After seeing Slayer for what is probably the last time, I decided it was more than appropriate to write an article discussing the band's legacy and impact on this genre of music. I managed to catch the band twice on their final tour in both Dortmund and Berlin, Germany. I was more than flawed at these performances. The sound, aggression and of course the legendary music is something that fans all across the world will miss.
I think that Slayer is a large part of what this genre of music has become. Close to 40 years of continous brutality has meant that a large percentage of bands owe something to this band. They are undoubtedly responsible for influencing and spawning extreme metal with their legendary discography. I truly believe that when all is said and done that Slayer belong among the great names with Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest (just to name a few).
It is because Slayer not only brought so many classic songs to the metal genre but also the band has an unrelenting "no-bullshit" attitude tied in with their persona. They continously stuck to the formula that made them great and never stopped giving to the metal world. Their iconic status is something that will be sorely missed, but it is great to see the band go out strong, with the ability to still put out great music (Repentless) but also deliver crushing live performances.
Slayer for me, like so many other fans was the introduction to the faster, more extreme and brutal part of music which has dominated my life. I can't imagine where I'd be if I had never bought Reign in Blood or never became obsessed with South of Heaven/Seasons in the Abyss. Slayer are engraved into the DNA of metal and I won't ever forget the impact they've had on my life.