Top 10 skate video parts to Slayer

There’s no denying that music can make a video part come to life but you will have a bloody hard job picking a track better than Slayer’s to accompany four minutes of absolutely mind-blowing hammers.

Following the tragic death of Slayer co-founder and axe wielder Jeff Hanneman this month, we decided to dedicate this to him and the band for supplying the soundtracks that have always made skateboarding go off. We all know that the best tricks are made at the final minute of any skate jam whilst Raining Blood is pumping through everyone’s ears and veins, so it’s time to pay back some homage to the band who make it happen.

Here’s a selection of footage from the vaults with some of Slayer’s best tunes and a fine reason to look back at some amazing skating…

Oh and by the way, there are way more out there that didn’t make the cut, so no Grant Taylor in SB’s flick (as I could not find it to embed and secondly it’s a shit skate video), and I can’t be arsed to list them all, so argue about it in the comments below.

10. Slayer with Danny Way & Jake Brown at the DC Super Ramp in 2002.

There’s no need for music in this first entry, so see this as a warm up. Hanneman and his band mates are on the platform taking in a private session with Danny Way and Jake Brown in this clip. The DC super ramp evolved big time, as did Slayer’s incredible legacy.

9. Jon Colbert in ‘Chopped and Screwed!’

Answers on a post card as to the whereabouts of Jon Colbert these days, but his part in this 2006 Shake Junt flick kicks this off with some tasty slams ahead of his commitment in this part to Slayer’s ‘Bloodline’ tune.

8. Paul Machnau in ‘United By Fate #2’

Slayer worked their ‘Black Magic’ on Paul Machnau for his United By Fate part from Globe Shoes. Skip 7 mins 30 seconds on this clip to re-watch the Canadian rip the shit out of ledges and rails like a don. Does anyone else in the game own a better nosegrind? Arguable of course, but just sayin’.

7. Jon Allie in ‘Dying To Live’.

Slayer’s ‘Tormentor’ track was the chosen soundtrack for Jon Allie’s fucking amazing part in the Zero video, ‘Dying To Live’. Allie stomped every handrail and gap to absolute pieces in this section. I’m pretty sure that no DJ has ever followed Slayer with The Proclaimers either, as this flick did in John Rattray’s section, but that is the beauty of Zero- anything goes.

6. Creature in United Nations at The Berrics.

This blew up the interweb when it dropped on Halloween back in 2011. Watch Navarette, Mallory, Gravette, Apello, Hitz, Partenen, Hooker, Guerrero and Conover eat the place alive to the sounds of Slayer’s ‘Skeletons Of Society’. Total beasts.

5. Alex Gall in ‘In Bloom’.

Alex ‘Trainwreck’ Gall chose Slayer’s ‘Aggressive Perfector’ for his section in Transworld’s monstrous ‘In Bloom’ video. This was an extra track on the ‘Haunting the Chapel’ EP that came out in 1984 following Slayer’s debut ‘Show No Mercy’- both skater and band totally rip, naturally.

4. Wade Speyer in ‘Hot Batch’.

Many skaters (including myself) have sat on a platform shouting the words ‘Slayer!’ as this guy 5050’d round the entire Marseille bowl at 100mph. Wede Speyer’s section in Powell Peralta’s ‘Hot Batch’ video dropped onto VHS back in 1992 and although this flick is slightly forgettable in the history of great Powell full length’s, Speyer’s choice of using ‘Mandatory Suicide’ to his slow motion moves is notable.

3. Ben Gilley in ‘Label Kills’

25 years have flown by since Black Label started and nobody is ready to forget either. Ben Gilley’s section in the ‘Label Kills’ video released in 2001 flew the flag with ‘Seasons in the Abyss’ screeching out of the speakers whilst Gilley dug his heels in for the win. The best thing about this section is that Ben slams his bollocks on a rail and the music tends to cup it, so you don’t even wince. A section worth drawing blood for, for sure.

2. Erik Ellington in ‘Misled Youth’.

The friends section that came before Ellington’s full part in this Zero video back in 1999 had Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ in tow. Slayer’s epic ‘South of Heaven’ obviously blew it out of the water to accompany Erik’s work perfectly. This bloke is Slayer and also now the co founder of Deathwish. You should now know how this is going to end…

1. Jim Greco in ‘The Deathwish Video’.

The fact that this was released online in the same week that Jeff Hanneman passed is bizarre. Jim Greco’s recent Deathwish part is one of the best you will see all year. His relentless hammers are accompanied by Slayer’s ‘Dead Skin Mask’ and one of the most explosive combinations in skateboard history. Long live skateboarding and long live Slayer!

BONUS VIDEO

Sorry, how could we forget Big Brother’s beer-puking, wretch-worthy entry from the ‘Crap’ video in 2001. Knock yourself out.

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Jeff Hanneman’s death alcohol related

The autopsy results of Slayer guitarist/founder Jeff Hanneman came back with alcohol related issues from a statement that the band released overnight. The band are also currently planning to issue a public celebration of Jeff’s life “sometime later this month”.

“We’ve just learned that the official cause of Jeff’s death was alcohol related cirrhosis. While he had his health struggles over the years, including the recent Necrotizing fasciitis infection that devastated his well-being, Jeff and those close to him were not aware of the true extent of his liver condition until the last days of his life. Contrary to some reports, Jeff was not on a transplant list at the time of his passing, or at any time prior to that. In fact, by all accounts, it appeared that he had been improving – he was excited and looking forward to working on a new record.”

The full statement with personal tributes from all of the Slayer family can be found here

Slayer replace Dave Lombardo for Oz tour?!

This smells like Black Sabbath all over again. Slayer’s drum pounder Dave Lombardo has been ejected from touring with the band in Australia. check out this statement that he has made today from his FB account:

“I want to personally apologize to all of our fans in Australia who have bought tickets for the tour expecting to see me in my usual place on the drums.

So that you all know the truth, as of the end of the business day on February 14th, I was notified that I would not be drumming for the tour in Australia. I’m saddened, and to be honest I am shocked by the situation.

Last year, I discovered 90% of Slayer’s tour income was being deducted as expenses including the professional fees paid to management, costing the band millions of dollars and leaving 10% or less to split amongst the four of us. In my opinion, this is not the way a band’s business should operate. I tried rectifying it by letting my band mates know, and Tom and I hired auditors to figure out what happened, but I was denied access to detailed information and the necessary back up documents.

I spent the Christmas and New Year holidays realizing I had toured all over the world in 2012, but yet, had not been paid (except a small advance) or provided a proper accounting for a full year’s sweat and blood. On top of this, I was told that I would not be paid until I signed a long form contract which gave me no written assurance of how much or on what basis management would deduct commissions, nor did it provide me access to the financial budgets or records for review. It also forbade me to do interviews or make statements having to do with the band, in effect a gagging order.

Last Monday, I sat down with Kerry and Tom to rehearse for Australia and to propose a new business model that I felt was the best way forward for Slayer to confidently protect itself so we could do what we do best . . . play for the fans. Kerry made it clear he wasn’t interested in making changes and said if I wanted to argue the point, he would find another drummer. On Thursday, I arrived at rehearsals at 1 pm as scheduled, but Kerry did not show. Rather, at 6:24 pm I received an email from the lawyers saying I was being replaced for the Australian dates.

I remain hopeful that we can resolve our issues. But once again, I sincerely apologize to all of our fans in Australia who spent their money expecting to see the 3 of us original Slayer members.

I look forward to seeing you in the future.

Sincerely,
Dave Lombardo”

Richard Pryor vs Slayer tee by Aye Jay

Sometimes tee shirt designs are so well thought out that you just have to push the buy button, especially if you know that there are only 200 made and they are $26.00. Artist Aye Jay mixed Richard Pryor with Slayer to come up with this classic must-have. Keep an eye on Shirts & Destroy in case they restock this 3-colour gem. Currently, they are sold out.

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Slayer release Christmas Jumpers!

Slayer are not pissing around this Xmas. They know where it’s at when it comes to beating the winter freeze with the release of these brand new Christmas jumpers on sale for £49.99. Oh, and they even have the audacity to have a thrash filled pack of playing cards on the go too for those family gin rummy moments at the dinner table when you are snowed in this December.

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Nuclear Death Terror

NUCLEAR DEATH TERROR
Chaos Reigns

(Southern Lord)

Hailing from Denmark, Nuclear Death Terror is a collective of rag-tag Punx from Euroland and beyond that have been knocking around for a while now. They released a great album a few years back, and also have a couple of 7”s under their bullet belts.

This new CD on Southern Lord collates their most recent release, the “Blood Fire Chaos Death” 12”, on D-takt & Råpunk Records, plus their 2 EP’s. It’s the four new tracks that interest me, and, after scraping myself off the wall, can confirm they are absolutely storming hell hammered metallic punk rock blasters, that will have even the most clean-cut amongst you reaching for your inner crust and shaking a clenched fist in the air, whilst all around chaos reigns.

If you worship at The Alter of Slayer, Tragedy and Antisect, then NDT will more than satisfy. This is raging, bleak, and ugly music that stares down at a world shrouded in violence and despair. I can imagine Robb Stark (of Winterfell) cranking NDT out in his tent, getting psyched to take his hardened troops into battle, annihilation, or death.

Pete Craven

Black Label Raise Hell Wade Speyer’s ranch

The Black Label crew went up to Wade Speyer’s ranch to enjoy some of the country life and the “Raise Hell” annual barn bowl jaunt and a session at Ripon. Watch Tyler Mumma, Riley Stevens, Brandon Perelson, Peter Watkins, Javan Campello, Peter Raffin, Wade Speyer and many more.

Slayer live at ATP

ATP at Alexandra Palace,
London May 25th, 2012

Too many folks out there seem to associate ATP events with satchels and hairslides, when in fact they’ve often boasted more than a smattering of quality heavier acts. This year, they’ve even been kind enough to book a whole afternoon of such acts, with Yob, The Melvins and Wolves In The Throne Room impressing the early birds. The ace up their collective sleeve, however, is getting legendary doom-mongers Sleep to slow things down to funereal pace, before giving us a rude-reawakening with the almighty SLAYER!

In case you didn’t know, all is not well in the Slayer camp, with guitarist Jeff Hanneman still on a forced hiatus due to a bout of necrotizing fasciitis (that’s inspiration for their next album in the bag, then). But just as a tiger will attack if cornered, Slayer have decided that attack is the best form of defence against life’s adversities, and the opening brace of ‘World Painted Blood’ and ‘Psychopathy Red’ sound utterly fucking venomous.

The real reason why we’re all here, though, is because Tom Araya and his not-so-merry men have promised us a run-through of their classic ‘Reign In Blood’ in its entirety. Even in the cavernous confines of the Alexandra Palace, ‘Angel Of Death’ still sounds as crisp as on record, and twice as brutal, igniting a warzone of a pit. Even a restarted ‘Reborn’ can’t derail this thrash metal bullet train, and by the time that immortal title track arrives, we initially struggle to hear guitarist Kerry King over the voices of the crowd singing along to THAT riff.

As they bid us goodnight with a suitably brutal ‘War Ensemble’, you can’t help but wonder how many other bands sound this good, past their 30th anniversary and minus a key founding member. If ever Slayer regain their full strength….then Satan help us all.

Alex Gosman

Watch footage from the show from James Sherry’s man cam hands and note that this week he thought an RT meant the Radio Times!

Download the first Fos FM show on Altamont

Heroin and Landscape’s Fos has crept onto the DIY airwaves in Los Angeles since he moved to California this Autumn. He spends a lot of time shooting guns aside from skating and painting thesedays and also has found time to huck out a radio show on the Altamont website.

Fos FM launches today and kicks off with Slayer and red rum samples. Download the MP3 of the first show featuring guest Randy Randall from the band No Age here.