EP REVIEW: Slower – Slower


Covering Slayer is a tricky business. Many bands have tried and failed, and despite displaying obvious reverence to the Californian Thrash legends, only a handful have ever really been able to do real justice to the source material. And of those, it’s the ones who arrive from left field that remain in the memory the most.

From Finnish cellists Apocalyptica to LA rap-metallers Body Count, it’s US singer/pianist Tori Amos who produced arguably the most innovative cross-genre take back in 2001 when she gave the world a very different version of “Raining Blood”. And now it’s the turn of Fu Manchu guitarist Bob Balch, the stoner metal legend getting the idea after teaching a student how to play “South of Heaven” in a different tuning and, well… Slower.Continue reading


CLASSIC ALBUMS REVISITED: Slayer Released Their Debut Album “Show No Mercy” 40 Years Ago


 

Melding their NWOBHM influences with their sinister intentions and hella fast speed Metal, Slayer hit the scene as a band in 1981. After their recorded debut on Metal Blade’s Metal Massacre II, and then later that year – Show No Mercy would arrive on December 3rd, 1983, also via Metal Blade. This was less than a month after being hastily recorded. Few understood how important a debut or band would become.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Soulfly – The Soul Remains Insane The Studio Albums 1998 – 2004


 

Whenever an established act loses its frontman, especially one as talismanic as Max Cavalera, fans are usually left choosing sides. Do you go with the musician striking out on their own or do your allegiances remain with the band? Largely dependent on the situation, an amicable split can leave listeners happily following both parties down separate paths to the promise of glory but when open hostility is at the heart of the separation, loyalties are often put to the test.Continue reading


EP REVIEW: Vio-lence – Let The World Burn


Bay Area thrashers Vio-Lence might have only been around for eight years but what a magnificent near-decade it was. From their classic hyper-aggressive debut Eternal Nightmare (MCA Records) to the controversial lyrics of ‘Torture Tactics’ and a deliciously questionable vegetable soup and vinegar “vomit bag” plastic record sleeve, the band also launched the career of a certain Robb Flynn who went on to form 1990s game-changers Machine Head, eventually to be followed by guitarist Phil Demmel. With three studio albums under their belts, the band went their separate ways in 1993, only becoming a full-time going concern again in 2019.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Nervosa – Perpetual Chaos


With only founding guitarist Prika Amaral remaining from their original 2010 line-up, Brazilian thrashers Nervosa return with a much more international look on their fourth full-length studio release, Perpetual Chaos (Napalm Records). Joining Amaral this time is Spanish vocalist Diva Satanica, Greek drummer Eleni Nota, and former Abbath bassist Mia Wallace.

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CLASSIC ALBUMS REVISITED: Slayer – Seasons In The Abyss at 30


 

When Reign in Blood (Def Jam) catapulted Californian thrashers Slayer into the big leagues, the 1986 (or 1987 if you lived in the UK) seminal release also created a problem for the band. How exactly do you follow perfection?

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Slayer – Primus – Ministry – Phil Anselmo and The Illegals: Live at Madison Square Garden


The lights came up… and it was all over.

This has been the scenario for thousands of shows I have seen. Maybe 6,000 plus shows that I have attended or performed in since I was a small child. The final bow, thunderous applause, and the blinding lights of the house coming on, our shared experience ending as we gather ourselves to go to the bar, or home. Except this was different. This was the last time I would ever see Slayer. It was definitely hitting me, long before the final notes of ‘Angel of Death’ rang out and the final jets of pyro screamed across the top of the band in a way that would excite Beavis and Butthead to no end. Continue reading


FEATURE: Facing Life Without Slayer


Slayer, photo credit Gary Alcock

From the first day of December 2019, we enter a dark, horrifying new era. Life without Slayer.

Sorry. Life without SLAAAAAYYYERRR!!!

There, that’s better.

From the moment I discovered Slayer on a compilation album called Speed Kills back in 1985, my life was changed forever. Just the sound of their name was enough. Everything you needed to know about the band encapsulated in two perfect syllables, especially when screamed at an ear-splitting volume or when chanted with thousands of other like-minded blood-hungry psychopaths.Continue reading


Hear Phil Anselmo’s New Theme Song For Tom Araya’s “Hair Metal Shotgun Zombie Massacre”


Phil Anselmo has created a brutal new song for the theme song of Slayer’s Tom Araya’s upcoming “Hair Metal Shotgun Zombie Massacre” project! Check out a teaser for the track, out today on all digital platforms worldwide via Art Is War Records, is available below. Directed by Joshua Allan Vargas, who has worked on music videos for Down, Soil, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals and Warbeast, the film is about a hair metal band that, while struggling to find its own identity, decides to record its first full-length album is a creepy cabin located in the middle of a notorious cemetery. Written by Joshua Allan Vargas and Jvstin Whitney, based on a story by Jvstin Whitney, “Hair Metal Shotgun Zombie Massacre ” features cameos by Araya, Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God) and David Vincent (Morbid Angel). Film narration was provided by actor Norman Reedus. Continue reading


Former Slayer Drummer Dave Lombardo Pays Tribute To Jeff Hanneman


In a wide-ranging interview over at Metal Hammer, drummer Dave Lombardo (Suicidal Tendencies, Dead Cross) penned a lengthy tribute to his late Slayer bandmate Jeff Hanneman. Hanneman passed away in 2013, and Lomardo exited Slayer for the final time as well in 2013. All of metal misses Jeff’s spirit and talent. We’ve been covering the coming end to Slayer’s career for some time, so catch up on our retrospectives, live reviews and other news about the thrash legends. Continue reading