“Seasons in the Abyss” from Seasons in the Abyss

I have to admit that I didn’t really get Slayer until seeing them at Ozzfest 2004. I was blown away pretty fast at the intensity they projected from the stage, but what stood out the most was hearing them ripped into “Seasons In The Abyss.” I was amazed at how vicious yet melodic the song’s riffs and groove were, topped off with what might be Slayer’s catchiest chorus ever. From there, I dug deeper into Slayer and fell in love, but “Season In The Abyss” was the song that made me open my eyes.
– Zach Shaw



“Spill the Blood” from South of Heaven

While Slayer’s best known for their speed, it’s when they slow down that they’re even more sinister. This Hanneman-written song is the best example of that. It caps an album that showed the band stretching musically by slowing down.