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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.

Slayer "Repentless" Music Video Shoot
Nuclear Blast

Slayer Go Behind the Scenes on Prison Set of ‘Repentless’ Video

As Slayer prepare to release their 11th studio album, 'Repentless,' they are also primed to unleash the music video for the title-track.

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Def Jam Recordings

Cover Stories: Slayer’s ‘Reign In Blood’

"The band wants a goat's head on the cover."

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Slayer Unleash New Song ‘Cast the First Stone’

With the Sept. 11 release date of Slayer's latest opus Repentless quickly approaching, the band has unveiled another track from the album.

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Slayer "Repentless" Music Video Shoot
Nuclear Blast

Slayer Tap All-Star Cast for Prison Riot ‘Repentless’ Music Video

Slayer's upcoming music video for "Repentless" looks like its gonna be a bloodbath.

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Slayer’s Kerry King Reveals Five of His Essential Guitar Albums

Slayer's Kerry King discusses some of his favorite guitar albums.

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10 Best Covers of Slayer Songs

Slayer have often been imitated but never replicated. However, these bands covered Slayer songs and got it right.

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Nuclear Blast

Slayer + The Smithsonian Institute Team Up to Educate the Public About Thrash Metal

Two major institutions have teamed up to educate the public on an essential piece of human history.

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Gutterdämmerung

Lemmy Kilmister + Tom Araya Join Cast of the Loudest Silent Movie on Earth, ‘Gutterdammerung’

'Gutterdämmerung,' which has been dubbed "The Loudest Silent Movie on Earth," has just added Motorhead's Lemmy Kimister and Slayer's Tom Araya to its cast.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Mayhem Festival 2015 Heats Up Jones Beach With Slayer, King Diamond, Hellyeah + More

Check out our photos and recap of Mayhem Festival's 2015 Jones Beach stop.

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Nuclear Blast

Slayer Discuss Inspiration Behind New Song ‘Chasing Death’

Slayer have released a video in which they discuss their new song “Chasing Death,” which will be featured on the band’s upcoming album Repentless.

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