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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. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Comments

Mutha fukin slayer...mut h a fukin f**k yea
Why does Metallica play on every station i listen to?
k_rowin
Slayer is just a great fukn band!
tlandry if you like pantera why don't you like slayer ?
TORMENTOR!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
in terms of intelligence these sort of comments are almost as bad as youtube
Satanic innuendos portrayed thru speed metal... Whtever keeps me alert and awake im all for the motto of play fast as slayer ran the gambit to and fro of Metal!
Nicko. Really? Yet another comment with limited vocabulary. It's to bad that abortion clinics don't take food stamps. Because then the herpes riddled meth head you know as "mom" could have done the word a favor.
tlandry043
Britton = easy sucker
Nicko. You really lack any comprehensiv e thought. You consistently repeat the same comments. Just goes to show that homeschoolin g in trailer parks doesn't work.
tlandry043
I didn't say they didn't have a hit. I said they haven't had one since???? Brittons mad at hillbilly's cause they were cracking bottles over his head and shoving a pool stick up his a** sideways. Don't walk into a bar talking smack lil girl
the real nicko isnt here anymore
Nicko I think u are a comedian? SLAYER has had hits on every single they put out.that's why u obviously can't give a straight answer.lol
k_rowin
Slayer kicks a** FTW
I'm still ME and I Still find this ALL entertaining . . . . but...
'Life is too short to hate'
'Don't fight for what you hate... Fight for what you LOVE'
No matter what your beliefs... We are ALL human, We ALL bleed the same. God or no God.
THIS $#!T IS GETTING OUT OF CONTROL. IT'S NOT ABOUT THE MUSIC ANY MORE. EVERYBODY IS GIVING EVERYBODY ELSE $#!T ABOUT THE MUSIC THEY LIKE OR DON'T LIKE. MYSELF INCLUDED. PEOPLE TALKING $#!T ON LITTLE KIDS BECAUSE THEY LIKE JUSTIN BIEBER OR MILEY CYRUS. HOMOPHOBES AND RACISTS POINTING FINGERS, MORONIC NAZIS CLAIMING STUPID THINGS SUCH AS 14/88 AND OTHER RACISTS PROPAGANDA. CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG BUT DIDN'T WE DEFEAT THOSE LAMEBRAINS SOME 80 YEARS AGO IN WWII??? YES EVERYBODY HAS A RIGHT TO THEIR
OWN BELIEFS BUT WHEN THOSE BELIEFS START TO HURT PEOPLE THEY DONT EVEN KNOW IN A NON HUMORUS WAY THATS WHERE I DRAW THE LINE. THAT SAID, THE LINES ARE BEING DRAWN AND ALL I WANT IS TO LISTEN TO THE MUSIC. NOT DEBATE ABOUT IT AND CERTAINLY NOT PERSACUTE ANYONE ELSE FOR THEIR BELIEFS. GOOD LUCK TO YOU ALL AND ENJOY THE MUSIC!
I like how you also referred to yourself as an "inbred hick". Good for you for coming to grips with the stigmata of your trailer park existence.
I'm not angry. Your family should be the one's who are angry. With them have to mash up bananas to feed your poor retarded self. I feel sorry for them. It really must be taxing for them to hold your drool cup to your slack jaw all day long.
Slayer is making one last cd and that's it.
I'm getting south of heaven next month on the first.
tlandry043
Why so angry? Britton must feel inferior to inbred hicks. Stay strong ️sissy . This satanic band can go to hell already. They haven't had a hit since ??????????
Behind the crooked cross. Man great song from south of heaven
Angel of Death. Monarch to the kingdom of the dead.
Lol britton
bruce dickinson from iron maiden is still taking chemo
bruce dickinson has cancer
Poor little inbred Nicko. So uneducated that you have to basically repeat one of your previous messages. Hopefully the special needs teachers will help you to expand your vocabulary. Stupid helmet wearing, window licking, crayon eating, cousin f**king retard.
I'm the angel of death
raining blood on tlandry
tlandry043
I got the lube from your fat pig momma . Britton has hillbilly phobia from walking into bars and getting bottles cracked over his thick head.
Angel of Death!
(God should hate us all.)
Nico Makin the rounds and stirrin it up. ..niiiiice
Haunting The Chapel.
crionics
Nicko maybe your butt wouldn't hurt if you just ask your backwoods tobacco chewing wife beating father to use lube when he bangs your sissy a**.
I used to know how to play the intro to at dawn they sleep on guitar.
tlandry043
Sam-o lam-o jtfxds
Texas does indeed suck. I've got to move to California. Japan too.
STFU Screech!! Go save the bell. Yeah you Nicko! Dork
huemyn
Kinda sounds like Sleater-Kinn e y .
Holy shitt! I'm shakin now.whaaaaaa a a . and yes,I'm sensitive. U hurt my feelings.
tlandry043
Slayer fans are sensitive sissy's . Got a big fist for each of you
I'll break your little fists nicko.u couldn't beat yourself outta a wet paper bag.u r the P**SY!!
Big fists for your big keyboard. Nerd!!
SLAYTANIC.
Funny how you have a private profile. Probably so we can't see all the show tunes and boy bands you have given a thumbs up to.
katy perry looks good as a queen, because she sure does suck.
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