A Farewell to Slayer

With the conclusion of Slayer’s The Last Campaign tour, the 38-year-old thrash metal band has bid farewell to touring indefinitely, according to the band members themselves and manager Rick Sales. The band, which put out well-received if controversial albums such as Reign In Blood, Hell AwaitsSouth of Heaven and Seasons in the Abyss, was one of the first thrash bands to emerge in the fledgling scene of the 1980s, and is one of the “Big 4” of thrash metal alongside Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax. With the conclusion of their farewell tour, the band has announced that Slayer will continue to exist as a band, but will never tour again, and with lead guitarist Gary Holt returning to his long-running position as bandleader of thrash metal founders Exodus, it seems that it is now the end of the line for a fourth of the Big 4.

The end of Slayer’s live duties does not, however, signify and end for the band, and as both the band and their management has stated, the band will continue to function privately, undoubtedly meaning a future album or EP in due time, and with the rest of the Big 4 set to release albums within the next two years, it certainly wouldn’t be out of place for such a release to be put out by the band (with no live support). This, of course, assuming the band isn’t going to pull a Motley Crue, and return to touring in a few short years.

The farewell tour proved extremely successful for the band, and as they move on into the future, their legacy will certainly remain as one of the most offensive and successful metal bands to ever record.