Haunting the Chapel

Haunting the Chapel
EP by
ReleasedJune 1984[1]
StudioTrack Record Studios, North Hollywood, California
GenreThrash metal
LabelMetal Blade
ProducerBrian Slagel
Slayer chronology
Show No Mercy
Haunting the Chapel
Live Undead

Haunting the Chapel is an extended play (EP) released by American thrash metal band Slayer in 1984 through Metal Blade and Enigma Records. Slayer's debut album Show No Mercy became Metal Blade's highest-selling, leading to producer Brian Slagel wanting to release an EP. Recorded in Hollywood, the recording process proved difficult when recording drums in a studio without carpet, although it resulted in drummer Dave Lombardo meeting Gene Hoglan who was to become an influence in his drumming style and speed.[2] It was during the recording of this session that Lombardo first had the double bass added to his kit. Hoglan, working for Slayer at the time, sat at the kit and played a double bass for the first time. Lombardo was impressed and although Hoglan never gave him lessons, he did give him tips regarding the use of the double kick drum.[3]

Although originally featuring three songs, the record evidences a marked evolution from the style of their previous album, Show No Mercy, and is considered the first demonstration of the band's "classic" style displayed on later albums and is often described as a "stepping stone".[4] The songs "Captor of Sin" and "Chemical Warfare" are regularly featured on the band's live set list. "Chemical Warfare" appears in Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock.


Slayer's previous album, Show No Mercy, had sold over 40,000 copies worldwide and the band were performing the songs "Chemical Warfare" and "Captor of Sin" live, which made producer Brian Slagel want to release an EP.[5] The album was recorded in Hollywood with sound engineer Bill Metoyer, in a studio with no carpet which was a problem while recording the drums. Slagel was acting as executive producer.[2] Metoyer is Christian and the lyrics from Show No Mercy did not bother him.[2] However, the first words Araya sang when recording Haunting the Chapel were "The holy cross, symbol of lies, intimidates the lives of Christian born", and other anti-religious lyrics;[6] Metoyer thought he would go to Hell for his part in recording the lyrics.[2] These lyrical themes were inspired by the band Venom, who influenced King and was also into the Satanic image.[7]

Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo set his drum kit on the concrete and the kit went "all over the place" while playing.[8] Lombardo asked Gene Hoglan to hold his kit together, while recording "Chemical Warfare", with Hoglan thinking, "I hope he does this in one or two takes, because this is rough."[2] Hoglan was coaching Lombardo how to use double-bass drums to improve his drumming ability and speed; Lombardo asserts Hoglan was "an amazing double-bass player even back then",[2] although it was Hoglan's first time playing the double bass.[3] Eddy Schreyer provided audio mastering and digital remastering, with the cover art design created by Vince Gutierrez.[4] Haunting the Chapel was darker and more thrash-oriented than Show No Mercy, and laid the groundwork for the future direction in the band's sound.[9]

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