Posts Tagged ‘Jeff Hanneman’

Slayer-God-Hates-Us-All-singIt is crazy to think that 17 years ago was the day that terrorists would attack the twin towers in New York on that awful day. It is a day that Americans will never forget because it had an impact on us that I would have to think that Pearl Harbor had on America back when that happened. 17 years ago today, Slayer would release an album that would put them back on the map (not that they ever left) in God Hates Us All. It was an album that had a different approach to it as Kerry King took over writing duties lyrically and it was the first album to not be produced by Rick Rubin since 1985’s Hell Awaits. The album was produced by Matt Hyde while it featured Tom Araya (Lead Vocals/Bass), Jeff Hanneman (Guitar), Kerry King (Guitar), and Paul Bostaph (Drums) on what would be his last Slayer record until 2015’s Repentless. The albums release was delayed due to controversy over the album cover that you see above so it was finally released on September 11, 2001. Then to make matters worse, the band took a lot of heat for the album because of what had happened on the day it came out. This was the second time, the band was blamed for something like this as they filmed the music video for Seasons In The Abyss in Egypt just before the Gulf War started. Nonetheless, the album debuted and peaked at number 28 on the Billboard Top 200 charts selling 51,000 copies in it’s first week.

51SYlv5R4hL1. Darkness Of Christ– It’s just an intro track, but it feels like unholy hell is about to be unleashed on you and you are going to wish it never happened. 5/5

2. Disciple– This is the unholy hell that is unleashed on you in the form of this bulldozer of a track that smashed your brains to pieces while reminding you that God doesn’t actually love you. Just look at everything that happens in the world. 5/5

3. God Send Death– A track that Jeff Hanneman wrote that is about people who kill for pleasure after Hanneman had read several books about serial killers. 5/5

4. New Faith– An interesting track that is about someone who has followed a religion blindly for so long that he finally wakes up and sees what has been wrong with faith the whole time. He see’s the indulgences that are tempting him to sin, etc. 4.5/5

5. Cast Down– a track that is all about a fallen angel who gets in to a really serious drug habit that is ruining his life in typical extreme Slayer style music. 4/5

6. Threshold– an in your face track that matches the attitude of the lyrics which is about a guy who is at his wit’s end with an individual who is just pissing him off. 4.5/5

7. Exile– a fierce track that is all about hating that person that is so opposite of you that you want to exile them from your life so bad. Everyone has one of these in their lives. 4.5/5

SLAYER-God-Hates-Us-All-4-18. Seven Faces– A very eerie and melodic intro before pure madness ensues with one hell of a scream from Araya helps drive this track about someone who is falling for every temptation like the seven deadly sins. 4.5/5

9. Bloodline– My favorite track on the whole album that originally appeared on the Dracula 2000 soundtrack and was the band’s test to see if they wanted Matt Hyde to produce the record. The song is about vampires or just people who feed on your life all the time. 5/5

10. Deviance– This is the other track on the album that Jeff Hanneman wrote about people who kill for pleasure in his obsession with why do they do it. The track even opens with a police officer calling in something and a woman screaming to amplify the theme. 4.5/5

11. War Zone– This song is just pure intensity right from the start as it feels like a machine gun blasting pure metal anarchy right at you in this track that is you telling someone that there is no way in hell that you are afraid of them and you’ll bring the fight to them whenever and wherever. 5/5

12. Here Comes the Pain-a track that was written for a WCW video game I believe that is your typical macho bravado I am going to kick your ass song. 4/5

13. Payback– The last track on the record does not let up as it brings the intensity with no problems at all. The lyrics are pretty self explanatory as it’s all about revenge. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– Kerry King said he wanted to stop doing lyrics about Satan and what ever else D&D related and more street credible lyrics and it certainly paid off to a point. There is no denying his abilities as a writer and it certainly ranks up there with the best of them. My favorite tracks on the album are Bloodline, Disciple, War Zone, and God Send Death. To clarify, I like all of the songs, but if I had one that I least liked it would be the last two tracks just cause they’re kind of generic to me. I am giving the album 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.

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Slayer Seasons In The AbyssLast night, I witnessed one of the best performances by thrash metal legends Slayer since the passing of Jeff Hanneman at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in Boston, MA. It inspired me to finish the trilogy of albums that featured Dave Lombardo (Drums) as I already covered Reign In Blood and South Of Heaven. The album that I am covering for today is the band’s fifth studio album Seasons In The Abyss which was the first through Def American, was produced once again by Rick Rubin, but was the last to feature Lombardo on drums for a long time. The rest of the band was rounded out by Tom Araya (Bass/Lead Vocals), Kerry King (Guitar), and the late Jeff Hanneman (Guitar). The best way to describe the album is to look at it as the best of both South and Reign with fast and heavy tracks to go along with the more melodic and evil sounding tracks. Upon it’s release on October 9, 1990, the album would peak at number 40 on the US Billboard Top 200 and it peaked in the top 20 in the UK as it made it’s way to be certified Gold (selling 500,000).

117471726-21.War Ensemble– The punishing and sonic ear drums destroying, neckbreaker of a track kicks the album and describes the world’s obsession with war. 5/5

2. Blood Red– Another amazing track that is just hammering as they talk about communist dictatorships. The track also features an amazing guitar solo that displays that signature sound from the boys. 5/5

3. Spirit In Black– Another razor fast barn burner from the band in a track that talks about that infamous spirit in black that haunts you and wants to possess. The cool thing about the track is out of nowhere the band speeds the tempo to Reign In Blood like pace. 4.5/5

4. Expendable Youth– The tempo is slowed down a little, but this is one of my favorite tracks on the album that is an absolute headbanger from beginning to end. The track is social commentary on the youth who grow up in less desirable conditions where killing is all they know. 5/5

5. Dead Skin Mask– A very melodic South Of Heaven-esque track that according to Tom Araya live is a love song, but it’s really a track about serial killer Ed Gein who inspired the characters of Leatherface and Norman Bates. 5/5

6. Hallowed Point– Another superfast tempo track in a track that could be about a gun and the damage that a hallowed point can cause. 4.5/5

Slayer-Seasons-In-The-Ab-4905707. Skeletons of Society– Another one of my personal favorites on the album that is a slowed down tempo, but it’s a headbanger for sure. The song could be talking about war and the the effects of an atomic bomb. 5/5

8. Temptation– A return to the fast tempo like sonic assault that we all love from the band in a track that is about giving into temptation. 4/5

9. Born Of Fire– Another super sonic razor fast assault from the band in a track that could be talking of the coming of something like the antichrist. 4.5/5

10. Seasons In The Abyss– The last track on the album and another of my personal favorites in a track that talks about the abyss (as maybe Aliester Crowley once described). 5/5

My Final Thoughts– The three Slayer albums (Reign, South, and Seasons) are the most untouchable albums in the history of Thrash Metal. It’s some of the best work the band ever did in their careers and don’t get me wrong because they’ve had other triumphs throughout. It just shows the magic that is the dynamics they had and that shouldn’t be taken for granted. I am giving the album 4.75 stars out of five for a final grade.

2017-headerAfter an awesome first round, we are looking for your help to keep the momentum going because without you guys, there is no Pedal To The Metal Tournament. You the fans have always decided the outcome of the tournament as you have crowned champion after champion. So, with that being said, we have some awesome matches for you guys to check out and we are keeping them all in the same post for now for the sweet sixteen. We strongly encourage that you vote for every match up in the tournament because this is all about supporting the metal community no matter what sub-genre it is. In the Dio/Lemmy division, Queensryche looks to keep their luck going as they take on the legend from Germany U.D.O. meanwhile Accept is looking to keep the fight alive as they take on former two time champion Judas Priest. The Hanneman divsion has some great match ups like one mega match that pins Big Four members Megadeth against Slayer. The other match is a good one as well and it features one band that brings a strong argument to the table as to why it should be the Big Five and not the Big Four in Exodus as they take on a band that brings a strong argument as to why that Big Four stuff should be expanded to more in Testament. The Schuldiner division features the defending champion Destruction take on Viking Metal Kings Amon Amarth as well as 2015 winner Kreator taking on the mighty Cannibal Corpse. The last division, the metal to the core division, features Lamb Of God taking on All That Remains while Killswitch Engage does battle with Trivium. You all have until the end of Match 21st to vote for who you want to see move on the Elite 8 round. So, vote carefully and wisely, but have a lot of fun and spread the word.

2017 Bracket sweet sixteen

There was a screw up where the Slayer/Megadeth match closed early, so we have another poll for all of you to keep voting for that one. At the end, we’ll combine both scores together. Sorry for the inconvenience

pedalWell, now it’s down to this and the Elite 8 round of the 2016 Pedal To The Metal Tournament has come to a close. It has been a really interesting tournament so far as who you would expect to win hasn’t and sometimes the battles are lopsided. We have seen some upsets in the tourney, but that is what makes these things interesting. In the Dio division final, Iron Maiden was looking to make the final four for the second year in a row while newcomer Primal Fear was looking to continue their streak. Unfortunately, some dreams come to an end and Iron Maiden pulled off a lopsided victory beating Primal Fear 160 to 50. In the Lemmy Kilmister division final, Avenged Sevenfold and Ghost were looking to continue making waves as both bands took out some giants along the way to this match. Unfortunately for Avenged Sevenfold, the road ends here as Ghost easily took them down 110 to 61. In the Jeff Hanneman division, we had a pretty tight race as Testament and Megadeth were both looking for a shot at the final four. Testament ultimately came out in the end big winners as they beat Megadeth 114 to 99.

The Final FourI saved the best match for last because this one was exciting. In the Chuck Schuldiner division, we had the defending champions Kreator take on fellow Big Teutonic Four member Destruction in a match where the lead changed every day. When I first followed this match, Destruction had a pretty comfortable lead over Kreator, but it quickly changed the next day. All of a sudden, Kreator had the comfortable lead over Destruction and with a day left to vote it looked like they increased their chances to defend the title successfully. That is until I checked the results today and Destruction was back in the lead. In fact, Destruction has eliminated the defending champion Kreator 186 to 153. So, you’re final four round is set and ready to go. Testament will be taking on Destruction while Iron Maiden does battle with Ghost.

pedalHere are your results for the Sweet Sixteen or second round as it was listed or if it helps you any better think of it as the divisional semifinals. We had some match ups in the second round that we thought were going to be good and some of them just ended up being landslide victories all due to fan participation thanks to the bands sharing it with their fans. In the Schuldiner division, the matches were complete blow outs as Destruction defeated Entombed AD by 25 votes and Kreator easily dispatched Cannibal Corpse (who had the best fan participation in the previous round) by 19 votes. That puts Kreator even closer to a chance at repeating as Pedal To The Metal Champion, but they’ll have to defeat fellow Big Four of Teutonic Thrash heavyweight Destruction to do so. In the Hanneman Division, Megadeth gained a big victory over fellow Big Four member Slayer by a single vote. Testament kicks out last years surprise band Death Angel by beating them by 6 votes. In the Dio Division, Iron Maiden has taken a step closer to the championship once again as they defeated two time champion Judas Priest by a vote. Newcomers Primal Fear continue to impress as they defeated the mighty Accept by five votes. Int he Lemmy Kilmister division, the upstarts defeated the legends. Ghost took down Alice Cooper by taking half the votes while Avenged Sevenfold just edges out Guns N Roses. Here are your Elite 8 (or divisional finals) matches:

Elite 8 Bracket

pedalIt is that time again to check out all of the bands that are still in the 2016 Pedal To The Metal Tournament and cast your vote to show your support. We are in the sweet sixteen round of the tournament or the Jeff Hanneman Division Semifinals and we have some interesting matchups for you guys here. The one I am most excited to see how it tuns out is between Big Four mega giants Slayer and Megadeth. Megadeth already took care of Metallica, but can they luck continue as the band takes on Slayer whose coming off a big win against Annihilator. The next match up in the division is between Testament and Death Angel. Death Angel has made it close to the promise lands before and they are looking to go all the way, but they’ll have to do it against the mighty Testament who easily dispatched Anthrax in the first round. You have until March 23RD to cast your vote for who you want to advance.

Megadeth vs slayer

testament vs death angel

Here is the first round match ups for the Jeff Hanneman Division (formerly known as the Thrash Metal division) in the 2016 Pedal To The Metal tournament which is our March Madness style tourney. The biggest match of the first round in this division could be the Megadeth vs Metallica match up which seems to happen annually sometimes. The division also features some interesting match ups between Slayer taking on Annihilator, Death Angel taking on Flotsam And Jetsam, and Testament taking on Anthrax. What upsets will the first round bring, you’ll have to vote and find out. As usual, there is a time limit to vote and you have until Sunday April 20TH to vote.

megadeth vs metallica

annihilator vs slayer

flotsam vs death angel

testament vs anthrax