Tom Araya -Invincible vocalist-



The best thrash metal vocalists

Vocalist of the emperor “Slayer”.

He is one of the best thrash metal vocalists.

Anyway, his voice is cool.

However, his vocals have not been constant, but have been gradually changing.

There is a difference in taste as to which period of Tom’s vocals one prefers

During “Show No Mercy” and “Hell Awaits,” his voice is high-pitched, watery, and sultry.

High-toned shouts are also frequent.

In the “Reign in Blood” and “South of Heaven” periods, the wateriness is reduced and the voice becomes more powerful and stable.

Shouting is used as a key element of the song.

After “Seasons in the Abyss,” the shouts are no longer used, and the voice gradually changes to a thicker, raspy tone.

It seems that there is a difference in taste as to which period of Tom’s vocals one prefers.

Many people say they like his more recent masculine vocals.

Two voice qualities so polar opposites

My preference is the vocal during the studio live recording “Live Undead”.

It was a time when he was using both a spitting rattle and a high tone shout, and the fact that he could produce two voice qualities so polar opposites was almost a miracle.

This vocal style was probably made possible only because he was so young.

I think the turning point in Tom’s vocals was when he stopped using (and getting out of) the high tone shout.

I wonder if there has ever been a thrash metal vocalist who used shouts like that.

I don’t think there was or still is a cooler shout than Tom’s.

His style keeps changing, but he still has a cool voice that adds color to the music of “Slayer”.

His presence is quite significant for “Slayer”.

March 10,2010 Freakz


It has been quite a few years since “Slayer” went on hiatus.

As I have written many times, I will wait until I die, or even if I die.

“Slayer” is not “breaking up”. It is on “hiatus”.

June 14,2023 Freakz