Slayer FAQ


Last update: December 3, 1998

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0. About this FAQ

1. The band

2. The members

3. Albums, songs and lyrics

4. Common misconceptions

5. Slayer and other bands

Song interpretations are on a separate page.
Also check out the trivia page.

0. About this FAQ

This is the unofficial Slayer FAQ, maintained by Janek Hellqvist <janek@slaytanic.com>. The latest version of this FAQ can always be found in HTML form at http://www.slaytanic.com/faq.html. There is no text version available yet.

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1. The band

  1. How did the band come up with the name "Slayer"?
    Jeff or Kerry came up with the name "Dragon Slayer" after seeing the movie "Dragonslayer" (1981), but the band thought it sounded corny, and took off "Dragon". "Slayer" was born.
  2. What equipment do they use?

    ESP had a Kerry King Signature Series guitar, but it's been discontinued.

  3. Why did they wear make-up in the beginning?
    Kerry: "To me, the make-up represented rebellion from fucking LA 'pretty' make-up. It was like, 'What can I do to distance myself from Mötley Crüe and Poison as much as possible?'. That had a lot to do with out motivation."
    Tom: "After that, everyone and their fucking mother came out wearing that shit..."
  4. Is it possible to join the Slayer fan club through the Internet?
    No.
  5. What kind of music do they play?
    Slayer's style of metal is usually defined as thrash metal (or possibly speed metal). People often ask if Slayer play death metal - the answer is no, but Slayer are major influences (both musically and lyrically) to most death metal bands.

2. The members

  1. Who is in Slayer?
    As of now (mid 1998), Slayer consists of:

    Former members:

  2. How was the band formed?
    To be answered...
  3. Why did Dave Lombardo leave the band?
    There was a constant conflict between Dave and the rest of the band about him wanting to spend time with his wife. He brought her with him on the tours, which wasn't always appreciated by the others.
  4. Why did Paul Bostaph leave the band?
    Bostaph left Slayer to concentrate on his solo-project "The Truth About Seafood", a side-project from his Forbidden years.
  5. Why did Jon Dette leave the band?
    According to rumours, he didn't get along well with the rest of the band.
  6. Why did Paul Bostaph join again after leaving?
    To be answered.
  7. Why did Kerry shave his head?
    Jeff once mentioned that it was because Kerry was starting to get bald.

3. Albums, songs and lyrics

  1. What albums have they released?
    1. Show No Mercy, 1983
    2. Live Undead (live EP), 1983
    3. Haunting the Chapel, 1984
    4. Hell Awaits, 1985
    5. Reign in Blood, 1986
    6. South of Heaven, 1988
    7. Seasons in the Abyss, 1990
    8. Decade of Aggression (double live album), 1991
    9. Divine Intervention, 1994
    10. Undisputed Attitude (cover album), 1996
    11. Diabolus In Musica, 1998
  2. Who is Mr. Gein in "Dead Skin Mask" (from "Seasons in the Abyss")?
    The song is about the serial killer Ed Gein. Read the full story on the Ed Gein page.
  3. What's wrong with the end of "Reign in Blood"? Why is half of "Postmorterm" mixed into track #10?
    John Dette answered this on WebChat:
    "When you play the record and go to track ten it starts off with the fast part. I think that's the way it worked out on the CD, I remember asking them about that and they said for some reason that's how it worked out."
    In other words, it seems like the CD pressing company just made an error during the initial pressings, and noone bothered to correct it later.
  4. What is "213" (track #9 on "Divine Intervention")?
    Jeffrey Dahmer, the serial killer psycho that murdered 13 people, lived in apartment 213 in a building in Milwaukee. As you should know by now, Tom Araya is very interested in the minds of killers and psychos... Read more about Jeffrey Dahmer.
  5. Whose are the slashed arms on the inlay of "Divine Intervention"?
    His name is Mike Meyer. You can see the actual "surgery" being performed on the "Live Intrusion" video! Actually, one unknown guy carved "Slayer" into his back in Sacramento!
  6. What song is Slayer's fastest one?
    This list isn't guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
    1. Necrophobic, 248 bpm
    2. Raining Blood, 247 bpm
    3. The Anti-Christ and Postmortem, 240 bpm
    4. Angel of Death, 237 bpm
    5. Dittohead, 228 bpm
  7. When is the next album going to be released? What is it called?
    The album is called "Diabolus In Musica" and was released on June 8th/9th 1998. See the "Diabolus In Musica" page for more info about the album.
  8. What songs have they made videos for?
  9. Is that really Curt Kobain's brain on the back of the "Undisputed Attitude" booklet?
    It is rumoured so, but it hasn't been comfirmed.
  10. What are their influences?
    Blah blah blah

4. Common misconceptions

  1. Are Slayer satanists?
    Tom Araya answered the question about the satanic rumours on WebChat:
    "The rumor, it's true, yeah, that was a rumor. But whether that's actually true, I don't think so. I think we would have been dead by now or we would have killed some guy in some band that was bigger than ours and we wanted to be bigger than them."

    Interview question: "Did you adopt the satanic image solely for effect?"
    Tom: "Yeah. When we started the band, it was something that people were afraid of. We were carving an ugly, scary image for ourselves and people freak out on shit like that. The slowly but surely I realised that we could still do this, but take it from another angle. That's when I started writing more about the evils of now."

  2. Are Slayer nazis or racists?
    Tom: "I don't like people accusing us of being right-wing. 2 of us [this was 1988 when Lombardo was still in the band] aren't even American - how could we be fascists?"

    Tom: "...America and England, where some sections accused us of being fascists. All I can say to that is, that we never wanted to influence anyone politically. We make it obvious on "Behind the Crooked Cross" that we're not nazis. We're not very involved in politics, even though we occasionally include statements in our songs."

  3. Do they play death metal?
    See question 1.5.

5. Slayer and other bands

  1. What caused the conflict between Slayer and Sepultura?
    The conflict seem to have been intiated by Sepultura bashing Slayer for their use of Nazi and 3rd Reich images and symbols, claiming it was irresponsible and a bad influence on the kids. Read more in the misconceptions section of this FAQ.
  2. What other bands have the Slayer members been in?
    Paul Bostaph played in Testament, Forbidden and The Truth about Seafood. Jon Dette has also been in Testament, as well as Evil Dead. Kerry played in Megadeth for a few shows back in 1984.
  3. What bands have they toured with?
  4. Have Slayer members made any guest performances with other artists?

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