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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. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Track List: Soundtrack To The Apocalypse

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Comments

I'm gonna seek redstonefox on no face ninja some day We both killed chicane.
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at dawn they sleep
Here in 1994
please comment on the megadeth board
Slayer will rip forever
hallowed point
Where are all the megadeth and slayer fans ? are they choking on chicken ?
killing fields is just ghosts of war part 2
War Ensemble
Me too, my fox
I love hell waits.
sex murder art cd version
I've been a fan since I was born in 83. My dad brought home show no mercy and holy diver and piece of mind and see you in hell on record that day.
Slayer is like a fine wine... They get better with age. Been listening to Slayer since their early days in 81 or 82.
sex murder art live
raining blood
dissident aggressor
south of heaven again
piece by piece
necrophobic
ghosts of war
south of heaven
haunting the chapel, cool shirt and song
SO HOW'S THAT SLAYER WITHOUT JEFF !
Silent scream
fordtufff
Megadeth>Met a l l i c a > L i t a F o r d > B e a b e r > s l a y e r w/o jeff
I Am The Antichrist
show no mercy
get out of here hardcore fans. go shave your heads stone bald somewhere else.
dawg, Suck on this ...... It's really long
We are all glad that u are proud to be white.
I'm proud of being white
Nothing to regret!!
I love 80's era Slayer
I'm Catholic too
Slayer is forever in my heart, blood, and soul. The masters of metal still to this day deliver the deep rooted Slayer sound and cannot be touched by any. R.I.P. Jeff. Reign In Blood Forever brother!
redflame248
Alygarcia, you do realize Tom Araya is Catholic, right?
I got a new avatar form wolverine. I'm Kikyo from wolverine.
R.I.P. Hanneman the quiet genius behind Slayer's sound. Slayer will forever reign as the kings of hardcore!
Only little Christian b**ches hate slayer!! F**k god
1986 and the advanced copy form 1985 and the expanded edition.
Yeah, yeah, everyone says Reign in Blood.
davidlbowens r 6
this song was played for me in the mid 80's this was the song that got me hooked on metal. I never knew who song it til now, 30 plus years later. it still gets me pumped up, n fuels my work out !!!!!!!!!!
Reign in bood
Show No Mercy and Hell Awaits are the best albums!-IMO
Haohmaru Windy on youtube
I'm listening to the antichrist. Their best song.
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