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These Tom Araya Early Eighties Covers Are Sick!

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The youthful metal singer delivered fiery versions of “Looks That Kill,” “Rainbow in the Dark” and others.

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It might sound hard to believe, but there was once a time when thrash- and hair bands were more allies than enemies. With the underground still in its infancy, most consumed and covering tracks from across the spectrum. Provided, of course, that the riffs were sick, the volume obnoxious and the darkness preeminent!

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Which brings us to Slayer front-man Tom Araya. Shortly before the release of the band’s iconic 1983 debut Show No Mercy, the singer was filmed unleashing a powerful cover of Mötley Crüe’s “Looks That Kill” at a small club in his home town of Los Angeles — and by club, we mean his garage. And instead of his Slayer bandmates, Araya was joined by his brother John (lead guitar), Al Messi (bass), Jake Alvarado (drums) and Dimitri Galeos on (rhythm guitar). As an added (albeit brief) bonus, we hear them kicking into Quiet Riot’s “Metal Health” at the end of the clip; granted, it cuts off before the opening riff, but hey — it’s something. Also included is Araya and friends tearing through two more classics: Judas Priest’s “Breakin’ the Law” and Dio’s “Rainbow in the Dark.”

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