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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!

Latest Slayer News

Below is our complete Slayer news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Cannibal Corpse React To Pat O’Brien's Arrest

Cannibal Corpse issue their first official public statement regarding the recent arrest of their guitarist Pat O’Brien, who currently faces charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and burglary of an occupied dwelling with assault.

The guitarist broke into a neighbors residence having spoken of “the rapture” and reportedly also commenting that “aliens have landed”.

Deana Mazurkiewicz - wife of O’Brien‘s Cannibal Corpse bandmate Paul Mazurkiewicz - launched a crowdfunding campaign for O’Brien, asking “people not jump to conclusions until the full details of what occurred come out.” In a statement made to share the link for the aforementioned crowdfunding campaign, Gary Holt (Slayer/Exodus) says: More...

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See: Donald Trump Singing Slayer's "Raining Blood"

Lars Von Retriever - the same guy who did the "Trump sings System of A Down video", "Trump sings Megadeth video" and the "Metallica laughs videos" some years ago - now shares this latest hilarious video "Trump Singing Slayer's "Raining Blood".

Check it out below:

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Slayer Announces North American Tour Dates

With Leg Three: Europe of Slayer's Final World Tour having wrapped up this past Saturday, dates in Australia, Japan, the South Pacific, and the final European dates announced in the past weeks, today Slayer announces Leg Five: North America of its Final World Tour, where they will be joined by Lamb Of God, Amon Amarth and Cannibal Corpse.

Maintaining the band's ethos of "play as many places as possible to make it easier for everyone to see the band one last time," Leg Five will kick off May 2nd at the Ak-Chin Amphitheatre in Phoenix AZ and see the band performing 16 shows across the Southern states and then up the east coast, culminating at the Xfinity Center Amphitheatre in Mansfield, MA on May 25th. Lamb Of God, Amon Amarth and Cannibal Corpse will support Slayer on all Leg Five dates. Special Slayer VIP Packages will be available for all dates; those details are accessible here.

Also today, Episode 3 of the Slayer Looks Back On 37 Years video interview series is released. Tom Araya and Kerry King talk about getting their first record deal and the release of Show No Mercy; Tom, Kerry and Paul Bostaph remember Paul's first meeting with the band and his subsequent audition to be Slayer's drummer. Check out the clip below: More...

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Demmel Comments On Filling In For Holt In Slayer

Ex-Machine Head guitarist Phil Demmel comments on being tapped to fill-in for Gary Holt on the remainder of Slayer‘s current European leg of their farewell tour. Gary Holt announced that he was heading home early to be with his dying father.

Demmel made his live debut with Slayer yesterday (Monday, December 3) at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark. Fan-filmed live footage of the band performing "Hell Awaits" can be seen below:

Comments Phil Demmel on filling in for Gary Holt in Slayer via Instagram: More...

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Holt Leaves Slayer Tour - Phil Demmel Fills In

Slayer/Exodus guitarist Gary Holt announces that he will be sitting out the remaining 4 dates of Slayer‘s European leg of their current farewell tour to be home with his dying father. Guitarist Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head) has been tapped to fill-in.

The remaining shows for said leg of dates, which also includes Lamb Of God, Anthrax and Obituary, as supports will run as follows:

12/03 Copenhagen, DEN – Royal Arena
12/05 Stockholm, SWE – Hovet
12/06 Oslo, NOR – Spektrum
12/08 Helsinki, FIN – Helsingin Jäähalli

States Gary Holt: More...

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24 More Bands Confirmed For Download 2019

The organisers of Britain's biggest rock festival, Download has announced a further twenty four bands for next year's edition of the event. Joining headliners Def Leppard, Slipknot and Tool will be Slayer, in what will be their final show in the United Kingdom, fellow thrash metal legends Anthrax, Virginia favourites Lamb Of God, grunge legends Smashing Pumpkins and progressive metal titans Dream Theater among others. The festival will take place at Donington Park from June 14th - 16th

The festival lineup is now as follows: More...

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Eight More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2019

The organisers of Belgium's biggest metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, has announced a further eight bands for next year's event. Newly announced headliners Kiss will be performing their final show in Belgium at the festival, as will thrash metal icons Slayer, where they will also be joined by Slash & Myles Kennedy, Cradle Of Filth, Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Death Angel and Skalmold. The festival will take place in the town of Dessel from June 21 - 23.

The current lineup is as follows:

Within Temptation (Headliner)
Slipknot (Headliner)
Kiss (Headliner)
Agnostic Front
Amon Amarth
Anthrax
Bleed From Within
Borknagar
Candlemass
Carcass
Children Of Bodom
Combichrist
Cradle Of Filth
Crisix
Crowbar
Cult Of Luna
Deathstars
Death Angel
Def Leppard
Delain
Demons & Wizards
Disturbed
Eluveitie
Equilibrium
Fleshgod Apocalypse
FM
Gloryhammer
Godsmack
Grand Magus
Halestorm
Hammerfall
Hatebreed
Hawkwind
Immolation
In Flames
King Diamond
Krokus
Lamb Of God
Legion Of The Damned
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Municipal Waste
No Fun At All
Orange Goblin
Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons
Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals
Power Trip
Sabaton
Sick Of It All
Skalmold
Slash & Myles Kennedy
Slayer
Sonata Arctica
State Champs
Testament
To The Rats And Wolves
Trivium
Whitechapel
Whitesnake

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Slayer’s Araya Causes Fan Uproar w/ Instagram Post

Slayer singer/bassist Tom Araya has posted a list of conservative leaning humor and caues some uproar with it:

“If a conservative doesn’t like guns, he doesn’t buy one.
If a liberal doesn’t like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.”

“If a conservative is a vegetarian, he doesn’t eat meat.
If a liberal is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone.”

“If a conservative decides he needs health care, he goes shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it.
A liberal demands that the rest of us pay for his.”

Along with the post, which you can see below, the frontman himself added:

“With all the crazy shit going on I have to ask.
I sit on the fence of reason
Comments an opinions welcomed.”

It’s not surprising that the comment section on the Instagram post quickly erupted with over 1.700 comments, with some fans claiming Araya earned even more of their respect, while others were left offended and upset. More...

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Watch: Sisters Cover Slayer's "Raining Blood"

Having a bad day? Watch these two sisters doing a hilarious guitar and vocal cover of the Slayer classic "Raining Blood" streaming below. The youngsters have accumulated nearly 100,000 subscribers with their frequent uploads of them jamming along using the instrument-learning video game Rocksmith.

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Clip Of Slayer's Final North American Show Posted

Multi-camera video footage showcasing SLAYER's performance of "Hell Awaits" during the band's final concert of their North American Farewell Tour on August 26, at the SAP Center in San Jose, California can be streamed below.


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See: New Hilarious Slayer And The Bangles Mashup

Bill McClintock‘s most recent mashup once again includes Slayer. This time the thrash metal icons' classic track “Angel Of Death” got paired with The Bangles‘ 80s hit “Walk Like An Egyptian“.

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Lamb Of God Drummer To Miss Slayer Tour

Lamb Of God has announced that drummer Chris Adler will miss the band's upcoming North American dates with Slayer. The tour, also featuring Anthrax, Testament, and Napalm Death, began last night in New Hampshire.

Says the band: "Due to unforeseen circumstances, we regret to inform you that Chris Adler will not be performing on our upcoming North American tour with Slayer. In his absence, we would like to welcome Art Cruz, who will be filling in at the recommendation of Chris. We expect to see Chris returning in the very near future. We will see you all on the road soon."

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Slayer, Manowar Announced For 2019 Hellfest

An initial lineup announcement has been made for the 2019 edition of ‘Hellfest Open Air‘ festival, which will take place again June 21st-23rd in Clisson, France. Below you can see the bands booked so far:

Slayer
Manowar
Carcass
Mass Hysteria
Dropkick Murphys

The show will be Slayer‘s final French live show as the group are out on with their farewell tour. The announcement was made via the below video.

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Watch: Behemoth Crash Lamb Of God's Show As Lambs

The first North American leg of Slayer‘s farewell tour came to a close this Wednesday, June 20th, in Austin, TX. Behemoth took part in the old tradition of pulling an end of tour prank. Below you can see what is supposedly members of the band and crew take to the stage as lambs during the set of Lamb Of God. Behemoth mainman Nergal shared the below footage via his Instagram:

U had it coming @lambofgod ...????????

Ein Beitrag geteilt von Adam Nergal Darski (@nergal69) am

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Hear: New Mashup Of Slayer And Wham

Bill McClintock's latest mashup stroke of genius combines Wham‘s “Careless Whisper” and Slayer‘s “Seasons In The Abyss“. Think this shouldn't work?

Well, take a listen to “Careless Whisper In The Abyss“ below.

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Ejected Fan Tried To Swim Back To Slayer Show

A fan attending the show of Slayer‘s farewell tour at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto, on May 29th, attempted to swim his way back in to the concert after being removed from the venue. It was not disclosed as to why he was ejected.

As you’ll see in the below series of pics posted by Anthrax‘s Scott Ian, he was not successful with authorities apprehending him when he reached the shore and EMT’s tending to him for potential hypothermia.

Slayer are currently out on the first North American leg of their farewell tour with Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Behemoth and Testament as support acts.

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Slayer Farewell European/UK Tour Leg Announced

Slayer have now officially announced all the dates for their European/UK leg of their global farewell tour and as was previously rumored, the run will feature the support acts Lamb Of God, Anthrax and Obituary. Below’s where the trek will hit:

11/01 Dublin, IRE – 3Arena
11/03 London, UK – Wembley Arena
11/05 Cardiff, UK – Motorpoint Arena
11/07 Birmingham, UK – Birmingham BCA
11/09 Manchester, UK – Manchester Arena
11/10 Newcastle, UK – Metro Radio Arena
11/12 Glasgow, UK – The Hydro SSE
11/14 Dortmund, GER – Westfalenhalle
11/15 Zwolle, NET – IJsselhal
11/17 Madrid, SPA – Palacio Vistalegre
11/18 Barcelona, SPA – St. Jordi
11/20 Milan, ITA – Mediolanum Forum
11/21 Zurich, SWI – Halle 622
11/23 Vienna, AUT – Stadthalle
11/24 Freiburg, GER – SICK ARENA
11/26 Hamburg, GER – Barclaycard Arena
11/27 Lodz, POL – Atlas Arena
11/29 Munich, GER Olympiahalle
11/30 Erfurt, GER – Messehalle
12/02 Berlin, GER – Mercedes-Benz Arena
12/03 Copenhagen, DEN – Royal Arena
12/05 Stockholm, SWE – Hovet
12/06 Oslo, NOR – Spektrum
12/08 Helsinki, FIN – Helsingin Jäähalli

In other news, Slayer began their farewell tour past Thursday at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, CA. According to fans in attendance, the below setlist was performed: More...

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Slayer, Lamb Of God, Anthrax & Obituary Tour Leaks

Initial dates have leaked out for the European leg of Slayer‘s global farewell tour, which will see Lamb Of God, Anthrax and Obituary as support. Thus far the following dates got posted:

11/14 Dortmund, GER
11/15 Zwolle, NET – IJsselhallen
11/24 Freiburg, GER
11/26 Hamburg, GER
11/29 München, GER
11/30 Erfurt, GER
12/02 Berlin, GER

A proper announcement is expected soon.

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Napalm Death Premiere New Music Video

Napalm Death debut a new music video for their track “Standardization” from their recently released rarities compilation, “Coded Smears And More Uncommon Truths“. Comments frontman Mark “Barney” Greenway:

“Videos I find one of the trickiest mediums to make vibrant and impactful. Costin, the producer though, had a lot of stuff from our Roadburn Festival presentation which seemed to fit the music quite nicely and reflect the song’s subject matter about the utter despair of a colourless life and desire of a more conservative forces for a homogenous world according to gender, sexuality, human habits and, well, generally everything. No thanks!”

Napalm Death will join up with Slayer, Lamb Of God, Anthrax and Testament on this summer tour: More...

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Slayer Posts Episode II Of Retrospective Series

Slayer retrospective video series continues with the release of its second installment. The series finds the band members looking back on their 37 year career. In case you missed the first episode of the series, you can find it here.

Slayer is now winding down with a final world tour, including these North American legs.: More...

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