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Behind The Crooked Cross Tab

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                                 SLAYER
                        BEHIND THE CROOKED CROSS
                 From their fine album 'South of Heaven'

Tabbed by:      Jason Mathie
                Mathie@unixg.ubc.ca

Comments:

I didn't even attempt to do the solos.

Throughout the song, play all downpicks.  I know it's fast and your wrist
starts to hurt.  Quit whining.  Slayer is supposed to hurt.

As usual, guitars are tuned to Eb.  Hanneman has the left stereo channel.

Tempo 220 bpm  (ie crazy fast)

Intro
Gb|----------------|
Db|----------------|
Ab|----------------|
Eb|2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
P.M. . . . . . . .

Left Gtr plays the intro riff 4x
Both Gtrs play the intro riff 16x (after 4x the drums enter)

Riff A
Gb|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
Db|----3-----2-----|----------------|----3-----2-----|------------4---|
Ab|----3-----2-----|4-----3-----3-4-|----3-----2-----|4-----3-----4---|
Eb|2-2---2-2---2-2-|4-2-2-3-2-2-----|2-2---2-2---2-2-|4-2-2-3-2-2-----|
P.M. . . . . . . .  . . . . . .      . . . . . . . .  . . . . . .

Both Gtrs play Riff A 2x

Riff B1
Gb|-Left-Gtr--------|----------------|
Db|-----------------|----------------|
Ab|/4~----3~--------|--------5-6-5---|
Eb|-------------5---|--4-----3-4-3---|
  |                 |                |
Gb|-Right-Gtr-------|----------------|
Db|/6~----5~--------|----------------|
Ab|-------------7---|--6-----5-6-5---|
Eb|-----------------|----------------|
P.M                          . .

Both Gtrs play Riff B1
Both Gtrs play Riff A 4x with lyrics:

  Time melts away in this living inferno
  Trapped by a cause that I once understood
  Feeling a sickness building inside of me
  Who will I really have to answer to

Riff C
Gb|-----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
Db|-----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
Ab|/4~----3~--------|--------5-6-5---|----------------|----------------|
Eb|-------------5---|--4-----3-4-3---|2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
P.M                          . .      . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . .

Both Gtrs Play Riff C 3.5x with lyrics:

  March on through the rivers of red
  Souls drift, they fill the air
  Forced to fight behind
  The crooked cross.

Both Gtrs play Riff A 6x, lyrics after 2x:

  Do only what is expected of me
  With no emotions my feelings suppressed
  Blind obedience carries me through it all
  Conscience a word I learned to forget.

Both Gtrs play Riff C 3x, then Riff B1, with these lyrics:

  March on through the rivers of ... (same as before)

Then both Gtrs play
Gb|----------------|----------------|
Db|----------------|----------------|
Ab|4---------------|----------------|
Eb|2---------------|-----rest-------|
   ^---quick chord

Riff D
Gb|----------------|----------------|
Db|----------------|----------------|
Ab|----4-----4-----|3---3---7-7-6---|
Eb|2-2---2-2---2-2-|--2-----5-5-4---|
P.M. . . . . . . .  . . .   . .

Right Gtr plays Riff D 4x while Left Gtr solos
Left Gtr plays Riff D 4x while Right Gtr solos

Then this little intermission:
Left Gtr continues P.M like in Riff D

Gb|-Left-Gtr-------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
Db|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
Ab|----4-----4-----|3---3---7-7-6---|----4-----4-----|3---3---7-7-6---|
Eb|2-2---2-2---2-2-|--2-----5-5-4---|2-2---2-2---2-2-|--2-----5-5-4---|
  |                |                |                |                |
Gb|-Right-Gtr------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
Db|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
Ab|----------------|--------7-7-6---|----------------|--------7-7-6---|
Eb|----------------|--------5-5-4---|----------------|--------5-5-4---|

Gb|-Left-Gtr-------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
Db|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
Ab|----4-----4-----|3---3---7-7-6---|----4-----4-----|3---3---7-7-6---|
Eb|2-2---2-2---2-2-|--2-----5-5-4---|2-2---2-2---2-2-|--2-----5-5-4---|
  |                |                |                |                |
Gb|-Right-Gtr------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
Db|----6-----6-----|5---5-----------|----6-----6-----|5---5-----------|
Ab|----4-----4-----|3---3-----------|----4-----4-----|3---3---7-7-6---|
Eb|----------------|----------------|----------------|--------5-5-4---|

Then Left Gtr plays Riff D 4x while Right Gtr solos
Then Right Gtr plays Riff D 4x while Left Gtr solos

Riff B2
Gb|-Left-Gtr--------|----------------|
Db|-----------------|----------------|
Ab|/4~----3~--------|--------5-6-5---|
Eb|-------------5---|--4-----3-4-3---|
  |                 |                |
Gb|/6~----5~--------|----------------|
Db|-------------7---|--6-----5-6-5---|
Ab|-----------------|----------------|
Eb|-Right-Gtr-------|----------------|
P.M                          . .

Play Riff B2
Both Gtrs play Riff A 4x with lyrics:

  Time melts away in this living inferno
  Trapped by a cause that I once understood
  Blind obedience carries me through it all
  Do only what is expected of me.

Both Gtrs play Riff C 2x                           \
Both Gtrs play Riff B1 and last half of Riff C      >--all with lyrics:
Both Gtrs play Riff B2 and last half of Riff C     /

  March on through the rivers of ... (same as before)

And, end on the quick chord:
Gb |---|
Db |---|
Ab |-4-|
Eb |-2-|

E-mail me with any concerns, questions, requests, corrections...
      Mathie@unixg.ubc.ca
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HotXRock 10 Mar 27, 2009 02:14 PM

Nothing should hurt if you play properly and relax your hand enough...

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CHOOCHOO! 31 Nov 03, 2009 06:45 AM

Great tab.

Small correction in Riff A:

Riff A
Gb|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------
Db|----3-----2-----|----------------|----3-----2-----|------------3---
Ab|----3-----2-----|4-----3-----4-5-|----3-----2-----|4-----3-----1---
Eb|2-2---2-2---2-2-|4-2-2-3-2-2-----|2-2---2-2---2-2-|4-2-2-3-2-2-----
P.M. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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barcode99 30 Nov 06, 2013 11:04 AM

tab looks good with the correction.

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