Thrash metal was losing steam leading up to the 1990s, and many bands were looking to its founders for guidance on navigating the shifting music world. Slayer did not have an answer but they did have space to grow and develop as an individual band. Instead of focusing on mythical places like hell and Dungeons and Dragons, Slayer instead turned to the hell’s on earth like war, murder and death. It brought the speed level back but only in short bursts, aiming to create violent upswings and suspenseful slow moments.
The harbingers of satan, doom calling the end of all before the might of hell itself, Slayer built an empire in thrash metal only to be equal to Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax. The California band was able to make cross-appeal among punk and hip-hop fans as well as get metal heads into the aforementioned genres with their covers and style. Their influence also helped create extreme metal genres like death, black and grind. Beyond all of that, they’ve risen to the mainstream with the constant controversy stirred by their “Don’t give a f*ck” attitude.