As a member of the "Big 4" of thrash, Metallica go way back with Slayer. When we interviewed Lars Ulrich for our massive oral history of the four pioneering groups, their intertwined histories and their momentous shows together in 2010 and 2011, we had to ask him to pick his favorite song by the latter. Not surprisingly, he couldn't just pick one. See his selections and comments below.
Obviously, "Angel of Death" [off 1986's Reign in Blood] is kind of just timeless. I really like "Postmortem," and I don't know ... fuck. The video where they're out in the dessert, "Seasons in the Abyss," is awesome. I think that's enough to get us started at least, right?
Yeah, listen, we [Metallica] can dabble in some of those for about 30 seconds until my feet fall off. We absolutely jam on those once in a while when we need to start getting pumped up and getting flexing. [Laughs]