The decade from 2000 – 2010 was good to Slayer. They abandoned nu-metal pretentions and returned to unapologetic thrash. Then, Jeff Hanneman got sick in a freak occurrence, suffered with his mental health, and died, all in only 2 years. It would prove the beginning of the end.
Slayer – 4 normal dudes who put out ‘Show No Mercy’ on a shoestring. Not long afterwards, they had con-quered the thrash world forever with the legendary ‘Reign in Blood’, probably the greatest offering in the genre of all time. So what happened in between? Let The Hawk fill in the blanks.
It’s funny, isn’t it, how performers in Classic Heavy Metal bands often come from such ‘normal’ backgrounds. No special education, no big connections. Just a love of the music, big dreams, and plenty of elbow grease. Slayer are a great example – 4 normal dudes who did something exceptional.
‘Reign in Blood’ is the seminal 1986 offering by Slayer and widely voted by many fans to be the greatest Thrash Metal record ever made. There are other strong candidates, but everyone would agree that it has a super strong claim. But what makes it so good? Classic Metal Hawk has a few ideas.