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Kerry King was once asked to nominate his own superpower and answered that he would like to be able to set churches ablaze simply by walking past them. God appeared to agree. God Hates Us All was released on September 11, mere hours before passenger planes were flown into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the most Slayer-esque act of the modern age.
They would also throw the world into a state of flux for the next decade and more. Ahead of the curve, the world of heavy music had been in turmoil for a of years.
The advent of nu-metal in the middle years of the s saw the sound and look of metal change in remarkable and pliant ways. Tunings went down and guitar solos were eschewed.
Long hair was no longer de rigueur. Baseball caps and vivid oversized sportswear became the wardrobe of the choice. In truth, Slayer had endured a difficult decade anyway.
Leaving aside the Seasons In The Abyss album, fromthe final 10 years of the 20 th century had seen the band unveil just two further of albums of original material. Caught in a nu-metal storm, Diabolus In Musica, fromprovided a nod to these changing times. In this, the group were not alone.
Iron Maiden slogged through a swathe of the s with singer Blaze Bayley, a solid presence who lacked the charisma of his predecessor Bruce Dickinson. Even market leaders Metallica spent the second half of the decade attempting to escape the shadow of their 31 -million selling Black Album. The group did, though, start the 21 st century in reassuring style, with the convincing I Disappear, from the summer blockbuster Mission: Impossible 2. In the fullness of time, it would take Metallica a further eight years to re-establish their identity with the slightly-too-comfortable Death Magnetic album.
Iron Maiden exorcised their recent past with ruthless efficiency by re-recruiting Bruce Dickinson and releasing Brave New Worldinan LP that reassured listeners that normal service had been d. But it was Slayer who returned from their brief paddle into uncharted waters with the greatest sense of urgency and violent panache. As an album, God Hates Us All reassured its constituents that the band had come home to the thrash-tastic turf that would not Slayer god hates us all without them. More than this, over the course of a further three studio albums this stall would budge not an inch in the years that elapsed until the group called it a night in Accompanying this modern sound were lyrics that eschewed the Satanic and occult themes with which the group had established their identity in years past with songs such as Altar Of Sacrifice, Spill The Blood, and Born Of Fire.
On this record I made a conscious decision not to do that.
I wanted to keep our dark themes, but also to write stuff that people can relate to. But it is one of their most assured, and one which cemented their contemporary relevance to a new generation of metalhead. Stranded in Dublin following the fall of the Twin Towers, the Texan group embarked on a row that would break their band apart forever. One week later, Kerry King and co. In doing so, once more they stood alone as the kings of very, very, very heavy metal. Stuck on baby names? Just call your kids after three of the biggest metal bands on the planet.
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19 Years Ago: Slayer Release ‘God Hates Us All’