Swastikas, Lemmy and Screaming Christians: Picking the Winner of the Mayhem Festival
Motörhead vs. Slayer
"Ace Of Spades" or "Raining Blood?"
DH: This is really tough, but Slayer sort of inadvertently invented death metal. The stuff on the new albums isn't as good but I can't even think of something on a newer Motörhead record. Slayer did that tour where it rained blood on stage, and that's pretty cool. And look what Kerry King keeps doing to himself with the head tattoos. It looks awesome!
PR: So, neck and head tattoos versus Lemmy's giant mole.
DH: Oh, and Dave Fuckin' Lombardo is the best drummer.
PR: And he gets points for playing in Fantomas.
RW: What about Slayer using swastikas in its imagery?
DH: Well, [Slayer guitarist] Jeff Hanneman is a huge World War 2 buff, so that's where that comes from. And I think [singer] Tom Araya is Columbian or Cuban or some kind of not pure Aryan race. It was just something they did because it was controversial.
RW: Lemmy has tons of cred though. When he was in that Foo Fighters video a bit ago, that was the Foo Fighters borrowing his cred.
PR: He used to roadie for Hendrix. That reminds me; he's British. So there's that whole [chanting] U-S-A, U-S-A slant, which works in favor of Slayer. Plus, people don't walk up to other people and get in their face and yell "Motörhead!"
DH: And I don't think anybody has put a box cutter to their arm to give themselves a Motörhead tattoo, but that's how almost every Slayer tattoo is done.
WINNER and MAYHEM FEST CHAMPION: Slayer