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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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Vote For The Best Metal Videos Of 2004

MTV.com is currently running a poll for the "Best Metal Videos of 2004." Go here to vote and then tune into MTV2 for the premiere of Headbangers Ball Best of 2004 on Saturday December 25th at 10 p.m. EST to catch the winning videos.

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Unchanging Slayer Still Playing Own Steady Metal

An article on Slayer has been featured on the HoustonChronice.com:

Slayer is loudly closing in on nearly a quarter of a century of bringing the noise. But you won't see the California thrash-metal pioneers doing group therapy à la Metallica to keep the band together.

Though such a touchy-feely approach worked for that band, relationships between Slayer's members are as rudimentary as their head-crunching brand of rock 'n' roll.

"No way, dude," guitarist Kerry King says. "No way would you catch us talking to someone about things that aren't working right. If you can't handle your own (expletive) problems, then too bad. I don't need to see somebody to tell me how I feel. Metallica, they make tons of money. I'd say go figure it out yourselves, guys."

Read the full article at HoustonChronicle.com.

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New Twisted Tower Dire CD In 2005

Twisted Tower Dire is currently in the studio recording our 4th album “Netherworlds” for Germany’s Remedy Records. The track listing includes:

1. Starshine
2. Netherworlds
3. Fortress
4. Casualty of Cruel Times
5. Tales of Submission
6. The Killing Kind
7. Dire Wolf
8. No One Left to Blame
9. Firebird

The style of the new songs is a mixture of Saxon and Mercyful Fate with TTD’s classic Maiden-esque sound. The production will be a rawer and punkier vibe along the lines of Maiden “Killers” or Dio-era Sabbath. The bonus tracks will be TTD’s covers of "Crionics" (Slayer) for the digipack version and "Stand Up and Shout" (Dio) for the Japanese version (on Spiritual Beast Records).

There are also plans for a "Starshine" 12" vinyl EP to be released either before or in conjunction with the album. The track listing is: More...

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Slayer's Early Live Videos Posted Online

Slayer fan site SlaverSaves.com is currently hosting live videos from Slayer's 1983 performance at the Woodstock in Los Angeles. The tracks available for download are "Black Magic", "Tormentor" and "Blitzkrieg (Final Command)".

Slayer recently issued a live DVD, "Still Reigning", via Universal Music. The disc features, for the first time ever, the original Slayer lineup — Tom Araya (vocals, bass), guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman, and drummer Dave Lombardo, who permanently rejoined the band in 2003 — performing an entire concert live.

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Jagermeister Tour Live Pics From Philadelphia

I recently attended the Jagermeister show in Phliadelphia, on the 22nd of November and had the chance to take a lot of pictures, the best 35 of the 100+ are up in the gallery section. Click here to see the pictures.

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Jagermeister Tour Report From Philadelphia

I had the chance to attend the Jagermeister Music Tour when it made a stop in Philadelphia, Pa on November 18th at the Electric Factory. I’ve been to the 4 seperate Jagermeister Tours so I knew what to expect going in, an amazing metal show. More...

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Rapper Samples Slayer

Lil Jon and The East Side Boyz have heavily sampled Slayer riffs for the song 'Don't F**k Wit Me'. This is to be featured on their new album 'Cruk Juice'. The producer is Rick Rubin, who's log been associated with Slayer themselves. It's currently being streamed at www.mtv.com/music/the_leak/lil_jon/crunk_juice/ (track ten).

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Slayer's "Still Reigning" DVD Charts At #7

First week sales for Slayer's "Still Reigning" DVD far exceeded expectations with 9813 copies sold (Soundscan, week ending November 7), and the DVD debuting at #7 on Billboard's Top 50 DVD chart. Slayer's 2003 DVD release, "War at the Warfield," sold 6668 copies in its first week, and has gone on to sell more than 200,0000 copies worldwide.

In addition, reviews for Slayer's current Fall run, headlining the Jagermeister Music Tour, are pretty spectacular. The New York Times' review referred to Slayer as "the great exemplar of thrash-metal.....the music is the palpable thing...making you smell volume and hear visions," while the entertainment industry trade publication Hollywood Reporter called the show "the most exciting metal concert to hit New York in 2004."

The "Still Reigning" DVD 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.

"Still Reigning" also offers bonus material including live performances of Slayer classics such as "War Ensemble," "Hallowed Point," "Necrophobic," "Mandatory Suicide," "Spill The Blood," "Hell Awaits," and "South of Heaven," as well as exclusive interviews and backstage footage.

Slayer is currently on tour headlining the Jagermeister Music Tour which also features Killswitch Engage and Mastodon. In most cities, Slayer's set will close with the "Wall of Blood" raining blood during the band's classic song "Raining Blood." Remaining tour dates are as follows: More...

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Megadeth And Slayer Live Photos Available

Megadeth and Slayer performed back-to-back concerts at Roseland Ballroom in New York City on November 10 and November 11, respectively. Check out pictures from Globe Photos.

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Slayer Slays, Though "Raining Blood" Just Drizzle

Over 20 years after their formation, Slayer remain one of the most menacing, brutal and skilled acts in heavy metal. They're also one of the most unlikely success stories. The band's songs aren't rooted in vocal melody like Black Sabbath's, and they're not anthemic like Judas Priest's or multifaceted like Metallica's. They're sinister, bludgeoning and played at one of two speeds — fast and lightning fast.

Before the launch of the Jägermeister Tour, it looked like Slayer's set would feature "Reign in Blood" in its entirely, capped by a shower of fake blood from the rafters (as the band did for its current concert DVD, "Still Reigning"). Instead, Slayer opted for a greatest-hits showcase that ended with three songs from Reign in Blood. As a result, the performance displayed more range than it otherwise might have. Slayer revved into thrash-metal overdrive on soundblurs like "Fight Till Death" and "War Ensemble," and dropped the pace on moodier numbers like "At Dawn They Sleep" and "Dead Skin Mask."

As the band emerged Thursday night for "Disciple," the stage was flooded with smoke and decorated like a creepy church altar. During the show, flags with red inverted crosses and the group's Teutonic eagle-and-pentagram logo were unfurled, and later a backdrop of shots from Reign in Blood descended. But the group could have performed without any frills (as it did on Ozzfest) and still have destroyed. Years of experience surely have something to do with it, but Slayer's ferocity stems largely from their chemistry. When King and Hanneman stand side-by-side, trading off whirring riffs and strangled-cat solos while headbanging in tandem, they're as lethal a team as serial killers Henry Lee Lucas and Otis Toole. And no frontman can windmill his head and play bass as viciously as Araya, who has recently been plagued with vocal problems, but who sounded great for the entire show.

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Slayer's "Still Reigning" DVD Clips

Universal Music has made streaming clips of three songs available from Slayer's new DVD, "Still Reigning." They can be viewed in Quicktime, Real Media or Windows Media by clicking the links below:

"Angel of Death": Windows Quicktime Real

"Criminally Insane": Windows Quicktime Real

"Post Mortem": Windows Quicktime Real

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Slayer Confirms Raining Blood Dates, DVD Details

SLAYER has announced the cities on the group's upcoming Jagermeister Music Tour that will include the "Wall of Blood." At these select shows (determined by each venue's technical specifications) during Slayer's classic song "Raining Blood," the band, their instruments, and the stage will be drenched by a downpour of "blood." The "Wall of Blood" will rain more than 150 litres of theatrical blood over an area measuring from 32-feet to 40-feet wide (determined by the size of the venue¹s stage), 25-feet high, and six-feet deep. The device is a dedicated truss and sprinkler system that utilizes a unique pump technology, and was designed exclusively for Slayer by UK-based Hangman Productions.

Slayer used the "raining blood" effect last July in Augusta, ME while filming their brand-new DVD, "Still Reigning." The Dean Karr-directed DVD opens with the the band's 1986, 28-minute benchmark album "Reign In Blood" performed live in its entirety by Slayer's original line-up - Tom Araya (vocals, bass), guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman, and drummer Dave Lombardo, who permanently rejoined the band in 2003. "Still Reigning" also offers bonus material including live performances of Slayer classics such as "War Ensemble," "Hallowed Point," "Necrophobic," "Mandatory Suicide," "Spill The Blood," "Hell Awaits," and "South of Heaven," as well as exclusive interviews and backstage footage. "Still Reigning" has a running time of more than 80-minutes and a confirmed November 2, 2004 release date.

The entire Jagermeister itinerary is listed below with "*" indicating those cities that will get the "Wall of Blood." (As recently reported, Slayer has cancelled several tour dates from their upcoming North American tour.) More...

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Euro Doctor Recommends Slayer Dates Cancelled

Under doctor's recommendation, SLAYER has had to cancel four dates on its U.S. Jagermeister Music Tour. The cancelled dates are the tour's kick-off, Friday, October 29 in Springfield, MO, Saturday, October 30 in Des Moines, IA, Tuesday, November 9 in Belle Vernon (Pittsburgh), PA, and Friday, November 26 in Tampa, FL.

Having just completed co-headlining the 20-date, sold-out "Unholy Alliance" European tour with Slipknot, Slayer's vocalist/bassist Tom Araya was taken to the hospital last Wednesday in Holland immediately following the band's performance. The doctors there diagnosed Araya with vocal fatigue, and directed that he completely rest his voice - no singing, no talking - for at least a week. In addition, the doctors cautioned Araya to not sing more than four consecutive nights, or he could risk doing irreparable damage to his vocal cords. Hence, the cancellation of the Belle Vernon and Tampa dates.

Araya and his Slayer bandmates - Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman/guitars and drummer Dave Lombardo - are confident that staying true to the schedule of no more than four consecutive shows will eliminate the possibility of any other dates being cancelled on the Jagermeister tour.

The Slayer-headlined Jagermeister Music Tour will now kick off on Halloween, Sunday, October 31 in St. Louis at The Pageant (Mastadon and Killswitch Engage support). The updated Slayer/Jagermeister tour is as follows: More...

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Top Extreme Music Logos Of All Time

The staff of Decibel magazine has has ranked the "Top 40 Extreme Music Band Logos of All Time" for its December 2004 issue, which is scheduled to hit the newsstands November 7. The complete list is as follows:

01. SLAYER
02. DARKTHRONE
03. GODFLESH
04. MORBID ANGEL
05. MOTORHEAD
06. MAYHEM
07. METALLICA
08. POSSESSED
09. A.C.
10. NEUROSIS
11. CARCASS
12. BLACK FLAG
13. DEATH
14. OBITUARY
15. THE HAUNTED
16. MARDUK
17. NUCLEAR ASSAULT
18. EINSTÜRZENDE NEUBAUTEN
19. CRASS
20. NAPALM DEATH
21. VENOM
22. EMPEROR
23. CONVERGE
24. YOUNG GODS
25. VOIVOD
26. AUTOPSY
27. SEPULTURA
28. D.R.I.
29. IMMORTAL
30. BOLT THROWER
31. PARADISE LOST
32. CELTIC FROST
33. ABRUPTUM
34. DARK FUNERAL
35. ENTOMBED
36. DISCHARGE
37. CATHEDRAL
38. DISCORDANCE AXIS
39. TODAY IS THE DAY
40. TERRORIZER

More information on Decibel magazine is available at www.decibelmagazine.com.

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Slayer To Rain Blood On Select Jager Tour Dates

For years, artists have looked to create exciting and innovative stage designs for their fans - thrash/punk/metal gods SLAYER will push that concept right over the edge this fall with an effect dubbed the "Wall of Blood." Slayer's Wall of Blood will make its North American debut when the band headlines the Jagermeister Music Tour, set to kick off October 29 in Springfield, MO.

At select shows (determined by each venue's technical specs) during Slayer's classic song "Raining Blood," the band, their instruments, and the stage will be drenched by a downpour of "blood." The "Wall of Blood" will rain more than 150 litres of theatrical blood over an area measuring from 32-feet to 40-feet wide (determined by the size of the venue’s stage), 25-feet high, and six-feet deep. The device is a dedicated truss and sprinkler system that utilizes a unique pump technology, and was designed exclusively for Slayer by UK-based Hangman Productions.

Slayer used the "raining blood" effect last July in Augusta, ME while filming their brand-new DVD, "Still Reigning." The Dean Karr-directed DVD opens with the the band's 1986, 28-minute benchmark album "Reign In Blood" performed live in its entirety by Slayer's original line-up - Tom Araya (vocals, bass), guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman, and drummer Dave Lombardo, who permanently rejoined the band in 2003. "Still Reigning" also offers bonus material including live performances of Slayer classics such as "War Ensemble," "Hallowed Point," "Necrophobic," "Mandatory Suicide," "Spill The Blood," "Hell Awaits," and "South of Heaven," as well as exclusive interviews and backstage footage. "Still Reigning" has a running time of more than 80-minutes and a confirmed November 2, 2004 release date.

SLAYER was named the "Best Live Band Ever" in Revolver magazine, and "Best Band" in that magazine's 2004 Readers' Poll. In addition, Slayer's video, "Bloodline," was just named "#1 Best Metal Video of the New Millennium (So Far)" by viewers of MTV2's "Headbangers Ball" and readers of Revolver.

Slayer’s “Wall of Blood” will be in effect at as many venues on the Fall Jagermeister Music Tour as possible; the confirmed “bloodbath” cities/venues will be announced shortly.

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Photos From Berlin Slayer & Slipknot Performance

Slayer and Slipknot performed on Sunday (September 26) at the Arena in Berlin, Germany. Check out pictures from Abaca (Slipknot / Slayer) and LFI (Slipknot / Slayer).

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Slayer Drummer Recording With Drums Of Death

According to RollingStone.com, Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo is in the studio with DJ Spooky recording under the name Drums Of Death. Meat Beat Manifesto's Jack Dangers is producing the project, due early next year, and guitarist Vernon Reid (Living Colour) will guest. No further information is currently available.

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Enter To Win The "Killswitch Engagement"

Your heartache is over as Killswitch Engage is headed out on the road again for the Jagermeister Tour with Slayer and Mastodon, and Roadrunner Records and Rolling Stone are presenting a kick-ass contest we are calling "Killswitch Engagement"

One grand prize winner will get:
- Roundtrip air transportation for 2 to Los Angeles
- All access passes to the 12/17 Killswitch Engage Jagermeister LA Show (which also happens to include Mastadon and the almighty Slayer)
- 2 nights hotel accommodations
- $500 shopping spree at Hot Topic
- Killswitch Engage CDs and Merchandise

To enter the contest, click here.

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Powderburn To Open For Slayer

Metal artist Powderburn has secured a slot in the Jägermeister Music Tour’s date in San Antonio, headlined by heavy metal icons Slayer. This tour is sponsored by Jägermeister, one of the world's leading premium spirit brands - and imported from Germany by Sidney Frank Importing Co., Inc. This represents their Fall tour edition, which is also featuring Killswitch Engage and Mastodon. The show is scheduled for Friday, December 3rd at Sunset Station in San Antonio. "It still hasn't really set in yet," adds Ken Lockman, PB’s guitarist and lead vocalist. "There's a few bands you dream about opening for and Slayer is definitely one of them."

Earlier this year, Powerderburn, based out of Austin, Texas, obtained a full sponsorship by Jägermeister. Other Texas dates in the Jägermeister Music Tour include Dallas, Houston and Corpus Christi. For more info, please visit Powderburn's official website and Jagermeister Music Tour.

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Metal Masters' Righteous Revival

Toronto Star wrote an article about how "evil isn't what it used to be."

Parents groups, conservative politicians and religious wingnuts worried daily that exposure to metal was promoting everything from promiscuity, substance abuse and casual violence among teens to an overall increase in Satan's power over the surface of the earth. Tipper Gore, of the then-notorious Parents Music Resource Centre (PMRC), claimed the music told young people "It's okay to beat people up" and successfully lobbied for warning labels to be affixed to potentially offensive recordings. Geraldo Rivera presided over a straight-faced, primetime "news" special exploring the links between heavy metal and Satanism.

Ozzy Osbourne — already notorious in the midst of his drunken "lost years" for biting the heads off a dove and a bat (the latter, in Ozzy's defence, was accidental) — found himself dragged into California court over the first of two ludicrous legal claims that his song, "Suicide Solution," had convinced an unfortunate teenager to kill himself. British metallers Judas Priest would face a lawsuit of their own in Reno, Nevada a couple of years later when the families of two more suicidal teens claimed subliminal messages on the band's 1978 album, "Stained Class," had coaxed the boys to "do it." Slayer would be next in court in the '90s when three teens who murdered, then raped, a 15-year-old girl in a horrific "virgin sacrifice" claimed the band's blood-spattered lyrics were responsible.
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Read the full article at Toronto Star.

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