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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.

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16 Years Ago: Slayer Release ‘God Hates Us All’

On Sept. 11, 2001, Slayer issued their brutal barrage, 'God Hates Us All.'

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Johnny Perilla, Loudwire
Johnny Perilla, Loudwire

Slayer’s Tom Araya: Once We Take Care of Legal Issues, Then We’ll See What the Future Holds

Tom Araya explains how Slayer needs to settle a number of legal issues before they can move forward with writing new material.

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Evill Robb Photography, Loudwire
Evill Robb Photography, Loudwire

Slayer’s Kerry King: ‘If Things Go Well I’d Like to Record Next Year’ [Interview]

Slayer axeman Kerry King spoke with Full Metal Jackie about what he prefers about touring the U.S., the next Slayer album, Gary Holt's playing + more.

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YouTube

Behemoth’s Nergal Joins Slayer for ‘Evil Has No Boundaries’

Behemoth's Nergal gets to front Slayer during a soundcheck performance of 'Evil Has No Boundaries,' then joins Randy Blythe backing Slayer on an AC/DC cover.

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Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire
Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Watch Slayer Cover ZZ Top + Led Zeppelin at a Recent Soundcheck

See the band play some wildly different but great tunes from their usual output.

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Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire
Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Slayer’s Kerry King Wrote a Song in Response to ‘Trump’s Nonsense’

Read the guitarist's thoughts on the president, and whether he's making a call to action or not.

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Johnny Perilla, Loudwire
Johnny Perilla, Loudwire

Slayer’s Tom Araya Reveals Struggle With Sleep Apnea + Comments on Ukrainian Statue in His Likeness

During this interview, Slayer's Tom Araya revealed his battle with sleep apnea, which has been taking a toll on him, especially during tour.

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Michael Buckner, Getty Images
Michael Buckner, Getty Images

10 Greatest Slayer Riffs [Watch]

Throughout Slayer's career, they composed a collection of metal’s most sinister and uncomfortable riffs worthy of the most terrifying of hellscapes.

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Johnny Perilla, Loudwire
Johnny Perilla, Loudwire

Slayer, Lamb of God + Behemoth Offer a Glimpse of Hell in New York City [Photos + Review]

One of the summer's most powerful tours stopped at New York City to bring a taste of Hell to the Theater at Madison Square Garden.

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YouTube: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Slayer Pummel ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ Audience With ‘Raining Blood’ Performance

Slayer thrashed a late night television audience with 'Raining Blood' and even shared some stories from the road.

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