Yeah, no shit the dudes in Slayer are Republican

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The big story in the metal blogosphere this week was a shocking revelation that someone in Slayer may or may not be a Trump supporter. To all this I say, yeah, no fucking shit.

The news came in breathless from every major music outlet across the Earth. Tom Araya posted a poorly photoshopped image of Donald Trump into an ancient Slayer promo pic to Instagram, accidentally deleted it because he’s an old person who is not good at computers, denigrated “snowflakes” for taking offense to the image, left a shitty homophobic joke, and then the band attempted to walk the whole thing back with a non-apology saying to Rolling Stone:

“As was verified by Tom, this was his post, is not something the band would have posted if asked, and does not belong on a Slayer social page,” the band tells Rolling Stone. “We all have our personal opinions, some of which we have voiced in the past, but Slayer has never endorsed any political party or any candidate, and the band intends to keep it that way.”

This led to a litany of outrage across blogs and social media. Most direct of all was Stereogum’s spicy hot take titled simply, “Fuck Slayer“. Why in the world would a professional metal writer find any of this surprising? Slayer has been one of the biggest and most notorious metal bands since the 1980s. Every detail of Tom Araya and Kerry King’s activity has been obsessively documented for more than 30 years and nothing has ever indicated that the pair have ever held on to a single progressive political ideal. Let’s review some details.

Go back to 1994 and listen to Slayer’s Divine Intervention. Track 4 is a little ditty called “Dittohead”, a paean to Kerry King’s perceived lack of justice in America. For those unfamiliar, “Dittohead” was a slang term briefly used in the 90s to describe fans of extreme right-wing radio show host Rush Limbaugh. In this interview from 1995, Kerry revealed that he and Jeff Hanneman were big fans of Rush Limbaugh. This excerpt kinda says it all:

ORTEZA: What other aspects of the conservative agenda do you support?
KING: If anybody ever puts on an initiative for a flat tax rate, I’d be the first in line.
ORTEZA: You don’t agree with those who say a flat tax demonstrates an unwillingness on the part of the well off to help the less well off?
KING: That’s bullshit. I mean, Rush said it best: “Penalizing the achievers.” Why should I get penalized for learning how to make money? I didn’t have all the opportunities. I didn’t have scholarships. But you don’t hear me bitching about fucking having to sit in the gutter. I got off my ass and did something with my life. That’s what being an American is about, not sitting on your ass and letting the rich people pay for you. It’s about getting off your ass and accomplishing things.

Bootstraps! Just a few years later, Slayer dropped Undisputed Attitude, a collection of cover songs. Included was a cover of Minor Threat‘s “Guilty of Being White”, a song Ian MacKaye wrote as a teenager about being on the receiving end of a racially motivated ass beating. Slayer’s cover changed the lyrics in the last chorus from “Guilty of Being White” to “Guilty of Being Right”, which kinda just takes a big ‘ol shit in the punch bowl for the song’s original intent. The band explained that they thought racism was “ridiculous” at the time.

For decades Slayer have printed the iconography of Nazi German Wehrmacht on every scrap of their merchandise to market their brand with a ruthlessness that rivals the masters of selling out, KISS. There are few places on Earth that you can travel without being within easy reach of Coca Cola or a Slayer t-shirt. The band’s aggressive capitalistic streak would easily be defined as Republican.

Tom Araya, the band’s iconic bassist and vocalist, has spoken openly about his devout catholic faith. The Vatican is explicit in disapproval over birth control, abortion, and divorce, issues that that fall directly in line with evangelical Christians, a notoriously Republican voting bloc. In other news, old people tend to hold more conservative political beliefs. And the dudes in Slayer are fucking old.

Apropos of nothing, here’s a pic of Jeff Hanneman, the deceased lead guitarist of Slayer and Gary Holt, his replacement:

Hanneman Holt Heil

The most likely scenario is that the dudes in Slayer are either Republicans or apolitical with right-wing beliefs. It sucks when you discover a band you like has political views that oppose your own, but I find it slightly baffling that the music writers of the world are shocked by this Trump Instagram incident. Nothing the band has ever done would indicate that they would be sympathetic to the poor or any marginalized groups. Donald Trump and his new administration is aggressively fascist but you’re woefully misguided if you’re counting on a group of 50-year-old millionaires to resist the new American nightmare.

  • Howard Dean

    Fuck yes, Slayer. Here’s a banger:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVbAA-4FX0M

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      God damn is that a never-mentioned-enough Slayer classic.

      • Howard Dean

        One of my favorite Slayer tracks ever. Byah!

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Motherfucking Tormentor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwbTSlpRno0

    • RJA

      Still to this day I look at that album cover and fall in love again.

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    SLAYER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jz3KIFMw92E

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    You know, the real “snowflakes” are these pissy stuck in the past types who can’t get a handle on the realities of the new world.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa
      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        Oh, wrong band.

        • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

          Ministry do kick arse though.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Yes.

    • slipjackthewanderer

      Especially the ones that don’t even have to, i.e. rich white dudes.

  • Akerskronks ov Steele

    Thou shalt always fuckin’ rage to the old shit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F29aFb0CuyU

  • Tom’s sense of humor is terrible. Not in an “I’m offended” way. Just in a “That’s not actually funny” way.

  • Ayreonaut
  • Akerskronks ov Steele

    Also, it seems that the lifecycle of an 80s thrash musician seems to end in them old being staunch conservative white dudes. Such as a few who shall not be named but our also incredibly obvious.

  • Heliocrat

    Just gonna leave this here in case it wasn’t shared before:

    “I’m certainly not a political analyst, but I think that Hillary Clinton is the safe, correct choice. Trump is just a sideshow. I’m not even going to apologize to all the Trump followers. I think the reason he’s so popular is because he’s like the politics version of WWE. He’s sensational like wrestling and that’s why middle America loves him. He’s the biggest liar I’ve ever seen in politics. I mean, most of them are liars, but he just outright in-your-face lies.”

    From: http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/slayer-kerry-king-donald-trump-is-the-biggest-liar-ive-ever-seen-in-politics/#lFLXYgKb8bYMEZOV.99

    • I saw that – my honest opinion is that Clinton is a right of center politician so it’s not exactly off brand

      • Heliocrat

        True true.

      • Heliocrat

        From a European perspective Clinton is certainly that.

    • Heliocrat

      Not trying to defend Slayer, by the way.
      Don’t give much of a crap about them (I do enjoy the classics, but never been a massive fan).
      If they are indeed Trumpcucks, then fuck them.
      But I always saw their nazi imagery use as a silly punk rock “fuck you” deal.

  • Guess Slayer could’ve played Don’s inauguration. They could’ve sent Don that pic and they would’ve had a shot. Everyone knows Don loves seeing his Tang bleached head practically everywhere and would’ve headbanged his toupee off to them.

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    I really enjoy the “yeah, no shit” attitude of this post, Joe.

    https://youtu.be/wxMr_P6ATI0

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm

    I think trump represents extremely blatant self-interest rather than any beliefs in the strength of the whole that the Fasces represents. But that’s just me.

    • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

      I would tend to agree. So far its looking like everything he does is aimed to make him and his cronies a lot of money in 4-8 years.

      • Dave Vincent’s Perm

        Crony really is the word. To me the man is America personified.

        • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

          More like early America I think.

        • Coming up from a giant inheritance to bankruptcy and then back again. A real Horatio Alger figure.

    • RustyShackleford

      The guy who has his name in giant gold letters on all of his buildings? Blatant self-interest? Noooooooo….. lol

    • Fascism and kleptocracy don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

      • Dave Vincent’s Perm

        Perhaps, but I don’t really want to get in a long discussion about fascism so I’ll just quietly leave

      • Guacamole Jim

        Fascism is historically hard to define – often people make the mistake of thinking it’s hard right authoritarian, but it usually tends to fall in the economic centre (while remaining strictly authoritarian). While Trump does has a scary amount of things in common with the more famous fascist leaders, there are enough differences to understand why people wouldn’t characterise him as such.

        • Óðinn

          I’d say that it might be too early to classify him as fascist. However, the signs do not look good. On top of that, I think the concerns that he may literally be a sociopath are valid. He’s also unqualified.

  • RustyShackleford

    “No Shit,” Yep. Slayer is quintessential mouth-breather thrash, but of course they have great albums and damn are they fun to listen to. None of this surprised me in the slightest. It seemed like a dumb thing for metal blogs to get all up in arms and write about. Way more absurd shit going on and this is old news really. Yep!

  • Black Smallbeard

    here we go again…

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      There is nowhere to go this time.

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
    • Dave Vincent’s Perm

      You just reminded me that abba exists.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Are you also a Dancing Queen?

  • Crocodylus★Pontifex
  • tigeraid

    Toilet ov Hell: Crushing your childhood musical heroes since 2007.

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Wait, you mean at some point humans will let us down for a fuckton of reasons? Go on, tell me more……

    • tigeraid

      No but srsly, they’re generally awful people, politically.

      But it’s like I’ve said before: it seems like any metal musicians that “make it big” suddenly stop hating the establishment and really, really REALLY care about protecting their money and investments, to the detriment of all else. Capitalism reigns once metal performers get to “x” level.

      Which is weird, because almost every OTHER genre of music, you generally get open-minded progressive ideas. Your Bruce Springsteens and your Sarah McLaughlin’s, and what-not.

      (Apparently Kirk Hammett doesn’t like Trump though, so there’s that.)

      • RustyShackleford

        It’s true, but there are plenty of progressive metal guys (SOAD, RATM, Blythe in LoG is pretty smart). I don’t mind disagreeing with bands and their views but if someone comes out as a total fuckwad I have a problem. I’ll still be listening to Slayer cause I like Slayer.

        There’s an old saying that growing up is watching your heroes become human and good lord is it true. Face it, some of these guys aren’t that smart.

        • I’m personally crushed that a guy that covered his entire body in a tribal tattoo isn’t that bright

          • RustyShackleford

            “Metal Head Covered in Tribal Tattoos Tells You How He REALLY Feels About Politics… You’ll NEVER Guess What Happens NEXT!!!”

          • Dumpster Lung

            Although funnily enough, King was the one that came out and endorsed Hillary a while back.

            I’d have thought he would be the Trumpiest of them all, but I guess it’s Tom.

        • Depechemodeisgangsta

          Agree with you on the whole, if you like Slayer, you will continue listening to them. Also i think people do too much of the whole “Worshiping” “Famous People” and put them in a much higher pedestal, then later you realize he wasn’t what you expected and ends on disappointing, that is why i never put anyone on a higher place, since we are all humans.

          • RustyShackleford

            When I was in middle school, Bam Margera and his crew were the heroes I basically worshipped…boy was I stupid kid lol

          • Depechemodeisgangsta

            I’m going to give you what you want.
            When everyone is a kid, is easy to get attracted to the “Shiny cool things” so not big deal when you really think about it, but if you are an adult still worshiping the Margera Crew, is just my opinion and don’t take it personally, we can’t be friends at all.

        • Stockhausen

          I agree with you on all this, but I always have to add some jab at Tom Morello because LOL Tom Morello.
          “Hey man, want to grab some lunch?”
          “THE SYSTEM, THE SYSTEM MAN, THE SYSTEM. GOVERNMENT.”
          “kthxbye”

      • Depechemodeisgangsta

        Agree, but on the examples that you put Bruce which he probably is super rich, and he has always talk about the “Working Man”, Sorry, i have no idea who Sarah is, i had to google her.
        And Bands like “Slayer” IMO those guys are like barely Millionaires and they want to keep it that way, that is my way of thinking.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        I hate Bruce Springteen’s music so, so, so fucking much.

      • Max

        To an extent I think what you’ll find is that non-metal super-success rock/pop stars are just smarter about mouthing progressive platitudes while not drawing attention to which tax haven their accountant is setting up for them. Metal stars haven’t cottoned onto that.

        There’s economic justice and there’s social justice. It never ceases to amaze me how easily they can be compartmentalized, and then the latter prioritized over the former by high-profile advocates (such as celebrities) – even though any sane person would be able to tell you that a decent minimum wage is more important to a person-of-colour’s dignity than whether white people get to have dreadlocks or not.

        • Dumpster Lung

          Excellent point. You don’t really see people make that distinction often.

      • GoatForest

        That’s why Napalm Death are just the bee’s knees, man.

  • Doc Torluv
  • I was planning to make fun of Slayer this week. And this happened, and I don’t know if my #RoastSlayerWeek campaign was going to be a success for the reason I had or for their politricks.

    🙁

  • more beer

    Everyone seems to forget that Kerry King spoke out against Trump in July. Calling him the biggest liar ever.

    • Black Smallbeard

      seems like maybe hyperbole

    • RustyShackleford

      This is actually true. In the video I linked to in my inauguration article, the whole thing is metal stars being asked to describe Trump in one word. King used “asshole.” Of course, it is entirely plausible to think that Trump is a lying asshole and still be a total fool yourself.

    • I read it while putting this together and Heliocrat mentioned it further down in the comments. Araya posted the pic and Clinton is pretty right wing to begin with.

      • more beer

        I agree concerning Clinton being pretty right wing. Trump was also a democrat for almost his whole life. But I think a lot of people have lost sight that people in the same band. Can have differing opinions. We are also a country that is based on freedom and free speech. Which means people have that right voice their differing opinions. What has been going on in recent months. With people basically crucifying those who have views different than their own needs to end. If things continue the way they are going. We are all fucked.

        • I read an article the other day (I wish I could remember who shared it), that categorized our current time period as another historic time of turmoil – similar to reconstruction or the 60s civil rights period. Tempers will likely run hot for a while.

          • more beer

            People can be upset and have their tempers flaring. That is fine that is part of freedom. It is the absolute intolerance that is going to ruin us. People can not claim they are tolerant because they have certain social views. But then call someone a Nazi for having a different political view. That is text book intolerance. There needs to be a little give and take from both sides. If we want things to improve. .

          • Can you call someone a Nazi for throwing Nazi salutes and Heils and advocating ethnic cleansing?

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            My Mexican co-workers do that to me all the time.

          • more beer

            Usually the Mexicans t my job sites just call me a Guero.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            I get that too. Or Guero Loco

          • more beer

            Also I get Pinche Guero quite a bit.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Hahaha, oh yeah! Mine is Pinche (insert real name)

          • more beer

            Hahaha!

          • Óðinn

            Pinche Tacos

          • Óðinn

            As long as they don’t say, “chinga tu madre puto gringo.” That’s an insult.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            I’ve heard that one!

          • Óðinn
          • more beer

            I lived in New Mexico for 10 years. I definitely knew what the definition was.

          • Óðinn

            I love Urban Dictionary. I had to look it up.

          • more beer

            I do too. But that one I knew.

          • more beer

            Where did I advocate any of that?

          • Not you, Richard Spencer. A guy people are calling a Nazi. And whose views are not being tolerated.

          • more beer

            The Antifa guy who sucker punched him is no better than him. You can’t fight fascism with more fascism. I have no issue with that guy getting punched in the face. I do think the guy should have been a little more of a man about it. Gotten right in his face and gone toe to toe with him. If you are going to resort to violence. At least be somewhat honorable about it.

          • Fascism is a concrete (if inherently contradictory) ideology with generally agreed upon tenets and tendencies. Use of violence is a grand oversimplification. Was it fascist for black people in the Deep South during the pre-Civil Rights era to take up arms in defense of themselves? Was it fascist for the US to go to war with Nazi Germany?

            And I would disagree and say Richard Spencer doesn’t deserve the courtesy.

          • more beer

            So anyone who disagrees with you can just sucker punch you? Antifa are just as much scumbags as Spencer. So personally I would have liked to have seen them beat the shit out of each other. So basically you advocate violence towards people who have differing opinions than your own. That’s very liberal and tolerant of you.

          • You: “So basically you advocate violence towards people who have differing opinions than your own.”

            What I actually said was “Richard Spencer is a Nazi and deserves everything he gets, because of the specific qualifier that he is a Nazi.”
            Now, I myself am not in a rush to get arrested because sitting in jail does no one any good, so I’ll just applaud the effort and share the remixes. Fuck Nazis.

            I am not a liberal, and I only think tolerance is virtuous insofar as it doesn’t mean being a racist, sexist, homophobe. Freedom of speech allows people to voice their ideas, not protect them from criticism, nor that people have to be nice about it.

          • more beer

            No freedom of speech doesn’t protect anyone from criticism. But it also doesn’t mean you can go around hitting people for their opinions. Even Nazi’s.Sorry but nowhere in the Constitution does it say that is permissible.

          • Legally? No. Morally? Swing away.

          • more beer

            I told you I have no issue with him getting punched in the face. I just think if you’re going to punch someone in the face. Don’t be a pussy about it.

          • Yes, your standards must conform to machismo, I get that.

          • Óðinn

            To be fair, fighting fascists with peaceful protest probably won’t work. Maybe it’s partially my younger self talking, but the way to deal with skinheads and neo-Nazis is to kick the shit out of them.

          • more beer

            I see it that way too. But be a fucking man about it. Sucker punching someone is some pussy shit. Let them see it coming and stomp the shit out of them.

          • Óðinn

            I admit that I did laugh at that guy getting punched. But I’ve been in enough fights in my life to know that a sucker punch isn’t really cool. If the dude wasn’t a Hitler wannabe, I admit I probably wouldn’t have laughed. I didn’t even laugh at the guy who punched that kangaroo. I’ll say this though…if you do sucker punch someone, you’d better land it good.

          • more beer

            Agreed. Too bad that Antifa pussy punches like a girl. Hell I’ve seen girls throw better punches.

          • GoatForest

            I can agree with that. I’m totally down stomping a mud hole in a white supremacist’s ass, but I think it should be done a bit more honorably. That said, the video was very satisfying on a primal level.

          • more beer

            See that was all I was saying.

          • xengineofdeathx

            I see your point, but I have no problems with violence against Nazis, in any shape or form and I smiled like I just got a new puppy when Spencer got decked.

          • xengineofdeathx

            I see your point, but I have no problems with violence against Nazis, in any shape or form and I smiled like I just got a new puppy when Spencer got decked.

          • more beer

            Again I don’t care that he got punched. I just think the way that guy did it was a bitch move.

          • xengineofdeathx

            I get that, and my point is that any violence against a Nazi is better than no violence at all.

          • GoatForest

            Sure, but that is the only time. The problem is that people have been calling everyone Nazi, lately. Hilariously, I have even been called a Nazi recently. Of course, I am a big white dude with a shaved head…

          • Black Smallbeard

            especially with liberals stoking the fire and rioting, burning down their own liberal run hellholes for four-eight years. but youre right, Clinton is right if you count that she hates blacks and drugs and especially Obama, no wonder she lost lolool fuckin Wololo gg libs

          • I think you got your URL confused somehow in your haste to write up a nonsensical paragraph. This is Toilet ov Hell, not Breitbart.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa
          • Black Smallbeard
          • Rioters in DC = Anarchists. Anarchism =/= liberalism.

          • Black Smallbeard

            lol anarchists yeah man keep tellin yourself that

          • You know these words mean stuff, right?

          • Black Smallbeard

            better than you, apparently, kid

          • Apparently not.

          • Óðinn

            There are also parallels to the Robber Barons of the 19th century and the financial situation of the 1920s as well.

            If you get a chance, watch these:
            http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1494191/
            http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2215151/?ref_=nv_sr_1
            http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3270538/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

            Sadly, history teaches us that big political changes tend to fester for a long time, and then are decided quickly (and violently). When you look at a country like France, the government tends to be afraid of the people. In the US, the opposite is true. But France has experienced multiple bloody revolutions in the past.

      • Óðinn

        True. Clinton is too far right wing for me. But next to Trump, she looked sane and reasonable. Definitely would have preferred Sanders or Warren as a candidate personally.

    • ME GORAK™✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      ME WENT TO HIS CASINOS ONCE CUZ DIO ERA SABBATH PLAYED THERE!!!!!!! WAS LIKE $8 EACH FOR SHITTY SELECTION OF LIKE 6 BEERS!!!!!!! FUCK TRUMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • more beer

        Most of the casinos I have been to give you free alcohol as long as you are gambling. Here is a tip. Do not play tic tac toe in a casino against a chicken. I watched a chicken kick the shit out of everyone it played. At the Santa Anna Star Casino in New Mexico.

        • I’ve never wanted to do anything more in my life than I wanna play tic tac toe with a chicken right now.

          • more beer

            The chicken doesn’t fuck around. He will take your hard earned cash!

          • ME GORAK™✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            YOU KNOW IM BORN TO LOSE
            AND GAMBLINGS FOR FOOLS
            BUT THAT THE WAY I LIKE IT
            I DONT WANT TO LIVE FOREVER

          • more beer

            I can’t argue with that.

          • Count_Breznak

            Well, he didn’t.

          • GoatForest

            He will cock you up!!!

          • more beer

            But chickens don’t have cocks roosters do. But yea that was the most cutthroat tic tac toe player ever.

          • GoatForest

            Oh, my bad. You were talking about a hen..
            (Hangs head in shame)

          • more beer

            Yea it’s okay. You’re a goat. You probably chase chickens around.

          • Óðinn
        • Óðinn

          So it’s like entering the workplace Superbowl pool. The guy from Japan, who has never seen a football game, always wins.

          • more beer

            I just watched. Because it has got to be self esteem shattering. To lose at tic tac toe to a chicken.

    • Óðinn

      He was right And that sounds more like Kerry King. Honestly, I don’t know if he supports Trump. If I had to guess, I’d suspect that he leans right wing but thinks Trump’s an idiot.

  • Depechemodeisgangsta

    To me is not surprising, if you’re rich, you probably want less taxes, just as Tom is catholic, it doesn’t take away form the band for me.
    Now, Divine Intervention, Undisputed Attitude, Diabolus in Musica, that doesn’t sit well with me.

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      It all ended after Divine. Still some good tracks on that one. But after that, fuck them.

      • Depechemodeisgangsta

        Agree, i kind of enjoyed God hates us all, and illusion, but nothing like their previous work, i know everyone loves, Raining Blood, but for me is a toss up between Seasons and South of Heaven, but i lean more Seasons.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Hell Awaits all the way for me.

          • Depechemodeisgangsta

            No complaints on my part, i remember the 1st time i heard just the song, “Hell Awaits” i was thinking holy crap this is the devil music, this is what hell must sound if it’s real.

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        I kinda think it ended after Seasons. Sure, Divine is still listenable, but Seasons is the last album where I was thinking

        http://img.memecdn.com/this-is-fucking-awesome_o_1202338.jpg

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Yeah, I can see that too. But Divine to me, is darker than Seasons.

          • Rain Poncho W.

            I honestly lost interest in Slayer after Seasons (which I honestly really enjoy). The only album I’ve heard in full (I’ve seen them live and heard other singles here and there) from them post-Seasons is World Painted Blood, which is okay.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Undisputed Attitude is a perfect cover album.

  • TrundleTheGreat

    The picture posted hardly seemed like an endorsement, and Tom saying “snowflake” was a given considering it’s the go-to insult now. The Mike Pence “joke” is quite troubling though, that should have been the forefront of all this.

  • Special Agent Dale Cooper

    OK, I’m the most degenerate, beta, leftist, dirty commie, SJW cuck ball in the world (for fuck sake, I openly say that I’m not only a socialist and antifa, but also a sex-positive feminist, and I do a sociology course at college), but these complaints show a real lack of hindsight. As the title says, no fucking shit, of course there are Slayer with right wing sympathies, if you’re a fan, you’d be silly not to notice them.
    Now, I’m by no means defending Tom here, these are silly remarks that show a lack of class and intelligence (thank God he can play a bass), but this shouldn’t suprise anyone at all. I still enjoy Slayer (well, the pre-Diabolous era at least), and as the most evil woman on Planet Earth said, its possible to enjoy something whilst still finding issue with the more problematic aspects of it.
    I mean, yeah the Nazi shit is troubling as fuck for an antifa like myself, but still, RAINING BLOOOOOODDDDDD!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    This isn’t Slayer, it’s the new dive bar tribute band taking over the world!

    They should retire. No one can replace Jeff on guitar with the style of
    playing he brought to that band, or his classic songwriting ability!

    So with that being said:

    Screw
    Kerry “Burger” King and his cover band!!!!!! Have fun playing the dive
    bar tour. Make sure the owners of that place help move that oh so heavy,
    spine breaking, pool table out of the way. And put it back after the
    shows over!

    $layer is done and finished for good!!!!!!!!!!!!

    F.U. to Tom & Kerry!

    *flushesthis tribute version of the band right on down the galaxy’s most
    filthiest , darkest , vile , bile , stench ridden , evilest , putrid ,
    rancid smelling , turd filled & never backed up or clogged toilet ov hell*

    Hail Lombardo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    R.I.P. Jeff

  • Stockhausen

    Poor old Tom just can’t win with these darn youths today.

    Side note: I want to start an anti-Trump goregrind band called Snowflake. Maybe do a few sets on Tom’s front lawn.

    • more beer

      He may shoot you. He does advocate have guns for protection.

    • GoatForest

      Awesome.

    • Howard Dean

      This guy definitely fucking parties.

      • I took this pic too! Was behind him at Heavy T.O. 2011 😉

        • Howard Dean

          Haha, that’s fucking awesome!

  • Óðinn

    Like Joe says, this is not entirely surprising. But anyway, it’s not like they are poised to release a good album anytime soon, or even ever again. They suck now.

  • Óðinn

    I’m not advocating Twitter use. Twitter gives all of your information to the government, and Donald Trump also loves it. Anyway, I came across this tweet (I even dislike having to type the word “tweet”) while looking for an image of Joe’s head to Photoshop onto the Borg Queen’s body. Labonte arguing that the only reason he’s disliked is because his music sucks. Sadly Phil, that’s not the only reason people don’t like you. But you could try making some better music though.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0cbb6cffe3a7f956062ab96a6de3b69bd21381ee72de86b70fde550d7bbe90b6.jpg

    • I was internet famous for a day this week! MetalSucks, MetalInjection, MetalInsider, etc, etc all wrote about us being dickheads to each other on Twitter. Silly stuff.

      • Óðinn

        Haha! I missed that, but I’ll check it out (and post some sarcastic comments, as is my custom). I really did stumble upon this quite accidentally. It did make me laugh though.

  • Carlos Parlo

    I don’t really care either way but didn’t Kerry King as recently as 6 months ago endorse Hillary Clinton as the “safe, smart choice” and shit on Trump for being the “biggest liar” in politics? I don’t doubt Tom leans Republican, have no idea about where Jeff was or where Gary is today. I think Tom’s a bit of an airhead on everything he speaks about and King is a douche but the classic Slayer albums rule regardless.

  • Hans Gruber

    Made me think of this Bill Burr bit about old people’s views causing outrage. “What did you think he thought?”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyHJKdIkztE

    • The Mighty Thorange

      Bill Burr is fucking fantastic.

    • xengineofdeathx

      He’s the master.

  • Max

    A succinct and accurate evaluation. I would add that “Silent Scream” from South of Heaven can be pretty much read as an anti-abortion song. And also that Tom Araya apparently once spoke out in favour of the Pinochet regime when asked about politics in his native Chile.

  • GoatForest

    I couldn’t have said it better, Joe.
    …that’s why I don’t have a blog, come to think of it.

  • Dumpster Lung

    If you didn’t know much about the guys in Slayer and only knew them through their music, then you might assume they’d at least be into some 3rd party or something, but not full-blown Republican. Just seems too socially conservative for people in a band that represents a counter-culture scene. That’s how I’d look at it anyway were it not for all the stuff they have said over the years.

    Then again, even though Tom has said it a million times, I still have a hard time believing he’s Catholic with how anti-Christian their themes tend to be pretty much constantly 😛

    I don’t know, people and politics don’t make much logical sense most of the time. It all blows.