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Formed: 1982
From: Huntington Beach, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Background

The thrash metal sound of Slayer was formed in Huntington Beach, CA in 1982. Comprising Tom Araya (bass, vocals), Kerry King (guitar), Jeff Hanneman (guitar) and Dave Lombardo (drums), they made their debut in 1983, with a track on the compilation Metal Massacre III. After that the rest has been history. The band played at breakneck speed with amazing technical precision, but the intricacies of detail were lost in a muddy production. Araya's lyrics dealt with death, carnage, Satanism and torture, but were reduced to an indecipherable guttural howl. But this chaos called music is what set the ways for Slayer and many bands to follow.

Through the years, Slayer has been hit with much controversy over their lyrics, including lawsuits. But through the years Slayer has managed to build a following from coast to coast. Slayer has played such tours as Monsters of Rock, Ozzfest, and recently toured the U.S. co-headling with Pantera.

Now almost 20 years later, Slayer is still playing just as hard as ever. Will Slayer ever stop? Not likely, considering they are keeping up with thrash bands half their age, after all they did start it!

  • 15 Slayer Releases
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Slayer - "Atrocity Vendor" Vinyl cover image - Click to read review

Slayer - "Atrocity Vendor"

Vinyl

Slayer - "World Painted Blood" CD cover image - Click to read review

Slayer - "World Painted Blood"

CD

"A real contender for album of the year, and Slayer's best album in a long time."

Rated 4.0 out of 5 skulls

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Slayer - "Punisher: War Zone Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" CD cover image - Click to read review

"Punisher: War Zone Original Motion Picture Soundtrack"

CD

"You'll have to figure out if on balance, you like most of the artists and styles."

Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls

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No cover art found for Slayer - "Christ Illusion (limited edition)" Digipak - Click to read review

Slayer - "Christ Illusion (limited edition)"

Digipak

No cover art found for Slayer - "Christ Illusion" CD - Click to read review

Slayer - "Christ Illusion"

CD

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Slayer - "Eternal Pyre"

CD/EP

"Eternal Pyre is little more than a teaser for the upcoming 'Christ Illusion,' but a good one at that."

Rated 4.0 out of 5 skulls

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No cover art found for Slayer - "God Hates Us All" CD - Click to read review

Slayer - "God Hates Us All"

CD

No cover art found for Slayer - "Diabolus In Musica" CD - Click to read review

Slayer - "Diabolus In Musica"

CD

No cover art found for Slayer - "Divine Intervention" CD - Click to read review

Slayer - "Divine Intervention"

CD

No cover art found for Slayer - "Seasons In The Abyss" CD - Click to read review

Slayer - "Seasons In The Abyss"

CD

No cover art found for Slayer - "South Of Heaven" CD - Click to read review

Slayer - "South Of Heaven"

CD

No cover art found for Slayer - "Reign Of Blood" CD - Click to read review

Slayer - "Reign Of Blood"

CD

No cover art found for Slayer - "Hell Awaits" CD - Click to read review

Slayer - "Hell Awaits"

CD

No cover art found for Slayer - "Show No Mercy" CD - Click to read review

Slayer - "Show No Mercy"

CD

No cover art found for Slayer - "Hate Worldwide" CD/EP - Click to read review

Slayer - "Hate Worldwide"

CD/EP