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Just seen they one if the guitarist from the band slayer died today of liver failure. RIP. he'll probably need it considering nearly every song they wrote was basically satanic.
But with that being said I loved them as a teenager.
I saw Slayer for the first time at Newport Music Hall in 88 and have been a huge fan ever since. The whole satanic thing, I mean yes the lyrics were dark but it was just music. I used to fall asleep to slayer when I was in high school and turned out fine. Heck it was a way to make millions of dollars doing what they loved to do and it just happened that that is the type of musice that put them at the top of the food chain.
Rest in Peace Brother Jeff I was lucky to have known you for the short time I did. Slayer forever!!
Losing Jeff is equal to losing Randy Rhoads and Dimebag. This is a truly great loss for every Metalhead in the world. I am happy that I got to see them for the last time with Jeff before the spider bite up in Cleveland. It was Testament, Megadeth, and Slayer. Killer show. Jeff was always the best songwriter in Slayer. Kerry has done a lot of writing on the last few records, but Slayer wouldn't be where they are today without Jeff. He did the majority of the writing on Slayer records.
When Dime got murdered, I missed a day of work. I am pretty depressed about this too. (If you aren't a Metalhead you wouldn't understand.)
Rest In Peace bro.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Buckeye Warrior 11 months ago
Saw that. Liver failure at 49. I would say he was living the rock & roll lifestyle. RIP
Great post. Huge loss for the metal community! Dime was a tough loss as is this. Life long Slayer fan and have seen them several times. Sucks!
I knew there would be a lot of slayer fans on this board. Hearing about this reminded me of many memories of hanging out with my friends, listening to loud metal and drinking lots of alcohol.
I was a fan of slayer but I was more of a Metallica fan. It's funny because most slayer fans weren't Metallica fans at the same time. They thought Metallica was too soft.
I know there was a lot of turmoil in the band recently with Lombardo. Hopefully the remaining members can put their differences aside
It is between Lombardo and King over money.
This is interesting. They're claiming that he had a flesh eating disease and he had gone for several surgeries. They are saying it came from a spider bite over a year ago.
So a band who sang songs about leprosy and other nasty death, disease, and satanism has their main band member die of flesh eating disease.
This post was edited by davebucknut 11 months ago
Yep, he got bit at the tail end of the Megadeth/Slayer Tour. The Slayer Management team or band members never really went into detail about how bad his condition really was. They put out a statement that he got bit in the arm and that he got it treated and was in rehab. Kery King gave an interview about a month ago and said that Jeff was looking forward to returning to the band on the road and was already writing music for the next Slayer release. They pretty much kept it under wraps about how bad he really was.
He was actually bitten over 2 years ago. and he lost quite a bit of his flesh, he was pretty much dead a couple of times but pulled through. We all thought he was going to make it but when it's our time nothing any of us can do.
dave, I know you started this thread and said you were a big Slayer fan as a teenager, but the last comment it seemed like you were saying he deserved it because of their music content. Do you dislike Anthony Hopkins and wish him to be murdered and eaten for his part as Hannibal Lector? It's all a show they are all entertainers and we all can't like stupid pop music.
I agree. The whole metal "satan" thing is mostly for show. As in show business.
Well I am torn on this one because as a fan of heavy metal bands like these were awesome. However as a Christian I have grown to dislike satanic lyrics.
And no I don't think he deserved this, but one has to ponder if he died of something that is basically one of the worst ways to die- that also happens to be similar to the plagues written about in the Bible-which they often wrote about and mocked in their music.
Like I said as a teenager I was a HUGE metalhead however now I'm 36 years old married with a child and I look at my mortality and my eternal life differently than I did then.
I wish he could've pulled out of it and by no means did I intend on turning this thread into a religious tone but damn it seemed kind of obvious to me they it was nothing less than ironic that he does in this way.
Oh I get it. Just like alive cooper but off the heads of snakes for showmanship or how Woody would slightly cut his hat so he could tear it in half in front of his team to get them riled up. I'm not blind to that, however there is showmanship and there is bands writing lyrics about satanism for roughly 30 years of their lives.
Nah. Not every song they wrote held Satanic meanings. They wrote songs about serial killers, necrophylia, religion, anti-religion, and warfare. Their music basically attempted to tap into the aggressive emotions.
I had a slayer mix I used to use when I lifted back in my early to mid 20's. I used to get crazy pumped up and hyper aggressive. Who needs steroids when you have Angel of Death, Alter of Sacrifice, and Reign in Blood?
"The only thing That Team Up North will be tasting this year is the salty tears of defeat" - UFM
To be clear Tom Araya and Dave Lombardo are both Christians. Araya is actually Catholic and I have actually heard him say he still believes in the Catholic faith. He does not actually believe in the "satanic lyrics" in Slayer songs, and has said that he just thinks the content of their songs is for entertainment and only enjoys them in that way. I also heard somewhere that Lombardo at one piont was in a Christian band or at least contemplated being in one at one point.
I believe it was Hanneman and King who were the atheists in the band.
Regardless, no one in Slayer are true Satanists. When it comes to Satanism in their lyrics, they are true posers. (damned good ones at that haha!)
Now, if you want to talk about true satanic bands, go listen to the likes of Behemoth, Gorgoroth, Emperor, Dark Funeral, Burzum, Darkthrone, Rotting Christ, or Bathory.
That's interesting. If araya is a Christian than I would think it would be difficult for him to sing some of the words. Either way slayer musically was amazing. And Lombardo is one of the best drummers ever to live. As for the guitar of king and henneman they were very good.
Like I said I didn't want to come off as a bible thumper but I just thought it was worth pointing out that henneman wrote songs about satanic things and then died of a flesh eating disease.
If you notice I posed a question of coincidence?
i'm not saying any of these guys are/were choirboys but all those metal bands of the 70's, 80,'s, etc. were using it for publicity, image, entertainment. It is an escape for people. the bible thumping conservatives should have just ignored it but they took it way too seriously. Ozzy, one of the original so called satanist, is more like the typical drugged out college kid than a devil worshipper. lol
you have to separate the "art" from reality. It would be like saying that a movie maker/or actor who deals with child molestation in his movies is a child molester or serial killer or whatever.
most these guys don't want anything to do with their persona after their tour/show is over.
This post was edited by BucknutsFan465 11 months ago
OK, I have talked to Kerry King about the satanic lyrics thing. No, we are not friends and no it was not a 3 hour long conversation. However, he did tell me that they had 2 different purposes when they wrote them and it was at 2 different times. When they first started out in the mid 1980's religious groups were at their peak and on a rampage against everyone who they thought was against God (Jimmy Swaggert vs. Ozzy, PMRC, etc). Those early satanic lyrics were written as an "in-your-face" move to go against the grain. Later in their career the satanic lyrics were written as another "in-your-face" type of move against religious people who keep bombarding them with emails, letters, and complain about their concerts.
Again, this came from Kerry King himself. Basically, the lyric were always written for them to stand out, piss off groups that attacked them, and to go against the grain. They wrote and played what they wanted. Which is what art is all about, expression.
By the way, the extreme Left wing church Westoro Baptist Church is going to sing a parody of Crazy Train and picket Jeff's funeral.
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