal), and Megadeth hasn't put out a decent album in over a decade. I'm just glad Slayer's quitting while they're more or less ahead, rather than getting old and embarrassing. Bollocks. Have you listened to 'United Abominations'? Its excellent! And sure, Metallica may have changed direction in the nineties (changed direction, not sold out), and i say this at my own risk, but have you listened to 'St. Anger'? Also a fantastic album. Also i have nothing at all against Slayer.
    Metallica plays metal still too, it's just a different kind of metal then what it use to be. St anger was crap but just because it was crap doesn't mean that it wasn't metal. And I think it's a good idea that they slayer might break up because the music can only last so long. So many of their songs sound the same and the only way i could see them creating good music again is if they change their sound. And changing your sound does not mean that you sold out. Sure everyone points at metallica but bands like rush, zeppelin, sabbath and deep purple have all changed their sound at one point or another but does that mean that they sold out? And yes metallica changed their sound more then these bands but I can still tell the difference between an early zppelin album from a later one. So, as i was saying, Slayer needs to break up if they are gonna keep milking the same sound and style of their music.
    Rebeldarkness
    i think the beginning of Slayer was the best stuff, because they had to fight off the hair metal shit, but now they are just a metal thing, not like they were, their old stuff has to be my favorite & influences me more than their new stuff
    the spiker
    I think Mr. Araya's head is in the right place. At 46 years of age I doubt he can keep this up in his 50's. Better to leave the "scene" on a high note rather than crashing and burning. A new album and a farewell tour would be nice.
    supersolus666
    why the hell is everyone bringing up metallica, megadeth, and.....ac/dc? wtf this is about slayer your all retarded this really sucks though i just saw slayer about 2 weeks ago and they still rock as hard as they did when they came out 25 years ago i hope their final album will be awesome
    no/mas/control
    That makes me sad hearing that but i guess its better to go out sooner than play till they suck
    skydemon666
    NOOOOO. Good thing I went to that last concert. I left when Manson started playing lol. Tom doesnt look nearly as old as in the picture. He looks pretty young in real life.
    al_log
    aw ****, it sucks that they are finishing slayer, but he has a point, it would be kinda hard to play thrash metal as fast and skillful as they do if they were like 50
    Rainmaker27
    NO! NO NO NO! Slayer are one of the only real metal bands left! DON'T BREAK UP!!!
    1llusionz
    As for Slayer. I like slayer, not a harcore fan. I like the first 5 albums, and GHUA. I didnt care too much for CI. But it is remarkable to keep going after so long having all members in the band and keeping it thrash. Every band must die, but people will cover Slayer songs forever. Hopefully they will go out with a bang and not a dud!
    Midnight Rocker
    thereverendsoup wrote: Arrogant pricks...good riddence, you're not even half the bands that Metallica and Megadeth are. Are you SERIOUS!? No one has sold out on quite the same level as Metallica (at least Slayer still plays metal), and Megadeth hasn't put out a decent album in over a decade. I'm just glad Slayer's quitting while they're more or less ahead, rather than getting old and embarrassing.
    Bollocks. Have you listened to 'United Abominations'? Its excellent! And sure, Metallica may have changed direction in the nineties (changed direction, not sold out), and i say this at my own risk, but have you listened to 'St. Anger'? Also a fantastic album. Also i have nothing at all against Slayer.
    Chameleon220
    No!! Ending Slayer Bad! Keep Going, Theres pleanty of people that would go to your concerts when you are old! When you Die they could just put your body on a stage and I would still go!
    Jondy
    I think it's good for a band to retire when they feel like retiring instead of forcing more albums and shows out of themselves. It would effect the music. So if they don't want to do this the rest of their lives, it's great that they're going out with some grace rather than ending on a forced album. music should flow through you, not be forced.
    1llusionz
    SynysterSlash wrote: GOOD!!! Kerry king sucks anyways. No one is gonna cover a slayer song. Trust me. They arent a good band.
    Just because you don't like a band doesn't mean they suck or they aren't good, it just mean you don't like them, simple as that. I still see bands covering Slayer songs. . . *shrugs* Looking at your name, you must be a GnR/VR fan, just stick to that.
    FearBefore
    With all due respect to Slayer, all I can say is: It's about time. Sure they could probably produce a couple more kickass CD's, but it's better to get out while you're ahead than risk losing your 'cred' by producing a mediocre CD. No matter what, Slayer will be a permanent name in the history of music.
    megadethisbeast
    SynysterSlash wrote: GOOD!!! Kerry king sucks anyways. No one is gonna cover a slayer song. Trust me. They arent a good band.
    um actually Children of Bodom have already covered a slayer song called Silent Scream. and many people have done so already even though none of them will sound the same.
    not_dead_enough
    FearBefore wrote: No matter what, Slayer will be a permanent name in the history of music.
    Yes as the no. 3 of the Big 4 thrash bands.
    Dimebag Dave
    I haven't listened to Slayer for many a year. They were one of my stepping stones towards the "real" metal community, and for that, I still have much respect for them. All I can do is wish them the best. Make us proud on the last album, guys. Funny thing too: all of the people here who've ripped on Slayer have bands like Dream Theater, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, and (hand)Job for a Cowboy in their music section. With a taste in music like that, you're opinions on Slayer are invalid.
    thycrusader
    why does everyone here have to insult each other and other people's taste in music. everyone has their preferences. so what? stfu, listen to your music and ill listen to mine. and everyone in the music community will rejoice once more. oh and for slayer, if they retire then, the world will end...please slayer if you're doing one more album, please, dont pull a st. anger. pull another God Hates Us All. and everyone will be happy. =)
    99percent
    Oh hell no! It would be good, that as right now they're on good standing, then they'd disband. But still, the music man.
    power_gamer_6
    Aw, well that would really suck. I'd be sad to see Slayer go. But they're right. They can't go on forever. Good game, Slayer. Good game.
    mister sir
    hey, theres nothing wrong with this... everything ends sometime. imagine the slayer reunion in maybe 10, 15 years.... imagine the crowd.
    HazeD
    i might just have to go see them with manson. i cant stand manson tho. ill prolli leave after slayers off
    heavy-metal-eh
    the classiest thing slayer could do is release a great album, have an awesome tour, and then step down and usher in the new generation
    blasphemus666
    slayer is an awesome band, but u gotta giv Tom some respect kuz he is 47. i mean metal is a pretty tiring buisness, and its hard to stay with it as long as he has. HORNS UP!
    kryzay311
    They are overrated, but they aren't bad at all. They've had some classics. I think they should throw in the towel like he says. Bow out with grace after a nice run, instead of burning out and producing shitty music down the road.
    hiphopopotamus
    Screw Metallica, the we need more SLAYER!! Old metal hags aren't that cool, so its a good thing they know when to quit. However, the world needs a new metal act to step up and fill the void.
    Mihyaeru
    Are you SERIOUS!? No one has sold out on quite the same level as Metallica (at least Slayer still plays metal), and Megadeth hasn't put out a decent album in over a decade.
    Hmmm The System Has Failed is in my opinion Megadeths best album its technical and melodic and everything that Megadeth is and as far as Metallica goes they wanted to do different things which is great for thme if thats what they wanted to do. Bands dont have ot keep doing the same style over nad over it gets boring I know that fro mbeing a musician myself its nice to have variation and to progress with and experiment with different things. It may not be as good but meh u never know till u try it Slayer have always done the same sort of stuff fast and heavy and theyre good at it which is great but because thats what mosto f their songs were like I dont rank em very high but thats not to say hteyre a bad band cos theyre pretty darn good live
    Gregoric
    MACDIZZLE wrote: to all those out there bashing slayer- **** you- slayer is thrash at its finest and no one can top them, i'll be sorry to see them go but I hope they end with a big screw you to all these critics
    they dont need to scarew critics when they're THAT over-rated.
    MetalOxymoron
    Someone once told me that all good things must come to an end. Slayer is Metal at its best and they must quit, so be it. No one will ever repeat what Slayer did for metal. Slayer forever!
    Krisp
    That's really sad. Slayer have made many classics. But it's better to stop while we still remember them as great musicians.
    musicology
    Um, well I don't care. I heard about 20 or so of their songs with boring chord changes and a penchant for the "louder and faster is better" mentality. Maybe they'll look good on VH1 one day, but I doubt it.
    Smitty101
    FINALLY. god i hate them so much, they're so over rated. I'm sick of people saying "OMG SLAYER IS TEH PWNAGE!!1!".
    diabolus
    Shit Well it's not as though I didn't see it coming, but Slayer will ****ing own thrash metal until the undoing of the world. Smitty, you can go suck on your mom's balls. I've never heard a Slayer fan even use the word "pwnage", let alone refer to Slayer as such. They are metal gods and pioneers of true thrash, and the only band out of the "big four" that have remained true to their thrash roots. It'll be a shitty day for metal fans everywhere when Slayer hangs up the guitars, and the end of an era.
    slayer7666
    k well that sucksss if they are gonna break up i NEED to see them before theyre done
    metalbassist12
    The day Slayer quits is the day the world returns to normal. Their records disgust me and I am glad that they are quitting. Nuff said.