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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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Gary Holt Is Ready to Write for Slayer: ‘It’s All Thrash Metal’

Guitarist Gary Holt says he is ready to write music for Slayer, and questions about being able to because he's also a member of Exodus don't really factor in.

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Ukrainian Zoo Unveils Glorious Statue of Slayer’s Tom Araya

The zoo has just unveiled a statue of Slayer frontman Tom Araya with a giant Slayer logo behind him and lines from 'Dead Skin Mask' carved into a pillar.

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4 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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Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com

Slayer’s Tom Araya Uncertain of Timeline for ‘Repentless’ Follow-Up, Still Ironing Out Business Details With Kerry King

Slayer's Tom Araya says he's uncertain about a follow-up to the band's 'Repentless' album and reveals that he's ironing out business details with Kerry King.

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Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com

Slayer’s Tom Araya on Trump Photoshop Uproar: America Is ‘A Nation of Crybabies’

When asked in a new interview about the backlash from photoshopping Donald Trump into a picture of Slayer, Tom Araya called America 'a nation of crybabies.'

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David Klein / Jo Hale, Getty Images

Limp Bizkit Almost Caused Kerry King to Quit Slayer

Oh boy, we almost lost Slayer for good… and Limp Bizkit are to blame!

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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

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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