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Formed: 1982
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!

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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Unearth "Stoked" To Join Slayer On Tour

LiveDaily.com reports: For Unearth, vocalist Trevor Phipps, it'll be an honor to take to the road with speed-metal godfathers Slayer later this month.

"I don't know of any metal heads that do not like Slayer," Phipps explained during a recent e-mail interview. "My first real concert was seeing 'Clash of the Titans' with Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth when I was 12 years old. Hell, the band I was in in high school even covered 'Dead Skin Mask.'

"Needless to say, we are all stoked as all hell to be part of this tour. We have hung out with [Slayer guitarist] Kerry King a bunch of times and he is a cool cat. We are all looking forward to getting to know the other dudes as well."

Unearth, which also includes guitarists Ken Susi and Biz McGrath, bassist John Maggare and drummer Mike Justin, will spend Jan. 24 through Feb. 28 opening for Slayer throughout the United States in support of its album "III In the Eyes of Fire." The record was produced by Terry Date, best known for his work with Metallica.

"[Date] had a lot of great ideas for capturing the live energy we were going for on the new disc," Phipps said. "He is a master at recording bands. The biggest reason we chose him was because of his past work from Pantera and the Deftones to Dredge. This guy knows his aggressive music, so it was a perfect fit for us."

In terms of Unearth's catalogue, "III" fits right in, according to Phipps. It subtly traces Unearth's musical history while bringing in new sounds.

"It has elements of every recording we have, but at the same time is a natural progression of who and what we are as a band. It is necessary for a band to grow as musicians and as songwriters and we all believe that this record is our best material to date."

Those sounds are created by Susi and McGrath, who then bring their riffs to practice so Justin can throw down beats. Each member gives their input as to how the songs should be arranged.

"Once the song is relatively close to being done, I get a vibe from the tune and then put the lyrics down," Phipps explained.

Here's the complete list of Unearth tour dates: More...

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Slayer's Performance On Jimmy Kimmel on Youtube

You can check out video here of SLAYER making their network television debut when they performed "Eyes of the Insane" on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night (Jan. 19th). More...

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Slayer's Kerry King On Metallica and Politics

AZNightBuzz.com has published a few assorted quotes from SLAYER guitarist Kerry King ahead of the band's appearance next Wednesday (Jan. 24) at the Tucson Arena:

On President Bush:
Kerry King: "Everyone in the world's laughing at him. I don't really pay too much attention to politics, but I do know that."

On politics:
Kerry King: "I don't understand politics — and I like it that way."

On super-producer Rick Rubin, who worked with SLAYER on several albums in the 1980s and 1990s:
Kerry King: "I'm surprised he's going to be doing the (next) METALLICA record because I don't know how he's going to right that sinking ship."

On Dec. 8, the anniversary of the murder of PANTERA's Dimebag Darrell:
Kerry King: "From now on, that's going to be 'Drunk Day' for sure."

On the meaning of Christmas:
Kerry King: "Christmas isn't about religion. Christmas is about presents, if you ask me. I know originally it was supposed to be about the birth of Jesus, but anymore? It's about capitalism and hey, I'm all about getting presents."

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Slayer Confirmed For Norway's Hovefestivalen

SLAYER, MASTODON, HATEBREED and NEUROSIS are confirmed for Hovefestivalen, a new five-day festival which is scheduled to take place June 25-29 on the island of Tromøy in Arendal, Norway. More acts are expected to announced soon. More info here ( in Norwegian).

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Trivium Tagged As Revivalists and Plagiarists

LESSON ONE for all aspiring bands out there: if you think you’re good, make sure you tell as many people as possible. Just ask Florida metallers Trivium.

When the quartet signed with Roadrunner in 2004, they supported the release of their second album Ascendancy with interviews in which they confidently voiced their desire to be one of the biggest bands in the world. Think Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer, they suggested, and one day you will also think Trivium.

Not surprisingly, the notoriously suspicious metal world reared back, took one look at the young upstarts - frontman Matt Heafy was all of 19 when he made the claim - and laughed. Until, that is, they heard Ascendancy and its classic thrash metal stylings, the likes of which turned them into genuine stars in the UK, where they recently performed in front of 80,000 people at the Download festival and supported Iron Maiden.

“All the other bands that were around and that were getting pretty stale were pretty shocked [by what we said],” Heafy says triumphantly. “But now they see we’re still around and hammering away, and all the disbelievers, they’re not really saying anything any more. We haven’t really seen anything negative since [just-released third album] The Crusade came out.”

Heafy’s first taste of metal came in 1998 when a friend gave the-then impressionable 12-year-old a copy of Metallica’s Black album. Amazed at its technicality, aggression and catchiness, he delved into the band’s back catalogue, devouring both it and any albums released by the band’s late-80s/early-90s thrash peers. Not surprisingly, when he started playing guitar and formed Trivium, what came out was a noise that owed a debt more to the bands of yesteryear than it did Korn, Deftones and Limp Bizkit.

Read the full article at Time Off.

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Slayer To Perform On Jimmy Kimmel Live

Slayer will make its network television debut on FRIDAY, JANUARY 19 with an appearance on ABC-TV's "Jimmy Kimmel Live." While one song will be broadcast on-air, the band will perform a free, five-song mini-concert on Kimmel's Outdoor Stage located right in the heart of Hollywood, CA. Slayer's Grammy-nominated track, "Eyes of the Insane," from the band's most recent CD, "Christ Illusion" will be one of the songs the band will perform. "Jimmy Kimmel Live" airs at 12:05AM ET and PT/11:05PM CT.

The TV appearance will precede Slayer's 2007 Winter North American Tour which will kick off on January 24 in Tucson, AZ and wind up in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on February 24.

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Slayer and Mastodon Australian Tour Dates

Slayer will tour Australia and New Zealand in April with support from Mastodon. Here are the tour dates:

4/12 Perth @ Metro
4/14 Adelaide @ Thebarton
4/15 Melbourne @ Vodafone Arena
4/17 Sydney @ Hordern
4/19 Brisbane @ Riverstage
4/21 Auckland NZ @ St James Theatre

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Unreleased Bodom Artwork Posted Online

Children of Bodom fan site Scythes-of-Bodom.com has posted a cover artwork for an yet-to-be released publication. The artwork was done by Sami Saramäki, who has also designed the cover of "Chaos Ridden Years - Stockholm Knockout Live" and other Bodom albums. Check it out at this location.

In other news, the release date for the upcoming Unholy Alliance CD/DVD, which was recorded in Vancouver, BC, has been set for February 27, 2007, and features Slayer, Lamb of God, Children of Bodom, Mastodon and Thine Eyes Bleed. Bonus material includes band interviews and backstage footage.

Children of Bodom have been nominated for a Finnish Metal Award under the category Best Band. The awards are presented at the Finnish Metal Expo on February 16, 2007. Cast your votes at this location. Other nominated bands include HIM, Rytmihäiriö, Amorphis and Enochian Cresent. Drummer Jaska and Kai Hahto (Wintersun, ex-Rotten Sound) will make an appearance on February 17 to do drum clinics together and answer fan question.

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Thine Eyes Bleed Added To 3 Canadian Slayer Dates

Canadian thrashers Thine Eyes Bleed have been added to 3 Canadian tour stops on Slayer’s upcoming North American tour in February.

About the upcoming shows, frontman Justin Wolfe comments, “We have also just recently been added to a few Canadian dates with Slayer again in February, one being in our hometown of London Ont. It's going to great to see the guys again. You can never get enough Slayer.” The band recently returned from a month long tour of Europe as part of the Unholy A! lliance Chapter II: Preaching To The Perverted (Slayer, In Flames, Lamb of God, Children Of Bodom). “We just got back from the Unholy Alliance Tour in Europe. The shows were through the roof, the fans were insane, everything you'd expect from European crowds, really,” says the singer. “We were very happy with the response being over there for the first time. We seemed to win the crowd over night after night and making many new fans overseas. The bands, the crews, everyone worked together and made the tour not only a huge success but a really good time! Bring on the thrash!”

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Grammy Nominations In Hard Rock and Heavy Metal

This year's Grammy nominations have been announced and here are the relevant ones in Hard Rock and Heavy Metal:

Best Metal Performance
(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Lamb Of God - Redneck (Track from: Sacrament)

  • Mastodon - Colony Of Birchmen (Track from: Blood Mountain)

  • Ministry - Lies, Lies, Lies (Track from: Rio Grande Blood)

  • Slayer - Eyes Of The Insane (Track from: Christ Illusion)

  • Stone Sour - 30/30-150

Best Hard Rock Performance
(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Buckcherry - Crazy Bitch

  • Nine Inch Nails - Every Day Is Exactly The Same (Track from: With Teeth)

  • System Of A Down - Lonely Day (Track from: Hypnotize)

  • Tool - Vicarious (Track from: 10,000 Days)

  • Wolfmother - Woman (Track from: Wolfmother)

In addition, Joe Satriani was nominated for Super Colossal in the category of Best Rock Instrumental Performance (for solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, without vocals. Includes Rock, Hard Rock and Metal. Singles or Tracks only). Underoath was nominated for Best Short Form Music Video (For an individual track or single promotional clip. Award to the Artist and to the Video Director/Producer.) for their video of "Writing On The Walls." Howard Benson (Every Man For Himself (Hoobastank); Flyleaf (Flyleaf); In With The Out Crowd (Less Than Jake); One-X (Three Days Grace); The Paramour Sessions (Papa Roach); Popaganda (Head Automatica); Saosin (Saosin) (A)) was nominated for Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical (A Producer's Award. (Artists names appear in parenthesis.).

You can view the massive list of 2006 Grammy nominations for all 108 categories here.

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Demiricous Added To Slayer Date In Indianapolis

Thrash/death metal band Demiricous has just been confirmed to play the Indianapolis, IN date on the Slayer tour with label mates Unearth. The band has also been added to the Cleveland, OH date of the Chimaira tour with label mates Forever In Terror.

12/27 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues w/ Chimaira, FOREVER IN TERROR and Bowel
2/05 Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room w/ Slayer and UNEARTH

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Slayer Announce Winter N. American Tour

Slayer will hit the road on January 24 for a four-week North American tour. The dates are in support of the band's latest album, "Christ Illusion," this lineup's first new studio album since 1990's "Seasons In The Abyss," and its highest-charting album ever (#5 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums Chart). Unearth will open all shows.

"Over the past few months, we've had a great time headlining 'Unholy Alliance' in North America and Europe, bringing a killer five-act bill to the fans," said Slayer's King. "But we're looking forward to this next tour, where it's just Slayer and Unearthed, playing venues where we can be right in the fans' faces."

These North American dates come on the heels of Slayer's successful international tour which, between August and November, took the band to SRO shows in the UK, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico, Singapore, Japan, Holland, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Finland, Denmark and Sweden. While in Germany, the band paid a special visit to the U.S. Troops of the 52nd Services Squadron located on the Spangdahlem U.S. Air Force Base.

Confirmed dates for Slayer's winter 2007 North American tour with Unearth in support are as follows: More...

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Canadian Tour Dates Added To Slayer, Unearth Tour

Some Canadian tour dates have been inserted into the schedule for Slayer and Unearth's North American tour. Here are the latest tour dates:

January 25th 2007 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
January 26th 2007 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern LG
February 7th 2007 London, ON John Labatt Centre
February 8th 2007 Hamilton, ON Copps Coliseum
February 9th 2007 Ottawa, ON Scotia Bank Place Theatre
February 22nd 2007 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
February 23rd 2007 Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues

More Slayer and Unearth tour dates to follow.

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Initial Slayer And Unearth US Tour Dates Revealed

Unearth has been tapped to support Slayer on the group's upcoming North American tour, which will kick off in January. The following tour dates have been confirmed thus far, with many more to follow:

1/25 Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues
1/26 Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern LG
2/22 Myrtle Beach, SC @ House Of Blues
2/23 Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House Of Blues

Presale tickets will soon be available here.

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Slayer To Visit US Troops In Germany

The members of the thrash band SLAYER - Kerry King/guitars, Tom Araya/bass, vocals, Jeff Hanneman/guitars, and Dave Lombardo/drums - will take a few hours off from their current European "Unholy Alliance Tour" schedule to pay a visit to the 52nd Services Squadron located on the Spangdahlem U.S. Air Force Base in Germany on Wednesday, November 8. With a sizeable chunk of Slayer's core audience being enlisted men and women, this will be the band's first-ever visit to a military base.

The band, whose latest release, "Christ Illusion," deals with the brutality of war and religions fanaticism, scrutinizing America's role in Iraq and Afghanistan, will spend a couple of hours meeting and chatting with the soldiers, signing autographs, and possibly viewing a fighter aircraft or two.

Upon returning home just before Thanksgiving, Slayer will take the holidays off and then launch a headlining tour of the U.S. Dates are still being confirmed and will be announced shortly, but the intended cities for the tour include:

Tucson, AZ
Las Vegas, NV
Los Angeles, CA
Sacramento, CA
Reno, NV
Salt Lake City, UT
Fargo, ND
Sioux Falls, SD
Kansas City, MO
Atlantic City, NJ
Providence, RI
New York, NY
Hamilton, ONT CANADA
Rochester, NY
Youngstown, OH
Columbus, OH
Indianapolis, IN
Myrtle Beach, SC
Orlando, FL
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Washington, D.C.

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Slayer Post 'Eyes Of The Insane' Video Online

SLAYER's video for the song "Eyes of the Insane" has been posted online exclusively at MP3.com.

Directed by Iranian filmmaker Tony Petrossian (SLIPKNOT), "Eyes of the Insane" is a first-person narrative about the horrors leading up to the final moments of a solder at war. The entire video is a single, long and tight close-up of the soldier's eye with images clearly reflected within his pupil and iris and perfectly choreographed with the rhythm of the music. Reflected are disconcerting images of para trooping into enemy territory, gunfire, helicopters and tanks, explosions, poignant flashbacks of his wife and child and home, and the images of his death. Two endings were filmed — one where the soldier dies from his combat injuries, and the other where he commits suicide. More...

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Tony Hawk's Project 8 Soundtrack Revealed

Details on the soundtrack for the next game in the Tony Hawk skateboarding video game series have been released. Tony Hawk's Project 8 will feature 56 songs from bands including notables Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, Slayer, Immortal, Thine Eyes Bleed, The Sword, Bad Religion, the Ramones, and the Cure among others.

The complete list follows: More...

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Win 2 tickets to Unholy Alliance

The online radio station, 4QRadio.com, has announced a competition to win 2 tickets to the Unholy Alliance at Birmingham's NEC Arena. The winners will get to meet Lamb Of God. Head over to 4QRadio.com and for more details on how to win listen to the latest show.

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Slayer's Latest Album Recalled From India

Mumbai-based EMI Virgin India Ltd has announced that it will recall all copies of Slayer's new album "Christ Illusion", after protests by Catholic Secular Forum (CSF), also based in Mumbai. Joseph Dias, general secretary of CSF, issued a statement early this week in which he takes "strong exception" to the album's cover artwork, which depicts "Christ with a missing eye and amputated arms." Dias also added that, "[the CSF] also condemn the track, 'Skeleton Christ' as the lyrics are an insult to Christianity." The CSF took further action, sending a memorandum to the police commissioner of Mumbai to the effect that the album "will affect the sensibilities of the Muslims on the track 'Jihad' and secular Indians who have respect for all faiths."

EMI India's marketing manager, Kaveri Khullar, stated in an interview that "We met with the CSF and were apologetic while assuring them that all copies of the album would be pulled out. We have no plans of re-issuing it in any way." Christ Illusion had only been on the shelves for a week, but Khullar didn't confirm the number of copies released, saying only that "There weren't too many that we launched anyway."

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Final Saw III Soundtrack Tracklisting Revealed

The current reigning champ of all of the horror film franchises – Saw – will have the third and most psychologically intense installment of the series – Saw III hit theaters on October 27th. Fans of the series will be excited to hear that the Saw III Soundtrack (Artists' Addiction Records) will feature twenty tracks from of some of the hardest, bone crushing rock bands on the planet including: Blue October, Slayer, Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, Ministry, and many others. Brand new exclusive tracks from Static X "No Submission," and Drowning Pool "No More," are stand out songs on the Saw III Soundtrack.

Saw III (Twisted Pictures & Lionsgate) stars Shawnee Smith and Tobin Bell. Jigsaw has disappeared. With his new apprentice Amanda (Shawnee Smith), the puppet-master behind the cruel, intricate games that have terrified a community and baffled police has once again eluded capture and vanished. While city detectives scramble to locate him, Doctor Lynn Denlon (Bahar Soomekh) and Jeff (Angus Macfayden) are unaware that they are about to become the latest pawns on his vicious chessboard.

Saw star Shawnee Smith makes a cameo singing backup vocals on Hydrovibe's track "Killer Inside" on the Saw III Soundtrack.

"I've am a huge fan of this band Hydrovibe!," commented Shawnee. "Heather St. Marie has a breathtakingly beautiful voice as powerful as my character in the Saw films: Amanda. I'm thrilled our female fan base has a movie and a soundtrack to sink our patent leather stilettos into."

Here is the final track listing for the Saw III soundtrack (as well as a couple of audio streams): More...

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