Your favourite bands choose their gREAT­EST 25 SLAYER SONgS.

Pick­ing the 25 best Slayer songs of all time? An im­pos­si­ble task. Which is why we de­cided to get some of metal’s big­gest and bright­est names to pick them for us. We’re mean like that

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25 CHEM­I­CAL WAR­FARE (HAUNT­ING THE CHAPEL, 1984)

A grue­some bar­rage of vi­o­lent filth, Chem­i­cal

War­fare kicked off Slayer’s Haunt­ing The Chapel EP in fine, fe­ro­cious style; like Venom on glue, with ex­tra Satan.

picked by: pep­per keenan,

cor­ro­sion of con­form­ity

“Je­sus Christ, man! The best Slayer song? What a ques­tion! I would have to say Chem­i­cal

War­fare. I guess it’s be­cause I did a stage­dive in an arena off of a bal­cony from about 18 feet in the air when it was play­ing a few years ago. I jumped over, and it was that riff go­ing around in my head; the red lights went off and they’re still flash­ing to this day!”

24 SKELE­TONS OF SO­CI­ETY (SEA­SONS IN THE ABYSS, 1990)

A scathing, post-apoc­a­lyp­tic night­mare set to some of Slayer’s nas­ti­est riffs, this Sea­sons… high­light ham­mered home the band’s mastery of sonic un­ease.

picked by: Hanno klän­Hardt,

man­tar

“With this song, you re­ally can tell that Sea­sons In The Abyss was Slayer´s step into the 90s. I al­ways liked how sim­ple it is com­pared to other Slayer com­po­si­tions. The in­tro beat and riff­ing is al­most in­dus­trial-like, as well as the spo­ken-word parts dur­ing the hook. Very 90s. If this tune doesn’t make your head bang, you prob­a­bly don’t have a head.”

23 DEAD SKIN MASK (SEA­SONS IN THE ABYSS, 1990)

A peren­nial live favourite, usu­ally pre­ceded by Tom Araya rel­ish­ing the lyrics: ‘Dance with the dead in my dreams…’ The per­fect mu­si­cal salute to skin-suit se­rial killer Ed Gein.

picked by: James Mon­teith, tesseract “The melodic gui­tar work com­bined with huge, stomp­ing riffs makes this one of my firm favourites. The haunt­ing call-and-re­turn gui­tar in­tro and tag-team solo sec­tion are great ex­am­ples of the won­der­ful Han­ne­man-King gui­tar part­ner­ship. Their com­bined flu­id­ity and abra­sion on the gui­tar is, for me, the essence of Slayer.”

22 METAL STORM / FACE THE SLAYER (SHOW NO MERCY, 1983)

The long­est track on Slayer’s de­but was also the band’s most so­phis­ti­cated at that point; a two-part ex­pan­sion of the band’s feral at­tack.

picked by: ben Ward,

orange goblin

“Show No Mercy is my favourite Slayer al­bum and I could have cho­sen Black Magic, The An­tichrist, Evil Has No Bound­aries, Fight Till Death

– any of them! What I love about this song is that you can hear their ob­vi­ous love of Ju­das Priest and Iron Maiden, yet it still has that evil, un­der­ly­ing

men­ace that Slayer are the masters of. It’s just shy of five min­utes with about a mil­lion amaz­ing riffs all crammed into one song. It’s the def­i­ni­tion of evil heavy metal, and I fuck­ing love it!”

21 AL­TAR OF SAC­RI­FICE (REIGN IN BLOOD, 1986)

Be­fore it morphs into the equally vi­cious Je­sus Saves, this evil blitzkrieg reaches peak

Slayer when Tom bel­lows, ‘En­ter to the realm of SAY-TAAAN!’

picked by: Jes­sica pi­mentel, AC­TRESS/ALEKHINE’s gun

“I’ll never for­get the first time I got my hands on a copy of Reign In Blood.

I re­mem­ber lis­ten­ing to it and think­ing, ‘This is the heav­i­est shit, un­like any­thing I’ve ever heard in my life.’ My brain couldn’t quite wrap around its bru­tal­ity. I was com­pletely un­fa­mil­iar with this style of singing, and I was not re­ally able to un­der­stand ev­ery­thing Tom Araya was say­ing at first, but I kept catch­ing cer­tain words that sparked my cu­rios­ity and I wanted to fig­ure it out. Then I got to the track Al­tar Of Sac­ri­fice. The open­ing im­me­di­ately got my at­ten­tion more than any other song so far. I re­mem­ber sit­ting in my room with head­phones on, rewind­ing the song over and over and writ­ing down the lyrics as I was able to de­ci­pher them. ‘En­ter to the realm of…’

My blood went cold. Now I’ve done it. I’m go­ing to hell.”

20 HELL AWAITS (HELL AWAITS, 1985)

An im­mor­tal thrash metal clas­sic, Hell Awaits pro­claimed the re­fin­ing of Slayer’s sound while sound­ing ex­actly like mu­sic belched from Satan’s twisted throat.

picked by: alissa WHite-gluz,

arcH en­emy

“Hell Awaits has the same birth year as I do. It has back-masked mes­sages in the in­tro and dark, thrashy, vol­u­ble lyrics… once the vo­cals fi­nally kick in af­ter more than three min­utes of in­stru­men­tal build, this song is ex­tremely sat­is­fy­ing for those who love fast, an­gry, evil metal. Those sig­na­ture Han­ne­man and King leads, although in their in­fancy here, are un­mis­take­able. It’s hard for me to imag­ine a band hav­ing re­leased some­thing this heavy be­fore I was even born, which makes it even cooler to share the stage with them now in the present day – some­thing I’ve had the hon­our of do­ing on mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions. Al­ways raw and in­spir­ing, pi­o­neers and true leg­ends!”

19 RE­BORN

(REIGN IN BLOOD, 1986)

We all know ev­ery song on Reign In Blood is a to­tal face-flayer, but Re­born is even more in­tense than most. It’s 130 sec­onds of rag­ing ter­ror that will def­i­nitely

‘leave you ripped and torn!’

picked by: dani filtH,

cra­dle of filtH

“For some strange rea­son, Re­born was al­ways my favourite track on the Reign In Blood al­bum, sand­wiched some­where be­tween the al­bum’s me­galithic opener and closer. I love the hy­per­ac­tive groove of the song, the tem­pes­tu­ous gear changes and, above all, the lyrics about a pact with the Devil and a witch’s ret­ri­bu­tion against the church for be­ing tortured and burnt at the stake. It’s fast as fuck and

Tom Araya is ven­omous in his de­liv­ery. Re­born is just clas­sic

Slayer, and a song that re­ally de­serves far more at­ten­tion than it gets, hence my ap­pre­cia­tive waf­fling.”

Slayer in 1984, circaHaunt­ing The Chapel.top bun­cha lads

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