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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 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
Ottawa, ONT CANADA
London, ONT CANADA
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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Saw III Soundtrack Tracklisting, Release Revealed

Warcon Enterprises has set an October 24 release date for the "Saw III" soundtrack. The tentative list of tracks that are set to appear on the effort is as follows:

SLAYER - "Eyes Of The Insane" (exclusive remix)
EIGHTEEN VISIONS - "Victim"
MASTODON - "The Wolf Is Loose"
LAMB OF GOD - "Walk With Me In Hell"
HELMET - "Monochrome"
ALL THAT REMAINS - "This Calling"
DRAGONFORCE - "Fury Of The Storm"
CHARLIE CLOUSER - "Score Suite" (exclusive)
AS I LAY DYING - "Empty Hearts"
EVERY TIME I DIE - "Guitared & Feathered"
HYDROVIBE - "Killer Inside"
BLUE OCTOBER - "Drilled A Wire Through My Cheek"
OPIATE FOR THE MASSES - "Naked" (unreleased track)
DRY KILL LOGIC - "My Dying Heart" (unreleased track)

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Kings Of Death and Speed Metal On 'Horror" DVD

The third volume of the "Horror Pain Gore Death" DVD collection of horror music videos (horror films mixed with metal music) from established and obscure death, thrash and '80s metal bands will be released on September 26. The complete track listing for the set is as follows:

CANCER - Blood Bath
EXODUS - A Lesson In Violence
SLAYER - Criminally Insane
MENTORS - Peepin' Tom
MORTA SKULD - Consuming Existence
SODOM - Outbreak Of Evil
NECKTIE - Hostages
BLÜDWÜLF - The Horror
SLAUGHTER - Fuck Of Death
TOXIC HOLOCAUST - Thrashing Death
SEXCREMENT - Menstrual Money Shot
SAVAGE GRACE - Into The Fire
SUFFOCATION - Infecting The Crypts
KREATOR - Pleasure To Kill
SEPULTURA - R.I.P. (Rest In Pain)
VENOM - Don't Burn The Witch

For more information, click here.

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New Live Videos From Slayer Online

Check out three new tour clips featuring some tasty live metal from Slayer's recent tour stop in Vancouver in support of their new album "Christ Illusion."

Video: "Blood Red"
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Slayer's upcoming European tour dates are as follows: More...

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This Week In Metal - August 31st, 2006 *Late*

Im aware of the fact that its a little late, and pushed closely together with TWIM for 9-8-06 but nonetheless I would hate to see you guys miss out on a week of news. So without further ado the records chart courtesy of CMJ :


RankL/WBandAlbumWeeksPeak
13HatebreedSupremecy21
22SlayerChrist Illusion 32
31SYLThe New Black41
44All That RemainsThe Fall of Ideals42
56The Human AbstractNocturne35
6-Bury Your DeadBeauty & The Breakdown26
7 *GwarBeyond Hell17
85UnearthIII: The Eyes Of Fire35
94VoivodKatorz36
107Shadows FallFallout From The War41

Hatebreed becomes our third #1 ever, beyond Shadows Fall and SYL. It is amazing for them as a band to completly jump Slayer. All That Remains maybe just hitting stride in their young career, the success of this album and the sales and touring they are doing are pushing them over the top of their genre. Bury Your Dead returns to the chart with strong sales following a bouncey chart release. And the boys from Shadows Fall look like their run of 4 weeks in the chart might end as they slip to the #10 slot.

Onto the singles, courtesy of MusicMatch:

RankL/WBandSongWeeksPeak
15Stone Sour30-30/15041
21UnearthThe Glorious Nightmare31
38SYLYou Suck33
43The Human AbstractCrossing the Rubicon22
54MastodonThe Wolf Is Loose24
69Shadows FallWill To Rebuild41
7-BTBAMMalpractice17
86Lamb of GodRedneck42
97All That RemainsThis Calling27
1010SlayerCult31

Not much change to the charts other then that of Stone Sour resurging to the #1 slot after never reaching it within the first four weeks. Between The Buried and Me makes a debut with Malpractice and the bottom of the chart holds strong with Slayer staying in the #10 slot. All four #1's in the charts 4 weeks remain, including the only 2 songs to be on all 4 weeks.

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Kerrang! Announce Award Winners

This years winners for the 13TH ANNUAL: KERRANG! AWARDS have been announced. A quick run-down can be found below, with Welsh heroes LOSTPROPHETS running out big winners with multiple awards:

Best Band On The Planet - My Chemical Romance
Best British Band - Lostprophets
Best Live Band - Muse
Best Album - Lostprophets (Liberation Transmission)
Best Single - Bullet For My Valentine (Tears Don't Fall)
Best Video - Fall Out Boy (Sugar, We're Going Down)
Best British Newcomer - Bring Me The Horizon
Best International Newcomer - Aiden
Classic Songwriter - Placebo
Spirit Of Independence - Prodigy (above)
Kerrang! Hall Of Fame - Slayer
Kerrang! Legend - Angus Young (AC/DC)

A full article describing the ceremony and the winners can be found online at the BBC.


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This Week In Metal - August 24th, 2006

A third week, and to my surprise Slayer isn't number 1. Strapping Young Lad keeps the #1 spot for the second straight week. Meanwhile Slayer is at their heels and I would bet good money they takeover the top spot next week. Hatebreed's new album Supremecy could be the only thing that comes inbetween all of that but I highly doubt it. All That Remains holds strong as one of 4 bands that have stayed in the top 10 since TWIM was brought back. The second biggest highlight of the chart is the fact that All Shall Perish has broken thru and taken a spot inside the top 10. I've been a fan of these boys for a while and its amazing to see their name share spots with the likes of Shadows Fall and Unearth. And now for the chart courtesy of CMJ :

RankL/WBandAlbumWeeksPeak
11Strapping Young LadThe New Black31
2*SlayerChrist Illusion 12
3*HatebreedSupremecy13
42All That RemainsThe Fall of Ideals32
57UnearthIII: The Eyes of Fire25
610Human AbstractNocturne26
7 3Shadows FallFallout From the War31
86VoiVodKatorz26
94Between the Buried and MeThe Anatomy Of34
10*All Shall PerishThe Price Of Exsistance110

And now for the tunes, with a drastic change in this weeks chart. Unearth jumps from seven to first, while Slayer's Cult drops from first to tenth. Only six songs stayed on the chart, while we had four really strong debuts from great bands. Hatebreed, Mastodon and the new ATR single. Not to mention the ever-growing popularity of Human Abstract debuts. The singles chart is always shaky as the seeming flavor of the week is always ahead here, and now for the music, courtesy of MusicMatch:

RankL/WBandSongWeeksPeak
17UnearthThe Glorious Nightmare21
2*The Human AbstractCrossing The Rubicon12
3*HatebreedDefeatist23
4*MastodonThe Wolf Is Loose14
54Stone Sour30-30/15032
62Lamb of GodRedneck32
7*All That RemainsThis Calling17
810Strapping Young LadYou Suck28
93Shadows FallWill To Rebuild31
101SlayerCult21

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