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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 guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King, as well as drummer Dave Lombardo and bassist/singer Tom Araya. Slayer is one of the "Big Four" of thrash metal music, along with Metallica, Anthrax and Megadeth.[1]

Slayer's music has a fast and angry heavy metal style. The words to the band's songs are about murderers, Satan, religion, racism and war. Singing about these things gave the band a lot of controversy. Their music has inspired many other bands. Their third album, Reign in Blood, has been called one of the heaviest thrash metal albums.[2]

Slayer has released ten studio albums, two live albums and a box-set. Four of the band's albums have been certified gold by the RIAA. 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. McIver, Joel (2009-11-11). The Bloody Reign of Slayer. Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0-85712-038-0.
  3. "Slayer Forge On After Jeff Hanneman's Death". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2017-08-18. Retrieved 2013-12-24.
  4. "Slayer Reveal Repentless Album Cover; Likely To Offend Christians". Metal Injection. Retrieved 2015-08-16.

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