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Slayer at Hellfest 2017. From left to right: Gary Holt, Tom Araya and Kerry King.
Slayer at Hellfest 2017. From left to right: Gary Holt, Tom Araya and Kerry King.
Background information
OriginHuntington Park, California, U.S.
GenresThrash metal
Years active1981–2019
Past member(s)

Slayer was an American thrash metal band that began in California in 1981. The band was started by two guitarists named Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. Along with Metallica, Anthrax and Megadeth, Slayer is known as one of the "Big Four" of thrash metal music.[1]

Slayer's music is a fast and very mean heavy metal style. The words to the band's talk about murderers, Satan, religion and war.

Slayer has released ten studio albums, two live albums and a box-set.

The band has been the top band at many large music festivals around the world and their music has been added to many video games.

Band members[change | change source]

Current members[change | change source]

Former members[change | change source]

  • Jeff Hanneman – Guitar (1981–2013)
  • Dave Lombardo – Drums (1981–1986, 1987–1992, 2001–2013)
  • Tony Scaglione – Drums (1986–1987)
  • Jon Dette – Drums (1996–1997, 2013)

Discography[change | change source]

Albums[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. Lee, Cosmo (2007-05-07). "Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal". Stylus. Archived from the original on 2008-12-25. Retrieved 2008-12-16.
  2. "Slayer Forge On After Jeff Hanneman's Death". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2013-12-24.
  3. "Slayer Reveal Repentless Album Cover; Likely To Offend Christians". Metal Injection. Retrieved 2015-08-16.

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