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post Oct 28 2008, 04:01 PM
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I have often wondered this.

I like Slayer. I've got all their albums. I listen to one every couple of months or so. (if averaged out over a few years)

I've seen them live 3x.

Why are they so popular?

They aren't that good.

What do you think it is about this band that gets them the fans it does? After all these years?


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post Oct 28 2008, 04:04 PM
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errm.. the fact that they are awesome! and Kerry King is jesus?

Idk maybe its a matter of taste, i like stuff more br()()tol than Slayer.. but i am still willing to admit that slayer is pritty much king.


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post Oct 28 2008, 04:12 PM
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I think they are a great band. I used to know every song and I learned a lot by playing their songs. Of course you have to have a taste for that kind of metal to be able to find it interesting. Their rhythm guitar figures are incredible. I like the lyrics and melodies also. They are also great live.


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post Oct 28 2008, 04:13 PM
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Slayer was the heaviest Thrash Band and also a founder of that genre. The fans stick with them because they stayed true to their musical style over the years, unlike other Thrash Gods (...Metallica's Load,Reload,St Anger)


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post Oct 28 2008, 04:31 PM
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I agree with the original post. I've listened to slayer, I've even seen them live. But often, they'e not more than complete rubbish, I don't understand why they are so popular.


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post Oct 28 2008, 04:37 PM
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Slayer have been rubbish since the Show No Mercy album.


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Don't get me wrong. I dont think they are rubbish. They are just one of those bands that seem to have achieved immortality for no apparent reason.

Like AC/DC and Def Leppard.

All 3 have played some good songs. And all three have a TON of forgettable material.

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AC/DC is a different thing. They are incredible because there first album they were 15 or something like that and they are still going over 30 years later. They are true legends.


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post Oct 28 2008, 04:43 PM
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I've never been a big fan of Slayer, I heard a couple of songs I though were good, but I guess together with Megadeth and Metallica they created thrash metal in the 80's. But for some reason I was more into Metallica and Megadeth and not Slayer.


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post Oct 28 2008, 05:08 PM
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Slayer has AMAZING rhythm - the brutalness of the dual guitar assault of jeff hanaman and kerry king is pretty serious. HOWEVER, their guitar soloing ability is laughable. They do chromatic solos that sound like poop mixed with whammy bar artificial harmonic abuse.
I listen to Slayer for their chugging rhythms and bad ass melodies - certainly not the solos.

I loveeee Slayer though hahah
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post Oct 28 2008, 05:17 PM
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I think they are what in metal is called TRUE, there´s a lot of bands (like metallica at the top) who has changed so much, I´m proud to say that slayer is not one of them.
so, when you listen to slayer, you feel their brutality, their passion...
people feels that, beside if they´re great musicians or not.


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post Oct 28 2008, 05:56 PM
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Yeah. I can see that.

Its more credibility to their roots and focus. Rather than musicianship.



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I remember in the Guitar Techniques magazine, the only song rated (difficulty 10/10) was a Slayer song - Raining Blood I think. I also think that Dave Lombardo is one of the best metal drummers ever. I agree that the soloing in Slayer is a bit funny bat that's not the point of that band at all.


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post Oct 28 2008, 06:33 PM
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I agree with Lian. Though I have to point out that it is not that hard for Slayer to stay "true", because they have a well defined sound and just need heavy riffs to fit their style. For bands like Metallica it's not that easy. Though I really like Slayer, especially Dave. smile.gif


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post Oct 28 2008, 06:45 PM
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QUOTE
I agree that the soloing in Slayer is a bit funny.


It always makes me feel better about my leads.



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One of my collegues showed me a cd from slayer a few months ago it was a bit to heavy for me but these days i noticed that i'm really listening more to blues then metal smile.gif

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post Oct 28 2008, 08:42 PM
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Credibillity is just a load of bullcrap. It's all about musicianship, nothing elese for me, I don't care if a band has any contact with some so called roots as long as they make good music. I can't say I enjoy slayers music as stated above. (allthough, they have some catchy songs, I have to admit that)


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post Oct 29 2008, 12:01 AM
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I despise Slayer but that isn't my point here.

All the talk people give about sticking to their roots and not changing is ridiculous. I don't want the same album 10 times. A wise musician once told me words I couldn't agree with more "Once you get one Slayer album you've heard them all."

A band should change things up every few album, or well, not so much change but. It seems Slayer has found the safe zone and they refuse to experiment in any way.


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I dont really like slayer. to be honest.

They are a great band, just not my type of band tongue.gif

I dont feel they're very popular =/


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post Oct 29 2008, 08:29 AM
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QUOTE (Lian Gerbino @ Oct 28 2008, 05:17 PM) *
I think they are what in metal is called TRUE, there´s a lot of bands (like metallica at the top) who has changed so much, I´m proud to say that slayer is not one of them.
so, when you listen to slayer, you feel their brutality, their passion...
people feels that, beside if they´re great musicians or not.

Agree totally. The bands that stay "true" are the ones that last for me.

QUOTE (Enucleation @ Oct 29 2008, 12:01 AM) *
I despise Slayer but that isn't my point here.

All the talk people give about sticking to their roots and not changing is ridiculous. I don't want the same album 10 times. A wise musician once told me words I couldn't agree with more "Once you get one Slayer album you've heard them all."

A band should change things up every few album, or well, not so much change but. It seems Slayer has found the safe zone and they refuse to experiment in any way.

Why is that ridicolous?
I don't listen to an artist because it is that specific artist. I listen to them because of the music they play.
I like a band because of their style or sound. If they change too much they are no longer what I liked about them. Some artists like to evolve into different styles and other artists don't. That's their choise. If I want to listen to a different sound or style I pick another artist. That's my choise.I see no problem with that. Change for the sake of change is rediculous.


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