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Slayer guitar tabs for Bitter peace

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SLAYER : BITTER PEACE
From their '98 album 'Diabolus in Musica'

Comments:

I will only show the bottom three strings throughout this tab.

Guitars are drop-Db tuned, which means tune to A chord diagramEb MajorEb but drop the sixth
string to Db.  Hanneman is the LeftGtr and King the RightGtr.
Tempo: 80 bpm


Riff A1
A chord diagramDbDb  |--LeftGtr-----------------------|
A chord diagramAbAb  |0---2---1---0---2---1-2-5-5-4---|
A chord diagramDbDb  |0---2---1---0---2---1-2-5-5-4---|
P.M |.   .   .   .   .   .           |
    |                                |
A chord diagramDbDb  |--RightGtr----------------------|
A chord diagramAbAb  |----------------------2-5-5-4---|
A chord diagramDbDb  |----------------------2-5-5-4---|

Play Riff A1 4x

Then play:
A chord diagramDbDb  |--LeftGtr-----------------------|
A chord diagramAbAb  |0---2---1---0---2---1---5-5-4---|
A chord diagramDbDb  |0---2---1---0---2---1-025-5-4---|
P.M |.   .   .   .   .   .           |
    |                                |
A chord diagramDbDb  |--RightGtr----------------------|
A chord diagramAbAb  |------------------------5-5-4---|
A chord diagramDbDb  |----------------------025-5-4---|

Riff A2
A chord diagramDbDb  |--------------------------------|
A chord diagramAbAb  |0---2---1---0---2---1h2-5-5-4---|
A chord diagramDbDb  |0---2---1---0---2---1h2-5-5-4---|

Both Gtrs Play Riff A2 4x

Then play:
    /=== repeat 3x =================
Db||*--------------------------------*||--------------------------------|
Ab||*-3---6---5---3---6---5---4--1--*||3---6---5--1---------32-------|
Db||--3---6---5---3---6---5---4--1---||3---6---5--1---3-5-6-----5-4-1-|


Riff A3
A chord diagramDbDb  |--------------------------------|
A chord diagramAbAb  |0---2---1---0---2---1///5---4---|
A chord diagramDbDb  |0---2---1---0---2---1///5---4---|

Play Riff A3 3x

Then play:
A chord diagramDbDb |---------------------------------|--------------------3-----------|
A chord diagramAbAb |-3---6---5---3---6---5---4--1---|3---6---5--1---2-3---2-1-------|
A chord diagramDbDb |-3---6---5---3---6---5---4--1---|3---6---5--1-------------5-4-1-|

Play Riff A2 4x, followed by

Db|0---------------|   After this there is 8 bars of bass and drums
Ab|0-----let-ring--|   The drums sort of just peter out, after that
Db|0---------------|   there is about 3 beats silence and..

Tempo change to 200 bpm


Riff B1
A chord diagramDbDb |--LeftGtr-------5---3-------0-1-|--------------------------------|
A chord diagramAbAb |0---------------5---3-------0-1-|--let-ring----------------------|
A chord diagramDbDb |0---0-0-0-0-0-0-------------0-1-|--------------------------------|
P.M|    . . . . . .                 |                                |
   |                                |                                |
A chord diagramDbDb |---RightGtr-----------------0-1-|--------------------------------|
A chord diagramAbAb |0---------------------------0-1-|--let-ring----------------------|
A chord diagramDbDb |0---------------------------0-1-|--------------------------------|

Play Riff B1 3x

Play:
A chord diagramDbDb |--LGtr----------|----------------|----------------|--------0-1-----|
A chord diagramAbAb |0-------6-5~----|0-------8-6~----|0-------6-5~----|3-5-----0-1-----|
A chord diagramDbDb |00000000--------|00000000--------|00000000--------|--------0-1-----|
P.M|........        |........        |........        |                |
   |                |                |                |                |
A chord diagramDbDb |--RGtr----------|----------------|----------------|--------0-1-----|
A chord diagramAbAb |0---------------|----------------|----------------|--------0-1-----|
A chord diagramDbDb |0---------------|----------------|----------------|--------0-1-----|


Riff B2
A chord diagramDbDb |--LGtr----------|----------------|----------------|--------0-1-----|
A chord diagramAbAb |0-------6-5~----|0-------8-6~----|0-------6-5~----|3-5-----0-1-----|
A chord diagramDbDb |00000000--------|00000000--------|00000000--------|--------0-1-----|
P.M|........        |........        |........        |                |
   |                |                |                |                |
A chord diagramDbDb |--RGtr----------|----------------|----------------|--------0-1-----|
A chord diagramAbAb |0-------6-5-----|--------8-6-----|--------6-5-----|3-5-----0-1-----|
A chord diagramDbDb |0-------8-7-----|--------108-----|--------8-7-----|5-7-----0-1-----|

Play Riff B2


Riff A chord diagramC majorC
A chord diagramDbDb ||*-/=3=-/=3=-/=3=-/=3=-|/=3=-/=3=-/=3=-/=3=-|--
A chord diagramAbAb ||*-------------4-----------|------------6-----------|--
A chord diagramDbDb ||--0-0-0-0-0-0---0-0-0-0-0-|0-0-0-0-0-0---0-0-0-0-0-|--
P.M    . . . . . .   . . . . .  . . . . . .   . . . . .

                              /=== 1,3 ================
A chord diagramDbDb  --|/=3=-/=3=-/=3=-/=3=-|/=3=-/=3=-/=3=-/=3=-*||--
A chord diagramAbAb  --|------------4-----------|------------------------*||--
A chord diagramDbDb  --|0-0-0-0-0-0---0-0-0-0-0-|3-3-3-3-3-3-3-1-1-1-1-1--||--
P.M    . . . . . .   . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . .

       /=== 2 ==========/=== 4 ==============
A chord diagramDbDb   --|--------0-1----*||------------0-1-----|
A chord diagramAbAb   --|3-5-----0-1----*||------------0-1-----|
A chord diagramDbDb   --|5-7-----0-1-----||3-3-3-3-3-3-0-1-----|
P.M                       . . . . . .

Play Riff A chord diagramC majorC with lyrics:

  Initiate blood purge                        Coalition in massacre
  Mechanized high tech                   Whole sale death in effect
  Mutually assured                           Destruction will occur
  Genocide revised                   Same pain through diverse eyes

Then play:        Can't stop the warring factions!
                    /=== 1 ==========/=== 2 ==========/=== 3 ==========
Db||*---------------|---------------*||---------------*||----------------|
Ab||*---------------|--------2-1-0--*||--------3-2-1--*||--------4-3-2---|
Db||3-2-0-2-3-2-0-2-|3-2-0-2-------2-||3-2-0-2-------2-||3-2-0-2-------2-|
P.M . . . . . . . .  . . . .       .   . . . .       .   . . . .       .

Play:
    /===== repeat 3x ================================
A chord diagramDbDb ||*-/=3=-/=3=-5-3-----|8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-*||--  Hostile from
A chord diagramAbAb ||*-------------5-3---5-|6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-*||--    the start
A chord diagramDbDb ||--0-0-0-0-0-0---------|-------------------------||--
P.M    . . . . . .          =3=/ =3=/ =3=/ =3=/     Always war
                                                             always
A chord diagramDbDb   --|------------------|2:-/=3=-/=3=-|
A chord diagramAbAb   --|3--------3--------|4:-2-----------|     Ending bitter peace
A chord diagramDbDb   --|3-3-33-3-3-3-33-3-|---2-2-2-2-2-2-|
P.M       . .. .   . .. .       . . . . .

Then play Riff C, only playing endings 1 & 2, with lyrics:

  Not the last third war                  Blood spills for evermore
  Patriot hard time                  Lay seige till the end of time

Now play this half-time section, with lyrics: (tempo: 100 bpm)
Db|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
Ab|0-----------00--|------------31--|------------00--|----31------01--|
Db|00000000000001--|00000000000031--|00000000000001--|000031--000001--|
P.M ...........     ............     ............     ....    ....

No longer kill your brother              Just slaughter one another
Watch for the deadly other                 This sibling is a fucker

Back to double-time (200 bpm)
Play:        Can't stop the warring factions!
                    /=== 1 ==========/=== 2 ==========
Db||*---------------|---------------*||----------------|
Ab||*---------------|--------2-1-0--*||--------3-2-1---|
Db||3-2-0-2-3-2-0-2-|3-2-0-2-------2-||3-2-0-2-------2-|
P.M . . . . . . . .  . . . .       .   . . . .       .


Riff A chord diagramD MajorD
Db|2-------3-------|0-------2-------|3-------7-------|6-------1-------|
Ab|2-------3-------|0-------2-------|3-------7-------|6-------1-------|
Db|2-------3-------|0-------2-------|3-------7-------|6-------1-------|

Play Riff A chord diagramD MajorD with lyrics:

  Global tension starts aggression
  Peace breaks out then breeds contempt, unrest

Play Riff B2, but change the last bar to 9/8.  This is a very subtle
transition, be careful not to get caught off the beat.

Then RightGtr plays the following while LeftGtr solos:
                      /=== 1,3 =========/=== 2,4 =========
A chord diagramDbDb ||*----------------|----------------*||----------------*||--
A chord diagramAbAb ||*--------1-------|----------------*||----------------*||--
A chord diagramDbDb ||-22222222--222222|2222222233333333-||3333333366666666-||--

A chord diagramDbDb   --|----------------|2:---------|
A chord diagramAbAb   --|--------0-2-----|4:-0-2-----|
A chord diagramDbDb   --|222222220-2-----|---0-2-----|

Then RightGtr plays the following while LeftGtr solos:
                      /=== 1,3 =========/=== 2,4 =========
A chord diagramDbDb ||*----------------|----------------*||----------------*||--
A chord diagramAbAb ||*--------2-------|----------------*||----------------*||--
A chord diagramDbDb ||-33333333--333333|3333333344444444-||4444444477777777-||--

A chord diagramDbDb   --|----------------|----------------|
A chord diagramAbAb   --|--------0-2-----|0-3-----0-2-----|
A chord diagramDbDb   --|333333330-2-----|0-3-----0-2-----|

Then play:
A chord diagramDbDb |--LGtr----------|----------------|---------------slight-|2:-1------|
A chord diagramAbAb |0-------6-5~----|0-------8-6~----|0-------6-5~----|bend-|4:-1------|
A chord diagramDbDb |00000000--------|00000000--------|00000000--------|-----|---1------|
P.M|........        |........        |........        |     |          |
A chord diagramDbDb |--RGtr----------|----------------|----------------|-----|2:-1------|
A chord diagramAbAb |----------------|----------------|----------------|-----|4:-1------|
A chord diagramDbDb |----------------|----------------|----------------|-----|---1------|


Riff A chord diagramE MajorE                                 /=== 1,2,3 =========
A chord diagramDbDb ||*----------------|--------4-3-2---|----------------|--
A chord diagramAbAb ||*----------------|--------------3-|----------------|--
A chord diagramDbDb ||-00000-0-00000-0-|00000-0---------|00000-0-00000-0-|--
P.M   ..... . ..... .  ..... .          ..... . ..... .

    ===================/=== 4 ===========================
A chord diagramDbDb  --|----------------||----------------|--------0-1-----|
A chord diagramAbAb  --|--------4-------||----------------|--------0-1-----|
A chord diagramDbDb  --|00000-0-4-------||00000-0-00000-0-|00000-0-0-1-----|
P.M    ..... .           ..... . ..... .  ..... .

Play Riff A chord diagramE MajorE with lyrics:

  Without a reason to fight                             A chord diagramA majorA time to kill
  Sick lust for skeletal flesh                   A chord diagramA majorA taste for all decay
  Enter the soldier blind                   Stalking the faceless hunt
  There is no conscience in this world   That can be reached for peace

Then play:
Db|----------------|----------------|----------------|
Ab|----------------|--------3-------|7-------6-------|
Db|3-2-0-2-3-2-0-2-|3-2-0-2-3-------|7-------6-------|
P.M. . . . . . . .  . . . .

Play Riff A chord diagramE MajorE with lyrics:

  Why face the human question                         The need to hate
  Dead stare through cynical eyes                 A chord diagramA majorA trust in only pain
  Murder within the skin                        Engrave the art of war
  Become death's vile parade        March on, embrace the violent mind

Then play:        Can't stop the warring factions!
Db|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
Ab|----------------|----------1-0---|----------------|--------3-2-1---|
Db|3-2-0-2-3-2-0-2-|3-2-0-2-3-----2-|3-2-0-2-3-2-0-2-|3-2-0-2---------|
P.M. . . . . . . .  . . . . .     .  . . . . . . . .  . . . .

Play Riff A chord diagramD MajorD with lyrics:

  Global tension starts aggression
  Peace breaks out then breeds contempt, unrest

End with:
   /========== repeat 3x ============================================
Db||*---LeftGtr-------5---3---------1-|----------------------------*||--
Ab||*-0---------------5---3---------1-|--let-ring------------------*||--
Db||--0---0-0-0-0-0-0-------------0-1-|-----------------------------||--
P.M|      . . . . . .             .   |                             ||
  ||                                  |                             ||
Db||*---RightGtr--------------------1-|----------------------------*||--
Ab||*-------------------------------1-|--let-ring------------------*||--
Db||--------------------------------1-|-----------------------------||--

      One     cryptic          reason           for life murder
A chord diagramDbDb --|----------------|----------------|----------------|--------------||
A chord diagramAbAb --|0-------6-5-----|--------8-6-----|--------6-5-----|5-6-----------||
A chord diagramDbDb --|0-------8-7-----|--------108-----|--------8-7-----|7-8-----------||


Listen closely to the picking rhythms Hanneman plays while King solos.
Damn, I wish I could play that tight.
  E-mail me with any concerns, questions, requests, corrections...
      Mathie@unixg.ubc.ca

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