SLIPKNOT's Corey Taylor picks favorite SLAYER song | Revolver

SLIPKNOT's Corey Taylor picks favorite SLAYER song

"It infuriated me the first time I heard it"
slipknot corey taylor live 2022 crop AZU, Azu Rodriguez
photograph by Azu Rodriguez

Slayer have one of the most diehard fanbases in metal history, and in some ways, they're also the ultimate band's band. Intensity begets intensity, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a metal musician out there who doesn't love at least one Slayer record. 

Metal Hammer asked several of the now-defunct thrash titans' peers and disciples to pick their single favorite Slayer song, and Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor was one of them. See his selection below. 

"South of Heaven"

It's my favorite Slayer album and my favorite Slayer song. The way it starts is so epic. It just keeps building towards another intro, ya know? You're ready for it to fucking kick in and it doesn't; it's such a dick-tease. It infuriated me the first time I heard it, but then when it does kick in, oh my god! It's a baseball bat to the face. 

It's some of my favorite Hanneman/King work, Lombardo's fills are so ridiculous, and there's real venom in Tom's voice. That shit is insane, you can feel it. To me, it's not the scariest Slayer song, it's not one of the fastest, but it sums up Slayer with everything it offers. That tension building towards what would then become a crazy onslaught of heavy metal.