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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'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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Suicidal Tendencies Tap Ex-Slayer Drummer Lombardo

Suicidal Tendencies has announced that former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo will be playing drums during the band's upcoming tour with Megadeth, Children Of Bodom and Havok.

States the band: "SxTx is beyond excited to announce the legendary Dave Lombardo will be playing drums for Suicidal on the upcoming Megadeth tour! You know what that means....it's gonna be CYCO and BRUTAL!!!"

Pictured...Dave Lombardo and Mike Muir. Photo by Pep WilliamsSxTx is beyond excited to announce the legendary Dave...

Posted by SUICIDAL TENDENCIES - OFFICIAL on Saturday, February 20, 2016

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Slayer Fan Shuts Down Religious Protestors

While the NAMM show goes on (National Association of Music Merchants), we don't normally cover the event much since its mostly for bands and vendors and not particularly for regular fans.

One Slayer fan managed to shake things up this year though, when he got tired of seeing religious protesters (who apparently think producing music or selling gear is some kind of sin...?) with their ridiculous signs.

Turns out this guy had a banner of his own on him, and decided to get in on the protesting action. See what happens below...

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Watch Grohl, Anselmo, Bostaph & Brown Cover "Walk"

The 2016 edition of "Dimebash" was held last friday, January 22nd at Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood, CA. See below for the live performance of the Pantera song "Walk", played by an all star band including Dave Grohl, Paul Bostaph, Phil and Rex from Pantera and more.

Proceeds from the event, late Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, will go towards Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.

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Slayer Streaming "Repentless" Live Drum-Cam Video

Slayer drummer Paul Bostaph is streaming a brand new live drum-cam video showcasing himself, performing the titled track of the band's latest album "Repentless". The clip was shot during the Slayer's December 3, 2015 concert in Helsingor, Denmark.

Check it out now below.

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Slayer's Entire Moscow Concert Streaming

YouTuber "Shocker 999" is streaming fan-filmed video footage of Slayer's entire December 9 live performance at Stadium Live in Moscow, Russia. The band's setlist was as follows:

01. Repentless
02. Postmortem
03. Hate Worldwide
04. Disciple
05. God Send Death
06. War Ensemble
07. When The Stillness Comes
08. Take Control
09. Mandatory Suicide
10. Chemical Warfare
11. Die By The Sword
12. Black Magic
13. Vices
14. Seasons In The Abyss
15. Hell Awaits
16. Dead Skin Mask
17. World Painted Blood
18. South Of Heaven
19. Raining Blood
20. Angel Of Death

Check it out now below.

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Headline News

The Best And Worst Of Metal In 2015

We've almost got another year in the bag, so it's time to take a look back at all that went down throughout 2015 in the world of heavy metal.

This was an uneven year featuring both highs and lows, and metal didn't escape the drama frequent in other styles of music at all in the last 12 months. Echoing previous schisms in famous black metal bands, Immortal finally took its turn imploding and split into two, and this was probably the worst year in recent memory for U.S. metal tours.

On the flip side of that, a solid number of amazing albums saw release, and metal also catapulted to the top of the charts with some major releases that made people outside the underground take notice.

After two solid years dominated by reunions and reboots, it looks like that craze is finally winding down. This year most notably we saw the return of Faith No More with “Sol Invictus,” but on the more underground end industrial black metal outfit Diabolicum also came back with a first album in 14 years. Although not quite on the same scale of time, Arcturus finally returned with a new full-length after a decade's waiting.

While there are less surprise reunions announced for the coming year, there is one classic outfit hitting the road to take note of, as Black Sabbath's “final” tour - dubbed The End - runs through most of 2016 across the globe. While we wait to see what's in store in the coming year, first we'll look back at everything that went down throughout 2015.

The Good: The Best Of Metal In 2015

Both Slayer and Lamb Of God ended up topping the charts with their latest albums (with Lamb Of God even getting nominated for a Grammy). It's not often a metal album hits #2 in the world, but Slayer managed to do it. While not everyone loved the album, the exposure alone is good for the genre overall.

But how was the more underground metal? Simply put: pretty killer, if you knew were to look. There was a solid mix of great albums from long time bands like Amorphis, Cattle Decapitation, Enslaved, and Soilwork, as well as excellent material from newer and less prolific groups like Alkaloid, Tribulation, and Lychgate.

The tried and true classic outfits from Cradle Of Filth to Iron Maiden to My Dying Bride made appearances, and there were some seriously ambitious undertakings (Swallow The Sun released a TRIPLE album). A handful of bands that were already solid managed to really outdo themselves with stellar material this year though, including Subterannean Masquerade, Code, Shining, and Melechesh. More...

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Slayer Announces 2016 Tour Dates

In support of "Repentless," the band's 12th studio album and career-highest chart debut, Slayer will launch 2016 by pillaging and marauding its way across North America, headlining some two-dozen dates over a five-week period.

With special guests Testament and Carcass on all dates, the tour starts on February 19th in Chicago and wraps up in Las Vegas on March 26th. Confirmed dates are below.

For this tour, Slayer is offering several different limited-availability VIP packages that will include premiums such as watching Slayer's entrance and first three songs from right onstage, access to the band's normally off-limits soundcheck, autographed collectibles, and a variety of custom VIP swag.

For this upcoming tour, fans can expect to hear favorite Slayer songs selected from the band's 30-plus year discography, as well as a few of the brand new ones. As the Austin Chronicle put it about one of Slayer's recent shows, "[It was] one hundred minutes of just plain pummel...the group delivered fast, hard, no-frills bludgeon."

With more dates to be announced, the first leg of Slayer's 2016 North American tour is as follows: More...

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King Diamond Interviews Kerry King

It's King Vs. King as King Diamond sat down for a chat with Slayer's Kerry King while on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem fest this summer. Noisey was there with cameras in hand to capture the conversation - check it out below.

In other news, Philadelphia and Detroit have been selected as the cities in which King Diamond will film the live shows for a forthcoming DVD.

The massive, multi-camera shoot, will be directed by Denise Korycki (Cannibal Corpse, Killswitch Engage), and will also include additional footage from multiple shows throughout the entire "Abigail In Concert 2015" tour. Upcoming tour dates are available after the jump. More...

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