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Show No Mercy

Slayer

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iTunes Editors’ Notes

In 1983, Slayer was still a fledging underground group based out of Tom Araya’s parents’ garage in the South Gate neighborhood of Los Angeles. Araya and his bandmates — guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman and drummer Dave Lombardo — had started out playing Iron Maiden and Judas Priest covers at local parties, but after hearing Metallica they set about creating a sound that was darker and more ferocious than anything that had come before. Financed by Araya (who worked as a respiratory therapist), Show No Mercy shows traces of British Heavy Metal, particularly in the dueling guitars of “Face the Slayer” and the galloping rhythm of “Crionics.” However, most of the album reaches new levels of muscle and rage. “Evil Has No Boundaries,” “The Antichrist” and “Black Magic” pair blistering riffs with satanic proclamations. The guitar solos are searing and deranged — surges of totally untamed electrocution. Though it sounds tame in comparison to Slayer’s subsequent work, Show No Mercy will always be an incendiary statement.

Customer Reviews

OKAY, ENOUGH OF THIS!!

Look people, I'm sick and tired of every single reviewer being so frickin OPINIONATED!!! I'm sick of all these evangalist christians bashing on this album because they think its "satanist" or "anti-religious"! I'm also sick of you people who listen to Slayer for that very reason and post crap like "WOOOO SLAYERRR RUUUUUUULLLEESSS!!!! I HATE GOD!!!"!! Is there anyone anymore that listens to music just because they like the MUSIC??? I love 80s thrash metal and I play guitar, so I was almost naturally drawn to the sound of this album, and let me tell you: it's extremely creative, innovative, and about as hardcore (in a good way) as any good Metallica album that I've heard. I understand that they used the concept of satanism in this album frequently, and that does make me a little uncomfortable, but seriously! THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT THE BAND MEMBERS ARE REAL SATANISTS!! Artists write songs about horrible events and practices all of the time because they are interesting topics to write songs about, not because they want to glorify it! In fact, the bassist/vocalist is a Catholic, and even admitted in an interview when asked "Are you really satanist", that he was not. So will you evangelists and satanist posers please calm down?? Just listen to the music for the MUSIC!!!

alright, i'm getting tired of this!!!

I'm a christian. Slayer is my favorite band of all time. all of you who think slayer are satanic, you're wrong. kerry king has said that he's against all religion. plus, if a slayer song makes you question your faith, then your faith wasn't strong to begin with. \m/ long live the gods of metal... slayer

Sorry, guys

As a practicing christian, I want to apologize on behalf of christianity for "Jesus Headbanger", and all the ignorance he's spewing. MY christianity doesn't have anything to do with criticizing other people, attacking other religions (or lack thereof), or posting negative reviews of FREAKING AWESOME BANDS just to make a point. Can't we all just rock together?

Biography

Formed: 1982 in Huntington Park, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Slayer were one of the most distinctive, influential, and extreme thrash metal bands of the 1980s. Their graphic lyrics dealt with everything from death and dismemberment to war and the horrors of hell. Their full-throttle velocity, wildly chaotic guitar solos, and powerful musical chops painted an effectively chilling sonic background for their obsessive chronicling of the dark side; this correspondence helped Slayer's music hold up arguably better than the remaining Big Three '80s thrash outfits...
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