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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 Pushes Back DVD Release Date

The release date of Slayer's upcoming DVD, "Reign in Blood Live: Still Reigning," has been pushed back to October 26. The disc will feature, 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. The cornerstone of the DVD will be the 1986, 28-minute classic album "Reign In Blood," performed in its entirety. During the final 45-seconds of the song "Raining Blood," "blood rains from the heavens," completely drenching the band, their instruments, and the stage. Hanneman unintentionally avoided the initial bloodbath as he stepped offstage for just a moment to handle a problem with his guitar, and missed the cue; but was deluged as he stepped back onstage.

"Still Reigning" was directed by Dean Karr (Iron Maiden's "Rock in Rio," the groundbreaking "Sweet Dreams" for Marilyn Manson), and was shot on July 11 at the Civic Center in Augusta, ME. Ten cameras, including three hand-held mini-DVs, captured Slayer throughout the day and evening, filming an abundance of footage and exclusive interviews shot backstage, on the band's tour bus, and live on stage. The DVD will have an approximate 75-minute running time and will retail for $14.98.

Slayer will kick off the Jägermeister Music Tour on October 29 in Springfield, MO. Also apprearing on the bill will be Killswitch Engage and Mastadon.

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Pre-order Jagermeister Music Tour Tickets

Currently on a headline run of the states with From Autumn To Ashes, Eighteen Visions, and labelmates 36 Crazyfists, KsE will be heading out this Fall on the Jagermeister Music Tour with Slayer and Mastodon. Now this ain't some mamby-pamby concert, this is metal as it wasintended to be, and you can pre-order tickets to this event as follows:

You will need a password to pre-order tickets starting 9/8 at 10am thru 9/9 at 5pm (local times). The pre-sale password is "blood" (case-sensitive).

The first 100 pre-sale purchasers over 21 in each market will receive a "Limited Edition Jagermeister Tour Bandana" at the venue the day of the show (all markets except for Dallas, Seattle, and Spokane).

Dates, venues, cities, and links for pre-ordering are listed below (note, you will need to do a search for 'Jagermeister' or 'Slayer' to find your city to purchase tickets): More...

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Angel Steel Celebrate 20-Year Anniversary

Reunited California speed metallers Agent Steel have just celebrated the 20-year anniversary of their first live appearance, which took place in 1984 at Chuck Landis' Country Club in Reseda, California as the opening act for Slayer.

Agent Steel are currently writing material for the follow-up to last year's "Order of the Illuminati," tentatively due in 2005. The band are also planning on releasing a live DVD on Scarlet Records in the months to come. The as-yet-untitled disc will reportedly include live footage from the group's appearance at Dynamo Open Air 2004 festival in Holland.

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Complete Jagermeister Tour Dates

Dates have been announced for the upcoming Jagermeister tour, featuring Slayer, Killswitch Engage, and Mastodon. Here is the complete list of tour dates: More...

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Slayer Explain Myrtle Beach Cancellation

A representative at Slayer's management company has sent the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET regarding the band's cancellation of their scheduled headlining appearance in Myrtle Beach, SC Wednesday night (Sept. 1):

"Tom Araya, Slayer's bassist/vocalist, was treated and released from a Myrtle Beach, NC hospital on Wednesday after experiencing severe pain due to a kidney stone. Slayer — who has had to cancel only one show in the band's twenty-one-year career — was unable to play the Myrtle Beach headlining 'Off-Fest' concert, but did play yesterday's [Sept. 2] Ozzfest show in Tampa. With the final Ozzfest show on Saturday in West Palm Beach cancelled due to Hurricane Frances, Araya will be able to go home early and be treated by his personal physician."

Slayer will headline this fall's Jägermeister Music Tour beginning on October 29 in Springfield, Missouri. Support at all dates will come from Killswitch Engage and Mastodon.

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Slayer Frontman Rushed to Hospital

Slayer were forced to cancel their show in Myrtle Beach, SC Wednesday night (Sep. 1) after the band's frontman, Tom Araya, was allegedly rushed to a hospital as a result of suffering a bad allergic reaction. There was been no official update with regards to Tom's condition.

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Ozzfest Show Report For August 26th In Camden NJ

The day was August 26th, the day of the Ozzfest, the festival all metal-heads know and worship. Bringing the heaviest tour to the masses year after year. This year was a year to remember with bands like Slayer, Judas Priest, Lamb of God, Slipknot, and upcomers Atreyu, Bleeding Through, and Lacuna Coil; among others. More...

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A Few Jagermusic Tour Dates Released

Two more dates for this Fall's Jagermusic Tour have been announced. The three dates known so far are as follows:

November 18 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
November 21 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
December 7 - Denver, CO @ TBA

This Fall's tour features SLAYER, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, MASTODON and a local Jager band opening the show.

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Jagermeister Music Tour '04 News

The Jägermeister Music Tour is back, and due to overwhelming demand, Slayer returns to headline. Following the success of the Fall '03 Tour, Slayer has signed to once again lead the charge. Thrash/Punk/Metal mainstays will be joined by Killswitch Engage and Mastodon. The Tour is set to roar on October 29th in Springfield, Missouri.

American Recordings artists, Slayer - hands down one of the most distinctive and influential punk/thrash/metal bands on the planet - will headline The Jagermeister Music Tour, delivering its blast of über-noise night after night. Slayer will be fresh from their jaunt with this year's Ozzfest and a four-week co-headline European tour with Slipknot.

Celebrating the recent release of their box set, Soundtrack to the Apocalypse, and Gold sales certification of their War at the Warfield DVD, Slayer will release a brand-new DVD, Still Reigning, in October. The cornerstone of the video will be the live performance of "Reign In Blood," the band's 28-minute undisputed masterpiece that has been called the greatest speed metal album of all time. Slayer's video, "Bloodline," was recently named the "#1 Best Metal Video of the New Millennium (So Far)" by viewers of MTV2's "Headbangers Ball" and readers of Revolver magazine.

Killswitch Engage is considered to be one of heavy metal's best live acts. The End of Heartache, their third album, has been called " a stunning collection, retaining much of their signature (sound) but teasing with electric hooks ("The End of Heartache") and strategic use of silence ("When Darkness Falls")…" by Rolling Stone magazine.

Killswitch Engage is ready to stupefy crowds during this Tour. Songs from their latest release, The End of Heartache (Roadrunner Records), rage on the Resident Evil: Apocalypse soundtrack as well as the upcoming MTV2 Headbangers Ball, Volume 2 compilation.

Inarguably one of the most talked about bands in recent extreme music history, Relapse Records' Mastodon has awakened the slumbering heavy metal music scene. Their latest, Leviathan, is a monster of a release and has been called "Devastating" by Rolling Stone. The group, noted for their exhilarating live performances and unique sound, has just been named as one of Revolver magazine's 10 "Future of American Metal" bands as well as one of Alternative Press Magazine's 7 "Most Important Bands in Metal Today."

The fast-growing Jägermeister Music Tour is now in its fourth successful year. "The caliber of the talent we've been able to draw from is tremendous," says Rick Zeiler, Director of Marketing & Brand Development for Jägermeister, "and having Slayer on board again is huge. Slayer is a legend, and they are the perfect fit for Jägermeister and our fans."

Each show on the Tour will be rounded out by a Jägermeister-sponsored band. In addition, fans can expect the usual royal treatment with great giveaways from Jägermeister and show sponsors, Schecter Guitars, Peavey Electronics, Coffin Case and Meinl Cymbals.*

For more information on dates and cities visit www.jagermeistermusictour.com.

*Must be 21 years old to receive giveaways subject to availability and legal restrictions in each state.

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Vote For Best Metal Videos Of The New Millennium

MTV2’s Headbanger’s Ball and Revolver magazine are teaming up to bring you the Best Metal Videos of the New Millennium (so far) picked by you. So put your pedal to the metal and vote for your favorite video here. Then, catch the two-hour premiere Saturday, August 21 at 10 PM during Headbanger’s Ball, on MTV2. Plus check out the final list in the October issue of Revolver.

Videos you can vote for: More...

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Watch The Get Thrashed Documentary Trailer Online

The trailer for the forthcoming Get Thrashed documentary has been put online here. The documentary will include interviews by the following artists:

METALLICA, SLAYER, ANTHRAX, EXODUS, GODSMACK, DISTURBED, SEVENDUST, TESTAMENT, OVERKILL, DEATH ANGEL, SHADOWS FALL, MESHUGGAH, IN FLAMES, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, STONE SOUR, SUPERJOINT RITUAL, LAMB OF GOD, VIO-LENCE, KREATOR, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, VOIVOD, CHIMAIRA, BIOHAZARD, FOZZY/WWE Superstar Chris Jericho, SEPULTURA, KITTIE, THE HAUNTED, D.R.I., SOILWORK, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, HEATHEN, Brian Slagel, Jon & Marsha Zazula, authors Ian Christe (Sound of the Beast) and Steven Blush (American Hardcore), NY metal radio DJ Eddie Trunk, Rampage Radio's Ron Quintana and featuring the music of unsigned bands: EXIT TO ETERNITY, OSMIUM, CONCRETE COFFIN, VISCID, NOCTURNAL FEAR, KAOS, RESPONSE NEGATIVE, ULYSSES SIREN

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Slayer Guitarist Speaks To KNAC.com

Long time Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman spoke to KNAC.com recently about his start in Slayer, his musical influences, the band's forthcoming DVD, songwriting and a lot more. Here are a few excerpts from the interview:

KNAC.COM: "You don’t do many interviews, so why don’t we start from the beginning. What brought you into Slayer? What tied you in at the beginning?"

HANNEMAN: "Kerry and I met-- I was hanging out with some friends who played… I don’t know what kind of music it was… more like Robin Trower? Bluesy kind of music; and Kerry for some reason was trying out for that band. Me and Kerry got to talking, and he and I picked up a guitar and we started playing with a drummer after the tryout session was over. We were playing Priest and Maiden songs with a drummer, and so Kerry and I started talking after that and Kerry was like, "Why don’t we start our OWN band?" [Laughs] and I was like, "...Fuck yeah!" [Laughs] Eventually—Dave [Lombardo] lived down the street from Kerry, and approached Kerry because he heard that he had guitars, then next thing you know Dave was in the band. Then Kerry said that he'd played in another band with this singer named Tom [Araya], and soon he was in the band. The rest is history."

KNAC.COM: "So as far as the new album, I read that you’re not actually going in until around January because Rubin has changed distributors again."

HANNEMAN: "Once again. So instead of getting the album done and waiting, having it sit on a shelf, fuckin' we’ll just go tour."

Read the full article at KNAC.com.

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Slayer Guitarist Talks About DVD & Album

Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman spoke to RiftRock.com about the band's upcoming DVD, "Reign In Blood Live: Still Reigning," and their next studio album. Here are some excerpts from the interview:

Riftrock.com: "The band is putting out yet another live DVD soon that features the album Reign In Blood played in it’s entirety with the original line up. What inspired you guys to film "Reign In Blood Live: Still Reigning"? When and how did the idea come about?"

Jeff Hanneman: "The DVD idea was just recent, but the idea to play "Reigning Blood" in its entirety, we've talked about that for years, because i'ts only 28 minutes, we thought it would be cool to just throw it in a set, but it really caught fire when Dave got back in the band so it was like "Dave's back in the band? We should do it" And since the record label and Rick Rubin were having some problems, he suggested we wait until next year, so we said fuck it lets record raining blood live with Dave Lombardo and put it on DVD."

Riftrock.com: "The band is said to be working on material for a new album. How many songs have you written so far for the album?"

Jeff Hanneman: "We've got at least 10 songs musically because we always write material first, I have a handful and Kerry does too, but we haven't gotten into writing lyrics yet. We have plenty of songs to record when we are done touring, the album should be out pretty quick."

Riftrock.com: "Has Dave Lombardo re-entering the fold had any influence on the new material?"

Jeff Hanneman: "Oh yeah, anytime you have a drummer like Dave that's an amazing drummer, he's always a big influence, he'll tell us where we should have a pause, where we should stop at parts."

Riftrock.com: "Will Kerry be handling all lyrics for this album as well?"

Jeff Hanneman: "Oh yeah, well, me Kerry and Tom write all the lyrics. We all have our phases where we get on a roll and we just conquer everything."

Read the full article at RiftRock.com.

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Slayer Bassist Speaks To The Tucson Citizen

Slayer vocalist/bassist Tom Araya spoke to the Tucson Citizen about their show on July 11 in Augusta, Maine, which was recorded for an upcoming live DVD. The band played "Reign In Blood" in its entirety, however, was focused on just the final minute of "Raining Blood," the closing song on the 10-track record.

"It's kind of like little kids waiting for a new toy. 'Here it comes. Here it comes,' " singer Tom Araya says, laughing. "The effect we were trying to achieve only happens at the end of the album, the last minute .... And when it happened, it was great."

For all those Slayer fans who were unable to make it to Agusta to witness the original lineup of the band - drummer Dave Lombardo rejoined in 2003 - performing its influential speed metal treatise, fear not: The show was filmed, and it will be in the "Reign in Blood: Still Reigning" DVD, scheduled to be released on September 28.

"Reign in Blood" was Slayer's third album and the first produced by Rick Rubin for his Def Jam label. Araya wants Rubin to produce Slayer's next album, which he hopes will see the band in the studio by the end of the year.

"If not Rubin, someone like Rubin, who will work like Rubin. In other words, who will be a part of the process," Araya says, adding that Rubin is very hands-on and acts, necessarily, like a "referee" for Slayer. Rubin was somewhat involved in the band's 2002 album, "God Hates Us All," in terms of financing and suggesting who should do the final mix.

Read the full article at Tuscon Citizen.

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Autographed BC Rich Kerry King For Auction

BC Rich Kerry King Signature Model, autographed by Slayer's guitarist Kerry King. The guitar features include EMG Hz humbuckers, Kerry's tribal graphic, diamond inlays and a Licensed Floyd Rose tremolo system. 100% of this Guitars 4 Kids auction will go directly to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN (www.stjude.org).

To bid go to http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3737551164

Can only ship in the United States. Cashiers checks or money orders only, payable to: St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

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Update On New Slayer CD

Slayer bassist/vocalist Tom Araya has told the Tacoma News Tribune that nine to 10 polished instrumental tracks have been finished for the band's next studio album, with another two that still need work. "The lyrical parts haven't been completed yet. Those might change the attitude or the mood of the songs."

With regards to the new material's musical direction, Araya said, "It sounds like Slayer."

Recording for the new CD was put on hold while legendary producer Rick Rubin began negotiating a new deal with Universal Music Group. Rubin has worked with Slayer since he produced the band's 1986 thrash classic "Reign in Blood", and his status could greatly affect the level of support the UMG subsidiary, American Recordings, gives any new album.

"The minute (Rubin) gets that situated we'll continue the process of finishing the music," Araya said. Meanwhile, the band's DVD, "Reign in Blood Live: Still Reigning," is slated for release Sept. 28.

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Ozzfest Report - July 18 in Bristow, VA

On Sunday, July 18, 2004 I enjoyed one of the best Ozzfests I've witnessed at the Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, Virginia, despite a day that started off pretty bad. To put it all in perspective, I'll start at the beginning. I awoke to prepare for the day and immediately noticed that my right eye which was slightly irritated the day before was swollen half shut. After 30 minutes or so of being awake, I was developing a serious headache from the pressure of my swollen eyelid being open. Although I had fully intended to arrive at Ozzfest by 9:30 and see every band perform, I quickly resigned to going in to the hospital to have my eye checked out. The decision was an easy one because the headache was already terrible and I could only imagine the situation worsening throughout the day as dust, rain, sweat, and/or sun screen got into my eyes.

After two hours in the hospital to get some antibiotic eye drops, I was on my way. One side effect of the eye infection was that I was forced to wear glasses instead of contacts, which totally sucks - it's kind of hard to headbang with glasses on.

Factoring in travel time, I arrived at Ozzfest just two hours into the show. The weather was overcast and comfortably cool 70's. They were calling for a 60% chance of rain, but the weather was holding, despite passing through some rain on the drive to Bristow. More...

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New Slayer DVD Details

Slayer fan site Slayer Saves has posted a review of the group's July 11 show in Augusta, Maine, which was filmed for an upcoming live DVD, entitled "Reign in Blood Live: Still Reigning." The disc will feature a full performance of the 1986 album "Reign in Blood" by all original members of the veteran thrash metal outfit. The DVD, due on September 28, will have an approximate 75-minute running time and will retail for $14.98. An excerpt from the Slayer Saves review follows:

"The band took a short encore pause from 'Angel of Death' to 'Piece by Piece,' same as they did on the Jager tour. Blood rained from the lighting rig upon the beginning of 'Raining Blood' soaking Tom and bloodying Kerry (Jeff avoided the bulk of the blood). The only adverse result of the blood was it killed the sound of Dave's cymbals for the end of the song when once again it poured blood soaking everything including the drums. The effect was quite striking and the crowd was blown away. A blood soaked Tom addressed the cheering crowd with a sneering smile and the words 'We'll see you in HELL.' Comments from people leaving the venue were positive and I think the show was received extremely well. The blood effect was amazing and worth every penny alone."

Set list from the shoot: More...

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Aggressive Music Festival Video Posted Online

Albany's Capital News 9 has posted a two-minute video report from this weekend's Aggressive Music Festival, which featured performances from a number of national heavy metal bands, including Slayer, Slipknot, Killswitch Engage, Chimaira, Superjoint Ritual, Shadows Fall, Hatebreed and Life Of Agony. Watch the video here.

Around 4,000 music fans from the Capital Region and as far away as California packed the Glens Falls Civic Center for the festival, which was organized in part by Hatebreed singer Jamey Jasta. Back in May, a group of local people went around getting residents in the Glens Falls area to sign petitions (watch video here) against the concert due to some of the groups' questionable lyrics. But organizers, bands and fans said there's nothing wrong with this type of music.

Promoter Ted Etoll said, "They took one little isolated lyrical content and made everybody here to look like demons, which they aren't."

Mark Wellington of Queensbury said, "You know a lot of people were shaky about having guys like us come up here and have a festival, but overall it's just fans coming to listen to good music."

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Judas Priest More OffFest Dates Announced

More JUDAS PRIEST OffFest dates have been announced. Here's a summary of shows with confirmed openers:

July
17 - Chippewa Valley Festival Grounds, Cadott WI (Rock Fest)
26 - Idaho Center, Nampa ID (with Slayer and Hatebreed)
30 - Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Sacramento CA (with Slayer and Black Label Society)

August
4 - Don Haskins Center, El Paso TX (with Slayer and Black Label Society)
8 - Woodlands Pavilion, Woodlands TX (with Slayer and Black Label Society)
18 - Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto ON (with Slayer)
29 - Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT (with Lacuna Coil)

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