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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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Anthrax Share 1st Episode Of Retrospective Series

In celebration of their 40th anniversary this year Anthrax officially kicked off a series of retrospective documentaries. The first episode is looking into their early formation and their 1984 debut album “Fistful Of Metal“ and can be watched via YouTube below.


The below schedule and list of guest commentators have been announced for the series: More...

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Mr. Bungle Share New Live Video For "Bungle Grind"

Mr. Bungle share their live performance of “Bungle Grind”. The footage is taken from the band's Halloween 2020 streaming special "The Night They Came Home", which will see a release on June 11th 2021. “The Night They Came Home,” was directed by Jack Bennett, and will be available as a CD + Blu-Ray, CD + DVD, VHS, and digitally.


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Satanic Planet (Ex-Slayer, Etc.) Premiere New Song

Satanic Planet - the supergroup featuring current and former members of The Locust, Slayer etc. - premiere their second advance track “Exorcism“. The band are joined by Cattle Decapitation vocalist Travis Ryan on this particular track.

Their self-titled debut album is due out on May 28th via Three One G Records.


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Satanic Planet (Ex-Slayer, Etc.) Premiere Video

Satanic Planet - the new project featuring Justin Pearson (The Locust, Dead Cross, etc. fame), Dave Lombardo (Suicidal Tendencies, Dead Cross, ex-Slayer, etc.), Luke Henshaw (Planet B, etc.) and Lucien Greaves (co-founder of The Satanic Temple) - premiere their debut single and music video “Baphomet“ streaming below.

Their self-titled debut release will feature guest appearances from Cattle Decapitation‘s Travis Ryan, Silent‘s Jung Sing, etc. and hit stores on May 28th viaThree One G Records.

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Dead Cross Premiere Black Flag Cover

Dead Cross, who feature members of Faith No More, Ex-Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies, The Locust etc., premiere their cover of Black Flag‘s “Rise Above” in the light of the ongoing political unrest and strives for equality being made within the world as of late. Check it out below:

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Slayer Members Forming Band With Phil Anselmo?

There has been much speculation recently with regards to a new project hinted at by legendary thrash metal drummer Paul Bostaph (Slayer, Testament, Exodus, Forbidden.) In a recent conversation with Overkill drummer Jason Bittner, the latter affirmed his belief that Bostaph is working with his former Slayer bandmates Kerry King and Gary Holt and Down/ex Pantera vocalist Phil Anselmo. When asked by Bittner if he had any projects in the pipeline, Bostaph stated:

"Something is brewing with a friend of mine that is very familiar to you. I'll give you three guesses."

Bittner replied: "Kerry, Gary, and Anselmo. C'mon, everyone knows by now."

Though Holt has insisted that Exodus is once again his main priority, Kerry King has made it clear that he's not done with music just yet. Further updates and concrete information will be revealed as soon as it becomes available.

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Gary Holt Assumes He Has COVID-19

Exodus/ex-Slayer guitarist Gary Holt assumes he has contracted the COVID-19 this week, commenting via Instagram:

“So I’ve been locked away with @lisaholt777 , suffering from all the symptoms of Corona, without the beer! Mildly sick, better today after repeatedly waking up soaked in sweat last night. Self monitoring with my better half, and unfortunately, won’t be able to visit my grandkids until I’m symptom free for seven days. Ugh. Movie time, binge watching TV, and waiting this out!”

Ironically the former Slayer guitarist had been making fun of the virus outbreak on February 07th: More...

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Hear: 26 Underground Bands Pay Tribute to Slayer

26 underground metal bands from all over the world have joined forces to pay tribute to Slayer. You can stream "A Tribute to SLAYER" now via YouTube below.

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Watch Slayer's Entire Rock In Rio Show

Pro-shot live footage of Slayer's entire October 4 appearance at this year's edition of the "Rock In Rio" festival in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil can be streamed via YouTube below.

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Slayer Premiere Live Video For “Repentless”

Slayer will be releasing a new live Blu-ray/album called “The Repentless Killogy (Live at the Forum in Inglewood, CA)” on November 08th via Nuclear Blast Records. The effort was captured during the band’s August 05th, 2017 performance at The Forum in Inglewood, CA. A live video for “Repentless” from it has premiered online and can be streamed below.

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Slayer Premiere Live Version Of “Repentless”

Slayer will be releasing a new live Blu-ray/album called “The Repentless Killogy (Live at the Forum in Inglewood, CA)” on November 08th via Nuclear Blast Records. The effort was recorded during the band’s August 05th, 2017 performance at The Forum in Inglewood, CA. A live version of “Repentless” from it has premiered online and can be streamed below.

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Slayer Announces Final Run Of Tour Dates

On Saturday, November 2, 2019, Slayer - Tom Araya/bass and vocals, Kerry King/guitars, Gary Holt/guitars, and Paul Bostaph/drums - will set off on The Final Campaign, the seventh and final leg of its farewell world tour. This last hurrah will start at the ExploreAsheville Arena in Asheville, NC, and see the band taking its goodbye bow at the Los Angeles Forum on Saturday, November 30. Accompanying Slayer for this last ride are Primus, Ministry and Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals performing a vulgar display of Pantera, who will support on all dates. Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 12 at 10AM local; limited VIP packages will be available.

Slayer's Final World Tour began on May 10, 2018 with the band's intention to play as many places as possible, to make it easy for the fans to see one last Slayer show and say goodbye. By the time the 18-month trek wraps on November 30, the band will have completed seven tour legs plus a series of one-off major summer festivals, performing more than 140 shows in 30-countries and 40 U.S. states. More...

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Nova Rock: Timetable And Festival App Revealed

Austrias' biggest rock and metal summer festival Nova Rock is about to celebrate its 15th anniversary this year. This year's edition will once again take place in the Pannonia Fields nearby the small village of Nickelsdorf, from June 13th through June 16th 2019.

The recently revealed timetable can be seen HERE

Also available now is the official Nova Rock festival app for iOS and Android.

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Must See: Slayer & Katrina & The Waves Mash Up

Mash up genius Bill McClintock shares another brilliant Slayer mash up. This time round, it's Slayer's "Chemical Warfare" and Katrina & The Waves' 1985 hit "Don't It Feel Good ("Walking on Sunshine)" that got paired. Check out "Chemical Warfare (Don't It Feel Good?)" now below:


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Slayer & Jägermeister Reveal Ltd. Edition Bottle

Slayer and Jägermeister have had a connection for many years and with the thrash metal veterans headed for retirement, the company have decided to send the group off in style. So Jägermeister teamed up with the band for a special Slayer bottle and box in the UK which will be limited to 500 pieces.

You can order the set now HERE.

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Slipknot, Slayer, Etc. Confirmed For Nova Rock

Austrias' biggest rock and metal summer festival Nova Rock is about to celebrate its 15th anniversary this year. 2019's edition will once again take place in the Pannonia Fields nearby the small village of Nickelsdorf, from June 13th through June 16th 2019, including the following so far confirmed metal related bands:

Slipknot, Slayer (final show in Austria), Amon Amarth, In Flames, Behemoth, Testament, Anthrax, Lamb Of God, Children Of Bodom, Rob Zombie, Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy, Sabaton, Godsmack, I Prevail, Amaranth, The Amity Affliction, Ministry, Within Temptation, Powerwolf, While She Sleeps, Bad Wolves, Dropkick Murphys, Trivium, Beartooth, Tesseract, Fever 333, Puddle Of Mudd, Papa Roach, All Faces Down, Infected Rain, Inglorious.

Tickets for the four days lasting festival can be ordered online HERE.

New this year for a safe and comfy stay at the camp ground: The "Grrrls Camping Area" which is only accessible for girls. Free registrations for this area are now open HERE.

Some festival trailers for the event can be streamed below:

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Slayer Suing Secret Solstice’ Festival Organizers

According to RÚV (the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service) Slayer have filed suit against the - now former - organizers of the annual ‘Secret Solstice Festival‘, Solstice Productions. The group claim they’re owed $134,000 USD for their headlining appearance at the festival in Reykjavik, Iceland in June of 2018.

“Slayer’s lawyer, Jón Gunnar Ásbjörnsson, wrote a letter to the city on the matter, stating, among other things, that in addition to having not paid the aforementioned claim, the representatives of the festival have retained 20 percent of Slayer’s income to pay withholding tax to the tax authorities.”

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Watch Slayer Look Back At 37 Years Of Band Merch

Watch Slayer look back at all the merchandise they've put out over the past 37 years in their latest episode of "Slayer - Early Days"...

The band will be out touring with Lamb Of God, Amon Amarth and Cannibal Corpse on the next leg of their farewell tour starting this May. Below's where that trek will hit: More...

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Listen To New Slayer/Edwin Starr Mash-Up

Listen to Bill McClintock‘s latest mash-up breeding Edwin Starr’s classic 70s anthem “War” with Slayer’s “South of Heaven.” Doesn’t sound so upbeat anymore now, right?

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Slayer Cancels Retirement Plans

American thrash metal legends Slayer has decided to cancel plans to retire, according to a source close to the band. The band has been performing a series of tours, with their upcoming European run originally scheduled to be their last, but not it seems that the quartet will no longer be calling it a day. Instead of disbanding, Slayer will decrease their workload, performing one off shows and small tours from time to time in the USA and Canada, with future European, Asian and South American shows unlikely.

The source goes on to claim that the band feels that they need to live up to the name of their box set "Soundtrack to the Apocalypse," as, "In a world which many expect to either end or have a bleak future soon, Slayer really is the only band to write an album for the dead world. As Earth faces an eleven year time limit to stop climate catastrophe, in addition to the rise of political extremism and populism and social division, no one else could sum up the darkest side of humanity and nature."

Whether or not Exodus guitarist Gary Holt takes part in the writing of the album remains to be seen, as Exodus has begun work on a new album and the guitarist had a public disagreement with frontman Tom Araya over the latter's support for President Donald Trump. Drummer Paul Bostaph is still expected to be part of the recording process however.

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