Slayer featured on thrash metal documentary by the Smithsonian

Posted by on August 6, 2015

It seems like Slayer have something going on every day with the release of Repentless approaching. Yet we keep finding different reasons to write about them. This time, we’re going to leave Kerry King alone but highlight a mini-documentary done by the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of American History confusingly titled Slayer: The Origins of Thrash in San Francisco, CA.” as Slayer was formed in Huntington Park, CA in the Los Angeles area, but maybe because the documentary features guitarist Gary Holt who actually is from the San Francisco Bay area, where he formed his actual band Exodus.

Frontman, Tom Araya says:

“Banging your head was a big part about metal, there’s the thrashing up and down, and then there’s the thrashing of the body with the head up and down and then there was the pinwheel. Eventually that evolved to a mosh, and these were all components that were part of punk.”

The film was done for the museum’s Places of Musical Invention video series, and briefly brushes on the origins of the band and how Tom Araya met guitarist Kerry King over their love for Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. Check out the rest of the video below:

[via Rolling Stone]

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