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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 Premieres Brand New Track "You Against You"

Slayer premieres another brand new song titled "You Against You", taken from the band's eleventh studio album "Repentless", which will be released on September 11 via Nuclear Blast Records.

Check out now "You Against You" below.

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Slayer Goes To Prison

Slayer recently spent some time at the Sybil Brand Institute, the women's prison in East Los Angeles, where the band shot a music video for the "Repentless" title track with none other than iconic actor Danny Trejo.

Behine-the-scenes footage from the filming has now made its way online and can be seen below before the full video drops.

You can read more about the filming over here. "Repentless" is due out 9/11 (Nuclear Blast).

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Slayer Premieres New Song "Cast The First Stone"

Slayer premieres a brand new song titled "Cast The First Stone", taken from the band's eleventh studio album "Repentless", which will be released on September 11 via Nuclear Blast Records.

Check out now "Cast The First Stone" below.

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Slayer Films "Repentless" Video

On Wednesday, in near 100-degree heat and high humidity, a riot broke out in the exercise yard of the Sybil Brand Institute, the women's prison in East Los Angeles, where Slayer shot the music video for the "Repentless" title track.

In fact, while Slayer performed the track under that punishing sun over an eight-hour period, the "prisoners" had to stage a riot for somewhere north of twelve takes before director BJ McDonnell finally called it a wrap.

But that was all pretty much in keeping with McDonnell's brutal vision for the clip, a vision that many in the veteran cast and crew referred to as "more like something for a feature film than a rock band's music video."

This is McDonnell's first stint directing a music video. He directed the 2013 horror film "Hatchet III," and his rich resume as a motion picture cameraman includes "Avengers: Age of Ultron," "Ant-Man" and "The Interview."

For Slayer's "Repentless," he and the video's producer Felissa Rose pulled together a gang of actors and crew who have been part of some of the most iconic horror films ever made: Derek Mears ("Predators," "Friday the 13th") Tyler Mane ("Halloween") Jason Trost ("Hatchet III"), Danny Trejo ("Machete," "From Dusk Till Dawn"), Tony Moran ("Halloween's" Michael Myers, "American Poltergeist"), Sean Whalen ("Men In Black," "Halloween II"), and Vernon Wells ("Mad Max 2," "Commando," "Weird Science") all are featured inmates in the video. More...

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Slayer Discusses Upcoming Album

Slayer was recently profiled by the National Museum of History for the "Places of Musical Innovation" exhibit and now the long running thrash outfit will drop latest album "Repentless" on September 11, 2015.

Leading up to the 9/11 release of "Repentless," Slayer's Tom Araya, Kerry King, Paul Bostaph and Gary Holt talk about working with producer Terry Date in a new video clip available below.

If you haven't done so yet, you can pre-order your own copy of "Repentless" over at this location. To get a taste of the upcoming album, be sure to also check out the disc's title track streaming here. More...

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Slayer Profiled By The National Museum Of History

The Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of History just posted a profile of Slayer and the origins of thrash as part of its "Places of Musical Innovation" exhibit. Check it out below.

Slayer's new album, "Repentless," is set for a 9/11/15 release and pre-orders are up now at this location.

Be sure to also check out the title track off the album by heading over here.

For those following all the controversy and back and forth sniping about this year's Mayhem festival, Gary Holt and Paul Bostaph also just entered they fray.

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Slayer's Holt Weighs In On Mayhem Festival Issues

Asked for his take on the controversy surrounding this year's edition of "Mayhem festival" Slayer's Gary Holt told the San Antonio Metal Music Examiner:

"Things were said in the media that were spun wrong and attributed to Kerry quoting me, which I didn't say, and Kerry says he never said it. Like, you know, criticizing the Victory Records stage, and some of my close young compadres are on that stage Shattered Sun, Texas natives. And they know it. You know, these guys, I do everything I can do to help them. Ask Daniel Trejo (Shattered Sun guitarist). He comes to me when he wants information and advice on endorsements, and I'm totally willing to give it. The attendance has been down. And the only thing I ever actually did say was what this tour is lacking is a genuine second stage. There's usually a record label-sponsored stage, a second and a third and a main stage. And what you have is the main stage, and then there… this time it's the Victory Records stage. The last time I did Mayhem, it was the Sumerian Records stage. Those bands are all young up-and-comers and they're awesome; we've hung out and barbecued, amongst other cannabis-related things. And then, you know, for bad blood to be started because one guy (referring to Kevin Lyman's commentabout metal becoming fat and grey) decided to throw the tour under the bus early into it, it's, like… We're all out here, working out hardest to put on the best show we can. And those guys, they're young. They're out here, you know… Like any young band, you're working for nothing. You're working to further your band's cause and to spread your name."

"And then, I can understand, people all the way up to us started feeling, like, 'What are we doing? Are we not appreciated?' And I know I can speak for Paul, we appreciate these younger bands. I mean, hell, my other band, we're still a club band. I'm more likely to go out on tour with Exodus and these younger bands on the Victory Records stage than anybody else. And if you ask any young band that's ever toured with Exodus, we treat 'em not like an opening band. We kidnap 'em, put 'em on a bus, make 'em drink vile shit and take care of 'em. But other than that, and a couple of shows which have been pretty grim, the tour's been great and I'm having hella fun. That being said, I'm glad it's almost winding down, 'cause I'm 51 fucking years old."

Check out the entire chat now below.

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Slayer Discusses "Chasing Death"

Slayer has released a brief video clip discussing the "Chasing Death" song and what prompted its creation. Check it out below.

Slayer's new album, "Repentless," will be released on 9/11/15. If you missed it, the title track can be heard at this location.

Pre-orders for "Repentless" are available over here, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Delusions Of Saviour
2. Repentless
3. Take Control
4. Vices
5. Cast The First Stone
6. When The Stillness Comes
7. Chasing Death
8. Implode
9. Piano Wire
10. Atrocity Vendor
11. You Against You
12. Pride In Prejudice More...

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Jungle Rot Vocalist Slams Slayer's Kerry King

Last week Slayer's Kerry King criticized this year's edition of Mayhem in an interview, saying: "Do I know this tour wasn't booked correctly? Absolutely I know this tour wasn't booked correctly. Gary Holt made the comment that usually there's the main Stage, a second stage, a third stage, and then that piece-of-shit record stage… Now what they're calling a second stage is at best a fourth stage and they're wondering why people aren't showing up."

King’s "piece-of-shit record stage" comment obviously is not going over too well with the Victory Records bands (Jungle Rot, Kissing Candice and Sister Sin) playing the stage.

Responds Vocalist Dave Matrise of death metal veterans Jungle Rot:

"I’m gonna be truthful - I take it very personal. I’m a longtime Slayer fan, and I hate to say it, but now I’m gonna change my thoughts about Slayer over this. It’s because of the simple fact that there’s a lot of people, including myself, and a lot of bands here that have a lot of money invested in this tour, and we’re trying to make our money back, and we’re trying to keep this thing rolling. And here’s this guy, and he opens his mouth and sabotages the tour, in my opinion. And then he talks shit about Victory (Records) and that’s our label as well, and calls it a 'shit stage.'

"Well, if it wasn’t for Victory probably getting this stage, this tour would’ve never even happened. That’s just my opinion, and if he would get off the bus once in a while instead of charging $20 for a picture or a signing or whatever the hell he does, he’d probably see that there’s some really good talent out there, man. So yeah, I take it very personal, I think he stuck his foot in his mouth and I hope this turns on him and I hope for the worst. I have had enough, the guy’s been runnin’ his mouth enough and this is the final draw." More...

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Kerry King On Ghost: "I Just Hate The Music"

In a video with Artisan News Service (which can be seen here if the YouTube player below won't load properly), Kerry King of Slayer discusses his feelings towards the cross-genre megastar band Ghost, which has divided the metal community between its sound and imagery.

King comments:

"Dude, I love the imagery. I love it. I just hate the fucking music. I like them. You know, they've been on many tours with us. I just, I can't. And I tried. I wanna like them, and I can't.

"I got their CD from Brian Slagel from Metal Blade. It was when Gary Holt first started playing with us, and I picked up Gary. And I'm, like, 'Brian said this is awesome, man.'

"So we put it in, going to practice. It wasn't awesome. It wasn't awesome for me. I'm, like, 'Well, maybe just the first song sucks.' And we went to the next one. It's just not for me... And I've tried so hard."

Slayer's new album "Repentless" is set to drop on September 11th (check out the title track here), while Ghost just returned with Papa Emeritus III and will release the "Meliora" album on August 21st. If you missed Ghost's latest video, "Cirice" is still available at this location. More...

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Headline News

Slayer Releases "Repentless" Visualizer Video

Slayer released a new "visualizer video" for the title track of the highly anticipated new album "Repentless." The album will drop on September 11th via Nuclear Blast Records.

"Repentless" is Slayer's first new studio album since 2009's critically-acclaimed, Grammy-nominated "World Painted Blood." The twelve songs were produced by Terry Date and recorded between August 2014 and mid-January 2015 at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles.

Slayer will tour extensively to support the release of the album, and will headline this summer's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival that kicks off July 26 in San Diego, CA.

The album will be available in a wide array of formats, as detailed below:

* Limited CD + Blu-ray digipak (includes Blu-ray of "Slayer Live at Wacken 2014" and the "Making of Repentless" documentary)
* Limited CD + DVD digipak (includes DVD of "Slayer Live at Wacken 2014" and the "Making of Repentless" documentary)
* Strictly limited 12-inch sized Box (includes CD + Blu-ray digipak, DVD, exclusive Repentless 12-inch picture vinyl, "Slayer Live at Wacken 2014" CD, 12-inch photo card, 12-inch fold-out poster)
* CD jewel case
* Vinyl in gatefold (audio mastered for vinyl)
* Digital (all digital platforms)
* Limited edition "Metal Eagle Edition" More...

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Slayer Unveils Album Artwork

Today, Slayer unveils the album artwork for its 11th studio album, "Repentless," due out 9/11/15 via Nuclear Blast.

The artwork was created by Brazilian artist Marcelo Vasco in collaboration with the band's Tom Araya and Kerry King.

"We had a number of submitted ideas for the cover artwork," said Araya, "and we felt Marcelo's was the best. We made some suggestions and the result is an awesome album cover."

The band also announces that the album's first official track will be available digitally virtually everywhere around the globe this Friday, June 19th.

"'Repentless' is my Jeff tribute," said Slayer's Kerry King. "I call it the 'HannemAnthem.' It's my perspective of Jeff's perspective, it's what I think...if Jeff wrote a song for himself, 'Repentless' would be it."

"Repentless" is Slayer's first new studio album since 2009's Grammy-nominated "World Painted Blood." The twelve songs were produced by Terry Date and recorded between August 2014 and mid-January 2015 at Henson Studios in Los Angeles.

Slayer will tour extensively to support the release of the album, and will headline this summer's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival that kicks off July 26th in San Diego, CA. More...

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Slayer Reveals Metal Eagle Edition Details

Last week Slayer announced the band's heaviest release ever - the Metal Eagle Edition of upcoming album "Repentless," set for a 9/11/15 release and weight in at 7.8 pounds.

Made of aluminum alloy and measuring 15" X 17" X 3", the Metal Eagle Edition will house a deluxe digipak of the new "Repentless" CD plus bonus material detailed below. The limited (only 3,000 copies worldwide) and numbered Metal Eagle Edition will be a direct-to-consumer item and available exclusively via the Nuclear Blast mailorder online stores.

- Deluxe digipak (folds out into inverted cross)
- Bonus BluRay & DVD featuring "Live At Wacken 2014" and making-of documentary
- Bonus live CD "Live At Wacken 2014"
- Fold-out poster
- Album sticker
- Numbered certificate More...

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Slayer Reschedules NH Show

Slayer just checked in with the following announcement about cancelling a New Hampshire show and replacing it with a Pennsylvania performance:

"Due to scheduling issues, the Gilford, NH Mayhem show on July 22nd has been cancelled and today we are announcing a new show on that date in Erie, PA at the Erie Insurance Arena (Lineup: Slayer, King Diamond, Hell Yeah, The Devil Wears Prada and White Chapel).

"In addition the July 15th Toronto show has been moved to the adjacent TD Echo Beach and tickets for the original show at Molson Amphitheater will be honored."

Slayer's new album "Repentless" is due out Tuesday, September 11th, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records. A teaser trailer is available below. More...

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Slayer Announces Heaviest Album Ever

With the title and release date just announced for Slayer's "Repentless," due out September 11th via Nuclear Blast, today the thrash icons announce their heaviest release ever - literally - the "Repentless" Metal Eagle Edition.

Made of aluminum alloy, measuring 15" X 17" X 3" and weighing in at a hefty seven pounds, the Metal Eagle Edition will house a deluxe digipak of the new "Repentless" CD plus exclusive bonus content to be detailed soon.

The limited (only 3000 copies worldwide) and numbered Metal Eagle Edition will be a direct-to-consumer item and available exclusively via the Nuclear Blast mail-order here.

"Repentless" is Slayer's 11th studio album, the first since 2009's "World Painted Blood" and the first with producer Terry Date (Pantera, Slipknot, Soundgarden). The band (Tom Araya/bass, vocals, Kerry King/guitar, Paul Bostaph/drums, and Exodus/Slayer touring guitarist Gary Holt, who recorded lead guitar parts for about a half-dozen of the album's new tracks) started recording "Repentless" in March 2014, and made the track "Implode" available as a free download in April of that year. More...

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Headline News

Slayer Announces New Album

It's official, after months of teasers, the godfathers of thrash are ready to officially unveil new album details.

The brand new, eleventh Slayer studio album, now announced to be titled "Repentless," is due out Tuesday, September 11th, 2015 (worldwide) via Nuclear Blast Records.

A brief teaser trailer is available below. Stay tuned for more info to come your way shortly. In the mean time let us know - how do you think this one will stack up, and will it be worth the wait or live up to older material with all the lineup changes?

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Slayer Finishes Recording Album

Slayer - bassist/vocalist Tom Araya, guitarist Kerry King, and returning drummer Paul Bostaph, along with touring guitarist Gary Holt and producer Terry Date - has completed recording an 11th studio album and the band's first new effort since 2011's "World Painted Blood."

The currently untitled album is expected out later this year, and will be released on Slayer's own, as-yet-unnamed label (through Nuclear Blast).

Slayer will tour extensively to support the new album, headlining this summer's Mayhem Festival as well as playing other major outdoor festivals and several "An Evening With..." Slayer-only concerts. The confirmed itinerary is below.

Following Slayer's studio sessions in March 2014 that yielded the track "Implode," offered by the band as a free download, Slayer recorded on and off between September and mid-January at L.A.'s Henson Studios, and is currently mixing the album. Eleven songs have been recorded, but what will end up on the final track listing is yet to be determined.

"The new songs have that iconic Slayer feel," said Nuclear Blast America's General Manager Gerardo Martinez. "Tom's vocals are probably the best I've heard in two decades, and Kerry, Paul and Gary are playing their asses of with powerful, intense performances and riffs and beats that are absolutely lethal."

Fans got a second preview of the new album this past Saturday when another one of the new songs, "When The Stillness Comes," was released as a limited-edition (only 5000 copies worldwide), seven-inch vinyl picture disc exclusive for Record Store Day. You can also hear the track below.

The new album marks the first time Slayer has worked with producer Terry Date (Slipknot, Soundgarden, Deftones), Bostaph's return to the Slayer recording line-up since 2001's "God Hates Us All," and Holt's first appearance on a Slayer album. It's also the first Slayer album without the presence of founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman, although a Hanneman-penned song is on the final track listing. More...

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Podcast

Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 46

The 46th episode of the MetalUnderground.com Official Podcast opens up with "Save Me" by Australia's band of the week EnemyThrottle.

This week co-hosts Kevin Perez (n0thinghead), Dustin Beaudrey ("F.A.N.") and Ollie Hynes (Diamond Oz) discuss hot new songs from upcoming releases by Slayer, August Burns Red, Between The Buried And Me, and Veil of Maya.

Then they dish out some band dirt within the posthumous controversies of Gwar and Twisted Sister. We conclude with EnemyThrottle's "Breathe No More" playing us out.

Check out the new podcast at this location and feel free to leave us your feedback!

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Slayer Posts New Track "When The Stillness Comes"

Thrash metal legends Slayer are streaming the new track "When the Stillness Comes," which can be heard in the player below. The song will appear on the band's upcoming new release.

The track is released in celebration of Record Store Day and will be available as a picture-disc seven-inch. The group recorded the song last year in Los Angeles with producer Terry Date.

The single's A-side features the image of a blood-stained skull with the band's name carved into it, while the flipside sports an inverted cross and a live version of the song "Black Magic" – originally released on 1983 debut, "Show No Mercy" – that was recorded at Germany's Wacken festival last year.

The single is limited to 5,000 copies and will be available only at the participating stores listed on the Record Store Day website on April 18th.

Slayer last released a new song a year ago, when the group premiered "Implode" at the Golden Gods Awards and subsequently put it out as a free download on the Slayer website. It was the first new song the group had issued since the death of founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who died in 2013 of liver failure. Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has been filling in for Hanneman, and the band also now features returning drummer Paul Bostaph. More...

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Slayer To Headline Rockstar Mayhem Fest

The Rockstar Mayhem festival enters its eighth year with another heavy metal and hard rock line-up, featuring 13 bands performing between the main stage and Victory Records stage.

The main stage will feature Slayer as headliner, as well as additional performances from King Diamond, Hellyeah, and The Devil Wears Prada. The Victory Records Stage will feature headliner Whitechapel as well as Thy Art Is Murder, Jungle Rot, Sister Sin, Sworn In, Shattered Sun, Feed Her To The Sharks, Code Orange and Kissing Candice.

Slayer's Kerry King comments: "I don't know if third time will be a charm, but it will definitely be hellish! Slayer and King Diamond on stage for the first time together in the States- NEVER has Mayhem been more evil. DON'T FUCKIN' MISS IT."

King Diamond adds: "This is going to be one hot and hellish summer! Slayer and King Diamond on the same stage - it does not get more devilish than this! We will be putting on a one hour set with the full King Diamond stage production. As for a set list, I'm not gonna reveal that here, but it will be built around 'Dreams of Horror.' The Puppet Master will be there with Grandma, and we will even go as far back in time as to 1777 (hint). You're all in for one hell of a show if you come to this Sabbath!" More...

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