I'm a fan (and you should be too) because... When I was 12 years old, I had been listening to quite a lot of punk rock, but I longed for something better. So I bought the album Tattoo the Earth: The First Crusade. On that album were live versions of the famous Slayer songs "Stain of Mind" as well as "Chemical Warfare." Upon hearing "Chemical Warfare," I had a bit of an awakening. I couldn't believe my ears as well as the fact that I had finally heard an example of exactly how punk and metal could be put together and sound so amazing. I immediately called up my best friend to tell him about it, and he said,"Dude, there's a whole GENRE of music like that. But Slayer are the ones who do it best. Just go buy one of their albums if you wanna check them out." So then my first Slayer album was "Decade of Aggression." I only liked the super-fast songs at first, but then I started to appreciate and understand songs like "South of Heaven" and "Dead Skin Mask." I immediately started to save up my money and went out and bought every single Slayer album I could find. When they announced a box set was about to come out, that was the one and only thing I wanted for Christmas that year.
Fast-forward to age 14: I spent every Sunday night with a scalpel cutting the Slayer logo into my left ankle (It is still visible to this day.). I so badly wanted a real Slayer tattoo that I actually did that. Of course my family hated the fact that I went to that extreme.
Slayer then became my obsession. I started figuring out Slayer riffs on an old acoustic guitar. Then came the day when I had the cash to buy the new B.C. Rich KKV Kerry King signature guitar. To this day, the KKV is still my main guitar, but it now is loaded up with Seymour Duncan pickups and a Floyd Rose (Yes, I actually like the Floyd better than the Kahler).
Finally, at age 24 (upon hearing about Jeff Hanneman's passing and becoming increasingly upset), I went to my artist and had him tattoo the Slayer Eagle in grey scale with red highlights on my lower bicep. I always roll my sleeves up to show that tattoo as a badge of honor. I'm 25 now and I still listen to Slayer every day. Although many others say that I'm a little young to be a true Slayer fan, I just tell them they're wrong and that Slayer has been a major part of my life for over 12 years now. That usually shuts them up.
Today I went to a record store to replace some worn-out copies of some of my Slayer albums. I am actually listening to "Show No Mercy" as I type this. I will always be a Slayer-head for all eternity...