Sunday, January 11, 2009

roots: god hates us all




this is not for everyone. the music is loud, the lyrics highly offensive. if that's not your thing, consider yourself warned. but since it's so quiet around here, i thought i'd open the windows and crank up something nasty and loud.


it took me 26 years to work up the courage to listen to slayer. but as i began to delve deeper into the world of metal music, i realized that i needed to hear them sooner or later. this is a group that were pioneers in the "speed" metal genre, pushing themselves to play harder and faster with every album. in fact, i don't think the word "ballad" even exists in their vocabulary.

but this isn't really a history lesson. it more about this one song in particular. slayer have never backed down from dark, violent, or shocking lyrical content. they have always let it all hang out there. and when i heard them for the first time, i could see why they had garnered such a following with their music. they're really good at what they do. lyrically, it doesn't really grip me that much. i don't need to hail satan in order to separate myself from the church culture at large.

but there is one song of theirs that did capture my imagination. it is called "disciple."

the fascinating thing is that i understand. i grew up in a religious construct in which i could form a worldview like this. in fact, i think for many of us, this is exactly the sentiment that caused our "god-world-views" to crumble. slayer just went a different way with it than several of us. nevertheless, in this song, slayer loudly, definantly, yet confidently reject the false genie god of contemporary christianity (be it catholic or protestant) and share what the true underlying message that is communicated in most churches regardless of the language used.

we may hear all the time that "god is love", but when the attitudes and stories are shared and lived with for any genuine length of time, it becomes clear that the real message is indeed, "god hates us all."

any thoughts from anyone else?

9 comments:

jON said...

too much?

Barry said...

To really get a feel for Slayer you need to listen to their Reign In Blood album. An absolute classic. Especially the songs "Raining Blood" and "Necrophobic".

jON said...

i did listen to it. in fact, i listened to hell awaits, reign in blood, seasons in the abyss, god hates us all, and their newest christ illusion within a couple of months from each other.

jON said...

i just got to know. was anyone brave enough to listen to the whole song? :-)

for anyone following this thread, i just had one more thought to share. it was what actually got me to listen to slayer for the first time. i was watching a movie. metal: a headbanger's journey in which anthropologist sam dunn turns his eye to the culture and history surrounding metal music. in it, he does a section on satanism in metal and slayer was obviously interviewed.

sam asked how lead singer, tom araya, reconciled his catholic upbringing with the music he makes. most notably their newest album with a title like "god hates us all."

tom got this sheepish grin on his face and looked away from the camera. "god doesn't hate," he said. "it's a great fucking title though..."

Sue said...

I'm trying to gear up to listen to this. I hate Slayer :)

Valorosa said...

Listened ...

I'll have to say that I feel this way sometimes

Lately, moreso ...

Do you find this odd from one who claims loudly and strongly that God is love? ;-)

Katherine Gunn said...

Hmm... not in the mental state to let Slayer in right now. But I agree with the premise. The church does indeed teach that in an oblique and twisted way. I think many believe it...

jON said...

sinners in the hands of an angry god?

Katherine Gunn said...

Hmm yeah, the idea of scared the hell out people so they will accept God. Somehow, I don't think that is what the early Christians did.... although John and James (the Sons of Thunder), might have originally gotten off on that idea. Hmm... and were rebuked for it.