Slayer – “War Ensemble” Live in Michigan 1991

Jeff Hanneman (1964-2013), R.I.P.

Slayer, the God of heavy metal, performed in Michigan in June, 1991. This incredible live footage is a sample taken from Slayer’s live CD/DVD “Soundtrack To The Apocalypse” (American, 2003).

“War Ensemble” is taken from Slayer’s fifth studio album “Seasons In The Abyss” (American, 1990).

Lineup

  • Tom Araya – Bass, Lead vocals
  • Jeff Hanneman – Lead and rhythm guitars
  • Kerry King – Lead and rhythm guitars
  • Dave Lombardo – Drums

Lyrics

Propaganda death ensemble
Burial to be
Corpses rotting through the night
In blood laced misery
Scorched earth the policy
The reason for the siege
The pendulum it shaves the blade
The strafing air blood raid

Infiltration push reserves
Encircle the front lines
Supreme art of strategy
Playing on the minds
Bombard till submission
Take all to their graves
Indication of triumph
The number that are dead

[CHORUS]
Sport the war, war support
The sport is war, total war
When victory’s a massacre
The final swing is not a drill
It’s how many people I can kill

[CHORUS]

Be dead friend from above
When darkness falls
Descend into my sights
Your fallen walls
Spearhead break through the lines
Flanked all around
Soldiers of attriction
Forward their ground
Regime prophetic age
Old in its time
Flowing veins run on through
Deep in the Rhine
Center of the web
All battles scored
What is our war crimes
(Era forever more…war)

Propaganda war ensemble
Burial to be
Bones shining in the night
In blood laced misery
Campaign of elimination
Twisted psychology
When victory is to survive
And death is defeat

[CHORUS]
Sport the war, war support
The sport is war, total war
When the end is a slaughter
The final swing is not a drill
It’s how many people I can kill
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Music comopsed by Jeff Hannneman
Lyrics written by Tom Araya and Jeff Hanneman

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