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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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.
A rare MEGADETH live video from 1984, filmed at the band's debut live performance in Berkeley, California with Kerry King of SLAYER guesting on guitar, has been posted online at YouTube.com.
In a recent interview with Decibel magazine, Kerry King and fellow SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman spoke about King's decision to play MEGADETH's first live shows more than 20 years ago:
Jeff Hanneman: "I thought [Kerry] was an ass for doing that. [laughs] I remember talking to Tom [Araya] about it, like, 'I guess we're gonna get a new guitar player.' I thought he was kissing Dave's [Mustaine] ass or something, and I thought it was kinda fucekd up. I think he was gonna join. Kerry will probably tell you something different, but why do that if you're not thinking about joining? I'm a loyalist, you know, and I thought SLAYER was the best thing going. Why go hang out with somebody else? If Dave would've asked me to do it, I would've told him to fuck off."
Kerry King: "I did it because I admired Mustaine — I'd seen him play with METALLICA. He'd be up there drunk off his ass, just ripping, not even looking at his fingers. Me and Jeff didn't know how to do that yet. [laughs] When he got kicked out and was sniffing around for a guitarist, I figured I'd do it because I thought I ould learn something. The other guys in SLAYER were probably unhappy, but we weren't really known back then, and the way I looked at it was that if people saw me playing in Dave's band, it'd be more publicity for SLAYER. Now you look back and you think 'supergroup,' but back then, absolutely not. I played their first five shows, and then I was like, 'Man, this is taking too much of my time.' I can't speak for Dave, but I don't think he would've been unhappy if I stuck around."
Three songs from SLAYER's upcoming "Christ Illusion" album — "Cult", "Jihad" and "Eyes of the Insane" — are available for streaming at the Spanish web site Rafabasa.com in Real Media format.
Slayer's first new studio album since 2001 and featuring its original lineup, "Christ Illusion" is due out August 8, 2006.
Nuclear Blast Records is currently offering a 7" vinyl picture-disc version of SLAYER's new single, "Eternal Pyre", to be made available in a limited-edition pressing of 1,000 copies on June 30. YOu can order a copy here. In addition, the regular CD single version of "Eternal Pyre" — which was sold in the U.S. exclusively via Hot Topic stores starting on June 6 — will be made available in Germany on June 23. You can check it out here.
The Slayer-headlined "Unholy Alliance Tour: Preaching to the Perverted" kicked off in Camden, NJ yesterday. Slayerized has revealed Slayer's setlist for the tour:
01. South of Heaven
02. Silent Scream
03. War Ensemble
04. Blood Red
07. Mandatory Suicide
08. Seasons in the Abyss
09. Chemical Warfare
10. Dead Skin Mask
11. Hell Awaits
12. Raining Blood
14. Angel of Death
The Slayer's upcoming tour dates including the North American "Unholy Alliance Tour: Preaching to the Perverted," the European edition and some Europena and Asian festival tour dates are as follows: More...
The "final" cover artwork for SLAYER's new album, "Christ Illusion" — complete with the band's logo and album title — has been posted online. You can check it out here or here. Larry Carroll, who did the cover artwork for SLAYER's "Reign in Blood", "South of Heaven", and "Seasons In the Abyss" album, painted this original piece for the "Christ Illusion" cover. Working only from the song titles and early lyrics, Carroll has produced a classic SLAYER masterpiece — a portrait of the Christ whose forearms have been chopped off, standing in an ocean of blood surrounded by floating, decapitated heads. Carroll created the painting on a 4-by-4-foot slab of wood using a combination of mediums. SLAYER guitarist Kerry King already has placed dibs on ownership of the original wooden canvas.
"Christ Illusion," due out August 8, 2006, is Slayer's first new studio album since 2001, and the first recorded by the band's original line-up - Kerry King/guitars; Tom Araya/bass, vocals; Jeff Hanneman/guitars; Dave Lombardo/drums - since 1990's "Seasons In The Abyss." "Christ Illusion" was produced by Josh Abraham and executive produced by Rick Rubin, and will be released on Slayer's long-time label, Rubin's American Recordings/Warner Bros. Records.
"Christ Illusion" has been confirmed as the title of the new Slayer album, it has been announced (not "The Final Six," as previously reported), and the CD's release date is now confirmed for August 8, 2006.
"Christ Illusion" is Slayer's first new studio album since 2001, and the first recorded by the band's original line-up - Kerry King/guitars; Tom Araya/bass, vocals; Jeff Hanneman/guitars; Dave Lombardo/drums - since 1990's "Seasons In The Abyss." "Christ Illusion" was produced by Josh
Abraham and executive produced by Rick Rubin, and will be released on Slayer's long-time label, Rubin's American Recordings/Warner Bros. Records.
"Christ Illusion" deals with familiar Slayer themes - god, religion, hate, and war. Song titles are "Flesh Storm," "Catalyst," "Eyes of the Insane," "Jihad," "Skeleton Christ," "Consfearacy," "Black Serenade," " Catatonic," "Cult," and "Supremist." According to Araya, "No one is going to be disappointed, it's going to blow everybody away. It's fast, heavy, and maybe faster than anything we've done before."
"It's a good mix of fast, brutal music and slower moodier stuff, it's pretty intense," added King. "It sounds like a damn Slayer record."
A core player in Slayer's history has also rejoined the team for the "Christ Illusion" project. Larry Carroll, who did the cover artwork for "Reign in Blood," "South of Heaven," and "Seasons In the Abyss," has painted an original piece for the "Christ Illusion" cover. Working only from the song titles and early lyrics, Carroll has produced a classic Slayer masterpiece - a portrait of the Christ - whose forearms have been chopped off - standing in an ocean of blood surrounded by floating, decapitated heads (likely the same one previously referenced here and here). Carroll created the painting on a 4-by-4-foot slab of wood using a combination of mediums. King already has placed dibs on ownership of the original wooden canvas.
Slayer will headline this summer's six-week-plus "Unholy Alliance Tour: Preaching To The Perverted," which features Lamb of God, Children of Bodom, Mastodon, and Thine Eyes Bleed, and kicks off at the Tweeter Center in Camden, NJ next Thursday, June 15. Confirmed tour dates are as follows: More...
Tom Araya said in an interview with CBC's "The Hour" that the new album will be called "The Final Six." As previously reported, the album is due out July 25th. "The Final Six" is the first new studio album since 1990's "Seasons In The Abyss" that features the entire original SLAYER lineup (drummer Lombardo left the band in 1992 and rejoined in 2003). Rick Rubin, who helped solidify the much-emulated SLAYER sound beginning with their genre-defining 1986 classic "Reign In Blood", was executive-producer, and Josh Abraham (KORN, VELVET REVOLVER, ATREYU) produced it.
The (unconfirmed) tracklisting has been reported to be as follows:
03. Flesh Storm
05. Eyes of the Insane
06. Black Serenade
08. Skeleton Christ
10. Final Six
In related news, more European tour dates of Slayer's and the Unholy Alliance Tour have been revealed. The complete list of tour dates are as follows: More...
The new song "Cult" from Slayer's upcoming album due July 25th can now be streamed in its entirety at Slayer.net.
As previously announced, Slayer today released "Eternal Pyre," a limited edition EP that will preview "Cult," a brand-new song from the band's as yet untitled new album (due out July 25), a live version of "Dead Skin Mask" recorded at last year's Full Force Festival, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the new album, and, originally available only on 1995's now out-of-print "Live Intrusion" video, a 5-minute clip of the Slayer fan who carved the band's name into his forearm. "Eternal Pyre" will be available exclusively at all Hot Topic stores.
In other Slayer news, Kerry King was interviewed by Luke O'Neil of Metro New York. Kerry King speaks about Slayer's fans, having Dave Lombardo back in the band and other stuff. You can read the short interview here.
A short audio sample including vocals of the new SLAYER song "Cult" in has been posted online at this location (click the play button below "Posluchaj" to launch audio). That page also shows what should be the single cover for "Cult," which can be viewed directly here.
Despite a previous announcement to the contrary, Amazon.com WILL NOT be selling a limited-editon (5,000 copies) SLAYER "Cult" single. A SLAYER management representative has told BLABBERMOUTH.NET that the single will ONLY be sold through Hot Topic stores. All Amazon.com pre-orders have apparently been cancelled and the money will be refunded.
A host of hardcore and metal acts have been confirmed for the Reading and Leeds Festivals this summer in the UK. The event will take place on August 25th, 26th, and 27th. Performing along with such large acts as Pearl Jam, Franz Ferdinand, Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, and Artic Monkeys will be:
Bullet For My Valentine
Sick Of It All
Boy Sets Fire
Warner Music Germany has uploaded what appears to be the cover artwork for the new SLAYER album, tentatively due on July 25 via American Recordings/Warner Bros. Records. You can check it out at this location (or here).
SLAYER's still-untitled follow-up to "God Hates Us All" is the group's first new album with their four original members since 1990's "Seasons in the Abyss". In a recent interview with MTV, SLAYER frontman Tom Araya said about the new album, "It's fast — maybe faster than anything we've done before. No one's going to be disappointed. It's going to be brutal."
The following songtitles are expected to appear on the new SLAYER CD (NOTE: This information has not yet been confirmed by the band or their record label):
03. Flesh Storm
05. Eyes of the Insane
06. Black Serenade
08. Skeleton Christ
10. Final Six
As previously reported, a 10 sec snippet of a new SLAYER track, entitled "Cult", is available at the band's official web site. It also says that you can hear "Cult" on slayer.net and itunes on 06/06/06 @ 6:06AM.
The rumored lineup for the European edition of the Unholy Alliance Tour, set to take place this fall, is as follows:
CHILDREN OF BODOM
LAMB OF GOD
THINE EYES BLEED
At this time, there has been no confirmation on the billing from any of the acts that are rumored to be involved in the tour.
Nuclear Blast Records had previously announced that their recent signing, the up-and-coming U.K. band MENDEED, will take part in the European version of the Unholy Alliance Tour. However, this has not been officially confirmed by the SLAYER camp.
In related Slayer news, a 10 sec snippet of a new SLAYER track, entitled "Cult", is available at the band's official web site. It also says that you can hear "Cult" on slayer.net and itunes on 06/06/06 @ 6:06AM.
You can already pre-order the Cult CD-single on Amazon.com.
A live video of METALLICA members James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo performing the track "Battery" with SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo at the Download festival in England on June 6, 2004 has been posted online at YouTube.com. More footage — including interview clips with some of the other bands performing at the Download 2004 festival (such as DAMAGEPLAN, HATEBREED and ILL NINO) — can be found here.
METALLICA's regular drummer, Lars Ulrich, was taken to hospital with an undisclosed illness just hours before METALLICA were due to headline the festival. Rather than pull the show and risk a revolt from fans, METALLICA called upon SLAYER and SLIPKNOT drummers, Lombardo and Joey Jordison (respectively), alongside Ulrich's long-standing drum tech Flemming Larsen, to rescue the gig. Jordison played in his SLIPKNOT mask. You can watch a clip of Joey Jordison performing "Enter Sandman" with METALLICA at this location. Video of Jordison's rendition of "For Whom the Bell Tolls" with METALLICA can be viewed here.
According to the World Entertainment News Network, SLAYER has sparked controversy with a new song about 9/11 from the terrorists' viewpoint.
The California foursome were fed up with other bands' American perspective of the attacks on New York and Washington D.C. in 2001, so they wrote their own unique version.
Guitarist/songwriter Jeff Hanneman has angered 9/11 victims' families with the extremist angled track "Jihad", which will feature on their new album.
Guitarist Kerry King says, "In America every band under the sun has written their 9/11 song. And that's why I didn't want to have any part of it, but this is really cool. It kind of has an 'Angel of Death' feel because it doesn't condemn anyone or say that anyone's right or wrong."
In related Slayer news, the National Day of Slayer (on 6.6.06) has gone International. The organizers of the "National day of SLAYER" have issued the following press release:
"In our pluralistic modern world, it seems like every group gets a holiday or month dedicated to its activities — except metalheads. Responding to the overbearing moralism of the American holiday for Christian prayer, two headbangers created a holiday of their own: the National Day of Slayer.
Little did they know that this holiday would become popular worldwide, prompting an outpouring of translations, dedications, and most of all, vows in over 20 countries to "Stay home from work, and listen to SLAYER instead." Even the SLAYER guys weighed in on Los Angeles' KNAC radio, saying the concept was hilarious and they wish they'd thought of it first. A groundswell of popularity is making this holiday a reality!
"We need a holiday to celebrate great metal music instead of going to a boring job," said JT, NDoS Director. "When National Day of Slayer was created, it was a protest against how SLAYER is ignored by the workaday world. Now, it's a phenomenon reaching the furthers corners of the globe."
This June 6, if you're a metalhead or just like the music of SLAYER, join us for an "INTERnational Day of Slayer" by putting off your normal responsibilities and enjoying an entire day of SLAYER. For too many years the vibrant culture of heavy metal music has been ignored, but now there's a holiday for metalheads... worldwide.
SLAYER's previously announced sold-out "warm-up" dates — June 2 at New Oasis in Sparks, NV and June 3 at Senator Theatre in Chico, CA — will **NOT** be rescheduled to take place following the Denver date at the end of July, despite a previous announcement to the contrary. Scheduling conflicts are believed to be the reason behind this decision, which was triggered by the postponement of the tour's start date so as to allow SLAYER bassist/vocalist Tom Araya sufficient time to recover from a recent minor gall-bladder surgery.
As previously reported, Araya's two-hour May 5 procedure forced SLAYER to suspend the June 6 launch of this summer's Unholy Alliance Tour, which also features LAMB OF GOD, MASTODON, CHILDREN OF BODOM and THINE EYES BLEED. The trek will instead kick off June 15 in Camden, New Jersey, and run through July 26 in Denver.
SLAYER's still-untitled follow-up to "God Hates Us All", which was released on Sept. 11, 2001, is due July 25 via American Recordings. For the project, the group reteamed with longtime collaborator Rick Rubin to executive produce their first new album with their four original members since 1990's "Seasons in the Abyss".
SLAYER will preview their first album in five years with an EP exclusively available at Hot Topic stores. The album will include "Cult", the lone new song the band plans to play live on the upcoming Unholy Alliance Tour.
In related news, Kerry King recently spoke to Kerrang! Magazine about the new album and even the national day of Slayer. You can check out the complete interview here.
The Slayer-headlined "Unholy Alliance Tour: Preaching to the Perverted," has confirmed that the tour will kick off on June 15 in Camden, NJ and not in Peoria, IL on June 10 as had been previously announced.
The rescheduling is due to Slayer's bassist/vocalist Tom Araya's minor gall bladder surgery which successfully took place earlier this month.
"We wanted to give Tom an extra few days to make sure that he's at 100% before he puts one foot on the road," said Slayer's manager Rick Sales. We apologise for any confusion that this has caused, but Tom and the band want the fans to get the best Slayer shows possible."
The St. Louis date, originally scheduled for June 12, has been moved to June 21; Chicago, originally set for June 13, is now scheduled for June 20. The entire itinerary for Slayer's ""Unholy Alliance Tour: Preaching to the Perverted," featuring Lamb of God, Children of Bodom, Mastodon, and Thine
Eyes Bleed, is as follows: More...
The Slayer-headlined "Unholy Alliance Tour: Preaching to the Perverted," featuring Lamb of God, Children of Bodom, Mastodon, and Thine Eyes Bleed, and originally slated to launch on 6.6.06 in San Diego, CA will now kick off on June 10 at the East Peoria Convention Center in Peoria, IL.
Postponed and rescheduled shows are:
San Diego, CA - originally June 6 at the Sports Arena, now rescheduled for July 20 at the Sports Arena
Las Vegas, NV - originally June 7 at The Orleans, now rescheduled for July 24 at The Orleans
Denver, CO - originally June 9 at the Fillmore Auditorium, now rescheduled for July 26 at the Fillmore Auditorium
In addition, two sold-out "warm up" dates - June 2 at New Oasis in Reno, NV, and June 3 at Senator Theatre in Chico, CA - will be rescheduled to take place following the Denver date at the end of July.
Tickets purchased for all postponed dates will be honored at the rescheduled concerts.
The postponement of the tour's start date is due to Slayer bassist/vocalist Tom Araya's minor gallbladder surgery which successfully took place late last week. Araya is doing fine, recuperating at home.
With the tour's kick off now June 10, Six-Six-O-Six will still be a special day for Slayer fans. On that day, Slayer will release "Eternal Pyre," a limited edition EP that will preview "Cult," a brand-new song from the band's as yet untitled new album (due out July 25), a live version of "Dead Skin Mask" recorded at last year's Full Force Festival, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the new album, and, originally available only on 1995's now out-of-print "Live Intrusion" video, a 5-minute clip of the Slayer fan who carved the band's name into his forearm. "Eternal Pyre" will be available exclusively at all Hot Topic stores.
The members of Slayer - Araya, Kerry King/guitars, Jeff Hanneman/guitars, and drummer Dave Lombardo - are in the final stages of completing their new album, Slayer's first new studio album since Lombardo rejoined the band in 2003. The new album is being produced by Josh Abraham and executive produced by Rick Rubin and will be released on Slayer's long-time label, Rubin's American Recordings.
Titles for some of the album's new songs include "Cult," "Consfearcy," "Eyes of the Insane," and "Jihad." In a recent interview with MTV, Araya said about the new album, "It's fast - maybe faster than anything we've done before. No one's going to be disappointed. It's going to be brutal."
Confirmed tour dates for the "Unholy Alliance Tour: Preaching to the Perverted" are as follows: More...
National Day of Slayer, LLC, which is described as "a non-profit corporation in the State of Wyoming," has launched a web site urging as many SLAYER followers as possible to take part in "the National Day of Slayer" on June 6, 2006. A posting on the site reads in part, "6.6.06 isn't a date that comes around very often (once per century, to be exact), and while plenty of stupid horror movies and terrible albums will be released for the hype value of the day that bears 'the number of the beast,' we here at NDoS decided that this would be a perfect day for Hessians across the country to come together and engage in something upon which we can all agree - listening to SLAYER! Also, do you really want those evangelical Neo-Cons to have all the fun with their 'National Day of Prayer'?"
For more information, visit nationaldayofslayer.org.
You can win an exclusive ESP/LTD Signature Series Alexi Laiho guitar. This guitar is custom-designed by Alexi Laiho of Children of Bodom. You've heard it all over COB's latest album, "Are You Dead Yet?" For more information and how to enter the competition, visit KNAC.COM.
Children of Bodom will be joining Slayer, Lamb of God, Mastodon and Thine Eyes Bleed on the upcoming Unholy Alliance Tour.Tour dates are as follows: More...
Slayer's Tom Araya had the following to say about their new album:
"I'm hoping that whenever it comes out, nothing major happens, it's like, 'I wonder what's going to happen this time around?' "
"This album is actually like a culmination of everything we've done. There's one song that I'm thinking will surprise everybody, because of the song itself. I'm not going to say why, because you have to keep that element of surprise, dude. Musically, it's going to blow everybody away. It's going to trip everyone out. It has all the elements of everything we've done. No one's going to be disappointed with this record. It's fast, heavy — maybe faster than anything we've done before. It's going to be brutal. It's what everyone expects from a Slayer record."
Araya said a track called "Eyes of the Insane," is perhaps the most political song on the album. The song was inspired by an article he'd read in an issue of Texas Monthly magazine. "The song's about the effects of war on some of these soldiers," he said. "This article — and it was a pretty trippy article — it really affected me. The entire magazine was devoted to soldiers of this new Iraq conflict that's going on. The effect that the war has had on some of these kids who're coming home and having a tough time dealing with what they've seen — I mean, some of these kids are traumatized and mentally destroyed by what they've seen. The magazine also ran an entire list of the soldiers from Texas who've died. It was several pages with pictures of these kids. It blew my mind."
Araya also had the following comment on the Unholy Alliance Tour: "For the heavier crowd, you're definitely going to get your money's worth [from this tour]"