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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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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Motorboat 2015 – Day 1: Slayer, Hatebreed, Exodus, Corrosion of Conformity, Huntress + More

The loudest ship hitting the high seas was back this year, and we were on board!

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Slayer’s Kerry King on Rock Hall: ‘I Hope They Call My Name One of These Days’

Kerry King is hopeful Slayer receives a call with the prestigious honor of being inducted into the polarizing Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Slayer’s Kerry King: New Bands Don’t ‘Inspire Me to Wanna Play Guitar and Be Just Like ‘Em’

Slayer's Kerry King has stated that the lack of vibe amongst some of today's younger players has left him uninspired.

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Slayer’s Kerry King: ‘I’m Not Sure a New Record Makes Sense for Metallica’

Slayer's Kerry King says that Metallica could live off their catalog for some time without really having to make another album.

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Bring Me the Horizon + Slayer Break Into the Top 5 of Billboard 200 Chart

Bring Me the Horizon's 'That's the Spirit' landed at No. 2, while Slayer's 'Repentless' hit the No. 4 spot.

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Slayer’s Kerry King Recalls Telling Jeff Hanneman ‘You’re Not Ready’ to Return

One of the most tragic aspects of Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman's death was that he had to sit on the sidelines during the last chapter of his life.

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Christian YouTuber Attacks Slayer’s ‘Repentless,’ Accidentally Uses Judas Priest Art to Portray God

Very few scenarios are more entertaining than Slayer vs. extreme religious groups.

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A Nameless Ghoul From Ghost Dismisses Any Bad Blood Over Kerry King Comments

Slayer's Kerry King recently admitted to not being a fan of Ghost's music, and that's perfectly fine with A Nameless Ghoul from Ghost.

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14 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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Slayer Orchestrate Bloody Prison Riot in ‘Repentless’ Video

After an intense buildup and the promise of a blood-drenched music video, Slayer have finally unleashed their clip for "Repentless.

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