"Postmortem" as written by and Jeffery John Hanneman....
Funeral held for the depression of man
Holds the key to his own death
Entering a tomb of a corpse yet conceived
Tighten the tourniquet around your neck

Sifting away the debris of hated life
Cold touch of death begins to chill your spine
Seeking life beyond your perishment
Repeating words echoing through your mind

Chanting lines of blind witchery
To save yourself from extinction
Wanting to die is your reason to live
New life born from the oppressed

Taste your blood as it trickles through the air
Another casualty beyond the shadows you fall
Losing ground, the fate you feel it draws near
Fatality, reality, you await the final call

My sinful glare at nothing holds thoughts of death behind it
Skeletons in my mind commence tearing at my sanity
Vessels in my brain carry death until my birth
Come and die with me forever
Share insanity

Do you want to die!

The waves of blood are rushing near, pounding at the walls of lies
Turning off my sanity, reaching back into my mind
Non-rising body from the grave showing new reality
What I am, what I want, I'm only after death

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"Postmortem" as written by Jeffery John Hanneman

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  • +2
    General CommentWhat the fuck, best damn Slayer song ever and no one bothered with it. No other song gets me wanting to beat the fuck out of everyone like this one. Postmortem-there is no end to the number of ways one can reach death.
    Heineken12on June 18, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHey , they stole my name lol.
    PostmortemVMBon July 09, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentRaining Blood sounds better with the last 40 seconds of Postmortem. It gives the song a more bombastic introduction.
    Armon April 18, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwell, the word postmortem means after death. maybe its about the afterlife. maybe its about someone who died and wants to live again because they didnt realize how good life was until they knew that they couldnt have it anymore. or maybe its about someone that is alive and sick of life and wants to die.awesome ass fuckin song, i love to play it. S L A Y E R R U L E Z
    MetallibangeRon March 07, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo me, its about being executed and the process by which a criminal dies while being hung.
    Necronicon October 02, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah, it's so obviously about suicide.

    Props to Araya for that note he holds when he says 'the final call' as well. Most perfect falsetto I've ever heard a man do.
    last-dodoon March 18, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDefinitely about afterlife, "death is just the start" kind of thing.
    He doesnt like life or is just so curious/immersed in the whole idea of the afterlife, of wiping himself out to acheive immortality in death (somewhat of a paradox) "Chanting Lines Of Blind Witchery
    To Save Yourself From Extinction
    Wanting To Die Is Your Reason To Live"

    The search of immortality through death, everlasting life through the ending of life, only void is forever, kinda deep stuff behind this.

    Love the feeling you get when he sings "What I am, What I want, Im only after Death" combined with the classic trashmetal drum snap stopping everything for a second before it all comes slaughtering back. Its as if you can hear him entering forever
    D.B.on November 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthere are many ways one can die. many ways one can reach death.many ways to achieve POSTMORTEM
    MetallibangeRon March 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSeeking Life Beyond Your Perishment
    Repeating Words Echoing Through Your Mind

    Chanting Lines Of Blind Witchery
    To Save Yourself From Extinction

    sounds like there theyre talkin about religious rituals often performed in hopes to have life everlasting (postmortem life)
    monkeyjunkon December 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPostmortem literally means "after death."
    This is a song about a man who's after death--wanting to die is his reason to live. He's made his preparations for the afterlife, and is fulfilling them in order to live on past his death.

    Seeking Life Beyond Your Perishment
    Repeating Words Echoing Through Your Mind

    Chanting Lines Of Blind Witchery
    To Save Yourself From Extinction

    At the final, fast part, the song shifts perspectives to first-person, where Araya is the man seeking death.

    What I Am, What I Want, I'm Only AFTER DEATH!
    Ziingon March 15, 2007   Link

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