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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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3 Years Ago: Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman Dies

A detailed look back at the death of one of metal's legendary musicians.

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Loudwire

Slayer Albums Ranked

See how we ranked Slayer's albums from weakest to strongest.

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Loudwire

Slayer’s Tom Araya on the Pros and Cons of Touring [Exclusive Video]

After 35 years of fronting Slayer, Tom Araya admittedly has somewhat of a love / hate relationship with touring.

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Stephen Lovekin, Getty Images / Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Stephen Lovekin, Getty Images / Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Slayer + Testament Members Cover Lynyrd Skynyrd’s ‘Free Bird’ During Soundcheck

Members of Slayer and Testament enjoyed a soundcheck jam of Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Free Bird' before a show in San Francisco.

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Slayer’s Paul Bostaph: ‘It’s Not Easy’ To Do What Dave Lombardo Does

Slayer's Paul Bostaph has manned the drums in the band for over a combined decade, but concedes 'it's not easy' replicating what Dave Lombardo did.

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Spencer Kaufman / Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Slayer + Testament Members Cuddle Puppies at Animal Rescue Shelter

Members of Slayer and Testament visited an animal shelter to cuddle some puppies while they were in Washington. Photos inside.

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Slayer’s Tom Araya: Jeff Hanneman Would Have Been Proud of ‘Repentless’

Tom Araya took us through the creation of 'Repentless' along with his feelings on what Jeff Hanneman would likely think of Slayer’s 12th full-length.

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Nuclear Blast

Slayer Unleash Violent Video for ‘You Against You’

Acting as a prequel to the heavily violent 'Repentless' video, the clip for 'You Against You' features a familiar character.

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Loudwire

Slayer’s Tom Araya Plays ‘Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?’

We snagged some time with Slayer frontman Tom Araya so he could prove and disprove what written about him on Wikipedia!

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images / Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Slayer, ‘Bloodline’ vs. Pantera, ‘Revolution Is My Name’ – March Metal Madness 2016, Round 2

Slayer take on Pantera in Round 2 of March Metal Madness to determine the Best Metal Song of the 21st Century.

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