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Vintage Video: Slayer – War Ensemble

March 10th, 2012

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As far as we’re aware, March 10 (that’s the day we’re publishing this, for anyone who’s late to this particular party) isn’t a particularly important date in the calendar for any of the four members of Slayer. It isn’t any of their birthdays. It isn’t the anniversary of the release of any of their records. As far as we’re aware, it isn’t the date of their wedding anniversaries, or their children’s birthdays, or the anniversary of the first time Kerry King realised that it’s better to shave your head entirely once you start going bald, rather than suffer through the ignominy of trying to maintain the long-hair look once male pattern baldness takes hold.

It is, however, the birthday of producer Rick Rubin, arguably Slayer’s most influential (and in their early days, most frequent) studio collaborator. Which from our perspective makes it the perfect opportunity* to look back at the video to one of Slayer’s more overlooked numbers.

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Album: Slayer – World Painted Blood

November 9th, 2009

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World Painted Blood
American Recordings
02 November 2009

by Mark Eglinton

Sometimes waiting is a very good thing. Not always, but sometimes. On first listen to World Painted Blood back in what must have been mid August, it would have been condemned, mostly for production reasons, as their worst record since well..their last bad record.

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Throw the horns – it’s the International Day of Slayer

June 6th, 2009

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We shouldn’t need to tell you how much Thrash Hits loves Slayer. If Slayer was a lady, we would love them in a sexy way. If Slayer was a man, we’d be having a full-on bro-mance with them. Well, we would, but we suspect Kerry King would probaly beat us round their head with a BC Rich and feed us to his snakes. So you can bet your bottom dollar that Thrash Hits is gonna be playing Tom Araya and co as loud as our stereo will go today, in honour of the fourth International Day of Slayer.

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Thrash in the Attic: BBC2 circa 1989

May 29th, 2009

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Over the Bank Holiday weekend, we kept ourselves entertained thanks to a heads up from MetalSucks.net that the entire of Penelope Spheeris’ classic documentary on 80s metal, The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years, was streaming in its entirety. Its US-centric viewpoint got us thinking – surely there must be some more UK-centric metal documentaries out there? Little did we know that the results of just a little bite of searching would be crammed so full of awesomeness.

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Poll: Which of the Big Four thrashes hardest in 2009?

April 22nd, 2009

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There’s no denying it – 2009 looks like it’s going to be a good year for the Big Four. If you’re suffering from an epic brain-fail, and don’t already know who they are, The Big Four are the quartet of bands who helped define Thrash Metal as we know it – Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax. But who amongst them is tr00ly still shredding it like they were in 1985?

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2008 into 2009: The Fuel Girls

December 16th, 2008

The Fuel Girls are “the most kickass fuckin’ rock chicks you will ever meet”. They said it. We know it. The beautiful Lora Leigh took some time out from riding fire-spitting buggies around arenas to tell us about her mad year.

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What was your highlight of 2008?
Fuck we have so many! We drove the US Gumball Rally with David Hasselhoff in KITT (Yes THE Kitt – fuckin’ Knight Rider, yeah!), we went trophy truck racing just outside Vegas with Carey Hart and Travis Pastrana for their new MTV show, we have travelled the world, been on the Masters Of Dirt FMX Tour, performed at Download Festival, helped host the Golden Gods Awards, and our new UK TV show started on Playboy TV! All of those things have been highlights!

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Slayer: Reign of Fear

July 18th, 2008

Slayer have been heading up the thrash metal scene for a quarter of a century. Frontman Tom Araya tells Joel McIver that it may soon be time to rethink the band’s future and defends the forthcoming Unholy Alliance III tour with Trivium.

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This autumn, the UK’s bigger clubs will be quaking to their foundations thanks to the latest instalment of the Unholy Alliance tour, headlined by Slayer and featuring Trivium, Mastodon and Amon Amarth on the bill.

Previous jaunts included Slipknot and In Flames and received much acclaim, but there’s a sneaking feeling among Slayer’s rabid fanbase that perhaps some space on the bill could have been allocated to newer, more extreme bands this time around. Thrash Hits .com put this to Tom Araya this week, as well as asking him to clarify his band’s future.

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