Hell Awaits

Slayer album

Hell Awaits is the second studio album by American thrash metal band, Slayer. Hell Awaits was released in March 1985. The album was released through Metal Blade Records.

Hell Awaits
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 1985 (March 1985)[1][2]
RecordedSeptember–October 1984
StudioEldorado Recording Studios, Los Angeles, California[3]
GenreThrash metal
LabelMetal Blade
Slayer chronology
Live Undead
Hell Awaits
Reign in Blood

Hell Awaits features Slayer's most progressive and diverse work compared to their older releases. According to guitarist Kerry King, he and Jeff Hanneman were into Mercyful Fate at that time and that led them to do longer and more progressive songs.[4][5]

To promote the album, the band took part in the Combat Tour with Venom and Exodus. Exodus guitarist Gary Holt commented, "We immediately bonded with the Slayer guys. It was two bands of friends playing with one band of heroes, you know? We were just star-struck."[6] Gary Holt later joined the band in 2015.[7]


No. TitleLyricsMusic Length
1. "Hell Awaits"  Kerry KingJeff Hanneman, King 6:16
2. "Kill Again"  KingHanneman, King 4:56
3. "At Dawn They Sleep"  Tom Araya, Hanneman, KingHanneman 6:17
4. "Praise of Death"  HannemanKing 5:21
5. "Necrophiliac"  Hanneman, KingHanneman 3:46
6. "Crypts of Eternity"  Araya, Hanneman, KingHanneman, King 6:40
7. "Hardening of the Arteries"  HannemanHanneman 3:55


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  2. "In-store flyer, Monday April 1st, 1985". Slipped Disc Records. Retrieved May 3, 2013.
  3. "Kerry King letter Slipped Disc Records". Slipped Disc Records. Retrieved May 5, 2013.
  4. "Youtube - Kerry King interviewed by Metal Hammer". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-7-6. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  5. McIver, Joel. The Bloody Reign of Slayer. Omnibus Press. ISBN 9780857120380.
  6. "An exclusive oral history of Slayer". Decibel Magazine. Retrieved 2014-7-6. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  7. "Kerry King: Slayer to Make 'Legit Offer' for Gary Holt to Continue With Band". Loud Wire. Retrieved 3 October 2015.