96. Slayer

With the 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction of Metallica many eyes looked to the other members of the “Big Four of Thrash Metal”. Does this pave the way for their induction? Time will tell, but the odds are that if any of the other bands in that elite group get in, Slayer is probably the group with the best shot.   Of the aforementioned four Thrash bands, Slayer has to be considered the “heaviest”. In addition to the rapid velocity in which they played and their shouting vocals; they sung of “dark” topics that touched on death, genocide, Nazism and Satanism. Not only is Slayer part of the “Big Four of Thrash Metal”, they have been considered to be a big influence on the Death Metal scene. Still together today, Slayer’s fan base remained strong as they never veered to far from their roots and never did attempt to “sell out” to approach mainstream success. Ironically, that could be the very thing that either puts them in the Hall or keeps them out. The Bullet Points:   Eligible Since: 2009   Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Huntington Beach, CA)   Why They Will Get In: Metallica’s induction really helps.   Why They Won’t Get In: The committee may have felt it paid their debt to Thrash Metal.   Nominated In: Never   Essential Albums: Reign in Blood (1986) South of Heaven (1988) Seasons in the Abyss (1990) Christ Illusion (2006)   Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Angel of Death (From Reign in Blood, 1986) Raining Blood (From Reign in Blood, 1986) Altar of Sacrifice From Reign in Blood Spill the Blood (From South of Heaven, 1988) Jihad (From Christ Illusion, 2006)   www.slayer.net {acepolls 126}

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