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Slayer

Slayer were one of the most distinctive, influential, and extreme thrash metal bands of the 1980s. Their graphic lyrics dealt with everything from death and dismemberment to war and the horrors of hell. Their full-throttle velocity, wildly chaotic guitar solos, and powerful musical chops painted an effectively chilling sonic background for their obsessive chronicling of the dark side; this correspondence helped Slayer's music hold up arguably better than the remaining Big Three '80s thrash outfits (Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax). Naturally, Slayer stirred up quite a bit of controversy over the years, with rumors flying about Satanism and Nazism that only added to their mystique. Over the years, Slayer put out some high-quality albums, including one undisputed classic (Reign in Blood), and saw the numbers of naysayers and detractors shrinking as their impact on the growing death metal movement was gradually and respectfully acknowledged. Slayer survived with arguably the most vitality and the least compromise of any pre-Nirvana metal band, and their intensity inspired similar responses from their devoted fans.

Slayer were formed in 1982 in Huntington Park, California, by guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman; also recruited were bassist/vocalist Tom Araya and drummer Dave Lombardo. They started out playing covers of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden songs, but quickly discovered that they could get attention (and fans) by exploiting threatening, Satanic imagery. The band was invited by Metal Blade's Brian Slagel to contribute a track to the Metal Massacre, Vol. 3 compilation (a series that also saw the vinyl debuts of Metallica and Voivod); a contract and debut album, Show No Mercy, followed shortly thereafter. While Slayer's early approach was rather cartoonish, their breakneck speed and instrumental prowess were still highly evident. Two EPs, Haunting the Chapel and Live Undead, were released in 1984, but 1985's Hell Awaits refined their lyrical obsessions into a sort of concept album about damnation and torture and made an immediate sensation in heavy metal circles, winning Slayer a rabid cult following.

Def Jam co-founder Rick Rubin took a liking to the band, signed them to his label, and contributed the first clear-sounding production heard on any Slayer album for the stripped-down Reign in Blood. Due to the graphic nature of the material, CBS refused to distribute the album, which garnered a great deal of publicity for the band; eventually, Geffen Records stepped in. Combining Slayer's trademark speed metal with the tempos and song lengths (if not structures) of hardcore, along with the band's most disturbing lyrics yet, Reign in Blood was an instant classic, breaking the band through to a wider audience, and was hailed by some as the greatest speed metal album of all time (some give the nod to Metallica's Master of Puppets).

South of Heaven disappointed some of the band's hardcore followers, as Slayer successfully broke out of the potential stylistic straitjacket of their reputation as the world's fastest, most extreme band. Drummer Lombardo took some time off and was briefly replaced by Whiplash drummer Tony Scaglione, but soon returned to the fold. Released in 1990, Seasons in the Abyss was well-received in all respects, incorporating more of the classic Slayer intensity into a more commercial -- but no less uncompromising -- sound. "War Ensemble" and the title track became favorites on MTV's Headbanger's Ball, and Slayer consolidated their position at the forefront of thrash, along with Metallica. Following the release of the double-live album Decade of Aggression, Lombardo left the band again and formed Grip Inc.

Slayer remained quiet for a few years; the only new material released after 1990 was a duet with Ice-T recorded for the Judgment Night soundtrack on a medley of songs by the Exploited. After leaving the Forbidden, Paul Bostaph signed on as the new drummer for 1994's Divine Intervention, which was released to glowing reviews; thanks to the new death metal movement, which drew upon Slayer and particularly Reign in Blood for its inspiration, Slayer were hailed as metal innovators. The album was a massive success, debuting at number eight on the Billboard album charts.

Bostaph left the band to concentrate on a side project, the Truth About Seafood, and was replaced by ex-Testament drummer Jon Dette for Undisputed Attitude, an album consisting mostly of punk and hardcore covers. Bostaph rejoined Slayer in time to record 1998's Diabolus in Musica. The band reunited with Def Jam for 2001's God Hates Us All and in 2002, Lombardo rejoined the band once more. In 2004, they unleashed the four-disc anthology Soundtrack to the Apocalypse, followed by an album of all-new material, Christ Illusion, in 2006. After a relentless tour and festival schedule in 2007 and 2008, Slayer emerged from the studio with World Painted Blood in 2009. In 2010, Slayer appeared with Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax on Big 4: Live from Sofia, Bulgaria. On May 2, 2013, Slayer guitarist and co-founder Jeff Hanneman died of liver failure at a Los Angeles hospital; he was 49 years old.

King and Araya refused to let their friend's death deter them from carrying on with Slayer, and set to work writing a new album. Lombardo was kicked out of the band for the third time; Bostaph came back on board, and Exodus' Gary Holt, who had filled in for Hanneman when he was seriously ill with necrotizing fasciitis in 2011, joined as his permanent replacement. The album was eventually finished in 2015 and titled Repentless. Three tracks, "When the Stillness Comes," "Implode," and the title cut -- which King dubbed a "HannemAnthem" in tribute -- were released as digital singles throughout the spring and summer. Repentless appeared on September 11 through Nuclear Blast. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Repentless

1. Delusions Of Saviour

2. Repentless

3. Take Control

4. Vices

5. Cast The First Stone

6. When The Stillness Comes

7. Chasing Death

8. Implode

9. Piano Wire

10. Atrocity Vendor

11. You Against You

12. Pride In Prejudice

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Track List: World Painted Blood (Explicit)

1. World Painted Blood

2. Unit 731

3. Snuff

4. Beauty Through Order

5. Hate Worldwide

6. Public Display Of Dismemberment

7. Human Strain

8. Americon

9. Psychopathy Red

10. Playing With Dolls

11. Not Of This God

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Track List: Soundtrack To The Apocalypse

Disc 1

1. Angel Of Death

2. Criminally Insane (Remix)

3. Postmortem

4. Raining Blood

5. Aggressive Perfector

6. South Of Heaven

7. Live Undead

8. Silent Scream

9. Mandatory Suicide

10. Spill The Blood

11. War Ensemble

12. Dead Skin Mask

13. Hallowed Point

14. Born Of Fire

15. Seasons In The Abyss

16. Hell Awaits

17. The Antichrist

18. Chemical Warfare

Disc 2

1. Sex. Murder. Art.

2. Dittohead

3. Divine Intervention

4. Serenity In Murder

5. 213

6. Can't Stand You

7. Ddamm

8. Gemini

9. Bitter Peace

10. Death's Head

11. Stain Of Mind

12. Disciple

13. God Send Death

14. New Faith

15. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

16. Disorder

17. Memories Of Tomorrow

18. Human Disease

19. Unguarded Instinct

20. Wicked

21. Addict

22. Scarstruck

Disc 3

1. Ice Titan (Live)

2. The Antichrist (Live)

3. Fight Till Death (Live)

4. Necrophiliac (Live)

5. Piece By Piece (Alternate Mix)

6. Raining Blood (Live)

7. Angel Of Death (Live)

8. Raining Blood (Alternate Version)

9. South Of Heaven (Alternate Version)

10. Seasons In The Abyss (Live)

11. Mandatory Suicide (Live)

12. Mind Control (Live)

13. No Remorse (I Wanna Die)

14. Dittohead (Live)

15. Sex. Murder. Art. (Live)

16. Bloodline (Live)

17. Payback (Live)

Disc 5
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Track List: God Hates Us All

1. Darkness Of Christ

2. Disciple

3. God Send Death

4. New Faith

5. Cast Down

6. Threshold

7. Exile

8. Seven Faces

9. Bloodline

10. Deviance

11. Warzone

12. Here Comes The Pain

13. Payback

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Track List: Diabolus In Musica

1. Bitter Peace

2. Death's Head

3. Stain Of Mind

4. Overt Enemy

5. Perversions Of Pain

6. Love To Hate

7. Desire

8. In The Name Of God

9. Scrum

10. Screaming From The Sky

11. Point

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Track List: Undisputed Attitude

1. Disintegration / Free Money

2. Verbal Abuse / Leeches

3. Abolish Government / Superficial Love

4. Can't Stand You

5. Ddamm

6. Gulity Of Being White

7. I Hate You

8. Filler / Don't Want To Hear It

9. Spiritual Law

10. Mr. Freeze

11. Violent Pacification

12. Richard Hung Himself

13. I'm Gonna Be Your God

14. Gemini

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Track List: Divine Intervention (Explicit)

1. Killing Fields

2. Sex. Murder. Art

3. Fictional Reality

4. Dittohead

5. Divine Intervention

6. Circle Of Beliefs

7. SS-3

8. Serenity In Murder

9. 213

10. Mind Control

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Track List: Seasons In The Abyss (Explicit)

1. War Ensemble

2. Blood Red

3. Spirit In Black

4. Expendable Youth

5. Dead Skin Mask

6. Hallowed Point

7. Skeletons Of Society

8. Temptation

9. Born Of Fire

10. Seasons In The Abyss

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Track List: South Of Heaven (Explicit)

1. South Of Heaven

2. Silent Scream

3. Live Undead

4. Behind The Crooked Cross

5. Mandatory Suicide

6. Ghosts Of War

7. Read Between The Lies

8. Cleanse The Soul

9. Dissident Aggressor

10. Spill The Blood

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Track List: Reign In Blood

1. Angel Of Death

2. Piece By Piece

3. Necrophobic

4. Altar Of Sacrifice

5. Jesus Saves

6. Criminally Insane

7. Reborn

8. Epidemic

9. Postmortem

10. Raining Blood

11. Aggressive Perfector

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Track List: Hell Awaits

1. Hell Awaits

2. Kill Again

3. At Dawn They Sleep

4. Praise Of Death

5. Necrophiliac

6. Crypts Of Eternity

7. Hardening Of The Arteries

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Track List: Haunting The Chapel

1. Chemical Warfare

2. Captor Of Sin

3. Haunting The Chapel

4. Aggressive Perfector

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Track List: Show No Mercy

1. Evil Has No Boundaries

2. The Antichrist

3. Die By The Sword

4. Fight Till Death

5. Metal Storm / Face The Slayer

6. Black Magic

7. Tormentor

8. The Final Command

9. Crionics

10. Show No Mercy

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Track List: Christ Illusion (Explicit)

1. Flesh Storm

2. Catalyst

3. Skeleton Christ

4. Eyes Of The Insane

5. Jihad

6. Consfearacy

7. Catatonic

9. Cult

10. Supremist

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Track List: Live Undead

1. Black Magic

2. Die By The Sword

3. Captor Of Sin

4. The Antichrist

7. Aggressive Perfector

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Track List: Repentless (Single)

1. Repentless

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Ha, go f u c k yourself
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Slayer fans would be the first ones knocked out in a pit.
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Satan laughs as you eternally rot. Praise hail Slayer
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nicocamp02
Slayer was definitely the best band of the big four thrash metal bands of the 80s
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SLAER RULES !!!!!!!!!
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Before you the light you must DIE!!!!! \M/.....
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Look up slayer cartoon on you tube. Best cartoon for criminally insane ever
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Hao cant comment... :)
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Slayer will be played at my funeral
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\F**KIN'SLAY E R /
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Man........F o c k u if you don't like slayer....
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Always love Slayer and their edginess.
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Totally f****** kick this Jam by this heave metal band! Slayer rocks a**! Hallowed Point, totally rocks! Heavy thrash metal at its finest, by this awesome thrash metal band, Slayer. Totally awesome album, and such a Kick-A** Rockin metal band! Rock on!
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F**k yes!!!! And DRI.. I see was mentioned... This is the base of all that's considered great metal to me... Espically with the ol school Slayer.. With the growls and the f**kin screams is so 80s....love it, bleed it, live it
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Say good night to haohmarudrea m s . . . . . s e n d a polite note of thanks to pandora-supp o r t @ p a n d o r a . c o m for making that happen. Remember be polite... :)
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bobby.barboz a 8
What a f*g punch him in the face! Hope I see him in the pit @ the DRI gig in corona ca...
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adunn3576 & haohmarudrea m s . . . I await the day that Pandora is treated like the Holiday dinner table: leave the politics and religion out of a place that should be for the music!
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Just another Clinton s**t bag must of forgotten about the lies ,bengazi ,emails ,Haiti your an idiot
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I remember goin on the bus to Ford City Mall,and having to pay older dude , $5extra to buy it,cuz I wasn't oldenough
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F**KING SLAYER
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Who's going to see slayer on the 26th in AZ
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SLAYER LIVE AT ARAGON CHIAGO F**KING KICK A** SHOW
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No apparent motive.....J u s KiLL and KiLL AGAIN!!!!
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samdart12
slayer
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\m/ SLAYER \m/
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They finally played a Slayer song on my Ozzy/Candleb o x station. In my OPINION these guys SUCK... Could not stand them since the first time I heard them in the Eighties... Ridiculously Horrible.... Pray for their souls...
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Yea f**king slayer
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Slayer rules supreme hands down
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adam_haynes
Reign In Blood. Best metal album ever.
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justinjenny4 9 5
❤❤❤❤❤
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Fills the soul with extreme power!
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Oh damn!
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F**king SLAYER \m/
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All I can say is...SLAYER! \,,,/
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Saw Slayer at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago back in the day. LOL cant remember the year!! Dont do drugs folks. LOL
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Been a Slayer fan since the eighties. Pushing 50 and I still listen to them about every day. Sept 20 in Indianapolis . Can't wait to see them again.
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Only have the Soundtrack to Apocalypse box set, Still Reigning on DVD and an Eagle In The Abyss tapestry but I still consider myself a Slayer fan
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HE'LL AWAITS Everything!! ! It sure does &if slayer is playing I'm in
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Often compared to anthrax and iron maiden...... I S SLAYER ONE OF THE COOLIST.META L BANDS
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I once did a drum cover on mandatory suicide....i t was the best drum cover I've done
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F**king great show live REIGN IN BLOOD. Brooklyn NY LAMOURS NIGHTCLUB Only 16 at that show !!! METAL FOREVER!!! \m/
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Either way,slayer is the kings of metal!!!
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That Show No Mercy cover. Lol lol lol. I hope that's not supposed to be scary, because whacky goat/horse/w h a t e v e r head, big sword with flame coming out of the top guy is giving me a hearty chuckle right now.
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FUK YAAAAAAAA AAA FUKN SLAYER!!!!!! ! ! THE GODS! !!!!!!!!!!!
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Matty I wish I had more hands ! So I could give yo titties 4 thumbs down!! The milks gone bad matty lmwao thank u Charlie Murphy
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Well matty,matthe w , i f u dont likey don't listen! U got a FU#IN THUMB just like da next killroy!!!!! ! ! I suggest u sit on it n spin!!!!!
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jatisdale2
How can dey put SLAYER in da same category as metallica n megadeth!!! Dey r in there own category! All there own!!! No offense to dem guys! But dat is offensive!!! !
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HAY MATTY BLOW IT OUT PF A** SLAYER 4 EVER
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shawnbowser2 1 6
F**king slayer
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