Producer Rick Rubin Calls Slayer “One Of The Inventors Of Black Metal”


Producer, label head, etc. Rick Rubin was unquestionably integral to the rise of Slayer in the 80s and early 90s. Having produced their most memorable records (including the trifecta of “Reign In Blood“, “South Of Heaven” and “Seasons In The Abyss“) and signing them to his various label imprints over the years, his role during the band’s ascent seemed a crucial one.

A man of many genres, Rubin also helmed pivotal releases in the early hip hop scene around the same time before eventually helping guide huge hits in the pop, country, etc. communities. While his lengthy discography also includes work with the likes of Metallica, System Of A Down, Linkin Park and more, it appears that Rubin‘s knowledge of metal genres may be a bit foggy.

During a recent episode of ‘Broken Record‘—the podcast he hosts alongside Malcolm Gladwell and Bruce Headlam—he cited Slayer as being one of the inventors of the black metal genre. His quote regarding that can be found below

“Something that I noticed relatively early, in working with different artists that was interesting was that one of the bands I worked with is called Slayer, heavy metal band. …One of the inventors of black metal… very aggressive metal, and the lyrics were very dark and heavy.

To some people they would look at that as negative content, and then I would go to a concert and see an arena full of kids who were very much like the guys in Slayer, who were so filled with joy listening to this music.

It was speaking directly to them. It completely was nourishing them. ‘Kumbaya‘ would not have reached them.”

While it could be argued that Slayer‘s music and imagery helped to inspire the initial template for the genre, it’s harder to imagine them as being a pioneering act in the field. That title instead if often bestowed on the likes of Venom, Celtic Frost, Bathory and more.

[via Lambgoat]

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