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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 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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Gary Holt Talks Exodus’ ‘Blood In, Blood Out’ Album, Upcoming Slayer Disc + More

Gary Holt
Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Exodus and Slayer guitarist Gary Holt speaks with Full Metal Jackie about the 'Blood In, Blood Out' album, his ESP guitar line and more.

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Slayer to Release New Track ‘When the Stillness Comes’ on Record Store Day

Nuclear Blast

The thrash legends are planning to unveil 'When the Stillness Comes' on Record Store Day 2015.

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Anthrax, Slayer, Soulfly Members Slated for Season 14 of VH1 Classic’s ‘That Metal Show’

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Members of Anthrax, Slayer and Soulfly lead the list of newly confirmed guests and performers for Season 14 of VH1 Classic's 'That Metal Show.'

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Amazing Rendition of Slayer’s ‘Raining Blood’ Recorded on Children’s Instruments

Drew Creal

Check out this amazing rendition of Slayer's 'Raining Blood' recorded on children's instruments.

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Gary Holt: Slayer Fans Are ‘Gonna S–t Their Pants’ When They Hear the New Album

5. Slayer - Title TBD

Slayer are coming out with a new album this year. While it doesn’t have a title or a release date yet, it has been guaranteed to make Slayer fans ‘sh-t their pants.'

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Tom Araya + Wife Sandra Speak Out Against Slayer Fan Page

Mary Ouellette,

Slayer frontman Tom Araya and his wife, Sandra Araya, have chosen to distance themselves from a Facebook group called 'It's That F---in Slayer Gang.'

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