Don’t Hate Me But I’m Just Not A Slayer Fan

how-to-draw-the-slayer-pentagram_1_000000001002_5Am I really a Slayer fan? This is a question I have asked myself repeatedly over the years. Surprisingly, it’s a question that I rarely if ever get asked. Why is that? The only thing I can think of is that it’s just assumed that if you’re a metal fan that you must be a Slayer fan. As a kid, Slayer was one of those bands that even then I felt that a lot of peers liked because of the imagery, the sheer volume, and the fact that it they pissed off parents, teachers, and the religious right. I remember having a Slayer Wehrmacht shirt when I was in 8th grade. I didn’t even really listen to Slayer but I thought the shirt was bad ass and that it would rile up my folks and teachers (I went to Catholic school).

I kind of consider Slayer to be one of those bands that gets mentioned all the time and in some ways I feel like the band’s name has become way more important than their actual music. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that Slayer sucks. Slayer has quite a few songs that I honestly think are pretty awesome fucking song. “Angel of Death”, “South of Heaven”, “War Ensemble”, “Raining Blood.” They’re all great songs but I don’t feel that they are any better than anything that Testament, Anthrax, or Megadeth had put out over the years. Why is it then that Slayer seems to ride on top of the pack when it comes to metal fans? I really can’t answer this one right out but just from my own experience, nobody that I know who is truly into metal and has been for decades will say that Slayer is the best of the best. Then, again, why do they get so much more fucking attention than any other band. I’m guess I answered that myself at the end of paragraph one.

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For those winters when it’s Snowing Blood

At some point in time, it seems like it just became cool and hip to like Slayer. Even the kids who used to beat me up and didn’t even really like metal seemed to start liking Slayer. Over the years Slayer ended up being like KISS or even Twisted Sister to be honest. Why those two bands? I’ll tell you why. Just in the past 5 years or so Slayer has branded themselves just the way KISS did. The Slayer logo is one of the most recognized logos in metal and can be found on everything from shirts to wine glasses to leggings (hey ladies!) to Christmas ornaments. A Slayer Christmas ornament. How’s that for irony kids? The way they remind me of Twisted Sister is that back in the 80’s the mentioning of Twisted Sister in the media was a common association to heavy metal at the time. They would get name dropped on the news and even in sitcoms. Comedian Brian Posehn even used them in a comedy bit saying that “It isn’t gay if you yell ‘SLAYER!’” Slayer has pretty much become yet another Hot Topic darling and it seems that they’ve totally embraced this.

To me, the idea of Slayer is way better than the actual band. Even as I write this I am listening to the band’s live compilation Decade of Aggression and I’m just thinking to myself that some of this is good but man, for the most part, it’s just a bunch of screaming and a bunch of frantic guitar playing and don’t get me started on the lead solos. When guitar players Jeff Hanneman (R.I.P) and Kerry King step up to take a lead, it’s like a spastic child racked out on Ritilin who was given a guitar and told, “PLAY IT!”

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Based on the mass appeal of Slayer and the fact that so many people I know love them, I feel like I should love them. The fact is that I just can’t wrap my head around so much of the imposed greatness of this band. I have seen Slayer 4 times live in concert of the years and every time I’ve seen them, while I never walked away thinking it sucked, I just didn’t walk away thinking, “Wow. That was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen.” Much like the Beatles, I can appreciate and respect Slayer for their important role in metal. I respect them for their longevity and for the fact that they’ve made it this far on their own terms but at the end of the day, I just can’t grasp on to the mentality that Slayer is the be all and end all of metal. To me, they are a classic metal band with some good songs but at the end of the day, I just can’t call myself a Slayer “fan.” Is that such a horrible thing?

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The Brainfart

Don (aka. The Brainfart) has been a heavy metal fan since hearing it for the first time in 1983. Don is also repsonsible for all of the typos, shitty grammar, and kick ass content on this site. Don likes cheap beer, whiskey, Coca Cola Icees, going to shows, and hanging with his kick ass wife, two cats (Drusilla & Coltrane) and dog (Cassie). He originally wanted to name his dog Shandi but his wife said, "No fucking way."