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Thrashback Thursday: “Angel Of Death” By Slayer
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SLAYER! What else need be said? Here are the kings of thrash with the opening track of their 1996 watershed release Reign In Blood.

Watch Slayer perform “Angel of Death” here below.

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$5 MP3 Album Deal: Slayer ‘Reign In Blood’
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Right now, Amazon has Slayer‘s Reign In Blood in MP3 format on sale for only 5.00. The sale is part of the site’s monthly deals on MP3 albums for only $5 each.

If you’d like a physical copy of Reign In Blood, the CD is available for $11.49 and is an AutoRip, which means with the CD purchase you’ll also get a FREE MP3 download of the entire album.

This discount MP3 version of Reign In Blood contains two extra tracks: “Aggressive Perfector” and a remix of “Criminally Insane.” The original 10-song album, which clocks in at under 30 minutes, was released in 1986 and was the band’s breakout effort, mostly thanks to the wildly popular “Angel Of Death.” Featuring the original four members of Slayer, the album is a non-stop double-bass frenzy of thrash metal that set the bar high for other bands in that genre. A highly worthy purchase, even at full price, other standout songs are “Jesus Saves,” “Postmortem,” and “Raining Blood.” My favorite Slayer album by far. Check it out!!!

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King Diamond “Trying To Be Nice” In Feud With Former Bassist But It’s Getting Ugly
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[King Diamond (right) and bassist Hal Patino (left) image via Facebook]

Before the boom of social media, when a musician quit or was fired from his band, you’d have to wait a long time to hear anything from either party about the situation. If the band was big enough, like say The Rolling Stones, then maybe you’d read an official statement in the daily newspaper. Other than that, the monthly music magazines had to catch up on the story, interview both parties, and even then, musicians tended to keep private matters private (until their tell-all memoirs were released years-to-decades later). More often, music magazines would fuel the fire of the feud by quoting each musician to make it seem like more of a fight. This was common between Metallica and Megadeth throughout the 1980s, where magazines would put James Hetfield and Dave Mustaine on the cover with a jagged line splitting their images with some kind of fighting words on the cover. (Hey, it sold magazines, that’s for sure.)

Now, instead of waiting for journalists to ask about the details of the split, when someone is fired from or quits a band, they take right to their Facebook accounts to give their side of the story, and soon after, you can expect a response from their former bandmates, and it likely won’t end there.

The most recent band feud to surface is out of the King Diamond camp after it was announced on the band’s official Facebook page on July 19, 2014, that bassist Hal Patino that he had been “relieved of his duties with King Diamond, for reasons very similar to why he was fired from the band in 1990.” The reasons alluded to are Patino’s alleged drug problems. Not surprisingly, Patino took to his Facebook page later that same day to state that he was not fired, but rather that he quit and that he did not have a drug problem. On July 20, 2014, King Diamond himself posted a lengthy step-by-step rebuttal of Patino’s statement, which led to, you guessed it, yet another response from Patino on his own Facebook page.

You can read all the statements here below.

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$5 MP3 Album Deal: Slayer ‘Seasons In The Abyss’
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As part of their monthly MP3 album deals, Amazon has Slayer‘s Seasons In The Abyss on sale for only 5.00 in MP3 format. (If you’d like a physical copy of the album, the CD is available for $12.98 and is an AutoRip, which means with the CD purchase you’ll also get a FREE MP3 download of the entire album.)

Released in 1990, Seasons In The Abyss was a worthy follow-up to the mighty South Of Heaven, serving as a continuation of its predecessor with songs like “War Ensemble,” “Spirit In Black,” “Expendable Youth,” “Dead Skin Mask,” and the epic title track. The album was Slayer’s fifth full-length studio effort featuring the classic line-up of Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman on guitars; Dave Lombardo on drums; and Tom Araya on bass and vocals, and was the last before Lombardo’s departure from Slayer. (Lombardo later returned to Slayer several times.)

Browse all 100 albums on sale this month for only $5 each, and be sure to check out the current $5.99 Live Albums Sale.

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$5 MP3 Album Deal: Slayer ‘South Of Heaven’
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As part of their monthly MP3 album deals, Amazon has Slayer‘s South Of Heaven on sale for only 5.00 in MP3 format. (If you’d like a physical copy of the album, the CD is available for $11.38 and is an AutoRip, which means with the CD purchase you’ll also get a FREE MP3 download of the entire album.)

Released in 1988, South Of Heaven — Slayer’s fourth full-length studio — slows down the pace from its groundbreaking predecessor Reign In Blood, but keeps the brutality and intensity going with songs like “Mandatory Suicide,” “Spill The Blood,” “Ghosts Of War,” and the eerie title track, “South Of Heaven.” Featuring the classic line-up of Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman on guitars; Dave Lombardo on drums; and Tom Araya on bass and vocals, South Of Heaven is another perfect album from the legendary thrash titans and elite members of the Big Four. The album is a must-have, especially at this low price.

Browse all 100 albums on sale this month for only $5 each.

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