Slayer

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Thrash Metal (Heavy Metal) band from Huntington Park, California (USA).

Formed in 1981 by Kerry King (guitar), Jeff Hanneman (guitar), Dave Lombardo (drums) and Tom Araya (vocals and bass) at Huntington Park, California U.S.A., Slayer influenced Thrash and cosidered by many the best Thrash band.

In 2013 ihe world mourned the loss of guitarist Jeff Hanneman who died from complications following a two-year illness. Losing Jeff was very difficult for the band. During Jeff’s illness, friend of the band, guitarist Gary Holt of Exodus stepped in to help out on tour with Jeff’s blessing and stayed on. Around that time, drummer Dave Lombardo exited the band for the third time and Paul Bostaph, (who played with the band from 1992-2001), returned to take over the throne. Slayer never skipped a beat and since Holt and Bostaph both played in Exodus, it was all-in-the-thrash-family.

But it didn’t come easily.
As guitarist and Slayer co-founder Kerry King puts it, “I remember the day that Jeff died. It was the day of the Revolver Golden Gods Awards. We knew he’d been sick but nobody expected it to be so quick. I assumed I’d be able to go out there and see him after I got done with whatever business I had to do and that day never came.
“We went out and toured afterwards to see how we felt about it. That’s what you do as a musician: you either go out and tour or you stop working. Even though we’d been touring for two years without Jeff, thinking he was going to come back, now there was finality to it. And the thing with Gary was that we were all friends. Exodus was the first band we’d ever met that became our friends immediately and we stayed friends throughout the years. Gary is just a guitar dynamo and he was the guy.”

Tom Araya agrees. “Jeff would want us to continue. I’d think that if something were to happen to someone else in the band, whoever it was would feel the same way. Just get on with it. Gary’s a friend, a friend of Jeff’s, he knew what was going on and he wanted to help in any way he could, so Gary made Slayer a comfortable place to be. Having Paul back was also a comforting feeling. He’s a former member and that’s the best thing about it. It wasn’t some other guy. Having Paul and Gary made everything a little easier to handle. It’s about the band. Slayer was a big thing for Jeff, and so I’m looking at it in that sense. It was his baby, too. And we hope we’ve done Slayer and him justice.”

King said that Slayer still had to test the water. “Now we were out to see if it made sense to continue, to see if we liked it, to see if the band still enjoyed it. And the way I looked at it was: if it wasn’t this, it was going to be something that sounded exactly like this, so why not continue doing this? It’s super-potent. We’re really tight right now and we’re stoked that we’re still doing it. Once we had that under our belts we started thinking about a record and never looked back.”

After two decades with American Recordings, Slayer found a new home with Nuclear Blast, the German independent label known for its metal roster. King is enthusiastic about the move, “I like it,” he declares, stressing the work like. “Having been with American for so long we wanted to give them first right of refusal because that’s how we are. I think continuity is far stronger than switching all the time. But at the end of the day, Nuclear Blast made us a great offer and so it was time to move on. At Nuclear Blast, people go to work, they do their job, get paid and they fuckin’ like it. All hands. So it was the right choice.”

2018 After a 34-year career that helped establish the genre, in January 2018 the band announced the end of Slayer after a final tour which ended in November 2019.
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Albums

EC1034, MBR 1013 Slayer - Show No Mercy album art Slayer Show No Mercy (Album) Metal Blade Records EC1034, MBR 1013 US 1983 Sell This Version
MX 8020, MBR 1040 Slayer - Hell Awaits album art Slayer Hell Awaits (Album) Metal Blade Records, Combat MX 8020, MBR 1040 US 1985 Sell This Version
LONLP 34 Slayer - Reign In Blood album art Slayer Reign In Blood (Album) Def Jam Recordings LONLP 34 UK 1986 Sell This Version
LONC 63, 828 080-4 Slayer - South Of Heaven album art Slayer South Of Heaven (Album) Def Jam Recordings, Geffen Records LONC 63, 828 080-4 UK & France 1988 Sell This Version
846 871-4 Slayer - Seasons In The Abyss album art Slayer Seasons In The Abyss (Album) Def American Recordings 846 871-4 Turkey 1990 Sell This Version
510 607-4 Slayer - Decade Of Aggression Live - Cassette Two album art Slayer Decade Of Aggression Live - Cassette Two (Album) Def American Recordings 510 607-4 Netherlands 1991 Sell This Version
510 606-4 Slayer - Decade Of Aggression Live - Cassette One album art Slayer Decade Of Aggression Live - Cassette One (Album) Def American Recordings 510 606-4 Italy 1991 Sell This Version
PHCR-2091~2 Slayer - Decade Of Aggression Live album art Slayer Decade Of Aggression Live (Album) Def American Recordings PHCR-2091~2 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
743212367744 Slayer - Divine Intervention album art Slayer Divine Intervention (Album) American Recordings 743212367744 Malaysia 1994 Sell This Version
88697131072 Slayer - Undisputed Attitude album art Slayer Undisputed Attitude (Album) American Recordings 88697131072 USA & Europe 1996 Sell This Version
491302 4 Slayer - Diabolus In Musica album art Slayer Diabolus In Musica (Album) American Recordings 491302 4 Bulgaria 1998 Sell This Version
UICL 1012-4 Slayer - God Hates Us All album art Slayer God Hates Us All (Album) American Recordings UICL 1012-4 US 2001 Sell This Version
30758-12 Slayer - Christ Illusion album art Slayer Christ Illusion (Album) American Recordings, American Recordings 30758-12 US 2006 Sell This Version
88697 61491 2 Slayer - World Painted Blood album art Slayer World Painted Blood (Album) American Recordings, Columbia 88697 61491 2 Australia 2009 Sell This Version
NB 3359-2 Slayer - Repentless album art Slayer Repentless (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast NB 3359-2 Argentina 2015 Sell This Version
27361 41961 Slayer - The Repentless Killogy (Live At The Forum In Inglewood, CA) album art Slayer The Repentless Killogy (Live At The Forum In Inglewood, CA) (Album) Nuclear Blast 27361 41961 Europe 2019 Sell This Version
3984-15790-1 Slayer Show No Mercy(LP, Album, RE, RM, Red) Metal Blade Records 3984-15790-1 Europe 2021 Sell This Version
3984-15791-1 Slayer Show No Mercy(LP, Album, RE, RM, Tra) Metal Blade Records 3984-15791-1 Europe 2021 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

BAM4 1005 Slayer - Haunting The Chapel album art Slayer Haunting The Chapel (EP) Metal Blade Records BAM4 1005 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
MBR 1037, 72217-4 Slayer - Live Undead album art Slayer Live Undead (EP, Album, MiniAlbum, Comp) Metal Blade Records, Enigma Records (3) MBR 1037, 72217-4 Asia 1985 Sell This Version
920 706-0 Slayer - Postmortem album art Slayer Postmortem Geffen Records 920 706-0 Europe 1986 Sell This Version
LONCC 133 Slayer - Criminally Insane (Remix) album art Slayer Criminally Insane (Remix) (Maxi, Single) Def Jam Recordings LONCC 133 UK 1987 Sell This Version
1.000 Slayer - South Of Heaven album art Slayer South Of Heaven (Single) Def Jam Recordings 1.000 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
9 40060-2 Slayer - Seasons In The Abyss album art Slayer Seasons In The Abyss (Single) Def American Recordings 9 40060-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
DEFAM 812 Slayer - Spirit In Black album art Slayer Spirit In Black(12", Promo) Def American Recordings DEFAM 812 UK 1990 Sell This Version

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gamaxis

gamaxis

May 13, 2018
edited over 3 years ago
SLAYER GOLDEN ERA is ontly until SEASONS in the ABYSS - Misteryously the decay of music in all variations and styles comes in the mid 1990s ,
Mayham

Mayham

September 10, 2017
edited over 4 years ago
A great thrash metal band from their Debut album Show no mercy all the way to the end of Seasons of the abyss,after seasons of the Abyss this is where Fans kind of split & was really hit or miss
Mad.max

Mad.max

March 18, 2017
Paul Bostaph is better and more technical than Dave Lombardo
tantric_obstacles

tantric_obstacles

November 30, 2015
Although I love just about everything Slayer did up to and including Seasons In The Abyss, in my opinion the moment they decided to abandon supernatural evil in favour of more urban manifestations they lost the most crucial part of their identity. Sure they have released some good and even great songs since then, but nothing comes close to their output up to 1990. It would seem that in a weird biblical correlation, Slayer lost their might when King lost his hair, Sampson-style.
jimmyjam69

jimmyjam69

April 2, 2015
Best Thrash Band Ever!!!!!!!!!!
Daniel-Lopez

Daniel-Lopez

August 24, 2014
Tom Araya is our Fucking Chilean ELVIS!!
ant0nis

ant0nis

October 23, 2013
In my opinion the best thrash band reach its end! Jeff was very critical to the outcome of the band and Slayer should not try to replace someone unreplacable. They ought to pull back while still on top! I'll be very sorry if i see a second Sepultura parody...

R.I.P. Jeff.
phobos777

phobos777

May 3, 2013
REST IN PEACE JEFF \m/
Kein.Mensch

Kein.Mensch

January 8, 2012
If Metallica was the Beatles of thrash (which they were), then Slayer was the Rolling Stones of thrash but highly on speed and really really pissed off :-) Slayer was like... beyond description, like a constant bombardment back in the day (middle 80's) for us. Slayer can only be compared with Venom in terms of aggression and raw chainsaw-like, killing sound!

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