1983 - Show No Mercy.
1984 - Haunting The Chapel.
1985 - Hell Awaits.
1986 - Reign In Blood.
1988 - South Of Heaven.
1990 - Seasons In The Abyss.
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December 3, 1983 - 2023: 40 years of: Show No Mercy.

America was finally in the race.

Europe's evil-metal stronghold from VENOM, HELLHAMMER and MERCYFUL FATE was pure domination. The Red, White & Blue was now hitting back, straight outta almost Compton. The unholy union of Tom Araya, Dave Lombardo, Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King would create a geomagnetic-reversal with 1986's Reign In Blood LP ...yet the initial season in the abyss started right here, when SLAYER showed no mercy.

Faster than any competition, SLAYER demonstrates that "Evil Has No Boundaries", a fast as a shark attack. More galloping riffing on "Fight Till Death" and the title-track "Show No Mercy" converts any souls left standing. Both show-stoppers "The Antichrist" and "Black Magic" are finally hatched. These selections would be key-components in the band's reputation and live setlists.

Proud thrash-mosh with proud metal-might is incarnated on "Die By The Sword" while the Blitzkrieg gets a soundtrack with "The Final Command" ...a German passion that would be later fully reprised on "Angel Of Death". Epic Eurometal time-signatures dwells within "Crionics" and the progressive elements of "Metalstorm / Face The Slayer" ...all crystal-clear JUDAS PRIEST + ACCEPT influences.

Leather, light-makeup and chains, matched with rapid-metal along powermetal screams. This is the vile poison against West-Hollywood's hardrock, these are the roots of all evil ...this is the other L.A., this is SLAYER !

1983: the birth of American Thrash-Metal with METALLICA and now SLAYER was officially on tape. New-York City's ANTHRAX would soon follow in January 1984 and by August, SLAYER would become possessed with their dark-speedmetal offering: Haunting The Chapel EP.

Show No Mercy = full LP
Live in Los Angeles in 1983

The greatest thrashmetal studio EP and the greatest thrashmetal "live" EP ever ?

This is the turning-point in time where the mighty SLAYER became evil. While their 1983 debut Show No Mercy was more Euro-heavymetal influenced, the 1984 Haunting The Chapel mini-album is without the shadow of a doubt: true 666-material !

3 intense tracks of pure thrashmetal energy and anger, filled with eerie lyrics and morbid themes. These 3 single tracks are the genesis of speedmetal and to some extend, what was to become deathmetal and blackmetal.

The table was set for what was to come, the most evil thrash-speedmetal LPs of all time: the massive killings of 1985's Hell Awaits, the onslaught of 1986's Reign In Blood and the darkening nightmare of 1988's South Of Heaven !

Haunting The Chapel = full EP
Live Undead = full EP

Hell Awaits
1985 no longer awaits.

Hell Awaits = full LP

October 7, 1986 - 2021: 35 years of: Reign In Blood.

Creating my structure...

1986 is THE year for the world's fastest and most lethal genre of music: Speed-Metal. Rage, aggression and vile hatred, all wrapped in organized chaos ...speedmetal is the adrenaline of heavymetal, the fastest in thrashmetal and the genesis of deathmetal.

Mosh and rejoice with these immortal rabid classics: Pleasure To Kill, Darkness Descends, Game Over and Rrröööaaarrr ...and headbang alongside soon-to-be arena-fillers: Peace Sells and Master Of Puppets ...and from the unsafe slums of Los Angeles arises the unholy SLAYER.

While 1983's Show No Mercy is a fine Eurometal explosion, it is with 1985's Hell Awaits that SLAYER became SLAAAAYEEEERRRRR !!!! Dark, satanic, gruesome and overall violent ...yet we've seen nothing yet: 1986's Reign In Blood is 28.55sec of pure extreme hate, brimstones and fire ...all delivered to The Gates Of Hell at Mach 666 !!!

"Altar Of Sacrifice" is a monumental speedmetal anthem that will make you "soon to meet the undead". The second-half of the song is more mid-paced, while "the transformation" begins as you "Enter to the realm of Satan". Iconic !

The 1:41sec of "Necrophobic" is a hold-your-breath-just-a-little-more punch. Über guitar-leads and some of the most insane drumming, ever. The crunchy riffing of "Jesus Saves" swallows you into a tornado of devilish decibels while the off-set drum-intro of "Criminally Insane" once again, pushes the machine over the edge. "Postmortem" possesses one of thrashmetal's heaviest riff, has it fades into the haunting thunderous intro of "Raining Blood" where the lacerated skies abound wide open. Morbid and jaw-dropping !

Yet the best is yet to come in the Jeff Hanneman-signature "Angel Of Death" of heavymetal's most controversial song. One of the fastest has it opens the madness to this very album and THE track ALL bands compares it's ugliness to. The visceral hate and criticism comes in the lyrical portion of this song, has it depicts, very graphically, tales of the Holocaust and bloody scenes from concentration-camps. Definitely single-hostile, yet this particular track became one of SLAYER's most known song and fan-favorite for decades.

First opus for Def Jam Records under major distribution, hate-wise, Reign In Blood is the album to match. 33+ years later it's legacy remains untouched ! Yes the speed and aggression has been matched by some other bands, mostly in the deathmetal and blackmetal scene, but the execution and it's lively-ness and blunt-force makes it an immortal classick in every department. Reign In Blood still reigns, has it still generates debate and still influences generations of bands to write and perform ...the ultimate sign of a classic ! I shall reign in blood !!!

Reign In Blood = full LP
MTV Speed-Metal special in 1986
Interview in 1986
Live in 1986
some guy

July 12, 1988 - 2023: 35 years of: South Of Heaven.

Darkness in thrashmetal.

How could anyone follow 1986's neckbreaking Reign In Blood LP the speedmetal race was already won ? SLAYER would reinvent the formula, moderate down and bring forth, gloomy mid-paced thrash with some build-up bursts of speed. The destination is clear: darkness in thrashmetal, the horror lives here the South of Heaven !

The supreme title-track for "South Of Heaven" snakes in and destroys the opposition with a morbid mood. The face-ripping speeds-up on the 666mph rolling on tombstones "Silent Scream" ...along "Ghost Of War", both of the genre's best. At this point in time, Dave Lombardo is the world's best thrashmetal drummer.

The vocal melody-line goes from dark to dying on "Live Undead", while serious downpicking picks-up on "Behind The Crooked Cross". A band's signature in the form of "Mandatory Suicide" is hatched in the war descripting lyric-set and it's dire merciful narration ...another side of Tom Araya.

JUDAS PRIEST's pile-driving "Dissident Aggressor" gets the modern-metal treatment and the LP's closer, the ice cold atmospheric "Spill The Blood", rollercoaster's itself from powermetal pace to mosh-mania.

Haunting the chapel with slow-speedmetal, this grizzly work of art is another Jeff Hanneman signature. Sublime from head to toe, this LP elevated the band's work in the mature department and again confirmed SLAYER, as the heaviest of the Big Four. Still today, in this living cold Hell, the scene looks up at the root of all evil: South Of Heaven.

RIAA-certified Gold, SLAYER would break the bank and spear with the clash of thrash ...1990's Seasons In The Abyss CD.

South Of Heaven = full LP
Interview in 1988
Live in New-York City in 1988
some girl

October 9, 1990 - 2020: 30 years of: Seasons In The Abyss.

Sad autumn time in the abyss.

The brutal ascension from 1985's Hell Awaits LP to the 1000mph Reign In Blood LP is unprecedented. Yet in 1988, a focused band proposed a more controlled exhibition, the morbid South Of Heaven LP.

1990, once again, the year for top thrashmetal releases. After the tidalwave of the first speedmetal and then thrashmetal LPs of the mid-to-late 80s, it was now time to celebrate. Moshing head to head with other 1990's Chart-toppers like ANTHRAX's Persistence Of Time, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES's Light, Camera, Revolution and the recent MEGADETH perfect performance of Rust In Peace, thrash's antichrists were now in line for another killing, a lighter killing ?

The heavymetal State Of The Union Address: "War Ensemble". This is SLAYER, the SLAYER known for speed, aggression and blistering solos. The endless war-topic is displayed and abused on this 4:51sec now classic signature-track. The hemorrhage continues on "Blood Red", where simpler riffs intertwine and creates a lively vibe. Mid 80s speedmetal rings aloud on the incendiary "Born Of Fire" and "Hallowed Point", where Mr. King and Mr. Hanneman haven't let us down in the whammy-bar department.

The lighter SLAYER is felt on easier tracks like "Expendable Youth" and the hard to swallow "Skeletons Of Society", were the E-downstroke is kinda overused. Shades of powerballad / rock-format are found on not one, but two specific tracks. The Ed Gein tell-all "Dead Skin Mask" and the closing title-track. We were all in awe with South Of Heaven's dark venture in Spill The Blood, yet this time, this is somewhat lame and uninspired.

Once again produced by Rick Rubin, Seasons In The Abyss is a strong record, but a softer metal-release when bench-marked against their previous offerings. Comparison with the dreaded Black Album spring to mind as this is the band's most accessible CD, ever.

In the history books, SLAYER will always rule, but with this year's stellar releases, another band would come, push, shove it in everyone's faces and take hostage the upcoming decade-long thrashmetal-monopoly, either you wanted it or not are the rednecks of PANTERA.

RIP Jeff Hanneman (1964-2013)

War Ensemble = video
Seasons In The Abyss = video
Seasons In The Abyss = full CD
Interview on Headbanger's Ball
Live in 1991
Clash Of The Titans in 1991 in MSG
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