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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.

Metal Blade
Metal Blade

33 Years Ago: Slayer Unleash Their Debut Album ‘Show No Mercy’

On Dec. 3, 1983, Slayer started their legendary metal career with the release of their debut album, 'Show No Mercy.'

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Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com
Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com

Kerry King: Slayer’s ‘Undisputed Attitude’ Was Made ‘In Rebellion’ to Green Day + the Offspring

Kerry King dismissed punk in the mid-'90s, stating Slayer made their covers album, 'Undisputed Attitude,' 'in rebellion' against Green Day & the Offspring.

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Dark Horse Comics
Dark Horse Comics

First ‘Slayer: Repentless’ Comic Arriving in January

The first of three issues of the 'Slayer: Repentless' comic series, brought by the band and Dark Horse Comics, will be available in January of next year.

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System Of A Down
Frank Maddocks

System of a Down, Aerosmith, Slayer, Prophets of Rage, Rob Zombie + More Lead 2017 Download Festival Lineup

System of a Down, Aerosmith, Slayer, Prophets of Rage and Rob Zombie are among those heading to Donington Park for the 2017 Download Festival.

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Slayer Kerry King Gary Holt
Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Slayer’s Kerry King: ‘My Ears Are Open’ to Having Gary Holt Contribute Songwriting for Next Album

Slayer's Kerry King says that with the first album after Jeff Hanneman's death out of the way, he's open to having guitarist Gary Holt help write next album.

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Def American
Def American

26 Years Ago: Slayer Release ‘Seasons in the Abyss’

On Oct. 9, 1990, Slayer released 'Seasons in the Abyss,' taking things in a new and exciting direction for the band.

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Def Jam
Def Jam

Slayer’s ‘Reign in Blood’ Turns 30: Rockers Reflect

With Slayer's 'Reign in Blood' turning 30, we talk to some of their peers about the classic album and the band's legacy.

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Def Jam
Def Jam

30 Years Ago: Slayer Redefine Thrash With ‘Reign in Blood’

On Oct. 7, 1986, Slayer delivered their thrash masterpiece 'Reign in Blood.'

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2016 Louder Than Life Festival
Amy Harris, TheFirst3Songs.com

2016 Louder Than Life Festival: Slipknot, Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, Korn + More [Photo Gallery]

Check out our photos and recap of the 2016 Louder Than Life festival in Louisville.

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Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com
Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com

Ozzfest Meets Knotfest – Day 2 (Knotfest): Slipknot, Slayer, Amon Amarth, Anthrax + More [Photos + Recap]

Check out our recap and photo gallery from the Knotfest day of Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, featuring Slipknot, Slayer, Amon Amarth, Anthrax and more.

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