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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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Dead Cross (Faith No More) Back In The Studio

Supergroup Dead Cross (Faith No More/Suicidal Tendencies/ex-Slayer/Retox, etc.) have been in the studio recently tracking new material with producer Ross Robinson (Korn, Slipknot) once again behind the boards. Judging by the pictures below they’ve been recording at Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl‘s Studio 606 in Northridge, CA.

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Dave Mustaine Suggests Touring As "The Big Three"

With Slayer calling it quits after one final world tour, Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine lately expressed his hopes that "The Big Four" (Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax) would perform at least one more show before they officially become "The Big Three".

In a recent interview Mustaine further spoke of the potential for a few more shows from the "Big Four" and the possibility that they do it without Metallica, who appear to be the holdout. Says Mustaine:

"I think if you asked the three of us that, our camps would probably say yes. If Anthrax, Slayer and Megadeth all want to do it, and Metallica doesn’t, then what do we do? The Big Three? I’m sure that a lot of people would like to see that, and that may be what it is. You know, you may end up having it be the Big Three plus No. 5 if we have Exodus play with it. But it’s not about just doing concerts for the sake of concerts. It was about the movement. It was about what we did together as a group.

Excluding Anthrax, we’re all like neighbors almost ’cause we all lived so close. It was just a half hour to an hour at at most between each other’s houses on the freeway. So, I think it would be great to do more "Big Four" stuff - do one in Japan. Do one in South America - we never did one in South America; we haven’t done one in Asia. Give the people an opportunity to see it before it goes away forever."


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Holt Doesn't Expect Slayer To Release A New Album

Slayer guitarist Gary Holt (also of Exodus) doesn’t expect the band to release another album before they call it quits. Comments Holt recently to The Metal Voice:

“No. No, there’s no new album. I’d say it’s a no. But my name is Gary ‘No Comment’ Holt today. I don’t know nothing. You’ve seen the dates, you saw the press releases. And come out and celebrate the mighty history of Slayer, which I’m lucky to have been part of for the last seven years now. It’s been a ride, it’s been remarkable, and we’re gonna end it in gloriously violent fashion.”

This news may come as a bummer for fans, given there was a surplus of material leftover from the sessions for the group's latest album, “Repentless“. Slayer will be bringing their career to an end following a final world tour. So far the dates for the North American leg of that run can be found below: More...

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Slayer's Touring Partners Speak About Trek

Members of Lamb Of God, Behemoth, Testament and Anthrax have spoken about their upcoming tour of North America with Slayer, which is part of the headliner's, "End Of Days" farewell tour. Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe had this to say:

"If you are lucky enough to be invited to play even just once with living legends like Slayer, it's an incredible honor. Slayer gave Lamb Of God our very first two overseas shows. Slayer has subsequently taken us on several full-length tours, both at home and abroad. The guys in Slayer and their crew have also always been very, very cool to our band. It is irrefutable that Slayer helped create the genre of aggressive metal, and all modern bands of that ilk owe them a huge debt - I know we do. To be asked to be a part of their final tour - well, it just makes you stop and realize just how lucky you are. Hail Slayer! We'll see you on the road..."

Testament vocalist Chuck Billy added: "Sharing the stage with Slayer once again is going to be an honor, and to be a part of the final tour is going to be a special privilege for us. Slayer has influenced so many aggressive bands in their career. This tour will be an epic time for all who attend. Do yourself a favor and clear your calendars when this show comes to town. This will be your last chance to see a tour like this. Get ready North America for the devastation." More...

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Slayer Announces North American Tour Dates

After making some of the most brutal, breathtakingly aggressive, all-hell's-a-breaking-loose music ever created, being one of the four bands that defined an entire musical genre and being the band that other heavy acts are measured against and aspire to... After nearly 37 years, releasing 12 studio albums, multiple live recordings, compilations, live video and two box sets, playing nearly 3000 concerts in all corners of the world, receiving countless awards including five Grammy nominations and two Grammy awards, Gold records and other accolades, having its own exhibit in the Smithsonian Institute, gracing hundreds of magazine covers, experiencing the devastating loss of a founding brother, and even appearing on "The Tonight Show," the age of Slayer, one of the greatest thrash/metal/punk bands of this or any age, is coming to an end.

Slayer announces that it will do one last concert tour around the globe to thank their fans for all of their support over the years, for making the last three-and-a-half decades so packed with good times and unforgettable experiences, and will then move on.

Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth and Testament will support Slayer on the first leg, North America, of its final world tour. Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, January 26 at 10AM local time. Very limited Slayer onstage + meet & greet+ exclusive merchandise packages will be available. Log on to https://www.slayer.net for this and all ticket purchasing info. More...

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Breaking News

Slayer Announces Final World Tour

American thrash metal legends Slayer have posted a video online announcing that they will be embarking on a final world tour. No written statement has been released, nor have any tour dates been confirmed as of yet, though the video promises that North American shows will be announced soon. One thing that has been confirmed however, is the previously rumoured lineup that will see Slayer bring Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Testament and Behemoth on the road with them. More information on this story will be revealed as soon as it becomes available. More...

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Slayer To Tour With Lamb Of God And Anthrax?

Rumours are spreading across the internet that a huge tour of North America will take place this Summer, which will see Slayer and Lamb Of God co-headline a trek which will also feature fellow thrash metal legends Anthrax and Testament, as well as Polish blackened death metal favourites, Behemoth. Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick and Lamb Of God vocalist Randy Blythe have both spoken of signing on for an exciting tour of North America and this, one would assume is it. More details including tour dates etc. will be revealed once this is confirmed.

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The Rise Of L.A. Thrash Metal-Docu Out In January

An impressing list of musicians, record executives, journalists and more have taken part in the upcoming two-part ‘Inside Metal‘ documentary DVD, ‘The Rise Of L.A. Thrash Metal‘. Directed by Bob Nalbandian, the DVD will land on January 19th and showcases narration from Megadeth bassist David Ellefson.

Below you can watch a clip from the DVD in which Gene Hoglan (Testament, etc.) can be found discussing his first encounter with Metallica vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield back in 1981:

As the title suggests, the docu will focus on the early/mid-80s rise of thrash metal. Among those who were interviewed for the series are: More...

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Dead Cross Debut New Music Video

Dead Cross - the band, which includes Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer/Suicidal Tendencies), Justin Pearson (Retox/The Locust), Mike Patton (Faith No More/Tomahawk) and Michael Crain (Retox, Festival of Dead Deer) - have premiered their new music video for their song, "Church Of The Motherfuckers".

Comments bassist Justin Pearson of the Michael Panduro directed clip: More...

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Behemoth's Frontman Nergal Joins Slayer Onstage

Behemoth frontman Nergal joined Slayer onstage during the band's soundcheck August 17th before the show at the Kettlehouse Amphitheater in Bonner, MT to guest on "Evil Has No Boundaries". As a bonus you can also watch Nergal and Lamb Of God's Randy Blythe take part on their own in Slayer covering some AC/DC.

Fan-filmed footage of that can be found below.

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Slayer To Appear On Jimmy Fallon

This coming Thursday, July 27th, two-time Grammy-winning thrash group Slayer will performs the iconic "Raining Blood" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The show airs at 11:35PM ET/PT and 10:35PM CT on NBC.

Immediately following Thursday's taping of "The Tonight Show," Slayer will head over to New York's Theatre at Madison Square Garden where the band will headline as part an ongoing summer U.S. tour. Remaining tour dates are below.

7/20 Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh, NC
7/21 St. Augustine Amphitheater, St. Augustine, FL
7/23 Electric Factory Outdoors, Philadelphia, PA
7/25 Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston, MA
7/27 Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
7/28 Pier Six Pavilion, Baltimore, MD
7/30 Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN
8/1 Providence Medical Center Amphitheater, Bonner Springs, KS
8/2 1stBank Center, Denver, CO
8/4 The Joint, Las Vegas, NV
8/5 The Forum, Los Angeles, CA
8/8 Vina Robles Amphitheater, Paso Robles, CA
8/9 Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
8/11 The Cuthbert Amphitheater, Eugene, OR
8/12 WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA
8/14 Encana Events Center, Dawson Creek, BC CANADA
8/15 SMS Equipment Stadium, Fort McMurray, AB CANADA
8/17 KettleHouse Amphitheater, Missoula, MT
8/19 Isleta Amphitheater Albuquerque, NM
8/20 Comerica Theater, Phoenix, AZ

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Slayer Posts Upcoming Tour Video Trailer

This is the cannot-miss-tour of the summer: Behemoth, Slayer, and Lamb Of God. The six-week expedition will rage across North America beginning July 12th in Bemidji, MN, winding up in Phoenix, AZ on August 20th.

Slayer and Lamb of God will also play Wisconsin's Rock Fest 2017 (7/13) and Rock USA 2017 (7/15), and then meet up with Behemoth at the Chicago Open Air Festival on July 16. A tour trailer can be seen below, and tickets are on sale now including VIP packages.

"As metal tours go, this is the one that your fellow metal heads will be bragging about if you miss it," said Slayer's Kerry King. "Not very often I get to go on tour where we are all friends to start. That being said, the potential for greatness at these events is mind blowing. I look forward to being apart of it and hanging with old friends - bands as well as fanatical fans. Let the festivities begin!" More...

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Headline News

Behemoth Announces Tour With Slayer, Lamb Of God

Lamb Of God will support headlining metal legends Slayer, along with fellow supporting blackened death metal group Behemoth, on what is set to be this summer's most-anticipated heavy music tour.

The six-week expedition will rage across North America beginning July 12 in Bemidji, MN, winding up in Phoenix, AZ on August 20.

Slayer and Lamb Of God will also play Wisconsin's Rock Fest 2017 (7/13) and Rock USA 2017 (7/15), and then meet up with Behemoth at the Chicago Open Air Festival on July 16. Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 3rd.

Kerry King of Slayer says, "As metal tours go, this is the one that your fellow metal heads will be bragging about if you miss it! Not very often I get to go on tour where we are all friends to start. That being said, the potential for greatness at these events is mind blowing. I look forward to being a part of it, and hanging with old friends - bands as well as fanatical fans! Let the festivities begin!" More...

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Metal Blade Inducted Into Hall Of Heavy Metal

Last week (Wednesday, January 18th), The Hall of Heavy Metal History inducted Metal Blade Records for the label's 35th anniversary.

The all-star ceremony was hosted by television and radio legend Eddie Trunk and included performances by the Dio Disciples (with Craig Goldy, Simon Wright, Scott Warren, Bjorn Englen, Tim 'Ripper' Owens, and Joe Retta), Ross "The Boss" (with iconic guitarist Ross 'The Boss' Friedman, Rhino, vocalist Marc Lopes, and Mike LePond), among others - plus, a special appearance by Slayer's Kerry King, who presented Metal Blade Records CEO/founder Brian Slagel with the award.

Brian Slagel comments: "We are totally honored to be inducted into such a great organization. I am awestruck at the names that stand beside us, and so thankful for everyone who has helped us along the way. Huge thanks to all at the 'Hall of Heavy Metal History' for this great honor." More...

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Chicago Open Air 2017 Announced

The second annual Chicago Open Air will bring together an all-star lineup on July 14th - 16th at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL just outside Chicago.

The three day music, craft beer, and food festival will feature over 40 performances, including Ozzy Osbourne, KISS, and Korn, along with Rob Zombie, Slayer, Godsmack, Stone Sour, Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Seether, Meshuggah, Anthrax, Clutch, Body Count, and many more.

Tickets for Chicago Open Air 2017 go on sale Friday, January 20tj at Noon CT right here. In addition to three days of nonstop rock, Chicago Open Air’s celebration of everything loud will also include local and regional cuisine, the Headbangers Bier Hall highlighting top brews from the region, other entertainment and fan experiences, and will be hosted by SiriusXM’s Jose Mangin. More...

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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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