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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 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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Just For Fun

Watch Teenage Kids Cover Slayer’s “Raining Blood”

Five teenage musicians from the O’Keefe Music Foundation recently took to covering Slayer‘s classic “Raining Blood“. A music video for their version can be seen below.

Following musicians were involved: More...

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Slayer To Release "Relentless" Box Set

The annual International Day of Slayer is just around the corner - June 6, 2018 - and this year, the day's celebration will begin with the release of Slayer's Repentless special collectors edition vinyl box set.

The limited edition release will be available in black, red and gold-colored discs, and only 2500 of each color will be manufactured worldwide. Each set will feature six single vinyl EPs, each one measuring a unique 6.66-inches in diameter, and each will contain two songs from the Repentless album. The red and black disc versions will retail for $66.66, while the gold disc set will be priced at $73.99. The box sets can be pre-ordered starting today at http://nuclearblast.com/slayer

On January 22, Slayer announced that the band will do one final world tour to say goodbye and thank the fans for more than three decades of great times, and then move on. With support from Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth and Testament, Slayer's North American Leg One dates start on May 10 in San Diego, CA. All announced dates are below. More...

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Slayer Announce 2nd North American Tour Leg

Literally by popular demand - with more than half the tour dates already either completely sold out or a sell-out imminent - today Slayer announces Leg Two, North America, of its final world tour, set to kick off on Thursday, July 26 at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, NH.

The tour will travel to 20 cities over about five weeks, culminating at San Jose's SAP Center on August 26. Lamb of God, Anthrax, Testament and Napalm Death will accompany the band on all dates. The general ticket onsale for most dates begins this Friday, March 9 at 10AM (local). Very limited Slayer onstage + Meet & Greet + exclusive merchandise packages will be available. Log on to www.slayer.net for all ticket and package purchasing information.

A second North American leg for this tour had been considered to take place at some point down the line, but within 48-hours of the initial January 26 ticket on sale date, that all changed.

"We were blown away by the speed of sales for the final run," said Rick Franks, President of Touring for Live Nation, one of the tour's promoters. "Thirty-six years later and Slayer is bigger than ever before."

On January 22, 2018, Slayer announced that it would 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 then move on.

New and previously announced dates for Slayer's final world tour, North America Legs One and Two, are as follows: More...

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Slayer Share Episode I Of Retrospective Web Series

With Slayer set to call it quits following one final world tour, the group have begun a series of videos looking back on their 37 year career. The first episode in that series focuses on the Slayer's early days and can be streamed below.

Among their final round of touring is this North American tour with Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Behemoth and more: More...

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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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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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