Angel Of Death

 

Another birthday for today…

Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman would have been 52 today.

Taken from 1986’s Reign In Blood, Angel Of Death (even though it is shrouded in much controversy) is probably Slayer’s most popular song with their fans.  If it was put out to a poll I’m sure there would be lots of votes for song x, y or z.  But having seen the band play this song almost twenty times live it is THE song that unites the crowd into a swirling mass of sweat, flailing arms and hair – well not as much hair as there used to be.

 

Any band that writes a song with Auschwitz’s chief physician Josef Mengele as it’s main protagonist are surly going to get the inevitable negative press and accusations of being Nazi sympathisers and racists.  Half the band at the time were made up with a Cuban and a Chilean, makes perfect sense to racist then!

 

(January 31, 1964 – May 2, 2013)

 

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s