Diabolus in Musica is the eighth studio album by American thrash metal band Slayer. Released on June 9, 1998, it is the second studio album to feature drummer Paul Bostaph.

Guitarist Jeff Hanneman wrote most of the album's content which has been described as Slayer's most experimental album. The album's title is a Latin term for "The Devil in Music", a musical interval known for its dissonance. Lyrical themes explored on the album include religion, deviants, death, maniacs, war, and serial killers.

  This album "SLAYER Diabolus in Musica" includes the original custom inner sleeves with album details, complete lyrics of all songs by and artwork/photos.


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Album Description & Collectors information:


Music Genre:

American Thrash Metal 
Production information: The album: "SLAYER Diabolus in Musica" was produced by: Rick Rubin

  Rick Rubin (real-name: Fredrick Jay Rubin) Executive Producer of top Thrash Metal bands like: Danzer, Metallica and Slayer .

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Greg Gordon
This album was recorded at: Oceanway Studios, Los Angeles. California

Record Label Information:

American 491302

Media Format:

12" Double Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 460 gram  

Year and Country:

1998 Made in France
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Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: SLAYER Diabolus in Musica

    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Tom Araya - bass, vocals

      Tom Araya , (real-name: Tomás Enrique Araya Díaz), lead vocals, bass guitar player was born in Viña del Mar (1961) and founding member of the American Thrash Metal band "Slayer". Tom Araya has active in Slayer since it's formatin in 1981. Before forming Slayer, Tom Araya was in a band called "Tradewinds".

  • Jeff Hanneman - guitar, backing vocals

      Jeff Hanneman (real-name: Jeffrey John Hanneman) was born in Oakland, California in January 1964 and founding member of the American Thrash Metal band: Slayer. He performs with Slayer from 1981 until his death in 2013 due to health issues.

  • Kerry King - guitar, keys, backing vocals

      Kerry King (real-name: Kerry Ray King) born in Los Angeles, California, June 1963, Guitarist and co-founder of the American Thrash Metal band Slayer. He has been performing with Slayer since 1981. During 1984 Kerry King performed as a substitute guitarist with the American Speed/Thrash Metal band " Megadeth ".

  • Paul Bostaph - drums, turntables, samples

Complete Track-listing of the album "SLAYER Diabolus in Musica"

The detailed tracklist of this record "SLAYER Diabolus in Musica" is:

  1. "Bitter Peace" Jeff Hanneman Hanneman 4:32
  2. "Death's Head" Hanneman Hanneman 3:34
  3. "Stain of Mind" Kerry King Hanneman 3:24
  4. "Overt Enemy" Hanneman Hanneman 4:41
  5. "Perversions of Pain" King Hanneman 3:33
  6. "Love to Hate" Hanneman, King Hanneman 3:07
  7. "Desire" Tom Araya Hanneman 4:20
  8. "In the Name of God" King King 3:40
  9. "Scrum" King Hanneman 2:16
  10. "Screaming from the Sky" Hanneman, King, Araya Hanneman 3:12
  11. "Point" King Hanneman 4:11
  12. "Wicked"

Slayer: The Thrash Metal Pioneers and Controversial Legends of Heavy Music

SLAYER Band Description:

The Band Members

The original lineup consisted of Tom Araya on vocals and bass, Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman on guitars, and Dave Lombardo on drums. Lombardo left the band several times throughout their career, with Paul Bostaph and Jon Dette filling in on drums for various periods. Gary Holt of Exodus also filled in for Hanneman after his death in 2013.

The Music

Slayer's music is often characterized by fast, aggressive riffs, double bass drumming, and Araya's distinctive vocal style. The band has released twelve studio albums, with their most successful being "Reign in Blood" (1986), which is widely regarded as one of the greatest thrash metal albums of all time. Other notable albums include "South of Heaven" (1988), "Seasons in the Abyss" (1990), and "God Hates Us All" (2001).

The Controversy

Slayer has often courted controversy throughout their career due to their use of violent and graphic imagery, as well as their exploration of taboo subjects. The band has been accused of promoting Satanism and encouraging violence, leading to protests and calls for boycotts. In particular, their 1985 album "Hell Awaits" was the subject of much controversy due to its Satanic themes and cover art, which depicted a Hellish landscape with demonic creatures.

The Legacy

Despite the controversy, Slayer's influence on the metal genre cannot be denied. The band has been credited with helping to create and popularize thrash metal, alongside bands like Metallica and Megadeth. Their music has influenced countless metal bands that have followed in their wake, with their aggressive riffs and fast-paced drumming becoming hallmarks of the thrash metal sound. The band's high-energy live performances have also become legendary, with fans often describing them as some of the most intense and memorable shows they have ever seen.

The End of an Era

In 2018, Slayer announced that they would be embarking on a final world tour, bringing an end to their legendary career. The tour, dubbed "The Final Campaign", was intended to give fans a chance to see the band one last time before they called it quits. The tour concluded in November 2019 with a final show in Los Angeles, marking the end of an era for thrash metal fans worldwide.

The Conclusion

Slayer's impact on the metal genre is immeasurable. The band's aggressive music and controversial themes have made them a lightning rod for criticism and debate, but their influence on the thrash metal sound is undeniable. With their final tour now completed, Slayer has left an indelible mark on the world of heavy metal, and their legacy will continue to inspire and influence metal fans for generations to come.