There is a saying, better the devil you know than the devil you don’t know. In the case of Slayer – what we know can be a little bit enigmatic and scary. Especially when you consider their reputation. But that’s just the devil you don’t know. If you take the time to figure them out, it’s clear that their journey has been purposeful and filled with the kind of exploration of aggression and topics that were never intended for the weak. After all, it has been a journey not without controversy. Even a simple phone call can become confrontational at times if you’re not careful.
On Christmas 2009, Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan handed in a demo for a song he had written entitled “Death” and proclaimed, “That’s it, that’s the last song for this record.” Three days later, the Avenged Sevenfold drummer was found in his home, dead from a lethal mix of prescription drugs and alcohol. Tomorrow, A7X will release that record, now called Nightmare, which is not only the last physical recording of The Rev’s legacy, but also his tribute.
Anyone who was into music videos in the early 80’s will remember the video “Can U Deliver?” featuring 5 dirty guys traveling through the wasteland, wearing steel armor and riding motorcycles ready to do battle. While they didn’t achieve multi-platinum success, to this young 12-year-old metalhead they were as fast as Metallica, as heavy as Judas Priest and every bit as cool as Iron Maiden.