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Widely regarded as the ultimate thrash metal band, Slayer did much to introduce and establish the genre throughout the 1980s, alongside fellow Los Angeles natives Metal-lica and Megadeth, and New York’s Anthrax — collectively known as the Big Four. As the most extreme and lyrically controversial member of that exclusive musical club, Slayer at first attracted a relatively modest (but devout) fan base until breaking through to a broader audience with their monumental third album, 1986’s ‘Reign in Blood.’ The band proceeded to consolidate its dominant place in the heavy metal pantheon over the second half of that decade; and, unlike most peers, refused to alter its core sound throughout the more challenging 1990s. As the third millennium dawned, Slayer read-mitted original drummer Dave Lombardo and enjoyed a renewed period of recording and touring prosperity, leading up to 2013 and the drummer’s latest departure, just months prior to the shocking death of founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman. Nevertheless, remaining founding members, Kerry King (guitar) and Tom Araya (vocals/bass) show no signs of retiring Slayer, which is now rounded out by former Exodus guitarist Gary Holt and returning drummer Paul Bostaph.

Selected Discography: ‘Reign in Blood’ (1986), ‘South of Heaven’ (1988), ‘Seasons in the Abyss’ (1990),  ‘God Hates Us All’ (2001) Related Artists: Tom Araya, Kerry King, Jeff Hanneman, Dave Lombardo, Gary Holt, Paul Bostaph, Further Reading: You Think You Know Slayer; Slayer’s Jeff Hanneman, 1964-2013 Read More: Slayer News

Slayer Unleash ‘When the Stillness Comes’

Nuclear Blast

We've finally got a new Slayer song to blast! So crank your speakers up and get ready to experience "When the Stillness Comes."

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Slayer, King Diamond, Hellyeah + More to Play 2015 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Tour

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Stephen Lovekin, Getty Images

Slayer will join King Diamond, Hellyeah and more at the 2015 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival this summer.

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Kerry King, Lzzy Hale + Zakk Wylde Guest on ‘That Metal Show’

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VH1 Classic / That Metal Show / Photo by Colin Douglas Gray

Slayer's Kerry King and Halestorm's Lzzy Hale guest on 'That Metal Show,' plus Zakk Wylde's on hand as the musical guest.

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Exodus / Slayer Guitarist Gary Holt Plays ‘Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?’

Gary Holt Wiki

The Exodus / Slayer shredder sat down with us to clear up some info on Wikipedia that covers well over three decades of Holt's thrash dynasty.

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Slayer’s Kerry King: ‘Jeff Hanneman Isn’t Physically Playing’ on Band’s 11th Studio Album

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Michael Buckner, Getty Images

Contrary to what has been reported by various sites, Slayer's upcoming full-length will not feature any parts physically played by late guitarist Jeff Hanneman.

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Slayer Frontman Tom Araya’s Mom Dies

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Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Sad news for Slayer frontman Tom Araya, whose mother, Tina, passed away on Thursday (April 2).

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Slayer Confirm Jeff Hanneman’s Playing Will Be Featured on 11th Studio Album

Jeff Hanneman

It's been revealed by Slayer that physical recordings of Jeff Hanneman's playing will appear on the band's 11th full-length.

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Gary Holt Plays ‘To Exodus or Not to Exodus?’

Gary Holt

We handed Gary Holt a bucket full of names, things and ideas so the guitarist could systematically praise or dismantle whatever he pulled out.

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Motorhead’s Motorboat Cruise 2015 to Set Sail With Slayer, Motorhead, Anthrax + More

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Jason Merritt / Frazer Harrison / Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Motorhead will hit the high seas with Slayer, Anthrax and more for the second annual Motorhead Motorboat Cruise.

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Dave Lombardo, John 5 and Motorhead to Guest on VH1 Classic’s ‘That Metal Show’

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VH1 Classic / Photo by Colin Douglas Gray

Former Slayer and current PHILM drummer Dave Lombardo and guitar great John 5 are the guests on this weekend's 'That Metal Show' on VH1 Classic.

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