Upon listening to the opening track, “Angel of Death,” the musician said: “Have you ever seen an angry SLAYER fan? They’re crazy.”
Read the conversation below.
Noisey: Yeah, you’re very brave for putting yourself out there like this.
Shinoda: “So this is a short record. Are we going to gain some momentum and then lose that momentum?”
Not at all. This is a thrash record so it’s going to keep it going for the entire runtime.
I will admit that I’ve probably heard most of the record at some point in my life, but it’s been so long. I don’t even remember and I don’t know anything about it except for the stuff I looked up before this interview.
I brought the vinyl in case you like it.
“Oh wow, the lyrics are in here too. Reading this first one, man, what a way to start an album.”
The lyrics are bonkers. I have a feeling we’ll definitely be talking about them as this goes on.
“I like that I thought that opening scream was a guitar.”
The first time I heard it I thought it was a trumpet. It’s such a bonkers way to kick things off.
“Reading the lyrics here I got to bring something up. I read a couple things coming into this. I didn’t research it or whatever but I did peek at a couple of things just to know what we’re dealing with. And the thing that I read, which may or may not be true overall, but I saw a piece where they were talking about the N*zi content in the first song and it felt like they were really backing off from saying it’s about N*zism.”
I didn’t read that one but it’s 100 percent about Josef Mengele and the Holocaust.
“It was almost like a cop out. They were like, “well it’s not glorifying N*zism.” But I’m reading the lyrics and my first impression is like, yes it 100 percent is. I’m not a fan of that at all.”