Today is the International Day of Slayer. I’ve been a fan for almost twenty years now — but not quite on the level of this guy.
To celebrate, here is the video for 1990’s “Seasons in the Abyss.” This is the song that introduced me to Slayer, and remains one of my favorites. Unlike much of the music I listened to back then, it has aged quite well. See for yourself:
And just for fun, here is a gospel version of 1986’s “Angel of Death.”
If you like the heavy stuff, and haven’t gotten into Slayer, they have a rich and rewarding catalogue. Everything from 1986’s “Reign in Blood” up to 2006’s “Christ Illusion” ranks with the best of the genre.
And just to tie this in to the immigration issue, drummer Dave Lombardo is Cuban, and singer/bassist Tom Araya is Chilean. Both moved to the Los Angeles area at a young age. If the U.S. had a closed border policy as some conservatives now favor, an entire genre of music might never have been born.