|Birth name||Tomás Enrique Araya|
|Born||June 6, 1961|
Viña del Mar, Chile
|Origin||South Gate, California|
Tom Araya (born Tomás Enrique Araya June 6, 1961 in Viña del Mar, Chile) is an Chilean-American 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".
References[change | change source]
- Keko Paralta Casanova. "Rockaxis - Interview with Tom Araya (Spanish)". Rockaxis.com. Retrieved 2008-02-25.