Hall Awaits: Watch the Smithsonian Institute’s ‘Origins of Thrash’ profile on Slayer

LEFT TO RIGHT: Tom Araya, Gary Holt, Paul Bostaph, Kerry King

Metal legends Slayer recently rolled through Massachusetts as part of the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, and if you looked closely at the tour buses, you may have seen some scientists tagging along. Or not.

Either way, the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of History today released a pretty cool six-minute profile on the band and their sound, titled “Slayer and the Origins of Thrash.” It’s part of its Places of Musical Innovation exhibit, and you can watch it below.

The profile description:

What kind of place stimulates creative minds and sparks a surge of invention and innovation? As part of our Places of (Musical) Invention video series we traveled across the country to San Francisco, CA to talk with the thrash band Slayer about the innovative history of thrash metal.

Slayer’s latest album, Repentless, is out September 11.