It is a well known fact now that heavy metal titans Slayer are departing from our realm. It is with great sadness that we wave them goodbye, their influence, iconic status and music has left an imprint on metal which few bands have attained. The band is known for a handful of songs which are among any guitar players repertoire, but I decided it was time to look at another side of Slayer and the songs that they may be less known for. Here is my list of the most underrated Slayer songs.
Spirit in black:
Seasons in The Abyss is a classic album amongst not only Slayer's catalogue but also among the metal great albums to come from the metal genre. It features a number of classic like Dead Skin Mask, Seasons in the Abyss. However this article is about the songs which many seem to forget when it comes to Slayer's discography. Spirit in Black is exactly what you'd expect from this band...fast and then well... faster. This song has everything that is iconic about Slayer and is definitely overlooked in their catalogue.
This song is definitely in my top 3 favourite Slayer songs ever. It begins with an eerie clean guitar part which sets the scene for an epic piece of blistering metal. 213 is dark, twisted and delves into the morbid acts of what we fear the most. The riff is one of my favourites from the Slayer catalogue and this is one of the best songs to come from the band since their classic 1980's era.
Criminally Insane will always be my favourite song off of Reign in Blood. That may be unpopular opinion and many people may overlook this track amongst the other epic contributions to that album. However for me this song has all the elements of a perfect thrash song. The riffing under the solo is perhaps one of my favourite rhythm sections ever and the slow... dare I say it, death metal riffing that follows after is nothing short of incredible. Reign in Blood belongs in the holy grail of metal but I will always believe that this song should receive more recognition.
Metalstorm / Face The Slayer:
Slayer's first album is one that is not really talked about when it comes to classic debut releases. That conversation always revolves around albums such as; Black Sabbath, Kill Em All, Slipknot's debut, just to name a few. However Slayer's debut album, Show No Mercy, is definitely one of the more under-looked and influential albums of that era. This album spawned a band which would have an unimaginable impact in the future. Metalstorm / Face The Slayer begins with an epic Judas Priest-like intro and takes us into the thrash madness that Slayer will be dearly missed for.
Spill the Blood:
South of Heaven for me personally is the band's most underrated album along with Hell Awaits. But the albums closer is something that I wish the band would add to their live performances. Like 213 the clean intro sets the scene of darkness with a heavy riff that follows. This song was the perfect way to end the successor to Reign in Blood.
Here Comes the Pain:
God Hates Us All is a great album through and through. It showed that even though Slayer has had little deviation from their original sound that great and heavy music could still be created. God Hates Us All was the album that the band needed to make at the time and it is a classic among the band's discography. For understandable reasons the album is widely recognised for the epic Disciple, however further attention is should be directed towards the B-Side of this album. Here Comes the Pain, is Slayer at a slower speed but still showcasing their ability to be just as heavy and impactful.
Ghosts of War:
Some days I do find myself questioning where my allegiance lies within the Slayer discography. I think that South of Heaven is the perfect follow up to Reign in Blood, and in my eyes the band couldn't have done any better to follow up such a masterpiece. Ghosts of War is one of my favourite tracks from this album as it showcases the bands open chugging riffs, classic production and lyrical content that brought the band so much attention.