Slayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California. The band was formed in 1981 by vocalist/bassist Tom Araya and 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 and Hanneman. 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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Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Chicago, United States
May 25, 2018
Freedom Hill Amphitheater
Sterling Heights, United States
May 27, 2018
Budweiser Stage
Toronto, Canada
May 29, 2018
Place Bell
Laval, Canada
May 30, 2018
Mohegan Sun Arena
Uncasville, United States
June 1, 2018
PNC Bank Arts Center
Holmdel, United States
June 2, 2018
Santander Arena
Reading, United States
June 4, 2018
Riverbend Music Center
Cincinnati, United States
June 6, 2018
Cuyahoga Falls, United States
June 7, 2018
Key Bank Pavilion
Burgettstown, United States
June 9, 2018
Jiffy Lube Live
Bristow, United States
June 10, 2018
Veteran's United
Virginia Beach, United States
June 12, 2018
PNC Music Pavilion
Charlotte, United States
June 14, 2018
Orlando Amphitheater
Orlando, United States
June 15, 2018
Smart Financial Centre
Houston, United States
June 17, 2018
Bomb Factory
Dallas, United States
June 19, 2018
Austin360 Amphitheater
Austin, United States
June 20, 2018
Secret Solstice Festival
Reykjavík, Iceland
June 21, 2018
Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
Gilford, United States
July 26, 2018
Impact Festival
Bangor, United States
July 27, 2018
Jones Beach
Wantagh, United States
July 29, 2018
Montage Mountain
Scranton, United States
July 31, 2018
TImes Union Center
Albany, United States
August 1, 2018
Darien Lake Amphitheater
Darien Center, United States
August 3, 2018
Lakeview Amphitheater
Syracuse, United States
August 4, 2018
Budweiser Gardens
London, Canada
August 6, 2018
Van Andel Arena
Grand Rapids, United States
August 7, 2018
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Saint Louis, United States
August 9, 2018
Lakewood Amphitheatre
Atlanta, United States
August 10, 2018
Nashville Municipal Auditorium
Nashville, United States
August 12, 2018
Walmart AMP
Rogers, United States
August 13, 2018
Freeman Coliseum
San Antonio, United States
August 15, 2018
Zoo Amphitheatre
Oklahoma City, United States
August 16, 2018
Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
Englewood, United States
August 18, 2018
USANA Amphitheatre
West Valley City, United States
August 19, 2018
Idaho Center Amphitheater
Boise, United States
August 21, 2018
Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
Ridgefield, United States
August 23, 2018
SAP Center
San Jose, United States
August 26, 2018

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