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Slayer Gig Slays, Even Though The "Raining Blood" Is Just A Drizzle

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Over 20 years after their formation, Slayer remain one of the most menacing, brutal and skilled acts in heavy metal. They're also one of the most unlikely success stories. The band's songs aren't rooted in vocal melody like Black Sabbath's, and they're not anthemic like Judas Priest's or multifaceted like Metallica's. They're sinister, bludgeoning and played at one of two speeds — fast and lightning fast.

Before the launch of the Jägermeister Tour, it looked like Slayer's set would feature "Reign in Blood" in its entirely, capped by a shower of fake blood from the rafters (as the band did for its current concert DVD, "Still Reigning"). Instead, Slayer opted for a greatest-hits showcase that ended with three songs from Reign in Blood. As a result, the performance displayed more range than it otherwise might have. Slayer revved into thrash-metal overdrive on soundblurs like "Fight Till Death" and "War Ensemble," and dropped the pace on moodier numbers like "At Dawn They Sleep" and "Dead Skin Mask."

As the band emerged Thursday night for "Disciple," the stage was flooded with smoke and decorated like a creepy church altar. During the show, flags with red inverted crosses and the group's Teutonic eagle-and-pentagram logo were unfurled, and later a backdrop of shots from Reign in Blood descended. But the group could have performed without any frills (as it did on Ozzfest) and still have destroyed. Years of experience surely have something to do with it, but Slayer's ferocity stems largely from their chemistry. When King and Hanneman stand side-by-side, trading off whirring riffs and strangled-cat solos while headbanging in tandem, they're as lethal a team as serial killers Henry Lee Lucas and Otis Toole. And no frontman can windmill his head and play bass as viciously as Araya, who has recently been plagued with vocal problems, but who sounded great for the entire show.

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1. ReverenD writes:

I cant wait till slayer tour Australia again ive seen them 3 times and all the shows have blown me away maybe some here need to put together a Metal only show like the jaggermeister tours u guyz get im filthy jealous ..

# Nov 13, 2004 @ 8:22 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Muffy writes:

f***in SLAYER!!!!!!!!!

# Nov 13, 2004 @ 6:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. god i hate slayer writes:

slayer is horrible

# Nov 14, 2004 @ 4:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Big_Dan writes:

why does there always have to be that one little fa**ot that has to put down the GOOD bands? Slayer was one of the best metal bands in the 80's and remains so today. They made Metallica look like Elton John, no wait LARS makes Metallica look like Elton John, Slayer made metallica look like Billy Joel. The only bands that were before Slayer that was as good were Black Sabbath, and Iron Maiden.
They went on to inspire bands such as Diecide, and Cannibal Corpse. Slayer contiunes to kick a$$ and they STILL haven't sold-out like other bands. sh**, over 20 years and they haven't sold-out, Metallica couldn't hold in there for 10!

# Nov 15, 2004 @ 2:23 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Muffy writes:

well said dan!

# Nov 15, 2004 @ 3:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Steve writes:

yea i agree with dan, slayer is pretty good. but you forgot to mention Judas Priest, another greater band before Slayer.

but really, i can see how someone would not like slayer. just leave him alone

# Nov 16, 2004 @ 1:23 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. trickster writes:

muffy and dan u should get together for some for some anal exploration
big dan u like stating your bullsh** opinions as facts - only two good bands before slayer??
u shallow minded jerk. mentioning deicide and cc don't make you hard u know -
it just shows u shows you haven't come outta the closet yet.
and yes, slayer can suck my balls - outdated f***s

# Nov 16, 2004 @ 1:47 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Muffy writes:

trickster? Sounds like code 4 he-she.

# Nov 27, 2004 @ 2:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. >>sErA<< writes:

I'm with Muffy, trickster you are f***en gay, slayer are the best band ever, and they rape every other band, so if I had balls, I'd tell you to suck mine fa**ot.

# Dec 2, 2004 @ 4:29 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Bicuspid writes:

Mercyful Fate, Maiden, Sabbath, Priest, Venom, Queensryche, Anthrax , Accept, Bathory .....I could continue naming good bands out before or the same time as Slayer. If you can only site 2, you should actually start to listen to some Metal.

# Dec 2, 2004 @ 12:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Bicuspid writes:

Mercyful Fate, Maiden, Sabbath, Priest, Venom, Queensryche, Anthrax , Accept, Bathory .....I could continue naming good bands out before or the same time as Slayer. If you can only site 2, you should actually start to listen to some Metal.

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12. Bicuspid writes:

Sorry, browser screwed up big time.

# Dec 2, 2004 @ 1:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. >>SeRa<< writes:

I dont care about other bands "before or at the same time as Slayer" Slayer are legends, no matter what you think, and yeah, there are other great bands, but that doesnt mean you should criticise Slayer, of course there are gonna be bands before them, it's not like they started it d*** head.

# Dec 3, 2004 @ 4:33 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Big_Dan writes:

Hey trickster I know more underground metal than you have ever dreamed of. I just mentioned Deicede and Cannibal Corpse because they are two big death Metal bands that have been inspired by Slayer.

okay Bisexual, I will give you Juda Priest so there are 3 bands before Slayer that were as good. but Even though I love bands like AC/DC, Venom, Accept, Lynyrd Skynyrd (f*** you all), and Johnny Cash(once again f*** you). they are not as good as slayer. Well maybe Skynyrd, but Anthrax? Queensryche? are you gay? of course you are you're bisexual.

# Dec 3, 2004 @ 8:56 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. leather cheerio writes:

Bicuspid - - - - Bathory wasn't out before Slayer. But I think you were "outed" earlier in this thread. And what the hell can you possibly see in Queensryche?!? Go lick Geoff Tate's hairdo.

# Dec 3, 2004 @ 11:33 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. tattoocreator writes:

f*** me silly and slap me twice - I actually for once agree(somewhat) with Dan and Muffballs. Slayers is unquestionably one of the greatest if not the greatest metal bands of all time. I can understand that some fa**ot donkey sucking dipsh**s can not handle the intensity of Slayer but by all the Gods if there is one band that has stayed true to the metal cause and has not wavered one f***ing milimetre is the gods of metal - SLAYER!!!!!!!!

# Dec 3, 2004 @ 3:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. nvertedkros writes:

all of you f***tards dont know sh** possessed, venom, celtic frost, motorhead and necrophagia all before slayer. Rob halford of judas priest is a confirmed fag and his music does not compare to slayer you dumbass' METAL UP YOUR ASS! b****

# Dec 3, 2004 @ 5:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Big_Dan writes:

nvertedkros, stop going on websites to get bands you never heard off while you are writing! we are talking about bands that are BETTER than Slayer, I didn't say "there was never a good band before slayer", why do all you kids bring divoid metal bands up to me that suck? Celtic Frost? okay they're good, but they are to cheesey to compare to Slayer, jesus! Motorhead, basically like Slayer only Slayer is just heavier, got the speed (well probably the closest thing that could compare at that time), but lack the brute force of slayer. read what I am said before, before you write something on here typing bands up that we all first heard when we were 12 and grew-up with, and thinking you know about metal because you type the sh**ty bands! (except venom, and motorhead)

# Dec 3, 2004 @ 10:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Big_Dan writes:

by the way the metal up your a$$ thing was a dead giveaway that you are a trendmetaler

# Dec 3, 2004 @ 10:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. THE MOST PISSED OFF MAN IN AUSTRALIA writes:

WTF is goin on y are there actually people that exsist that are putting down slayer ....must be slipknot fans altho if they had brains theyd know that sh**knot are influenced by none other than slayer aswell as with pretty much every metal band since slayer churned out the best thrash metal songs ever and just got better and better over time, the only bands that could slightly compete with slayer today although a differnet style is lamb of god if randy lost the emo punk look. As for bands before slayer yer there were plenty that are considered better but u have to think they were all different styles of metal and every has different preferences on wen they wanna listen to priest or maiden or none other than the gods sabbath but then wen slayer came into the scene that preference yurned for something faster heavier more aggresive and brutal something that screamed im gonn fukin stab you in the jugular if ya dun get outta my way fuker and thats wot slayers legacy is, not if they were better or worse but they were just themselves doin it there way which in turn is the right way all on its own. Point is they didnt copy they created something very few if any band are doin 2day....so all you aspiring bands dont just be part of a scene create something different be original.

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21. >>SeRa<< writes:

I agree with the most p***ed off man in Australia.

# Dec 4, 2004 @ 7:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. MadK writes:

Me too how can hate Slayer? And folks Priest still rules!!!

# Dec 4, 2004 @ 7:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. >>SeRa<< writes:

I know true, like anyone could even dislike Slayer ... except those fa**oty RnB d*** heads.

# Dec 4, 2004 @ 7:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. MadK writes:

Korntards, Papa Roach fans fine example of folks that hate Slayer.

# Dec 4, 2004 @ 7:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. >>SeRa<< writes:

I'm really hoping you dont like Slipknot MadK, coz they are the biggest poser fa**ots ever.

# Dec 4, 2004 @ 8:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. MadK writes:

Believe it or not and I argued this with killer. I actually liked their first 2 albums but that
crappy Vol. 3 made me lose faith in that band.

# Dec 4, 2004 @ 8:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. >>SeRa<< writes:

A mate gave me their new album and i was all like "umm... thanx ... really ... umm ... it's great ..." ... IT'S f***EN GAY!

# Dec 4, 2004 @ 8:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. MadK writes:

Yeah I heard that Vermillion part 2 song on the radio the other day and I thought they were doing a
Simon and Garfunkel cover it was fukkin bloody awful!

# Dec 4, 2004 @ 8:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. >>SeRa<< writes:

hahahaha yeah true ... were you involved in that fa**oty thing where all them dudes were saying they were gonna like kill each other???... oh and if there are any other slayer obsessed girls out there please talk to me!!!

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30. justice361 writes:

i was at there nov. 28 show which was a great show. Could have been better if there was no kill switch engage fag band there. They played a really great set list. During the end of the show when they played raining blood i was thinking they were going to have like one great blood bucket to pour all over the floor. But if was like 5-10 fire sprinkers that like p***ed blood. Still a great show.

GOd or lemmie? trick question lemmie is GOD

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31. MadK writes:

No that was just some trailer trash hick named Muffy that was trying to start shiit with me.
I just made "it" looked stupid you know just kept on baiting him.

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32. >>SeRa<< writes:

Muffy?? Sounds like some kind of little kids toy.

# Dec 4, 2004 @ 8:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. MadK writes:

Ha! Ha! Ha! A kids toy with a confederate flag T-shirt and a Toby Keith hat! Ahahahahahahaha!

# Dec 4, 2004 @ 8:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. >>SeRa<< writes:

wheeeeeeee

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35. ac666 writes:

...and an extra head.

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36. >>SeRa<< writes:

hahaha how rad i want 2 get me 1.

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