Tom Araya

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Tom Araya

Tom Araya of Slayer performing at Sonisphere Knebworth, August 2010
Background information
Birth name Tomás Enrique Araya
Born June 6, 1961 (1961-06-06) (age 53)
Viña del Mar, Chile[1]
Origin South Gate, California
Genres Thrash metal
speed metal
heavy metal
extreme metal
hard rock
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments Bass, vocals
Years active 1981–present
Labels American
Associated acts Slayer
Notable instruments
ESP Tom Araya Bass Guitar Model

Tom Araya (born Tomás Enrique Araya June 6, 1961 in Viña del Mar, Chile[1]) is an Chilean musician, best known as the bassist and vocalist of the American thrash metal band Slayer. Araya is ranked fifty-eighth by Hit Parader on their list of the 100 Greatest Metal Vocalists of All Time.

Araya was employed as a respiratory therapist in the early 1980s and used his earnings to finance Slayer's debut album Show No Mercy. Much of Araya's lyrical content is about serial killers, a subject he finds interesting, first making his lyrical contribution to 1985's Hell Awaits with the track "At Dawn They Sleep".

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