Slayer is an American heavy metal band from Huntington Park, California. The band was formed in 1981 by guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman. Slayer's fast and aggressive musical style made them one of the founding "big four" bands of thrash metal, alongside Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax. Slayer's current lineup comprises King, vocalist/bassist Tom Araya, drummer Paul Bostaph and guitarist Gary Holt. Hanneman and drummers Dave Lombardo and Jon Dette are former members of the band.

In the original line-up, King, Hanneman and Araya contributed to the band's lyrics, and all of the band's music was written by King, Hanneman and Lombardo. The band's lyrics and album art, which cover topics such as murder, serial killers, necrophilia, torture, genocide, human experimentation, Satanism, hate crimes, terrorism, religion, antireligion, Nazism and war, have generated album bans, delays, lawsuits and criticism from religious groups and factions of the general public. However, its music has been highly influential, often being cited by many bands as an influence musically, visually and lyrically; the band's third album, Reign in Blood (1986), was described as one of the heaviest and most influential thrash metal albums.

Slayer has released twelve studio albums, two live albums, a box set, six music videos, two extended plays and a cover album. Four of the band's studio albums have received gold certification in the United States. The band has received five Grammy Award nominations, winning one in 2007 for the song "Eyes of the Insane" and one in 2008 for the song "Final Six", both of which were from the album Christ Illusion (2006). Between 1991 and 2013, the band sold five million albums in the United States. After 37 years of recording and performing, Slayer will embark on their farewell tour in 2018.



Christ Illusion
Christ Illusion is the tenth studio album by the American thrash metal band Slayer.
World Painted Blood
World Painted Blood is the eleventh studio album by American thrash metal band Slayer.
Reign in Blood
Reign in Blood is the third studio album by American thrash metal band Slayer.
God Hates Us All
God Hates Us All is the ninth studio album by American thrash metal band Slayer.

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Watch Five Kids Do a Killer Cover of Slayer’s ‘Raining Blood’
  –  February 15, 2018
They were brought together by the O'Keefe Music Foundation, who set them up on a recent afternoon at Refraze Recording Studio in Dayton, Ohio, to record Slayer's epic "Raining Blood," with a little help from five year old Annika Miller (on the thunder tube ...
Dani Filth: I don’t believe Slayer will stop touring
  –  February 5, 2018
Watch the full interview below. Following the final tour announcement, King’s wife Ayesha told fans: “He says not to worry, you’ll always get music from him.” Slayer will be joined on the road by Anthrax, Lamb Of God, Behemoth and Testament.
Slayer's Kerry King: I Never Justify Censorship. People Should Be Allowed to Make Their Own Choice
  –  February 5, 2018
Asked if he thinks it's "still important for a band like Slayer to offend people," Kerry replied: "I don't think we're trying to. [Laughs] We're just making up music that we like and writing about subjects that we like and it just upsets people.
Rock Music Menu: Slayer and Elton John announce final tours
  –  January 25, 2018
Two artists from completely opposite ends of the musical spectrum have announced their final world tours this week as UK piano man Elton John and thrash metal pioneers Slayer have decided to call it a day when it comes to going on the road. At a live ...
Slayer plans final world tour with concerts in Reading and Pittsburgh
  –  January 23, 2018
VA 14 PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC 15 Orlando Amphitheater, Orlando, FL 17 Smart Financial Centre, Houston, TX 19 The Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX 20 Austin 360 Amphitheater, Austin, TX A post shared by Slayer (@slayerbandofficial) on Jan 23, 2018 at 7 ...


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