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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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Slayer’s Kerry King No Fan of Anthrax’s ‘Bring the Noise’ Collaboration With Public Enemy

Slayer guitarist Kerry King reveals his feelings about tourmates Anthrax's collaboration with Public Enemy on 'Bring the Noise.'

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire (2)

Watch Slayer + Anthrax Members Jam Bryan Adams’ ‘Summer of ’69’ at Soundcheck

During a soundcheck in Canada, members of Slayer and Anthrax jammed on a cover of Bryan Adams' 'Summer of '69.' Check out the video inside.

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15 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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Nuclear Blast

Slayer Complete ‘Repentless’ Video Trilogy With Gore-Splattered ‘Pride in Prejudice’

Slayer just completed their 'Repentless' video trilogy with another over-the-top gorefest for 'Pride in Prejudice.'

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Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Exodus + Slayer Guitarist Gary Holt Talks Splitting Time Between Bands, Jamming ‘Free Bird,’ Early Thrash Scene + More

Exodus + Slayer guitarist Gary Holt was the guest on Full Metal Jackie's weekend radio program, discussing splitting his time between bands, 'Free Bird' + more.

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YouTube: Rob Scallon

Rob Scallon Collaborates With Sarah Longfield on Ukulele Cover of Slayer’s ‘Payback’

Rob Scallon was joined by Sarah Longfield for a hilarious ukulele rendition of Slayer's 'Payback.'

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Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Kerry King: Despite Lots of Material, Slayer Likely Won’t Record New Album Before 2018

In a video interview, Slayer's Kerry King reveals the band has a wealth of leftover material for their next album, but likely won't get to recording until 2018.

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Slayer’s Kerry King Says Tom Araya ‘Very Unclear’ on Future of Band

Slayer guitarist Kerry King says that vocalist Tom Araya is 'very unclear' on his future, while King says there's no doubt about his own future.

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Sebastian Reuter / John Moore, Getty Images

Slayer’s Kerry King: Donald Trump Is ‘The Biggest Liar I’ve Ever Seen in Politics’

Along with claiming Hillary Clinton is the 'safe, correct choice,' Slayer's Kerry King labeled Donald Trump as 'the biggest liar I’ve ever seen in politics.'

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Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com / Chad Childers, Loudwire

Slipknot, Avenged Sevenfold, Deftones, Slayer + More To Play Knotfest Mexico 2016

The lineup for this year's Knotfest Mexico is stacked, with Slipknot, Avenged Sevenfold, Deftones, Slayer and more.

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