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.

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Album Description:

The 1998 SLAYER album, "Diabolus in Musica", holds a significant place in the band's discography and the evolution of thrash metal. Released on June 9th, this 12" vinyl LP showcases the band's commitment to pushing boundaries and exploring new musical territories. With drummer Paul Bostaph making his second studio appearance, "Diabolus in Musica" marks a notable milestone for Slayer.

One of the standout features of this album is the songwriting contributions of guitarist Jeff Hanneman. Known for his powerful riffs and dark lyrical themes, Hanneman's influence is palpable throughout the record. "Diabolus in Musica" is often regarded as Slayer's most experimental album, as the band incorporates elements of nu-metal and industrial metal into their traditional thrash sound. This departure from their signature style showcased their willingness to take risks and explore new sonic avenues.

The Latin title of the album, "Diabolus in Musica", translates to "The Devil in Music". It refers to a specific dissonant musical interval known for its sinister and unsettling qualities. This choice of title perfectly encapsulates the overall tone and atmosphere of the album. Throughout the record, Slayer delves into a variety of dark and controversial themes, including religion, deviants, death, maniacs, war, and serial killers. The lyrics are confrontational and unapologetic, a trademark of Slayer's lyrical approach.

In addition to the music and lyrics, the physical presentation of the album is noteworthy. The 12" vinyl LP includes original custom inner sleeves, providing album details, complete lyrics of all songs, and artwork/photos. These elements contribute to the overall experience of listening to "Diabolus in Musica" as a tangible and immersive piece of art.

As with any musical departure from an established style, "Diabolus in Musica" received mixed reactions from fans and critics alike. While some embraced Slayer's experimentation and evolution, others longed for a return to the band's more traditional thrash sound. Nonetheless, the album's significance lies in its willingness to challenge conventions and explore new musical directions, showcasing Slayer's versatility as musicians and their commitment to artistic growth.

Album  Production information: The album: "SLAYER Diabolus in Musica" was produced by: Rick Rubin

Rick Rubin, born Fredrick Jay Rubin on 10 March 1963, is a renowned American music producer, record label executive, and entrepreneur. He is widely recognized for his immense contributions to the music industry, particularly in the genre of thrash metal. Rubin's innovative production techniques and keen ear for sound have shaped the careers of numerous legendary artists, including Danzig, Metallica, and Slayer.


Born in Long Beach, New York, Rubin developed a deep passion for music from a young age. Growing up in a diverse cultural environment, he was exposed to a wide range of musical genres, which greatly influenced his later work. In his teenage years, Rubin immersed himself in the vibrant New York punk rock scene, attending shows and embracing the rebellious spirit of the movement.

Rubin's foray into the music industry began in the early 1980s when he co-founded Def Jam Recordings with Russell Simmons. The label quickly gained prominence and became one of the most influential hip-hop imprints of its time. Rubin's keen ability to recognize emerging talent led him to work with iconic rap acts such as Run-D.M.C., LL Cool J, and Beastie Boys, among others. His production style, characterized by stripped-down beats and minimalist arrangements, revolutionized the hip-hop genre and earned him widespread acclaim.

In the mid-1980s, Rubin's diverse musical tastes led him to explore the realms of heavy metal and hard rock. He founded Def American Recordings (later renamed American Recordings) as an avenue to work with artists from these genres. It was during this time that Rubin forged a partnership with thrash metal giants such as Danzig, Metallica, and Slayer.

Rubin's work with Danzig resulted in the band's self-titled debut album in 1988, which showcased their raw energy and gothic sensibilities. His production brought a clarity and intensity to their sound, solidifying their position as one of the pioneering acts of dark, heavy music.

His collaboration with Metallica on their critically acclaimed fifth studio album, "Metallica" (commonly known as "The Black Album"), is regarded as one of his most significant achievements. Released in 1991, the album showcased a more accessible sound while retaining the band's heavy roots. Rubin's guidance in songwriting and production helped Metallica achieve commercial success while maintaining their artistic integrity.

Rubin's involvement with Slayer began in 1986 when he produced their landmark album, "Reign in Blood". The record, known for its breakneck speed and intense lyrical themes, is often regarded as one of the greatest thrash metal albums of all time. Rubin continued to collaborate with Slayer on subsequent album s, including "South of Heaven" (1988) and "Seasons in the Abyss" (1990), solidifying his status as a go-to producer for the band.

Throughout his career, Rubin's production style has been marked by his ability to capture the essence and raw power of the artists he works with. His minimalist approach, combined with a relentless pursuit of sonic perfection, has garnered him numerous accolades, including multiple Grammy Awards.

Beyond his work in thrash metal, Rick Rubin has collaborated with artists from a wide range of genres, including rock, pop, country, and folk. Some of his notable collaborations include projects with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, Adele, and Kanye West, among many others.

Rick Rubin's influence on the music industry extends far beyond his role as a producer. His entrepreneurial ventures, such as the co-founding of Def Jam Recordings and his involvement with American Recordings, have left an indelible mark on the business side of music. Rubin's career is a testament to his unwavering dedication to artistic integrity and his innate ability to shape and redefine genres.

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  


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

Year and Country:

  1998 Made in France
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: SLAYER Diabolus in Musica
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Tom Araya - bass, vocals

    Tom Araya, born Tomás Enrique Araya Díaz on 6 June 1961, in Viña del Mar, Chile, is a prominent figure in the world of heavy metal music. As the lead vocalist and bass guitar player of the American thrash metal band "Slayer", Araya has made significant contributions to the genre and has left an indelible mark on the metal community.


    Araya's passion for music began at an early age. Growing up in a musical household, he was exposed to a variety of genres, including traditional Latin music. This early exposure laid the foundation for his future endeavors in the music industry.

    In his teenage years, Araya joined a band called "Tradewinds". Although their success was limited, this experience served as a stepping stone for Araya's musical journey. Little did he know that his path would soon intersect with other talented musicians, giving rise to one of the most influential thrash metal bands of all time.

    In 1981, Araya became a founding member of "Slayer", alongside guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman, as well as drummer Dave Lombardo. The band quickly gained recognition for their aggressive and fast-paced sound, characterized by intricate guitar riffs, powerful drumming, and Araya's distinctive vocals.

    With Araya at the helm, Slayer released a series of groundbreaking albums that solidified their status as pioneers of the thrash metal genre. Their debut album, "Show No Mercy" (1983), showcased their raw energy and set the stage for their subsequent releases, including "Reign in Blood" (1986), "South of Heaven" (1988), and "Seasons in the Abyss" (1990). These albums pushed the boundaries of heavy metal and influenced countless bands in the years to come.

    Tom Araya's contributions to Slayer extended beyond his vocal and bass guitar skills. He was also involved in the songwriting process, co-writing some of the band's most memorable songs. His lyrical themes often explored controversial and dark subjects, including warfare, religion, and serial killers, reflecting the band's confrontational and provocative approach.

    Over the course of Slayer's career, they achieved considerable success, earning multiple Grammy nominations and selling millions of albums worldwide. They toured extensively, captivating audiences with their electrifying live performances and contributing to the band's legendary status.

    In 2018, after nearly four decades of influencing the metal scene, Slayer announced their farewell tour, signaling the end of an era. The band performed their final show in November 2019, leaving a lasting impact on the metal community and cementing their place in heavy metal history.

    Tom Araya's tenure in Slayer spanned over three decades, making him one of the longest-standing members of the band. His distinctive voice, formidable bass playing, and stage presence contributed significantly to Slayer's success and helped shape the sound of thrash metal.

    Beyond his work with Slayer, Araya has also collaborated with other artists and contributed guest vocals on various projects. While the future of his musical career remains uncertain, there is no doubt that Tom Araya's contributions to heavy metal will continue to be celebrated and appreciated by generations of metal fans worldwide.

  • Jeff Hanneman - guitar, backing vocals

    Jeffrey John Hanneman, known widely as Jeff Hanneman, was born on 31 January 1964, in Oakland, California. He was a renowned musician and founding member of the American Thrash Metal band, Slayer. Hanneman's contributions to the band as a guitarist and songwriter played a crucial role in shaping Slayer's distinct sound and establishing them as one of the most influential bands in the genre.


    From an early age, Hanneman showed a deep passion for music. He began playing the guitar as a teenager, heavily influenced by the New Wave of British Heavy Metal and punk rock movements. In 1981, along with Kerry King, Tom Araya, and Dave Lombardo, Hanneman formed Slayer in Huntington Park, California. The band quickly gained recognition for their aggressive style, combining elements of speed, intensity, and dark lyrical themes.

    As Slayer's lead and rhythm guitarist, Hanneman played a vital role in defining the band's signature sound. His riffs and solos showcased his technical prowess and creativity, contributing to the band's success in the thrash metal scene. Alongside Kerry King, the duo formed a formidable guitar partnership, creating some of metal's most iconic guitar harmonies and blistering solos.

    Throughout his career with Slayer, Hanneman co-wrote many of the band's classic songs, including "Raining Blood," "Angel of Death," "South of Heaven," and "War Ensemble." These tracks, characterized by their aggressive energy, complex structures, and dark themes, solidified Slayer's reputation as pioneers of extreme metal.

    In addition to his musical talent, Hanneman was known for his distinctive stage presence. With his long hair, signature bandanas, and leather attire, he embodied the essence of a thrash metal guitarist. His fierce and intense performances captivated audiences around the world, further elevating Slayer's status as one of the most revered live acts in the metal scene.

    Tragically, in early 2011, Hanneman contracted necrotizing fasciitis, a rare flesh-eating disease, from a spider bite. The infection severely affected his health and led to his absence from Slayer's touring activities. Despite his condition, Hanneman continued to contribute to the band's music and songwriting.

    On 2 May 2013, Jeff Hanneman passed away at the age of 49 due to liver failure in a Southern California hospital. His death sent shockwaves through the metal community, as fans and fellow musicians mourned the loss of a true metal legend. Hanneman's impact on the genre and his contributions to Slayer's discography continue to resonate with fans, inspiring countless musicians and shaping the future of thrash metal.

    Jeff Hanneman's legacy lives on through his music, which remains a testament to his extraordinary talent and creativity. His influence on the world of metal, both as a guitarist and songwriter, is immeasurable, and he will always be remembered as an integral part of Slayer's monumental journey.

  • Kerry King - guitar, keys, backing vocals

    Kerry King (real-name: Kerry Ray King) , born on 3 June 1964, in Los Angeles, California, is a renowned American guitarist best known as one of the founding members and lead guitarists of the influential thrash metal band Slayer. With his aggressive playing style, intricate solos, and dark and intense songwriting, King has left an indelible mark on the world of heavy metal.


    From a young age, Kerry King showed a strong passion for music and began playing guitar in his early teens. Influenced by the likes of Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Venom, he gravitated towards the burgeoning thrash metal scene that was gaining momentum in the 1980s.

    In 1981, King co-founded Slayer alongside Jeff Hanneman, Tom Araya, and Dave Lombardo. The band's raw energy, fast-paced rhythms, and controversial lyrics set them apart from their contemporaries, and they quickly gained a loyal following. With their debut album, "Show No Mercy" (1983), Slayer established themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the metal world.

    Throughout Slayer's career, Kerry King played a pivotal role in shaping the band's sound. His aggressive, high-speed riffing, combined with his use of unconventional guitar techniques such as tremolo picking and dissonant chord progressions, became trademarks of the Slayer sound. King's guitar solos, known for their blistering speed and intricate shredding, pushed the boundaries of technicality and set a new standard for metal guitar playing.

    Slayer released several critically acclaimed albums, including "Reign in Blood" (1986), "South of Heaven" (1988), "Seasons in the Abyss" (1990), and "God Hates Us All" (2001). These albums solidified Slayer's reputation as one of the "Big Four" thrash metal bands, alongside Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax.

    King's stage presence and image were as fierce as his playing. Sporting long hair, covered in tattoos, and often seen wearing spiked armbands and leather, he embodied the essence of heavy metal. His commanding presence on stage, along with his aggressive headbanging and lightning-fast guitar solos, made Slayer's live performances legendary.

    In addition to his work with Slayer, Kerry King has collaborated with other musicians over the years, including playing guest solos on albums by bands like Pantera and Marilyn Manson. He also released a signature line of guitars through BC Rich, showcasing his unique style and preferences.

    In 2019, Slayer embarked on their farewell tour, titled "The Final Campaign," marking the end of the band's illustrious career. The tour concluded in November 2019, leaving a void in the metal world that will not easily be filled.

    Kerry King's impact on the world of heavy metal cannot be overstated. His aggressive playing style, innovative songwriting, and uncompromising attitude have inspired countless guitarists and bands. His contributions to Slayer's discography and his influence on the evolution of thrash metal have secured his place in the world of music history.

  • 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"
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