Monday, February 21, 2011

Post #91 (Metal Monday #7): Slayer - "Threshold"


Post #91 (Metal Monday #7): Seeing that it is President's Day, I tried to find something more fitting for another Metal Monday. However, most of the Metal songs with a political message have a more negative slant towards government and/or past Presidents. That to me would have gone against what President's Day is about.

So with that being said, I will go back to finishing my "Big 4" posts with Slayer.

Definitely an acquired taste, due to two reasons: their sound, and their message.

I don't agree with most of what they sing about, and it is interesting to me that lead sing Tom Araya doesn't either. He has admitted that a lot of what they sing is parody or social commentary on a messed up society. One topic that Tom keeps returning too is serial killers, as he is fascinated by them, and what drove them to do what they did.

He also had this to say in an interview, "...Christ came and taught us about love, about doing unto others. That was his preach: Accept each other for who we are. Live peacefully, and love one another." When asked if he believed in God, replied "I believe in a supreme being, yeah. But He's an all-loving God."[11] Araya explained that he has a "really strong belief system," and Slayer's words and images will "never interfere with what I believe and how I feel.... People are not in good shape to where they have to question their own belief system because of a book or a story somebody wrote, or a Slayer song."

Whatever you believe, or listen too, I think there is one thing we can agree on: Slayer is one of the fastest bands around.

Slayer, "Threshold"
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