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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 on Ghost: ‘I Love the Imagery, I Just Hate the F—ing Music’

While he likes Ghost's imagery and the band themselves, King says he's not a fan of their music.

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Slayer vs. The Black Dahlia Murder
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Slayer vs. The Black Dahlia Murder – Death Match

Slayer take on the Black Dahlia Murder in this week's Death Match.

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Kerry King / Jeff Hanneman
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Slayer’s Kerry King: One of Jeff Hanneman’s Final Decisions Was to Bring Back Paul Bostaph

Slayer shredder Kerry King reveals that one of Jeff Hanneman's final decisions was to bring drumming phenom Paul Bostaph back into the band.

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Slayer, King Diamond, Hellyeah + The Devil Wears Prada Rock 2015 Mayhem Festival Main Stage

The 2015 Mayhem Festival rolled through San Bernardino, Calif. See our photos of main stage acts Slayer, King Diamond, Hellyeah and The Devil Wears Prada.

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Kerry King: Slayer to Make ‘Legit Offer’ for Gary Holt to Continue With Band

Though he's filled in since 2011, guitarist Gary Holt may soon receive a contract offer from Slayer to make his status official.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Amnesia Rockfest Day 2 – System of a Down, Slayer, Rob Zombie, Hatebreed + More

System of a Down, Slayer, Rob Zombie and more all took the stage for the second day of Amnesia Rockfest. Check out photos and a recap here.

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Lamb of God vs. Slayer
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Lamb of God vs. Slayer – Death Match

It's the return of the Death Match and we've got two awesome tracks to face each other in this brutal battle!

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Nuclear Blast

Slayer Unleash Ripping Title Track From ‘Repentless’

Although Slayer's highly anticipated 11th studio album, Repentless, won't be out until Sept. 11, you can treat your ears to the album's title track right now.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Slayer Thrash Long Island, New York [Photos]

Slayer kicked off their first of two nights at The Paramount in Long Island, N.Y., on Tuesday (June 16) with the notable “World Painted Blood."

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Nuclear Blast
Nuclear Blast

Slayer Unveil ‘Repentless’ Album Artwork

Slayer have unveiled the cover artwork for their upcoming album, 'Repentless,' which is set for a Sept. 11 release.

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