"Epidemic" as written by Kerry King and Jeffery John Hanneman....
Breeding fast in poverty
Infectious driving dormant seed
Inside your carcass start to mate
Left in charge to dominate

Waiting to unfold
Raging uncontrolled
Adapt a potency
Death machine, infest my corpse to be

Unyielding kings of agony
Test your body chemistry
Pulmonary overthrow
Possession of your inner throne

Invasions quickly override
Malicious domineering strike
Floods your veins, commit slow death
Deteriorate your makers met

Perpetual demise
On a fast decline
Killing tendency
Epidemic, permanent disease

Incapacitate, fall into your fate
Pain results in screams
Bleed internally
Years will pass before it can be cured


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"Epidemic" as written by Kerry King Jeffery John Hanneman

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    General CommentFirst I thought it was about the plague as well, but HIV/AIDS seems to make a bit more sense.

    "Breeding Fast In Poverty"
    Well, no need to explain that I guess? If so - Take a look at Africa

    "... Dormant Seed"
    Dormant since it takes a while to show symptoms and all that.

    "Commit Slow Death"
    It doesn't kill you immediately and it takes a long time - But there is no way to stop it.

    "Permanent Disease"
    Kinda the same as the two above.

    "Years Will Pass Before It Can Be Cured"
    Well, obvious.

    Just my guess though.
    Heartquake Kidon November 02, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHMM i wonder......well here's the give-away,

    THIS SONG IS ABOUT AN EPIDEMIC!
    a nasty virus/disease that wont go away......like in that new movie "28 days later" hah that looks like shit.
    ixequilibriustumon June 27, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnow now now.....

    something came to me..

    this song can possibly be about a WWII type theme...ya know how there were Axis soldiers who tested and killed people to hurt/get rid of em?? it could be about that......"years will pass before it can be cured" it could be about how those axis motherfuckers tried to kill all the ppl they didnt like. ya know. its up to u really.
    ixequilibriustumon June 27, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of the most underrated songs is Slayer amazing catalogue. Love it to bits, a pure thrash song, the way thrash ought to be, then again, the whole Reign In Blood is awesome, its true what they say, RIB is the greatest thrash album of all time, nobody even comes close!!!!!!
    mike_81on November 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAIDS - years will pass before it can be cured.
    Rockinrollnsighton January 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAIDS - years will pass before it can be cured.
    Rockinrollnsighton January 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is clearly about illegal immigration and its effects on society
    bugoffon May 31, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIts about the bubonic plague
    metalstormon October 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't think this song's about an actual disease, I think it's about...well, killing tendencies, and how they're a prominent disease! To elaborate, it's how everyone has some evil in them, which I guess would be the "epidemic".
    ichigo900on July 14, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about HIV/AIDS.
    emilsson60on July 18, 2014   Link

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