Recognize the band in the picture? Well, you should. That’s Slayer, one of the greatest heavy metal bands of all time. They influenced all heavy metal bands that came after them and all but created death metal as we know it. With each album they have taken a new approach to their sound, so with each release it’s like a fresh start from a familiar band. And you’re never lacking in talent with this group. These are probably some of the greatest rock musicians ever assembled.
But I’m not only here massage their egos, I really wanted to share a couple of their better songs that may not be as well known to some. Like “Chemical Warfare,” which is the first first track off of their EP Haunting the Chapel. The EP was released in 1984, two years before their classic album Reign in Blood, and was a sign of what was to come from one of heavy metal’s biggest bands. “Chemical Warfare” is a very fast song with mile-a-second guitars and Tom Araya’s strong, deliberate vocals. I was utterly blown away the first time I hear it, which is why I wasn’t surprised when I learned that it’s a regular for Slayer’s live shows. Needless to say, it’s a very intense song and well worth a listen.
Another song from Slayer’s repertoire that’s well worth a listen is “Point,” which is the last track off of their album Diabolus in Musica. This album was released in 1998, 14 years after Haunting the Chapel. Listen to the songs from each of these albums and hear how Slayer’s sound has changed over the years. “Point” still has the speed and the intensity of “Chemical Warfare” but it also borrows some elements from the hardcore genre. Just listen to Araya’s raging vocals and you can hear that influence. But no matter what, this song rocks and it will get your head-a-bangin’ and air guitar-a-ragin’, I guarantee.