Band Photo: Slayer (?)
From: Huntington Beach, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active
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!
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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...
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...
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!!!"
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...
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.
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.
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:
03. Hate Worldwide
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
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.
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...
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...
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...
Following in the wake of Lamb Of God's chart-topping album release last month, heavy metal is dominating the music scene again as Slayer's "Repentless" becomes the #2 selling album in the world according to the United World Chart, Media Traffic's amalgamation of official album sales charts from dozens of principal countries around the world.
The album scored a Top 10 debut in 25 countries, Top 5 in 14 countries, and made career-highest debuts in the United States, the UK, Germany, The Netherlands and New Zealand.
"Repentless," the first music video for the album, has now amassed more views in less than two weeks than any of the band's previous music videos during the same time frame - more than four-million views at social media.
In support of "Repentless," Slayer hits the road next month, and dates are as follows: More...
Metal Allegiance premieres another new music video for the band's cover of Dio's “We Rock“, taken from the band's self-titled debut album, which is out now in stores via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The supergroup's core musicians include Megadeth‘s David Ellefson, Testament‘s Alex Skolnick and Mike Portnoy of The Winery Dogs/ex-Dream Theater.
Joining them on "We Rock" are Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), Chris Jericho (Fozzy), Tim "Ripper" Owens (ex-Judas Priest), Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Chuck Billy (Testament), Steve “Zetro” Souza (Exodus), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Phil Demmel (Machine Head) and Gary Holt (Slayer/Exodus) with additional lead guitars.
Check it out now below.
Slayer's 12th studio album "Repentless" is out today - 9/11 - and in celebration the band drops a new music video for the title track.
The video was shot late last month at the Sybil Brand Institute in East Los Angeles and is a grizzly depiction of what the Kerry King-created word means: "to feel no regret or remorse."
Slayer performed the song in the prison yard while a riot broke out, blood flowed in abundance, and inmates and prison guards were slaughtered. Directed by BJ McDonnell and produced by Felissa Rose, the video features cameos by actors who have been part of some of the most iconic horror films ever made: Danny Trejo ("Machete," "From Dusk Till Dawn"), Tony Moran ("Halloween's" Michael Myers, "American Poltergeist"), Derek Mears ("Predators," "Friday the 13th") Tyler Mane ("Halloween") Jason Trost ("Hatchet III"), Sean Whalen ("Men In Black," "Halloween II"), and Vernon Wells ("Mad Max 2," "Commando," "Weird Science").
This is McDonnell's first stint directing a music video. He directed the 2013 horror film "Hatchet III," and his resume as a motion picture cameraman includes "Avengers: Age of Ultron," "Ant-Man" and "The Interview."
For the "Repentless" video, McDonnell and Rose brought in stunt coordinator Nils Allen Stewart who is known for his work on films like "Planet of The Apes," "Anger Management" and "Daredevil." More...
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.
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).
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.