Slayer

slayerSlayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California, formed in 1981. The band was founded by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. Slayer rose to fame as one of the leaders of the American thrash metal movement with their 1986 release, Reign in Blood, which has been called “the heaviest album of all time” by Kerrang!. The band is credited as one of the “Big Four” thrash metal bands, along with Metallica, Anthrax, and Megadeth.

Slayer is best known for speaking through perspective without being necessarily sympathetic to the cause of their inspiration. Slayer’s musical traits involve fast tremolo picking, guitar solos, double bass drumming, and shouting vocals. The band’s lyrics and album art, which cover topics such as death, deviants, genocide, insanity, Nazism, necrophilia, religion, Satanism, serial killers, suicide, and warfare, have generated album bans, delays, lawsuits and strong criticism from religious groups and the general public.

Other Information

  • Origin: Huntington Park, California, USA
  • Genres: Thrash metal, Speed metal
  • Years active: 1981–present
  • Labels: Metal Blade, Def Jam, American, Columbia Records
  • Associated acts: Testament, Megadeth
  • Website: http://www.slayer.net
  • Members:
  1. Tom Araya – bass, vocals
  2. Jeff Hanneman – guitar
  3. Kerry King – guitar
  4. Dave Lombardo – drums

Videos

Albums

  • Show No Mercy (1983)
  • Hell Awaits (1985)
  • Reign in Blood (1986)
  • South of Heaven (1988)
  • Seasons in the Abyss (1990)
  • Divine Intervention (1994)
  • Undisputed Attitude (1996)
  • Diabolus in Musica (1998)
  • God Hates Us All (2001)
  • Christ Illusion (2006)
  • TBA (2009)

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~ by molco on May 13, 2009.

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