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Album Review: Slayer – Repentless


Slayer-RepentlessAlbum:  Repentless

Label:  Nuclear Blast

Release Date:  11 Sep 2015

Genre:  Thrash

Songs:  12

Length:  42 Minutes

Previous Albums:  Show No Mercy (1983); Hell Awaits (1985); Reign In Blood (1986); South Of Heaven (1988); Seasons In The Abyss (1990); Divine Intervention (1994); Undisputed Attitude (1996); Diabolus In Musica (1998); God Hates Us All (2001); Christ Illusion (2006); World Painted Blood (2009)

Location:  United States

I didn’t realize that it had been so long since Slayer’s “World Painted Blood” album back in ’09.  I went to look back and see if we reviewed it, but Metal State didn’t exist back then.  So, this is our first ever review of a Slayer album.  Looks like a retro-review is due.

Back in the day…or a long time ago in the late 80s, early 90s listening to Slayer meant you crossed the line as a metal fan.  I wasn’t keen to what was going on in Europe as a teenager (except for Helloween), but for American standards listening to and loving Slayer meant that you were full-blown metalhead and there was is no coming back from that.  It was a one-way ticket to hell and I was in the front row.  Slayer was a more extreme level than the rest of the Big Four and being a fan was taken seriously.  Seeing a Slayer show in a small club was one of the most intense experiences I have ever had.  On another note, I remember cutting school just to buy their live “Decade of Aggression” album with my buddy…we were such rebels, not!  Just die-hard geeks.  Anyway, owning Slayer material, going to their pummeling shows (10 of them), and trying to interpret their lyrics was time consuming, but time well spent.  Read the rest of this entry

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R.I.P. Jeff Hanneman


hannemnI’m sure by now you’ve all heard the abrupt, unexpected, and tragic news of the passing of one of the most influential metal musicians that ever lived.  Not only was Jeff Hanneman one of the founding members the legendary Slayer, he was a founder of a scene and style that forever changed the landscape of heavy metal as we know it.  With reckless abandon Slayer and he pushed thrash metal into its extremes not only in their taboo subject matter, but also in musical technique.  The speed, the riffs, the brutality, the frantic solos, the chaos, that was pretty much almost all Jeff as he was a stellar guitarist, but as well he was Slayer’s main songwriter.  And like them or not, you can not deny the massive impact of Slayer bringing thrash to unheard of territory had on metal.  Without Jeff and Slayer we’d be lacking that extreme punch that a large portion of metal is revered for.

So, ya, with a heavy heart, as a community, we bid adieu to one of the most iconic and influential members of our community.  He may be gone, but will never, not even for a second, will ever be forgotten.  R.I.P. Jeff.  This SSSSSSSSSSSLLLLLLLLLLLLAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! is for you.  I ask that instead of a moment of silence we all embrace a moment of Slayer!  Take the time today to crank some Slayer at the loudest possible volume and headbang like there’s no tomorrow.  That’s how Jeff would have wanted it.  Peace Love and Slayer!!!!!

Press release from the band:

Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this morning near his Southern California home. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry, and will be sorely missed.

Our Brother Jeff Hanneman, May He Rest In Peace (1964 – 2013)

The 12 Days of Metalmas: Day 6: Six Slayers Slaying


sleigherOn the 6th day of Metalmas my true love gave to me
Six Slayers Slaying
Fiiiiivveee Gooolllldd Riiinnnggsss
Four crying birds
Three French bands
Two headless doves
And an Opeth in a pear tree

SSSSSSSSSSLLLLLLLLLLLLLEEEEEEEEIIIIIIIIIGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Do I really need to say more?  Enjoy a bunch of random Slayer videos (the last one is by far my favorite Slayer video ever).

More Slayer videos after the jump:

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21 Days ‘Till Doomsday #11 – Raining Blood (Slayer)


Raining Blood from a lacerated sky…

Is this the way it’s going to happen?  I suppose of all the ways the end of the world could happen, raining blood would be a cool thing to see…a bit messy, but more interesting than an earthquake that swallows the world or a massive end-all volcano.  Raining Blood appears off the, arguably, best Slayer album, Reign in Blood.  My personal favorite is Seasons in the Abyss, but RIB is nothing to shake a stick at; a 35 minute masterpiece!  I wish there was an official video for this song, I bet it would be pretty cool.  Instead, we have the live version from the Reign in Blood DVD.

Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time #5-1


It’s over!  Here are my last five in the long journey of my Top 100 Favorite Albums of all time.  As much as I look at my list I don’t think I would change anything for some time to come.  If you have been following along, you know that a bunch of us at The History of Metal on facebook have been sharing our favorite albums over the course of several months.  Some of us are complete while others joined in fairly recently.  So, we are all still sharing.  If you are new to this, it’s never too late to throw down your favorite albums.  Enjoy!

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Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time #30-26


As we journey down the path to my number 1 favorite album of all time, you will likely see more and more classic metal albums appearing on the list.  Many of these albums have been my favorites for decades while some are relatively new….only came into my life in the last couple of years.  This all-time list is an ongoing effort started by our friends at The History of Metal page on facebook.  Each day we list another album until we get to the end which should take us just up to the end of the year.  Below is my next list of five as we near our way to #1.  Enjoy!

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Who Wants a Sparkling Richard?


A couple of months ago I did a post on bands that did covers of metal songs in a very unmetal way (said post here).  Of all the covers I put in that post, the one that impressed me the most was by a band that goes by the delightful name Glitter Dick.  Their surf rock rendition of Slayer’s “Seasons in the Abyss” and accompanying video was just to damn rad and I have listened to the tune a number of times since.

The guys in Glitter Dick have completed their debut album, Sparkling Richard, but like many starting bands, lack the funds to get the album released.  That’s where the ever-so-wonderful Kickstarter comes in.  So, if you dig some crusty rock and roll, dick and fart jokes, and silly Slayer covers and have a wad of cash burning a hole in you wallet give a watch to the innuendo laden infomercial below, listen to that rockin’ Slayer cover, check out the rockin’ original track, and head over to Glitter Dick’s Kickstarter page to make a pledge.  I guarantee it will add a nice sheen to your johnson while you rock out with your cock out.  Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!

Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time #45-41


As we journey down the path to my number 1 favorite album of all time, you will likely see more and more classic metal albums appearing on the list.  Many of these albums have been my favorites for decades while some are relatively new….only came into my life in the last couple of years.  This all-time list is an ongoing effort started by our friends at The History of Metal page on facebook.  Each day we list another album until we get to the end which should take us just up to the end of the year.  Below is my next list of five as we near our way to #1.  Enjoy!

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Matt’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time: #75-#71


Over on my favorite forum for rambling about metal, The History of Metal (it’s an open Facebook forum, so anyone, meaning you, can join and flap your jaw about metal with a wide variety of metalheads from all over the world), the admin made a challenge to all the members to create their top 100 albums of all time. Loving making lists I’m all on this. Between the ~1500 albums I have there is a lot to filter through and this has turned into quite a daunting, yet fun, challenge. This list will represent where I am with my favorite albums right now, if I were to do this last year or next year, while being similar, I’m sure there would be lots of differences. My only self-imposed limitation on this is I’m confining each band 3 albums in the list to avoid entire, very large, discographies over saturating it. Every 5 days or so I’ll make a post with the next 5 entries into the list. Fellow bloggers, I extend this challenge to you (and be sure to let me know where and when you’ll be posting it, I’d love to read it), and for readers without a blog join up with THOM and post yours there! Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

#75: Grace for Drowning by Steven Wilson

Going from touching and heartfelt to eerie and scary this album just hits every emotion that one can experience while listening to music. He also takes you through journeys with unexpected twists and turns that will leave you with surprise and awe at every bend. The top-notch prog-rock borders on metal territory at times, and is welcome to cross over and visit anytime. The lyric writing is superb as well, while being a bit cryptic at times, Mr. Wilson uses his words to build an image or emotion and when placed upon the backdrop of his music they create a tightly woven listening experience. IMHO this is some of Mr. Wilson’s best work and fans of all music should give this a listen, it’s just, wow. I also love the trio of music videos released for the album, the work that Lasse Hoile does with Steven is just A/V bliss.

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Theme Thursday – Concert DVDs


Personally, I am huge fan of a live show.  I love the energy, the performance, the roar of the crowd, and most importantly the decibel level of my favorite songs being played by talented metal musicians.  I like being in a crowd of peers; people who have at least one big thing in common with me…the band!  I like looking at all the band shirts and sparking up conversation about the shirt you are wearing.  It is all well worth going to work the next day red-eyed and ears ringing.  The only bad thing about a live show is that the things I love about them rarely translate well to film.  Some concerts have serious production value which is always cool, but in the end a DVD/Blu-Ray concert just does not do a show complete justice.  Does that stop me from buying them?  Hell no, it’s the next best thing to being at the show.  The theme this week is about some concert DVDs that I think are so well made that, if you are a fan of the band, these are must buys.

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