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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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Rob Flynn Apologizes To Kerry King About Fued

MACHINE HEAD frontman Robert Flynn has posted the following message in the band's official forum:

"Been listening to SLAYER's 'Seasons in the Abyss' a lot lately. [I] don't really know why I went back to it... it's kinda hard to listen to in some ways... but, Jesus?! That record is just amazing. Absolutely fucking classic from start to finish. 'Seasons in the Abyss' is just about the ultimate metal album. Riffs, melodies, structures, energy... FUCK! What an accomplishment!

"After that began, I ended up digging through a bunch of stuff in my garage that I had to move, and I stumbled upon a shitload of memorabilia from those first two tours they [SLAYER] took us on. Flyers, posters, laminates, pictures... and it kinda bummed me out.

"Actually, it really bummed me out. More...

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More Acts Confirmed For Download Festival

More acts have been announced for this year's Download Festival, augmenting what is shaping up to be one of the biggest hard rock festivals seen across Europe in years.

US garage rockers The Mooney Suzuki, British band A and Japan's hardcore techno rockers Mad Capsule Market have all been added to the main stage, joining headliners Black Sabbath, System Of A Down, Feeder, Velvet Revolver, Slipknot, Slayer and Billy Idol.

Making an appearance on the Snickers second stage are InMe, Apocalyptica, Underoath, Lordi, Shadows Fall and Finch, among others. Flogging Molly will also be playing the event, an Irish-American punk act which features wrestling superstar Chris Jericho on vocals.

Snickers have launched a competition that will see one unsigned band will be making the journey to the festival and playing on the Snickers stage alongside other acts. For more information go to snickersunsigned.co.uk.

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Disbelief & The Duskfall To Open For Slayer

Deathcore behemoths Disbelief and Swedish Melodic Death virtuosi the Duskfall will open two Austrian shows for the mighty Slayer. The dates are as follows:

Jun. 28 Innsbruck, Hafen
Jun. 29 Vienna, Arena

Both bands have also been confirmed for the Metal Camp Open Air which takes place from June 24th to 26th in Tolmin, Slovenia.

Disbelief recently released their new album "66 Sick" which earned the great response all over Europe, the Duskfall will show up with a new album called "Lifetime Supply Of Guilt" on September 19th.

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Slayer "Still Reigning" DVD Is Certified Gold

"Still Reigning," Slayer's live-in-concert DVD released last November 2, has been certified GOLD, it was announced today. In addition, "Sill Reigning" was named Best DVD in Revolver Magazine's 2005 Readers' Poll (June issue, out May 3), making this the second consecutive year that Slayer has topped a category in the Poll. "Still Reigning" is Slayer's second GOLD DVD, the first being "War at the Warfield" which was released in 2003.

"Still Reigning" is 80-minutes of intense, brutal Slayer live-in-concert that includes the original band performing, in its entirety, "Reign In Blood," their 28-minute benchmark album hailed as the greatest speed metal album of all time. That segment of the DVD closes with Slayer's "Wall of Blood" drenching the band, their instruments, and the stage by a downpour of theatrical blood.

Slayer will tour many of the major European rock festivals this summer, and will then go into the studio to record the follow up to 2001's "God Hates Us All," expected out late this year.

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Slayer Drummer Teams Up With DJ Spooky

Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo and electronic artist DJ Spooky have teamed up for "Drums of Death," a disc of rumbling, experimental songs that comes out April 26.

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Evergrey, Mastodon On Gods Of Metal 2005 Fest

Gods Of Metal 2005 is scheduled for June 11th - 12th at Arena Parco Nord in Bologna, Italy.

According to all-about-chaos.net, the latest acts confirmed for the festival are EVERGREY and MASTODON. Acts confirmed for the festival now include:

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Slayer Confirm Second Dublin Gig

Ticketmaster Ireland have confirmed a second SLAYER date at the Ambassador Theatre in Dublin. Slayer will now play the venue on June 13th and 14th.

Upcoming Slayer dates include: More...

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More Acts Confirmed For Download Festival

More acts have been confirmed for Download Festival takes place from 10th, 11th & 12th June, at Donington Park, Leicestershire.

All of these new bands are to play the Snickers Stage, with In Flames and Lamb of God playing on the Saturday, and with Motorhead, Mastodon, Chimaira, and Bullet For My Valentine all playing on the Sunday.

They join the bands previously confirmed: Feeder, Garbage, Dinosaur Jr, Megadeth, Biffy Clyro, JJ72, Billy Idol, The Used, My Chemical Romance (all Friday), Black Sabbath, Velvet Revolver, HIM (all Saturday - an Ozzfest day), and System of a Down, Slipknot, and Slayer.

Three-day tickets are on sale now, priced at £105, with camping costing an extra £22.50 (and with parking thrown in). Those not camping will (if required) need to buy an extra ticket to park their car, costing £5 if bought at the same time as festival tickets, or costing £10 on the day.

Click here to buy tickets.

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More European Fests Announced For Slayer

According to the SLAYER fan site SlayerSaves.com, SLAYER have lined up the following European tour dates during the coming months:

May 27-28 - Parque La Cantuena, Fuenlabrada, SPA @ Festimad
Jun. 3-5 - Nürburgring / Zeppelinfeld, GER @ Rock Am Ring/Rock Im Park
Jun. 09 - Tampere, FIN @ Sauna Open Air
Jun. 11 - Bologna, ITA @ Gods of Metal
Jun. 12 - Donington, UK @ Download Festival
Jun. 16-18 in Hultsfred, SWE @ Hultsfred Festival
Jun. 18 in Nijmegen, NETH @ Fields of Rock
Jun. 24-26 - Dessel, BEL @ Graspop Metal Meeting
Jun. 24-26 - Tolmin, SLO @ Metal Camp
Jun. 26 - Le Mans, FRA @ Fury Fest
Jul. 1-3 - Leipzig, GER @ With Full Force Open Air

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More Bands Confirmed For Fury Fest

Slayer, In Flames, Arch Enemy, Dimmu Borgir and Suicidal Tendencies are among the latest confirmations for the 2005 edition of the Fury Fest, set to take place June 24-26 in Le Mans, France. The list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: More...

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Slipknot, Slayer To Play Hultsfred

Slipknot and Slayer have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Hultsfred Festival, set to take place June 16-18 in Hultsfred, Sweden. Also scheduled to perform are the Haunted, System of a Down and Marilyn Manson. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

Slipknot
Slayer
System of a Down
The Haunted
Marilyn Manson
The Hives
The Ark
Le Tigre
The Donnas
Looptroop
Moneybrother
Ani Difranco
The Hidden Cameras
Flogging Molly
Son Kite
Ana International Penetrator
Johan Netz
Jason Ringenberg
Hans Appelqvist
Convoj
Johnossi

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Slayer On Sauna Open Air 2005

This year’s edition of Finland’s Sauna Open Air festival is scheduled to take place from June 9th - 11th in Tampere, Finland (main outdoor concerts in Ratina Stadion Park, indoor concerts in clubs).

Acts scheduled to perform currently include:

Thursday, June 9th - SLAYER, MASTODON, MOKOMA
Friday, June 10th - DIO, TERASBETONI

Other confirmed acts (placement on bill to be confirmed) include: SONATA ARCTICA, SENTENCED and DREAMTALE.

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First Nine Acts For Download Festival Confirmed

Feeder, Black Sabbath, and System Of A Down will headline this year’s Download festival, with organisers confirming that the Donington event will be held over three days for the first time ever.

Garbage, Billy Idol, Velvet Revolver, HIM, Slayer and Slipknot will also play at the third annual Download Festival, which takes place at Donington Park from 10-12 June.

Download organisers confirmed nine of the acts that are set to play over the weekend, with over 70 more expected to be announced in the coming months.

Garbage and Billy Idol join Feeder on the newly added Friday, as part of a bill which aims to broaden the musical scope of the festival by bringing in more ‘indie’ acts. Feeder singer Grant Nicholls enthused: “We are really excited about playing Download. This will be our biggest headline show yet and there's a bit of pressure on us to get the weekend off to a rocking start but we're used to playing on big stages and we'll put on a good show"

The following evening, Velvet Revolver and HIM will warm up for headliners Black Sabbath, the first time Ozzfest has been held since 2001. Topping the Sunday bill, prior to System Of A Down, will be Slipknot and Slayer to help close the festival in its true metal spirit!

As well as masses more bands, organisers have also promised to extend the fun of the festival to the campsite, adding a massive entertainment zone, featuring a cinema tent, a third stage bar and several campsite bars. Skate and BMX fans will be pleased to hear that the Soul Bowl will be back again and this year open until much later, with some very special guests appearing on stage.

Tickets for this year's three-day rock extravaganza went on sale at 9am this morning (Wednesday, 9 February) and are priced at £105 for a three-day ticket.

Camping tickets are to be purchased separately at a cost of £22.50, with hot showers and weekend car parking included. Festival goers purchasing three-day festival tickets but not wishing to camp will be able to purchase car parking for an additional £5 but only if the passes are purchased at the same time as the festival tickets. Car passes purchased on the day will costs £10.

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Pretty Maids To Support Hammerfall

When Hammerfall will playing their hometown Göteborg on April 30th, there will be support be a special guest: Pretty Maids. This is a one-off arrangement, other "Icebreaker Festival" dates will feature Lordi plus two other acts.

Confirmed dates are as follows:
Apr. 21 Z7 – Pratteln, SWI
Apr. 22 Filharmonie – Filderstadt, GER
Apr. 23 Stadthalle – Lichtenfels, GER
Apr. 24 Turbinenhalle - Oberhausen, GER
Apr. 30 Scandinavium – Göteborg, SWE

Dronjak is currently travelling through Europe on a promotion tour together with singer Joacim Cans. As Oscar posted on the official website:

I write this in the plane from Milan. We woke up in Madrid this morning, and now we're heading to Athens. Things are going extremely well - everyone seem to share our sentiments regarding "Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken" — and it feels great to travel around Europe, talking to enthusiastic journalists about something you have worked so damn hard for for such damn long time!

In other news, Hammerfall are slated for an appearance at the Gods Of Metal Festival in Italy, taking place on June 11-12th. Other confirmed acts are Motley Crue, Accept, Iron Maiden and Slayer – as Oscar commented: "What was that you said? 1986 all over again?"

The new album "Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken" will be in stores March 7th. The clip for the first single "Blood Bound" has been posted on the website of the major Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet. You can see pictures from the video here.

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Slayer, Obituary Added To Gods Of Metal Lineup

SLAYER and OBITUARY are the latest confirmation for the Gods of Metal Festival 2005, set to take place June 11-12, 2005 at Arena Parco Nord in Bologna, Italy.

They join IRON MAIDEN (who headline on the 11th), the reunited MOTLEY CRUE (who headline on the 12th) and ACCEPT, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and YNGWIE MALMSTEEN. More bands will be announced soon.

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Maiden, Slayer and Slipknot Do Rock Am Ring

Iron Maiden, Marilyn Manson, Slayer and Slipknot head the list of bands who'll play both the Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park festivals in Germany. This happens from June 3-5 in the Nurnburgring and Zeppelinfeld, respectively. Other acts confirmed include HIM, Green Day, Apocalyptica and The Hives.

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Slayer's 1987 Reign In Pain Show MP3s Available

Fansite Slayersaves.com has uploaded SLAYER's first UK show from Birmingham, England - April 19th, 1987 at The Odeon. According to the site, the "Sound is pretty decent, 7.5/10, great old school setlist." The Reign in Pain European Tour setlist, is as follows:

'Intro', 'Raining Blood', 'Angel Of Death', 'Die By The Sword', 'Praise Of Death', 'Criminally Insane', 'Necrophiliac', 'Necrophobic', 'Black Magic', 'Captor Of Sin', 'Reborn', 'Postmortem', 'Epidemic', 'Hell Awaits', 'Altar Of Sacrifice'/'Jesus Saves', 'At Dawn They Sleep' and 'Chemical Warfare'.

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Tom Araya Talks About Dimebag's Murder

Slayer mainman Tom Araya recently spoke with Brian Davis from KNAC.com about "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott's murder last month, the upcoming Slayer album, touring, and several other topics. In the interview, Davis mentions Dimebag's murder and Araya responds with "Yeah, that’s FUCKED! Why?? Why? I mean, it… it was pretty brutal to walk up to someone and just point blank… and not just once but several times. It’s like, “What the fuck was that about?!? What the fuck’s your problem?!? .... Yeah, how do you get there? What happened? What happened in that one little span of time to make you do what you did?”

Several excepts from the interview:

KNAC.COM: There are a lot of crazy things in this world.

Araya: Yeah. I can’t say that it’s… like I would consider this area on the bus safe, or the backstage area safe, but not as safe as we thought.

KNAC.COM: It’ll make you rethink that.

Araya: Oh hell yeah, it makes you rethink a LOT. It makes me rethink some kid standing there wanting an autograph… now its like, “Uh…”

KNAC.COM: Somehow people twist it and just fuck it up for everybody.

Araya: That shit [with Dime] the other night was just… it’s just fucked up. That’s one thing that goes through your mind -- it’s like, “Fuck, how safe are we?”

KNAC.COM: It could’ve been you… it could’ve been anybody.

Araya: Yeah, it could have been anybody. I mean that’s never… that’s never happened. Nobody’s ever been shot on stage.

Read the full article at KNAC.com.

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Slayer's Kerry King on B.C.Rich Guitars

MusiciansFriend reports: Kerry King is one of metal's brightest guitar stars. His band, Slayer, has played to sold-out venues for years and is regarded as one of the best (and loudest) bands playing on the dark side of the metal scene. King's fast and furious style, his unique riffs, and his overall precision have won him the respect of guitarists of all styles. Recently, B.C. Rich introduced a new, affordable Kerry King signature model. Here's are several exerpts from the interview with Kerry King:

MF: Why and how did you get together with B.C. Rich to create this new signature model?

Kerry: Well, I've been with B.C. Rich pretty much since the dawn of time. I endorsed them from probably like '86 to '90. I went with another company for a while, then I decided to try them again. At a point where I wasn't signed with anyone, we talked about my coming back. They made me a guitar and I liked it.Then at the NAMM Show a couple of years ago, they brought up the idea of a model based on the one I play live, but one that was affordable to the masses. I had always been against taking the low road, but they mocked one up and it looked and played great. It eventually became the KKV. Now, with all these B.C. Rich "in store" appearances I'm doing, a lot of people buy one just so I can sign it for them. It's also a good starter guitar. For a kid who's a big Slayer fan, dad can pop down to the music store, buy one, and if the kid stays with it, he can upgrade it when the kid's ready or move to a guitar that's more like the Ferrari I play.

MF: What do you play onstage?

Kerry: I play the one the KKV is based on and a Warlock-style custom.

MF: All B.C. Rich?

Kerry: Yes, all B.C. Rich. They make great guitars.

Read the full article at Musician's Friend.

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More Info On Damageplan Nightclub Shooting

Scoop of the Columbus, Ohio radio station The Blitz 99.7 FM has confirmed to Blabbermouth.net that Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul was uninjured in the shooting incident at a Columbus nightclub which resulted in the death of Paul's brother, Dimebag Darrell. According to Scoop, who attended the concert and briefly saw Vinnie following the incident, Paul was in a complete state of shock and expressed his desire to be with his brother right after the shooting occurred.

A friend of Scoop's, Kevin Minerd, who also attended the concert, told Blabbermouth.net that the gunman entered the stage from the left side and walked over to the right side where Dimebag was standing before grabbing the guitarist and pumping several bullets into him. Additional shots were fired, although it's presently unclear which other member of Damageplan, if any, was killed in the incident.

"A Columbus police officer, when he arrived, engaged the shooter, and the shooter is also dead, and if the officer hadn't acted when he did and how he did, we'd probably be looking at more dead, because this guy was actively shooting," Sergeant Brent Mull, public information officer, told MTV News.

"We have 200-plus patrons that we have sequestered inside three city buses," Sergeant Mull explained. "We are interviewing them one by one. The ones that were inside and witnessed this, ran for their lives and were in fear for their lives. They are victims too, and we want to take care of them."

As news of Dimebag's (born Darrell Lance Abbott in Dallas, Texas on August 20, 1966) bizarre and tragic demise rippled through the metal community, the news was met with shock and sadness.

"I'm speechless," friend and Rob Zombie/Ozzy Osbourne bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson told MTV. "This is totally unreal. Dimebag is a fucking legend and this is total bullshit."

"This is insane and this is beyond travesty," Killswitch Engage frontman, and former Damageplan tour partner, Howard Jones said. "This is beyond anything I've ever heard. This shouldn't happen in or outside of the rock and metal community. He will be missed and mourned as a person, as a musician, and as a friend."

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian, whose band has toured with Pantera and has featured Dimebag guest appearances on their albums, stated in a posting on Anthrax's web site, "I am devastated as I'm sure we all are. All I can convey at this moment are my condolences to Rita and Vinnie and the whole family. My heart is with you."

Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx offered the following: "Dime, I will never forget all the times you made us laugh. I'm so happy we got to spend the day together in London recently… We should all live our lives as full as you have. I will miss you, as will all of us... This is a sad day."

Rich Ward (Fozzy, Stuck Mojo): "Darrell was as nice as they come. During the times that I spent with him, I wondered why he played in such a heavy band. Not that he didn't have the ability to school all of us that dared to share a stage with him, but because he seemed like such a gentle and kind man. He had a great sense of humor and was someone that everyone in the room gravitated toward. He never carried himself like the big rock star that he really was, instead he came across humble and appreciative. I consider it a privilege to have known him, as he was one of the 'real' guys in the business and as Zakk [Wylde] would say, 'one of the boys'!"

Shaun Glass (Soil): "Today I am saddened to say I lost my friend and hero it sickens me that someone would take away a person that brought so much joy to so many people. Love ya, Double D."

Jon Dette (ex-Slayer, Testament): "My brother just called to tell me that Dimebag Darrell was shot and killed on stage tonight. Words cannot express the sadness I'm feeling right now and my condolences go out to Vinnie Paul and the Abbott family for their loss. This is a huge tragedy for the music world."

Orange County, California-based sextet Bleed The Sky (recently signed to Nuclear Blast Records): "It's a sad day in heavy metal, Dimebag Darrell formerly of Pantera, was shot and killed while performing with Damageplan in Ohio. We would more than likely not be a band if it wasn't for him, and can't possibly imagine the pain that his brother and his family must be in. RIP, brother, heavy music will never be the same without you."

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