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Slayer

CountryUnited States
Formed1981, Huntington Park, Los Angeles County, California
GenresThrash Metal
LabelsMetal Blade Records, Def Jam Recordings, American Recordings, Nuclear Blast
Years active1981-present
Websitehttp://slayer.net

Line-up (members)

  • Kerry King : Guitars (1981-present)
  • Tom Araya : Vocals, Bass (1982-present)
  • Paul Bostaph : Drums (1992-1996, 1997-2001, 2013-present)

Former members

  • Jeff Hanneman : Guitars (1981-2013) (R.I.P. 2013)
  • Dave Lombardo : Drums (1982-1986, 1987-1992, 2001-2013)
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Discography

ImageAlbum titleTypeRelease dateRatingVotesReviews
Show No Mercy preview collectionwish list Studio 85 10
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Hell Awaits preview collectionwish list Studio 85 21
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Reign in Blood preview collectionwish list Studio 95 61
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South of Heaven preview collectionwish list Studio - 00
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Seasons in the Abyss preview collectionwish list Studio 80 11
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Divine Intervention preview collectionwish list Studio - 00
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Undisputed Attitude preview collectionwish list Studio - 00
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Diabolus in Musica preview collectionwish list Studio - 00
God Hates Us All preview collectionwish list Studio - 00
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Christ Illusion preview collectionwish list Studio - 00
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World Painted Blood preview collectionwish list Studio - 00
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Repentless preview collectionwish list Studio - 00

Top Tracks

Track titleAlbum titleRatingVotes
1Raining Blood preview Reign in Blood (1986) 97.52
2Angel of Death preview Reign in Blood (1986) 952
3Piece by Piece preview Reign in Blood (1986) 901
4Necrophobic preview Reign in Blood (1986) 901
5Altar of Sacrifice preview Reign in Blood (1986) 901
6Jesus Saves preview Reign in Blood (1986) 901
7Postmortem preview Reign in Blood (1986) 901
8War Ensemble preview Seasons in the Abyss (1990) 901
9Seasons In The Abyss preview Seasons in the Abyss (1990) 901
10Chemical Warfare preview Haunting the Chapel (1984) [EP] 901
11World Painted Blood preview World Painted Blood (2009) 901
12Criminally Insane preview Reign in Blood (1986) 851
13Reborn preview Reign in Blood (1986) 851
14Epidemic preview Reign in Blood (1986) 851
15Blood Red preview Seasons in the Abyss (1990) 851
16Dead Skin Mask preview Seasons in the Abyss (1990) 851
17Hell Awaits preview Hell Awaits (1985) 851
18Necrophilliac preview Hell Awaits (1985) 851
19Die by the Sword preview Show No Mercy (1983) 851
20South of Heaven preview South of Heaven (1988) 851
21Silent Scream preview South of Heaven (1988) 851
22Mandatory Suicide preview South of Heaven (1988) 851
23Stain of Mind preview Diabolus in Musica (1998) 851
24Repentless preview Repentless (2015) 851
25Expendable Youth preview Seasons in the Abyss (1990) 801
26Born Of Fire preview Seasons in the Abyss (1990) 801
27Kill Again preview Hell Awaits (1985) 801
28At Dawn They Sleep preview Hell Awaits (1985) 801
29Black Magic preview Show No Mercy (1983) 801
30Dittohead preview Divine Intervention (1994) 801
Additional notes
Slayer was formed in 1981, by Los Angeles schoolmates and guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. Tom Araya soon joined on bass and vocals, and drummer Dave Lombardo joined last in 1982. They played in a style reminiscent of early Exodus, influenced heavily by Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, before their attendance at a mid-1982 Metallica concert convinced them to play faster and heavier.

"Black Magic" was written in February 1983 and marked Slayer's definite venture into thrash metal. They secured a spot on the compilation appearance "Metal Massacre III" in 1983, contributing the speed metal song "Aggressive Perfector". They also recorded two demos in 1983, and became a popular live act in the Los Angeles area. (In 1983, Bob Gourley filled in for Dave for one gig. He later appeared in Dark Angel.) Their debut LP, Show no Mercy, was recorded in November, 1983.

"Show No Mercy" was released after Slayer appeared on Brian Slagel's "Metal Massacre III" compilation. Then came two EPs: "Haunting the Chapel" and "Live Undead" which was actually recorded in the studio in front of 50 of their closest friends.

After 1985's "Hell Awaits", Slayer were signed to Rick Rubin's Def Jam record label, better known for acts like Run DMC. This led to three studio albums, including the brutal "Reign in Blood", as well as a 1991 live double CD, "Decade of Aggression".

Dave Lombardo left the band in 1987 for several weeks, and was replaced for a few live gigs by Tony Scaglione (Whiplash), and then again left in 1992. Finally, in 1994, Paul Bostaph from Forbidden was brought in, and three more albums were recorded. Drummer Jon Dette was an official member of Slayer briefly in 1996.

Then, in 2001, Bostaph left to join Systematic, and Lombardo, who had been in Grip Inc. and Fantômas rejoined the band.

Interesting facts:

It's official that Slayer is the most covered metal band in the world aside from Metallica.

Kerry King played lead guitar on the Beastie Boys songs "Fight For Your Right" and "No Sleep Till Brooklyn", and appeared in the music video for the latter.

Tom Araya's brother John (Bloodcum) worked as an sound engineer for Slayer in their early days.

Gene Hoglan, the legendary drummer who has played in bands such as Dark Angel, Strapping Young Lad, and Death, used to be a Slayer lights man and roadie on the Show No Mercy tour, and was asked to be Dave Lombardo's drum tech on the Haunting North America tour ('84), but knocked it back to pursue his own music career. He even did backup vocals on the album Show No Mercy (the song Evil Has No Boundaries).

The band was never known as Dragonslayer. This has been refuted in countless interviews. And Slayer is not an acronym for 'Satan Laughs As You Eternally Rot', even though those words appeared on the first vinyl pressing of "Show No Mercy", between the grooves of the record (known as dead wax) and the paper label in the middle. DO NOT add false information!

The band covered Steppenwolf's "Born to be Wild" for the "NASCAR: Crank It Up" compilation in 2002.
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