Monday, February 11, 2008

Dig This. Slayer at the Grammy Awards.

Via Blabbermouth, Slayer won the Grammy award for the Best Metal Performance this Sunday with Final Six, a bonus track from their latest album Christ Illusion. The list of nominees was interesting : Machine Head with the superb piece of modern Metal Aesthetics of Hate (this would have been my choice for the winner), the classic King Diamond with Never Ending Hill and two metalcore acts, As I Lay Dying with the impressive Nothing Left and Shadows Fall with Redemption.

Here's a sequence on YouTube with Tom Araya receiving the award and some pictures from backstage - my first sight of a metalhead in a shiny business suit. The most remarkable thing about Slayer's song walk to fame is in the following passage from the Blabbermouth article (see below). This prize might actually be an important mainstream acknowledgment that things change massively in the music listening universe - which wouldn't have been the case if either Machine Head or As I Lay Dying would have won - we'll see if the industry follows.

(PS : Before going further, remember that God listens...)

The track made its debut last July as the "Single of the Week" on MySpace where it has since accumulated some 750,000 plays, an astounding number for a song that received no commercial airplay.

"This is awesome," Araya stated backstage. "I guess we're part of the industry now, above ground. None of those tunnel diggings anymore. No, this is our second win actually. It's kind of exciting. We've been fortunate to have been around this long with no radio play. We've gotten support from satellite radio recently, MTV gave us minimal support, but it's all on word of mouth and people liking what we do and passing it on to their friends. We owe a lot of our success to our fans. The industry is great, but the fans are the ones that take the time to look you up to see what you're doing, wait for the record to come out and buy it so..."