Metal Hammer (UK)


First Sabbath, then Slayer dropped their own bombshell…


“After 35 years, it’s time to collect my pension”, laughed Slayer’s Tom Araya in 2016. Surely he was exaggerati­ng? Slayer had been reinvigora­ted by the arrivals of Paul Bostaph and Gary Holt and were putting on some of their finest gigs in years. They weren’t really starting to wind down, were they? Yep.

“The end of days is near,” announced an early 2018 video revealing that the band would be embarking on one, final world tour. One of metal’s greatest bands was calling it a day. But what a gloriously wild ride it’s been.

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