"Altar Of Sacrifice" as written by Kerry King and Jeffery John Hanneman....
Waiting the hour destined to die
Here on the table of hell
A figure in white unknown by man
Approaching the altar of death
High priest awaiting dagger in hand
Spilling the pure virgin blood
Satan's slaughter, ceremonial death
Answer his every command

Death will come easy just close your eyes -
Dream of the friends you'll see
Heavenly failure losing again
Move on to a new form of life

Altar of sacrifice, curse of the damned
Confronting the evil you dread
Coalesce into one your shadow and soul
Soon you will meet the undead

(Altar of sacrifice, curse of the damned
Confronting the evil you dread
Coalesce into one your shadow and soul
Soon you will meet the undead)

Enter to the realm of satan!

Blood turning black, the change has begun
Feeling the hatred of all damned in hell
Flesh starts to burn, twist and deform
Eyes dripping blood realization of death
Transforming of five toes to two
Learn the sacred words of praise, hail satan

A gift of powers disposed upon you
Use them when you feel the need
Master the forces and powers of satan
Controlling the creature's instinct
Drawn to the castles that float in the sky
Learn to resist the temptation
Watching the angels sift through the heavens
Endlessly search[ing] for salvation


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"Altar of Sacrifice" as written by Kerry King Jeffery John Hanneman

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    General CommentThis is about someone going to be sacrificed or perhaps exterminated, perhaps there on death row, enter the realm of the undead is the descension then the following lyrics are his times in the afterlife or hell or whatever
    YKYR13on May 18, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti think its about worshipping satan, but im not sure
    MetallibangeRon April 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAlot of Slayer songs from this time focused on topics like this. I see this as the normal transcendence from life to death, with the funeral taking place as the soul descends to 'hell'. Certainly seems that way.
    Necronicon July 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI always thought this song was about someone being sacrficied to Satan and going to Helll and being granted powers for being loyal, though thats just me ;p
    HallelujahWinkon April 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of the most under-rated Slayer songs ever. This song is just INTENSELY brutal. It is the epitome of evil.

    Lyrically, I always took this song the way HallelujahWink described. Mainly the part towards the end where the character in the song takes on new powers. However, I usually take "Satan" in any band's songs to be a metaphor for the "darker force" that ever human has inside themselves.
    SpilltheBloodon June 04, 2007   Link
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    Song Meaningwith some songs you have to see them in a broader way, this song could mean somone being sac'd to satan for power.
    or it could symbolizing a person giving up their humanity for emotionlessness and power of having no mercy to hold them back
    Jackal360on December 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIts so interesting to me how a band with such intelligent lyrics,has so many dumb listeners. This song is about a satanic sacrificial ritual, at which a virgin's life is given up as a sacrifice to satan.
    macdadeeon January 19, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI like how tom screans "salvation". just another commen satan slayer song.
    DOOMRPon January 29, 2010   Link

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