I like giving “Sunday Metal” a theme, and so this theme is “Songs of My Youth”. I found heavy metal as a teenager and it’s always been a big part of my life. I wanted to highlight some songs that stand out from those youthful days.
Another Slayer memory comes from the song “Angel of Death”.
Well first, it’s yet another example of Tom’s awesome screams.
But the vivid memory from this song is a trip I was taking. I forget exactly why I was on the METRO (the subway system in the Washington D.C. area), but I was and actually ran into a couple girls from school. One was a cheerleader, so obviously we weren’t from the same social circles, but she was actually nice and not to hung up on the clique thing. The subway got crowded so the three of us, because we were talking, ended up crammed into two seats. They asked what I was listening to (I had my Walkman with me), and I was listening to Slayer’s “Reign in Blood” album. They wanted to check out what I was listening to.
I played “Angel of Death” for them. The only lyrics they understood was “human mice for the angel of death” and they were… bothered. They didn’t understand the song, but it didn’t matter. I think I instantly alienated myself from them and I’m sure that cemented me being labeled a weirdo in their minds. 🙂 Sorry, Debbie (but I’m glad we got to know each other better in college).