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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 Reveal Line of Handmade Shoes

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Eighteen different designs are being offered -- some on black Converse high-tops and others on black or white Vans.

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‘The Big Four’ 8-Bit Video Game Featuring Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax

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For this original clip, we teamed up with the Filthy Frackers to create an 8-bit game trailer for 'The Big Four.'

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Linkin Park, Godsmack + Slayer Lead 2015 Rocklahoma Lineup

Linkin Park - Godsmack - Slayer

Linkin Park, Godsmack and Slayer lead the lineup for the 2015 Rocklahoma Festival, taking place May 22-24 in Pryor, Oklahoma.

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Slayer’s Gary Holt: ‘Implode’ ‘Doesn’t Even Touch’ Kerry King’s New Songs

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Slayer guitarist Gary Holt says in a new interview that the band's new songs exceed the awesomeness of last year's single 'Implode.'

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Slayer to Thrash 2015 Bonnaroo Festival With BTBAM, Against Me!, Royal Blood + More

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Slayer has been confirmed as a marquee act for the 2015 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

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Slayer, Testament, All Shall Perish, Meshuggah + More Confirmed to Release New Albums in 2015

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Looks like 2015 will be another huge year for Nuclear Blast.

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Accused Killer Attempts to Involve Slayer in Case During Court Hearing

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Accused murderer Leroy Smith III enacted what has been called "the Slayer defense" by media outlets.

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Watch a Slayer Medley Played on Pre-School Instruments

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Watch this Pasquale Custom Guitar duo rock out a thrashing Slayer medley played on pre-school instruments.

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Dave Lombardo: ‘My Door’s Open’ to Slayer Return

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In a new interview, drummer Dave Lombardo says he wouldn't rule out a return to Slayer.

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Get In the Holiday Spirit With Slayer and Slipknot Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Slayer Sweater

With Christmas quickly approaching, you might want to consider buying yourself or the metalhead in your life a Christmas sweater.

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