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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.

Combat / Metal Blade
Combat / Metal Blade

Megadeth vs. Slayer – Metal Madness 2017, Quarterfinals

It's Megadeth vs. Slayer in the Quarterfinals of Metal Madness to determine the Best Debut Metal Album of All Time. Vote now!

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Combat / Metal Blade
Combat / Metal Blade

Death vs. Slayer – Metal Madness 2017, Round 2

It's Death vs. Slayer in Round 2 of Metal Madness to determine the Best Debut Metal Album of All Time. Vote now!

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Metal Blade / Earache
Metal Blade / Earache

Slayer vs. Morbid Angel – Metal Madness 2017, Round 1

It's Slayer vs. Morbid Angel in Round 1 of March Metal Madness to determine the Best Metal Debut Album of All Time. Vote now!

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Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com / Johnny Perilla, Loudwire / Frazer Harrison, Getty Images
Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com / Johnny Perilla, Loudwire / Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Slayer, Ghost + Machine Head Lead ‘The Devil’s Candy’ Soundtrack

The new horror film 'The Devil's Candy' features music from Slayer, Ghost, Machine Head and more.

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Ethan Miller (2) / Liz Ramanand
Ethan Miller (2) / Liz Ramanand

Slayer, Lamb of God + Behemoth Announce 2017 North American Tour

This six-week North American takeover will commence July 12 in Bemidji, Minn., and conclude Aug. 20 in Phoenix, Ariz.

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Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire
Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Slayer’s Kerry King: Lemmy + Dio ‘Should Be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’

We caught up with Slayer shredder Kerry King to talk about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Slayer’s plans for 2017 and the possibility of more 'Big 4' shows.

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images / Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com / Ethan Miller, Getty Images
Frazer Harrison, Getty Images / Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com / Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Ozzy Osbourne, Avenged Sevenfold + Slayer to Headline Rock USA Festival

Wisconsin's Rock USA festival is returning in 2017 with another incredible lineup featuring Ozzy Osbourne, Avenged Sevenfold and Slayer as the headliners.

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Charles Epting, Loudwire / Photo by: Melina Dellamarggio / Kathy Flynn, WickedgoddessPhotography.com
Charles Epting, Loudwire / Photo by: Melina Dellamarggio / Kathy Flynn, WickedgoddessPhotography.com

Avenged Sevenfold, Rob Zombie, Slayer to Headline 2017 Rock Fest

The 24th installment of Wisconsin's Rock Fest will see Avenged Sevenfold, Rob Zombie and Slayer headline the three-night event with over 65 acts in total.

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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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