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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)
Releases : 41     Total votes : 10     Reviews : 3
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Slayer Discography

Album title Type Released Rating Votes Reviews
Slayer - Show No Mercy (1983) collection wish list Studio 85 1 0
(1984) collection wish list EP - 0 0
(1984) collection wish list Live - 0 0
Slayer - Hell Awaits (1985) collection wish list Studio 85 2 1
(1986) Single - 0 0
(1986) Single - 0 0
Slayer - Reign in Blood (1986) collection wish list Studio 95 6 1
(1987) Single - 0 0
(1988) Single - 0 0
Slayer - South of Heaven (1988) collection wish list Studio - 0 0
(1990) Single - 0 0
Slayer - Seasons in the Abyss (1990) collection wish list Studio 80 1 1
(1991) collection wish list Live - 0 0
Slayer - Divine Intervention (1994) collection wish list Studio - 0 0
(1995) Single - 0 0
(1995) collection wish list Video - 0 0
Slayer - Undisputed Attitude (1996) collection wish list Studio - 0 0
(1998) Single - 0 0
(1998) collection wish list Compilation - 0 0
Slayer - Diabolus in Musica (1998) collection wish list Studio - 0 0
Slayer - God Hates Us All (2001) collection wish list Studio - 0 0
(2003) collection wish list Video - 0 0
(2003) collection wish list Boxed set - 0 0
(2004) collection wish list Video - 0 0
(2006) Single - 0 0
(2006) Single - 0 0
Slayer - Christ Illusion (2006) collection wish list Studio - 0 0
(2006) Single - 0 0
(2009) collection wish list Video - 0 0
(2009) Single - 0 0
Slayer - World Painted Blood (2009) collection wish list Studio - 0 0
(2010) collection wish list Video - 0 0
(2010) collection wish list Boxed set - 0 0
(2010) collection wish list Video - 0 0
(2010) Single - 0 0
(2014) Single - 0 0
(2015) Single - 0 0
(2015) Single - 0 0
(2015) Single - 0 0
(2015) Single - 0 0
Slayer - Repentless (2015) collection wish list Studio - 0 0

Slayer Top Songs

Track title Album title Rating Votes
1 Raining Blood Reign in Blood (1986) 97.5 2
2 Angel of Death Reign in Blood (1986) 95 2
3 Piece by Piece Reign in Blood (1986) 90 1
4 Necrophobic Reign in Blood (1986) 90 1
5 Altar of Sacrifice Reign in Blood (1986) 90 1
6 Jesus Saves Reign in Blood (1986) 90 1
7 Postmortem Reign in Blood (1986) 90 1
8 War Ensemble Seasons in the Abyss (1990) 90 1
9 Seasons In The Abyss Seasons in the Abyss (1990) 90 1
10 Chemical Warfare Haunting the Chapel (1984) [EP] 90 1
11 World Painted Blood World Painted Blood (2009) 90 1
12 Criminally Insane Reign in Blood (1986) 85 1
13 Reborn Reign in Blood (1986) 85 1
14 Epidemic Reign in Blood (1986) 85 1
15 Blood Red Seasons in the Abyss (1990) 85 1
16 Dead Skin Mask Seasons in the Abyss (1990) 85 1
17 Hell Awaits Hell Awaits (1985) 85 1
18 Necrophilliac Hell Awaits (1985) 85 1
19 Die by the Sword Show No Mercy (1983) 85 1
20 South of Heaven South of Heaven (1988) 85 1
21 Silent Scream South of Heaven (1988) 85 1
22 Mandatory Suicide South of Heaven (1988) 85 1
23 Stain of Mind Diabolus in Musica (1998) 85 1
24 Repentless Repentless (2015) 85 1
25 Expendable Youth Seasons in the Abyss (1990) 80 1
26 Born Of Fire Seasons in the Abyss (1990) 80 1
27 Kill Again Hell Awaits (1985) 80 1
28 At Dawn They Sleep Hell Awaits (1985) 80 1
29 Black Magic Show No Mercy (1983) 80 1
30 Dittohead Divine Intervention (1994) 80 1
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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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