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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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Slayer Releasing 1st Issue Of Comic Series

Legendary heavy metal band Slayer has teamed up with Metalocalypse writer Jon Schnepp and Twilight Zone artist Guiu Vilanova for a three-issue Dark Horse Comics series, "Slayer: Repentless," with covers by Eisner Award-winning British comics artist Glenn Fabry.

The first issue, with a variant cover by Eric Powell (The Goon,Hillbilly), is scheduled for release on January 25, 2017. Pre-orders are online right here.

"It's been my honor to chronicle the bloody road trip that is the Slayer comic series from Dark Horse/Nuclear Blast," said writer Jon Schnepp. "Using the band's music and lyrics from their three decades of albums, while crossing over and through the Repentless music videos by BJ McDonnell, I have woven a tale of betrayal, hate, perspective, loyalty, family, and murder that will need to be experienced through the comic books' pages."

With its story of a raging road trip down a bloodstained highway, a tale of the doomed and the damned, the "Slayer: Repentless" series is an expansion of Slayer's "Repentless" videos, written and directed by BJ McDonnell (Hatchet III). More...

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Just For Fun

Slayer Fan Rocks Out In Hurricane Matthew

This one's been making the rounds lately, showing one metal head who isn't planning on fleeing from Hurricane Matthew, and instead plans to meet the winds head on with... Slayer?

Check out the video below of a topless, American-flag waving metal fan rocking out in Jacksonville, Florida.

In the video, Lane Pittman is seen standing in a lunge position as he steadies himself against the wind before twirling his ginger locks back and forth. Thanks to Turbulence for the video upload. More...

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Slayer Discusses "Repentless" Video Trilogy

When the members of Slayer were approached by Nuclear Blast America's General Manager Gerardo Martinez to make a music video for "Repentless," the title track of the band's 2015 label debut, they thought it was going to be a cool, one-off music video. Little did they know.

Martinez put the band together with up-and-coming director BJ McDonnell who turned in a storyline that the band really liked. McDonnell made his living as a motion picture and television camera/ steadicam operator, having worked on features such as "Avengers: Age of Ultron," "The Interview," and "Jack Reacher," and had one directing project under his belt, 2013's "Hatchet III."

"Meeting him, he was excited," remembers Slayer's Tom Araya. "He really liked the fact he was working with the band, he was a fan, and his excitement rubbed off because it made me excited. I thought, 'well this is gonna be fucking great!'"

"Repentless" was shot on August 25 & 26, 2016 at the Sybil Brand Institute, a women's prison in East Los Angeles. Said Kerry King, "When I saw 'Repentless,' I said 'that's the video we should have done 20 years ago. It's Slayer. That video is Slayer.'"

To date, the "Repentless" video has accumulated more than 10-million YouTube views. In the late Fall of 2015, Martinez discussed with McDonnell the idea of doing a prequel and sequel for "Repentless." McDonnell loved the idea and wrote the treatments. More...

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Slayer Issues "Pride In Prejudice" Music Video

Slayer issued a new music video for the song "Pride In Prejudice," which completes the trilogy of videos from "Repentless" (see album review here).

A convicted prisoner on death row...a cookie-cutter, white-bread family unit putting up the Christmas decorations... two worlds, lightness and darkness colliding...white supremacists...ruthless murders...its all part of Slayer's "Pride in Prejudice" music video.

The clip features and all star cast including:

Jason Trost ("Hatchet III") - Wyatt
Danny Trejo ("Machete," "From Dusk Til Dawn")
Bill Moseley - the Dad ("House of 1000 Corpses," "The Devil's Rejects")
Caroline Williams - the Mom ("Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens", "Hatchett III")
Richard Speight, Jr. - returning as the ultimate Bad Guy ("CSI," "Jericho," "Supernatural")

The video was filmed during the winter of 2016 in the mountains of Wrightwood, CA and was directed by BJ McDonnell. It can be viewed here:

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Slayer Teases New Video

After releasing previous music videos for "You Against You" (available here) and the the title track to "Repentless" (check it out here), Slayer will soon have a third "Repentless" video come online.

Check out a teaser trailer for the incoming "Pride In Prejudice" music video below.

Slayer will also be hitting the road shortly alongside Death Angel and Anthrax. Get full details at this location.

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Death Angel Announces Tour With Slayer, Anthrax

The Bay Area thrash icons from Death Angel will kick off an epic run of live dates this fall supporting Slayer and Anthrax.

Set to commence on September 4th and run through October 30th, the tour will ravage over three dozen cities and includes a glut of headlining shows scattered throughout the trek. Comments vocalist Mark Osegueda:

"I can honestly say this is the most excited, anxious, and yet focused Death Angel has ever been about any tour in the band's entire history. Slayer, Anthrax, and Death Angel! What an amazing bill for metal fans! We also have the extreme pleasure of doing shows supporting Anthrax on this run as well.

"But what will bring us the most excitement is the bond we have with all the hardcore Death Angel fans out there and we look forward to solidifying that bond with all the headlining shows we have on this run. We have new songs! We are focused, well-rehearsed, and anxious to deliver a lethal performance every night we step on that stage. Thank you once again for giving us the opportunity to do so." More...

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Slayer Posts Video Discussing Upcoming Tour

Slayer just released a brand new video clip with Tom Araya and Kerry King talking about the band's upcoming fall tour of North America.

Fellow Big Four members Anthrax and special guest Death Angel will support.

This news comes on the heels of the release of a new Slayer comic series as the band continues to support latest chart-topping album "Repentless."

See Slayer, Anthrax, and Death Angel live on these upcoming dates: More...

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Kerry King Trashes On Trump

Currently touring in support of "Repentless," which managed to become the #2 album in the world last year upon release, the band has also been doing the regular slew of interviews.

In one such chat, Slayer's Kerry King had some choice words for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump... and Trump's supporters.

King came out in support of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton on a recent interview with Rolling Stone. Excerpts from the interview follow.

"I'm certainly not a political analyst, but I think that Hillary Clinton is the safe, correct choice," he tells Rolling Stone. "Trump is just a sideshow," he continues. "I'm not even going to apologize to all the Trump followers." King laughs. "I think the reason he's so popular is because he's like the politics version of WWE. He's sensational like wrestling and that's why middle America loves him."

King thinks that part of Trump's wrestling-like appeal is his ability to talk smack. "He's the biggest liar I've ever seen in politics," he says with a laugh. "I mean, most of them are liars, but he just outright in-your-face lies."

When Rolling Stone mentions that King might offend some of his more conservative fans, he says his opinion shouldn't make any difference to them. "People just have to make up their minds and not be into things because their friends are into it or because their girlfriend or their spouse or whoever is into it," he says. "People have to be individuals. ... Sounds like I'm talking about religion, doesn't it?" He laughs.

In other news, Slayer also has a "Repentless" comic series on the horizon and release a music video for "You Against You." More...

Read the full article at Rollingstone.

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Slayer's Tom Araya Ejects Spitting "Fan" From Show

Slayer played a special set in celebration of the "San Diego Comic-Con", this past Thursday at the at the House Of Blues in San Diego, CA. When frontman Tom Araya proceeded to thank the audience for attending the show, he was spit on by a "fan", leading to his ejection.

You can watch that in the video below. Skip ahead to 01:45 to see the events transpire.

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Slayer Announces Comic Series

Dark Horse Comics and thrash titans Slayer have joined forces to deliver a new comic series this holiday season.

With full participation from the band and taking inspiration from Slayer's "Repentless" music videos, Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypse) will pen the three-issue comic series with interior bloodlines drawn by Guiu Vilanova (Twilight Zone, Conan the Avenger, Weird Detective). Glenn Fabry's covers reign in blood while Antichrist Eric Powell (The Goon, Hillbilly) will illustrate the variant cover for the first issue.

"I think of the songs I write as stories," Slayer's Kerry King told Rolling Stone in an exclusive interview. "And if nothing else, they are certainly visual." Slayer: Repentless #1 (of 3) is due on comic stands in December, 2016.

Slayer will appear within the walls of Comic-Con for two exclusive signings on Friday, July 22. Nuclear Blast America (booth #501) will host the band from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Dark Horse Comics (booth #2615) will host both the band and the comic's creative team for a very limited engagement from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Limited edition posters will be provided. More...

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New Interview With Slayer's Paul Bostaph Posted

Kaaos TV conducted an interview with Slayer drummer Paul Bostaph at the South Park festival in Tampere, Finland on June 10. Check it out below.

On whether he is pleased by the fan response to Slayer's latest album "Repentless":

Paul: "Absolutely. Whenever you're putting a new record out, you're not sure what other people are gonna think. You know you like it, but it's always nice when you get positive feedback from people about the fact that they like it."

On whether he was nervous about being accept by Slayer's fans again after being away from the band for so long: More...

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Louder Than Life Announces 2016 Lineup

Following a 2015 sellout with 50,000 in attendance, Louder Than Life returns to Champions Park near downtown Louisville October 1st & 2nd, 2016 for the third annual destination festival celebrating the region’s culture and cuisine.

The festival features award-winning bourbons and spirits, Gourmet Man Food, craft beer and some of the biggest names in rock music. Slipknot and Avenged Sevenfold top a music lineup of over 35 bands on three stages, with performances from Disturbed, Korn, Slayer, The Cult, Ghost, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Cheap Trick and many more.

Louder Than Life founder and producer Danny Wimmer of Danny Wimmer Presents declares: “Louisville: The home of bourbon. Great people. Great food. How can those ingredients not make a perfect place to have a festival? This is a place you have to visit if you’re a lover of bourbon, a lover of food…a lover of life. I asked my team how we could top last year’s Louder Than Life sellout. The easy answer? Slipknot and Avenged Sevenfold." More...

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Death Angel Premieres New Music Video For "Lost"

Death Angel premieres a new music video for "Lost", taken from the upcoming new album "The Evil Divide", which will be out in stores tomorrow May 27 on Nuclear Blast.

Check out now "Lost" below.

The band will be on tour with Slayer and Anthrax starting in September. Check dates below: More...

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Slayer Announces Comic Con Takeover

Slayer is set to takeover of San Diego Comic-Con International: the occupation will begin on Thursday, July 21st with a special live performance at the intimate-capacity House of Blues. Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 20th at 10:00AM PT.

Said Slayer's Kerry King, "Comic-Con?!? I can't believe they are gonna let us shred the HOB San Diego!! It will definitely be a night of fury and intensity that the city won't soon forget. We will be coming off a seven week European run, so Slayer's guns will be blazing!"

The invasion will prove evil has no boundaries as Slayer also will execute two very exclusive signings inside the walls of San Diego Comic-Con with a brand new publishing partner, Dark Horse Comics.

These signings will take place Friday, July 22, booth #2615, and at the Nuclear Blast Records booth, #501. This is a once in a lifetime chance for fans South of Heaven in San Diego to experience Decades of Aggression at the Altar of Comic-Con. More details to be disclosed soon.

Slayer also recently partnered with BMX brand Subrosa for the four-bike "Cradle to Grave" collection, comprised of the Slayer Balance, Slayer 20, Slayer 26, and the Slayer Urban Terrain Bike. All of these bikes are intended for BMX bike riders to "use and abuse," and some of the models will be on display at the Nuclear Blast Comic-Con booth (#501). The entire Subrosa/Slayer "Cradle to Grave" collection will be available worldwide in October.

"My brother, my friends and I used to ride bikes in the early seventies," said Slayer's Tom Araya. "We built a figure-eight track with ramps in my backyard where we would race and crash into each other. It was a precursor to BMX. We would go around the neighborhood to collect bikes that people had thrown away to salvage them, so it's cool to see Subrosa building a line of Slayer bikes." More...

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Ozzfest And Knotfest Combining

Remember that new collaboration teased via Twitter between Ozzy and Slipknot back when it looked like Ozzy had gone missing? Turns out Ozzfest and Knotfest are going to combine together.

The news was announced today in an event at Los Angeles today where Sharon and Ozzy appeared together with the members of Slipknot (check out footage below).

This new combined festival is set for Saturday, September 24 (Ozzfest) and Sunday, September 25 (Knotfest) at San Manuel Amphitheater and Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, California. Tickets will go on sale May 20th. Confirmed bands include: More...

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Slayer Announces Tour With Anthrax, Death Angel

Slayer, with special guests Anthrax and Death Angel, will join forces this fall for a seven week North American beat down.

The dates start in Cleveland on September 9th and will hit both major and secondary markets across the continent. Confirmed dates are below.

The Slayer Fan Club Presale starts at 10:00 AM local time on Tuesday, May 10th, and the general on-sale begins this Friday, May 1th at 10:00AM local time. For all ticket purchasing and VIP packages details, log onto this location.

Said Slayer's Kerry King had this to say: "It's always super fun for us to tour with Anthrax. Frank is one of my best friends in the biz!! Put that together with Death Angel, and fans will probably see the best package this year. See you there!" More...

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Carcass Frontman/Bassist Jeff Walker Breaks Foot

Carcass frontman/bassist Jeff Walker broke the proximal fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot prior to the band's March 19 concert in Seattle, Washington as the support act for Slayer and Testament. States the band via Facebook: "Sorry for Walker's lacklustre performance in Seattle last night....here's the reason why! Talk about "break a leg".....just a poor man's Dave Grohl!!!!! OUCH!!!!!"

Sorry for Walker's lacklustre performance in Seattle last night....here's the reason why! Talk about "break a leg".....just a poor man's Dave Grohl!!!!! OUCH!!!!! :(

Posted by Carcass on Sunday, March 20, 2016

Walker has received medical treatment for his injury. More...

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Slayer Releases New Music Video

In Slayer's song "You Against You," vocalist Tom Araya screams "Your perfect world is ending this day, So what? I wouldn't have it any other way." And so, from the very first frame of the band's "You Against You" music video, the gore, the violence, the projectile-blood-spewing and the carnage begins and just never ends.

"You Against You" is the prequel to "Repentless," Slayer's brutal 2015 video filmed at an L.A. prison that has logged nearly 7.5 million YouTube views.

Like "Repentless," "You Against You" was directed by BJ McDonnell, stars Jason Trost ("Hatchet III") as Wyatt (the eyepatched rebel inmate) and tells the story of the circumstances that led to Wyatt's erroneous arrest and imprisonment.

Slayer's performance of "You Against You" was shot deep in the heart of California's Mojave desert earlier this year in a graveyard of jets, airliners, and helicopters.

"After the 'Repentless' video," said Slayer's Tom Araya, "BJ delivers with 'You Against You.' Fucking awesome!!!!!"

Slayer is currently in the final weeks of a winter 2016 North American tour with Testament and Carcass supporting. Remaining dates are below.

3/17 Revolution Event Center, Boise, ID
3/19 The Paramount, Seattle, WA
3/20 Roseland Ballroom, Portland, OR
3/22 Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA
3/23 Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA
3/25 Rabobank Theatre, Bakersfield, CA
3/26 The Joint, Las Vegas, NV More...

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OpEd

1985-1995: The Golden Age of Death Metal

Death should be credited with creating death metal, at least the old school style we recognize now, as they birthed the infamous Tampa, Florida sound. Bands such as Autopsy and Obituary—two of the forerunners—would not exist without Death. Death is not the true father of death metal, though. That distinction goes to Possessed. The California Bay Area group not only played a style of brutal, vicious metal, with loads of Satanic imagery, they also coined the term “death metal” on the “Seven Churches” album.

Around 1985, albums similar to “Slowly We Rot” (Obituary) and “Mental Funeral” (Autopsy) simply did not exist. Thrash was the fasted, craziest music around. Of course Possessed has already been mentioned, but the influence of Slayer, who obviously influenced Possessed, can not be under recognized. Where Possessed was different was they used a rougher production. Dark Angel, whose drummer, Gene Hoglan, would go on to be one of the most heralded drummers in the metal biz, certainly showed a good dose of Slayer in their sound. In the beginning, Slayer was nothing more than a faster, nefarious, more solo-oriented Venom protégé. More...

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Slayer Posts Video Teaser

Slayer will soon premiere a new music video for "You Against You," with a teaser clip now available below. If you missed it, the band's official video clip for the "Repentless" title track is still online here, and you can also see Slayer live on these dates:

2/24 The National, Richmond, VA
2/26 House of Blues, Myrtle Beach, SC
2/27 The Ritz, Raleigh, NC
2/29 The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC
3/2 Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY
3/3 The Fillmore, Philadelphia, PA
3/5 The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD
3/6 The House of Blues, Boston, MA
3/8 Express Live, Columbus, OH (formerly the LC Pavilion)
3/9 The Orpheum, Madison, WI
3/11 Myth, St. Paul, MN
3/12 Civic Auditorium, Fargo, ND
3/14 MacEwan Hall, Calgary, AB
3/15 Shaw Centre, Edmonton, AB
3/17 Revolution Event Center, Boise, ID
3/19 The Paramount, Seattle, WA
3/20 Roseland Ballroom, Portland, OR
3/22 Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA
3/23 Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA
3/25 Rabobank Theatre, Bakersfield, CA
3/26 The Joint, Las Vegas, NV More...

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