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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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Danzig Versus Slayer: Who's the Bigger Name?

Glenn Danzig’s recent comments and alleged behavior at Fun Fun Fun Fest provoked much talk among the heavy metal community. Mainstream publications such as Rolling Stone brought this conversation to a much larger audience. Besides trying to instigate a riot, Danzig bemoaned playing the Black Stage. He said he is as big as Slayer, so he should be on the larger Orange stage. The Slayer comment sparked a debate among Metal Underground’s readers. Who is bigger and more popular—Slayer or Danzig? Now that the question has been asked, I’ve done some searching to determine who has a larger fan base.

In addition to providing album sales numbers, I will look at some of the factors that contribute to the popularity of both bands. On one side, we have the blues-laden doom metal of Danzig. Often characterized as the Satanic Elvis, Danzig possesses unmistakable, deep vocal tones and lupine howls. Short but muscular, his mic-whipping, air-grabbing stage antics convey a barbaric image. On the other side, we have thrash metal legends, Slayer. In addition to being part of the Big 4 thrash acts of the 80s, they pushed the boundaries of speed, and broke ground for thrash, death and black metal. Kerry King's whammy bar solos perfectly relate the wicked vibe of each song. The battle cry of “SLAYEEEER” is as common at a metal concert as a Marshall half-stack.

Danzig showcased material as Danzig Legacy at Fun Fun Fun Fest, so Slayer is butting heads against not one band but three. The Misfits and Samhain portions of his set added a crossover appeal, which proved perfect for a fest that catered to punk and metal. Still, I’m going to assume that many of the Fiend Club members also listen to Danzig.

Besides Dave Lombardo, Slayer has boasted a stable lineup, without bringing over fans from previous bands. Kerry King spent time in Megadeth, but he doesn’t appear on any Megadeth albums, so he obviously didn’t pull fans from Megadeth. Fans will always recognize Dave Lombardo as Slayer’s drummer, even though he has commanded the beat for other bands such as Philm, Grip Inc. and Fantomas. More...

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Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011, Part 2

November 5th, 2011—Day two of Fun Fun Fun Fest exemplified Texas’ extreme weather conditions. Rare rains are great for picnics, but eventually raise havoc on the land. The hottest summer in the recorded history of the United States revealed an Auditorium Shores that resembled a Western ghost town rather than the green knolls of a public park.

Dust masks and bandanas veiled the features of the day’s attendees, giving the festival an appearance part Old West and part zombie-virus film. Those in attendance deserve credit for braving such abhorrent conditions. Weather conditions are beyond the control of Fun Fun Fun’s staff, although I can’t help but think something could have been done to curb the dust problem. No matter who was to blame for Friday’s short Misfit’s set, no controversies marred Saturday’s festivities.

A death metal bludgeoning assaulted my ears upon entering the venue. I asked myself, “Why would a comedy stage play host to a death/grind band?” I peeked around the corner to see this group was Captured By Robots. The one-man-several-robots group was part Mystery Science Theater 3K and part Gwar. Eyeballs and intestines protruded from front man JBOT, who carried on silly conversations with jean-jacket clad, double-necked guitar playing robot GTRBOT666. An ensemble of a disembodied, dreadlocked drummer, DRMBOT 0110 with a macabre brass section and “Monkey Shines” percussion kicked out a hilarious mix of punk, metal, grind, Dubstep and pop covers. Two of the more memorable songs include Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” and Buster Poindexter’s “Hot Hot Hot.” More...

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Dead Horse Added to Fun Fun Fun Fest

Texas thrash ensemble Dead Horse has been added to Fun Fun Fun Fest on the weekend of November 4th-6th 2011. The reunited thrashers will play on the Black Stage at 3:50 on Saturday, November 5th. Dead Horse will join titanic metal forces Slayer, Cannibal Corpse and Eyehategod.

After nearly fifteen years of inactivity, Dead Horse reunited to play a Houston show on October 22nd.
To celebrate the return of Dead Horse, Abyss Records has reissued their long out-of-print "Boil(ing)" LP.

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Pitchfork.com to Stream Fun Fun Fun Fest

Fun Fun Fun Fest and Pitchfork announced today that the 6th annual festival in Austin, Texas will be streaming live on Pitchfork.com November 4 ­ 6, 2011. This will be the first time ever that the music of Fun Fun Fun Fest, one of the most progressive independent music festivals in the country, will be available to those outside of Austin, and live.

Unlike other music festivals with similar live streams, Fun Fun Fun Fest will present 4 separate streams with each tailored to different musical tastes, streamed live on one of the most widely read music websites in the world that reaches 3.3 million unique visitors each month. Like the Fun Fun Fun Fest stage setups, each stream will provide a different musical experience, from punk and metal to indie rock and electronica, from bounce and hip hop to competitions and comedy. Fans will be able to toggle the streams to cater to their favorite styles of music, thanks to smart, the quirky, irreverent car.

When asked about the new partnership, Pitchfork had this to say: "Fun Fun Fun Fest has absolutely become one of the great festivals in the country, one that shares the same spirit of adventurous booking and music- and fan-community focus that we bring to our own Pitchfork Music Festival and our other events," said Pitchfork President Chris Kaskie. "Pitchfork has produced a number of live streams in recent years, and we're thrilled to be producing the Fun Fun Fun Fest live stream this year, for the first time bringing the festival to music fans outside of Austin."

Pitchfork Fun Fun Fun Fest Live Stream Schedule:

Friday, Nov 4th at 12:20pm Central

Saturday, Nov 5th at 12:10pm Central

Sunday, Nov 6th at 12:15pm Central

To check out the Fun Fun Fun Fest live stream on Pitchfork, go to www.pitchfork.com.

"We are thrilled to be working with Pitchfork and smart on bringing what we do every year to more underground and progressive music fans around the world. Pitchfork and Transmission have always focused on many of the same acts, ideas, and trends ­ they are a like-minded group of people and it's exciting to see us working together in such an innovative way. Plus, we get to bring a little more Slayer and Turquoise Jeep to the PF pages, which is nice," said Transmission Principal James Moody.

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FUN FUN FUN Fest Finalizes Details

FUN FUN FUN Fest has announced the final lineup and set times for its sixth annual music festival, set for November 4-6 at Austin, TX's Auditorium Shores. The festival organizers have also announced the "FFF Nites" aftershow lineup, which will see a host of late night shows available free to FFFF 6 ticket holders (each based on capacity and type of ticket). The Fun Fun Fun Festival will begin on Friday, November 4 at noon CDT with the fest's multiple stages running until 9:45 pm each evening through the weekend. Each of the festival's four stages will be billed with artists from various genres.

In addition to Orange Stage headliner Slayer (moved from the "Black Stage" to accommodate a bigger stage show), FFFFest has ramped up its "Black Stage" heavy music platform again this year as genre giants The Damned, Murder City Devils, Cannibal Corpse, EyeHateGod, Boris, Russian Circles and Glenn Danzig -- performing Misfits songs with original Misfits guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein under the moniker "Danzig Legacy" -- and many more will light up the festivals darkest stage over the course of the three day event.

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Big 4 Dominate Yankee Stadium

Never in my life have I been so eager to make the 3½ hour drive from Boston to Manhattan. And as a lifelong Red Sox fan, Yankee Stadium is not a place I like. But to catch one of just two Big 4 shows in the U.S., I would have worn a Yankees jersey if I had to. Well maybe that’s going a little too far.

Me and two comrades in metal piled into my Toyota Matrix at 8 a.m. Wednesday and sped toward what we knew was going to be heavy metal nirvana. We checked into our hotel, grabbed a quick bite and hopped the D train from mid-town up to the Bronx where we were greeted by a glorious scene: a sea of black T-shirt clad warriors filing toward metal mecca. Thousands unfortunately missed Anthrax as they were stuck outside the security gates in massive lines that moved at a snail’s pace.

Too bad because the native New Yorkers set it off proper.

“It’s a beautiful day for metal,” Anthrax vocalist Joey Belladonna boomed, welcoming the crowd to the historic day. “I can’t believe we made it into this building. They never let metal in here.” Well they sure did this day. More...

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"Big 4" New York Footage Available

Metal Injection has posted footage online of the "Big 4" event at Yankee Stadium in New York City, which can be viewed below. The clip features Metallica, Anthrax, Chris Broderick, David Ellefson, and Shawn Drover of Megadeth, Kerry King and Dave Lombardo of Slayer, and Gary Holt on stage to pay homage to Motorhead, playing the classic track "Overkill."


Click Here To Watch The Video

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Metal Legends Take Stage With Anthrax

The second Metal Masters clinic took place tonight at the Best Buy Theater in New York City. Anthrax was scheduled to perform at 9pm EST, but what fans did not know is their special guest line up earlier in the night would make metal history. Frank Bello, Charlie Benante, and Scott Ian from Anthrax were joined on stage by David Ellefson of Megadeth, ex Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, Slayer's Kerry King, and former Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo. The Best Buy Theater erupted when the group broke into some of Pantera's most memorable hits. You can see video of the songs "A New Level" and "Fucking Hostile" below.

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Metalcamp 2011 Video Report Available

2 Guys 1 TV has posted a video report online from the Metalcamp 2011 festival, which features interviews with festival-goers and clips of live performances. You can check out the video report below.

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Danzig Legacy Among Fun Fun Fun Fest Lineup

Danzig Legacy will share the stage next to Slayer at Fun Fun Fest 2011 held at Auditorium Shores in Austin, Texas November 4-6.

Danzig Legacy shows the original members of Samhain and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein of Misfits joining Danzig on stage for Samhain and Misfits sets. Also, Glen will perform a set of solo material.

Earth Crisis, Eyehategod, Public Enemy, Boris, The Upright Citizen's Brigade, Bane and The Damned are among the acts to participate in the festival.

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Slayer To Play Fun Fun Fun Fest

Austin360.com reports Slayer will be performing at Fun Fun Fun Fest.

The three day festival takes place at Auditorium Shores in Austin, Texas on November 4-6, 2011. The festival will also include performances by Odd Future, Brian Posehn, Okkervil River, M83, X and Murder City Devils, Tune-Yards, Reggie Watts, Ra Ra Riot, Flying Lotus and Kid Dynamite.

Fun Fun Fun Festival started in 2006. The festival highlights mostly underground and indie artists from a wide-range of genres including hip hop, punk, hardcore, and metal. Past artists include Weird Al Yankovic, Danzig, Gwar, Municipal Waste, The Sword, Gorilla Biscuits and Bad Brains.

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Dave Mustaine Hints at More Big 4 U.S. Shows

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine says if there will be any more Big 4 shows in the U.S. beyond the ones scheduled, it'll be up to Metallica.

Speaking with Metalunderground.com yesterday backstage at the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival in Boston, Mustaine hinted that more dates could be on tap.

“I'm hoping that after we do the New York trek . . . we'll come back and do some more dates in the states," he said. “It's totally possible. Is it realistic right now? No. I think you'll have to ask the boys in Metallica about that. I think it's pretty obvious for the three of us that it's a good opportunity for us to play with Metallica."

Mustaine raved about the European shows and said he got along great on-stage with his former band, including once being asked by Kirk Hammett to play the solo during a cover of Diamond Head's "Helpless."

“The bands got along really good. Ticket sales were incredible," Mustaine said. “We planted our flag on top of the planet. If anyone doubted the four of us were the biggest bands in the world, we removed all that doubt.”

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Slayer Video Interview Posted Online

Rock Radio has posted a video interview online with Slayer's Tom Araya, which was conducted at the U.K. Sonisphere festival. You can check out the video clip below.

Untitled from Rock AAA on Vimeo.

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Big Four Footage Of Misfits Cover Available

New fan-filmed footage has made its way online from The Big Four's July 6th performance in Milan, Italy. The footage features the Big Four coming to together for a cover of The Misfits' classic "Die, Die My Darling." You can check out the clip in the player below.

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Eliminator Posts "Angel of Death" Cover Online

Edison, New Jersey's Eliminator has just released a cover of "Angel of Death" by Slayer. The song can be heard/viewed below. The band is a two piece of "black speed" metal as singer/guitarist Warchild has described. Along with drummer Samus (Decrepit Birth, ex-Mutiny Within, ex-Abigail Williams, ex-Suspyre), the two have just released their second full length album "The One They Were Waiting For."

The band released the sold out debut album, "Breaking the Wheel," which was quickly followed by the latest, "The One They Were Waiting For." The band is already hard at work on the next album and are in the process of recording another Slayer cover.

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Just For Fun

Record Store Employees Try To Decipher Metal Logos

Waterloo Records has posted a video clip online titled "Record Store Olympics Event 3: The Decipher," in which record store employees try to decipher increasingly incomprehensible metal band names based on their logos. Check out the clip below, and see if you can name all the bands based on their logos.

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Slayer Frontman Honoured In Chile

Slayer frontman Tom Araya was honoured last friday (June 3rd) in his birth place of Viña del Mar, Chile, where he received the key to the city. This is the first official recognition of Chile to Tom Araya, who left Chile at five years of age with his family for the US. You can check out a video of the ceremony below. When asked about receiving the key, Araya stated:

"I think it's awesome. I'm kind of speechless, I don't what to say. They're probably gonna change the locks when they give me the key. (Laughs) It's an honour. It leaves me speechless. I don't have a reply. I'm more speechless than anything. It's not something I expected. It's cool. That's never happened before. You see other people receive rewards like that, but usually it's people of political status or someone that's really done something for the community or done something important. I'm excited. I don't know what to expect. All I can say is: thank you. That's about it." More...

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Thornafire Comments On Slayer Show

On June 2nd, 2011, Chilean death metallers Thornafire have the distinct honor of warming up the stage for the almighty Slayer when the titans bring the World Painted Blood Tour to South America. Guitarist Victor Mac-Namara commented on the occasion:

"We are very happy as musicians and fans to be part in the scenario of a Slayer concert, and opening for them in our city.The truth is that I don't have many words to talk about it, I can only say that we will unleash our fury and vibe on stage with our sharp axes and drums to evoke the somber cry of death. In short, we hope to leave the stage like shit, but leave at least the electrical system working for Slayer to finally crush this masochistic audience with their classic tyranny."

The announcement of the Slayer gig comes as the band is currently working on the follow-up to 2009's "Vorex Deconstrucción."

In a previously released statement regarding the forthcoming album, Mac-Namara commented, "Currently we are writing music a little different than what we have done in the past. It's a variation, but still true to our underground Death Metal underground roots. I'm drawing concepts for the album artwork. We hope to have this released by 2012."

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Slayer To Release New Live DVD

On June 21st, Rock Tapes/IDS/Fontana Distribution are releasing Slayer's 2002 Hultsfred Festival appearance in Sweden on DVD. Titled "Dead Skin Mask," the track listing is as follows:

Disciple
War Ensemble
Stain Of Mind
Threshold
Postmortem
Raining Blood
Hell Awaits
Bloodline
God Send Death
Seasins In The Abyss
Payback
Mandatory Suicide
Chemical Warfare
South Of Heaven
Angel Of Death

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New "The Big Four: New York" Trailer Posted

A new video trailer has been posted online promoting the forthcoming "Big Four" concert set to take place on September 14, 2011 in New York's Yankee Stadium. You can view the trailer in the player below.

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