The end of Slayer’s reign in the heavy metal community is coming near, and many fellow metalheads are saddened that the band will be calling it quits following their farewell tour.
One man who praises all that Slayer did for him and his influence to get where he is today is Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn. Flynn commented on Slayer’s final days a band, stating, “It’s crazy to me. I can’t believe that,” he said (hear audio below). “It still hasn’t sunk in. Who knows how long it’s gonna go on? I’m sure it’ll go on for a while. But that’s a hard one to wrap my head around, man.”
“We did 85 shows with those guys on our first album, and we became pretty good friends,” he continued. “And I’ve talked to ’em all at various times, and we stayed friends. And I think they’re serious. I don’t wanna say there’s bad blood between ’em, but I think that they’re just ready to kind of end on a high note.”
“This is the thing that I trip on. If you think about the classic rock and roll bands of yore — the Led Zeppelins, The Beatles, the Black Sabbaths— it was 10 years that they lasted,” Flynn said. “The Beatles made all of that mind-boggling, unbelievably future, forward-thinking music, changing with evolution like no other band in the history of music — literally — and tapping into what was happening with the culture at the same time, all in 10 years — in a 10-year period. Led Zeppelin, the same thing — ’67 to ’77. Black Sabbath — ’69 to ’79; that’s it. And then it went away. And in some ways, because it went away, it became that much more powerful.
“You think about bands now, and even we’re talking about thrash metal bands, Metallica’s been around 36 years, Slayer 36 years — almost four times as long as any of those bands of yore,” he continued. “For [Slayer] to call it a day and say, ‘You know what? We’re calling it a day. And we’re gonna end on this note,’ which is, frankly, a pretty freakin’ high note, I mean, good for them. ‘Cause I’m sure it’s hard to sit there and go, ‘This thing that I’ve done forever is now gonna end,’ but in the long run, it’s only gonna make the legend of Slayer that much bigger. Just like it did with The Beatles and Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. And you look at somebody like Robert Plant, who… [laughs] I’m sure those Led Zeppelin residuals… they’re rolling in good… But the fact that he still says ‘no’ all these years later, because he’s, like, ‘It’s never gonna live up to the hype of what it could be,’ that takes an unbelievable amount of balls and courage and, frankly, artistic integrity — to just go, ‘I can’t do that. I have to do something else.’ And by doing so, [it] elevates it even more.”
JT “Doc” Berry \m/