After over 30 years of head-banging madness it is time to say goodbye to one of metal's most legendary bands. It is impossible to explain the influence and impact Slayer have had over the genre, and many of the bands we all love today would not exist without Slayer. They are responsible for some of thrash's best albums and developing the sound and image of extreme metal. Say what you will about the lack of diversity in their albums, you cannot ignore their riffing, iconic status and importance.
It is difficult to produce so many albums with such consistent brutality and that is exactly what Slayer have always done. Much like AC/DC, Cannibal Corpse (to name a few), Slayer have done what they do best, and it takes balls to stick to what you love and not be overcome with the pressure to change what isn't broken.
Metal as a whole can all agree that the band's 3rd effort Reign in Blood will forever be regarded as one of metal's finest moments. It is from this 28 minute masterpiece that bands have obsessed over for 30 years. The riffs on this album are beyond comprehension. Slayer where fast, heavy, brutal and consistently upstaged other bands live.
Their legacy cannot be denied and they will be sorely missed. It is only a matter of time that all these bands will retire and move on, so I believe that rather than being negative, we admire the legacy that Slayer will leave, and acknowledge the importance of such an iconic band.