No thrash metal band was more evil or more sinister than Slayer. Jeff Hanneman’s atonal riffs seemingly had the power to beckon demons. Tom Araya shouted pure blasphemy and nihilism. Kerry King’s chaotic solos, backed by the virtuoso double-bass drumming of Dave Lombardo, were sonic assaults. Slayer would go on to influence a generation of extreme metal artists both musically and aesthetically. With Repentless, their new album and first since Hanneman’s death, out this week, what better time to reflect on that demonic legacy?
So, venture onward to see our rundown of Slayer’s top 10 songs. Dark forces compel you.