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

Slayer was formed in 1981 by Kerry King (guitar), Jeff Hanneman (guitar), Dave Lombardo (drums) and Tom Araya (vocals and bass). They are considered one of the "Big 4" of thrash metal, along with Metallica, Anthrax, and Megadeth.

Slayer's music is characterized by intense tremelo-picked guitars and high-speed drumming. The lyrics often deal with topics like Satanism (early in their career) and anti-religion (later on), war, murder, violence, social matters and political. Despite acknowledging early on that the Satanism they sang about was a gimmick (main songwriters King and Hanneman are both professed atheists and Araya is a practicing Catholic). The fact the both Araya and Lombardo are of hispanic origin, the band has often been accused of being Satanists and racists and have been a frequent target of parents and religious watchdog groups.

Slayer's first album was named ''Show No Mercy" (1983). Their "Reign In Blood" (1986) is often considered their ultimate work. Shortly into the tour for that record, Lombardo left the group, citing financial concerns. Tony Scaglione of Whiplash (5) was recruited to replace Lombardo; however, this line-up was short-lived, as Lombardo returned in 1987. In 1992, Lombardo left the group again due to friction with the other band members, particularly King. Paul Bostaph of Forbidden (3) took over as the band's drummer for "Divine Intervention" (1994) and "Undisputed Attitude" (1996).the latter being an LP of cover tunes. Following the recording of "Undisputed Attitude", Jon Dette replaced Bostaph, who left to concentrate on other projects. Dette was fired a year later and Bostaph returned to the fold. Coincidentally, Dave Lombardo, Paul Bostaph, and Jon Dette would all do stints with Bay-area thrashers Testament (2). In 2001, Paul Bostaph left Slayer for good and was replaced by a returning Dave Lombardo. Although this reunion was initally announced as temporary, Lombardo remained with the band until early 2013, when a financial dispute saw him replaced by Jon Dette for a series of concerts.

In 2011, Jeff Hanneman developed necrotizing fasciitis on his arm. It was believed to have been contracted from a spider bite and forced him to undergo extensive therapy before he could return to playing guitar full time. His live role was filled (briefly) by Cannibal Corpse guitarist Pat O'Brien and (more permanently) Exodus (6) guitarist Gary Holt.

Jeff Hanneman died on 2nd May, 2013, of liver failure. At the end of the same month, it was announced that Paul Bostaph was returning to the group.
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EC1034, MBR 1013 Slayer Show No Mercy (Album) Metal Blade Records EC1034, MBR 1013 US 1983 Sell This Version
MX 8020, MBR 1040 Slayer Hell Awaits (Album) Combat, Metal Blade Records MX 8020, MBR 1040 US 1985 Sell This Version
924 131-1 Slayer Reign In Blood (Album) Def Jam Recordings 924 131-1 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
LWB 6768 Slayer South Of Heaven (Album) Def Jam Recordings LWB 6768 Mexico 1988 Sell This Version
846 871-1 Slayer Seasons In The Abyss (Album) Def American Recordings 846 871-1 Spain 1990 Sell This Version
314 586 799-2, 510 605-2 Slayer Decade Of Aggression Live (Album, Comp) Def American Recordings 314 586 799-2, 510 605-2 1991 Sell This Version
none Slayer Divine Intervention (Album) American Recordings none US 1994 Sell This Version
3735228 Slayer Undisputed Attitude (Album) American Recordings 3735228 Canada 1996 Sell This Version
CK 69192, D124837 Slayer Diabolus In Musica (Album) American Recordings CK 69192, D124837 US 1998 Sell This Version
MOFR 00102 Slayer God Hates Us All (Album) American Recordings MOFR 00102 Russia 2001 Sell This Version
30758-12 Slayer Christ Illusion (Album) American Recordings, American Recordings 30758-12 US 2006 Sell This Version
88697 61491 2 Slayer World Painted Blood (Album) American Recordings 88697 61491 2 Australia 2009 Sell This Version
NB 3359-2 Slayer Repentless (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast NB 3359-2 Argentina 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

BAM4 1005 Slayer Haunting The Chapel (EP) Metal Blade Records BAM4 1005 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
320.025 Slayer Live Undead (EP, Album, Comp) Far East Metal Syndicate 320.025 Brazil 1984 Sell This Version
920 706-0 Slayer Postmortem Geffen Records 920 706-0 Europe 1986 Sell This Version
LONCC 133 Slayer Criminally Insane (Remix) (Maxi, Single) London Records, Def Jam Recordings, Geffen Records LONCC 133 UK 1987 Sell This Version
1.000 Slayer South Of Heaven (Single) Def Jam Recordings 1.000 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
868 692-7 Slayer Seasons In The Abyss (Single) Def American Recordings 868 692-7 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 1990 Sell This Version
DEFAM 812 Slayer Spirit In Black(12", Promo) Def American Recordings DEFAM 812 UK 1990 Sell This Version
Alaska 1 Slayer Ditto Head(12", Promo) American Recordings Alaska 1 US 1994 Sell This Version
PRO-CD 7231 Slayer Serenity In Murder (Single, EP, Maxi) American Recordings PRO-CD 7231 US 1994 Sell This Version
74321 384462 Slayer I Hate You (Single) BMG Nederland BV, American Recordings 74321 384462 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
FLORIDA 01 Slayer Sick Boy(7", Promo) American Recordings FLORIDA 01 US 1996 Sell This Version
SP 368 Slayer / T.S.O.L. Slayer / T.S.O.L. - Abolish Government(7") Sub Pop SP 368 US 1996 Sell This Version

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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.


April 18, 2015
I heard Lombardo got 500$ per show which is why he left.
HE SHOULD BE PAYED MORE than the others, not less.
That's professional Satanism for ya, even if they claim it was a gimmick.
Also, practicing catholics shouldn't play evil music, or they should get their shit together and figure out who they are.


April 2, 2015
Best Thrash Band Ever!!!!!!!!!!


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


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.


May 3, 2013


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!


October 25, 2010
Not only that they still make most fabulous Skate/Thrash Metal in the same lineup from the beginning (again), they also fought themselfs to the top of the big 4 and prove their free, open Minds through collaborations with Ice-T and Atari Teenage Riot!
"with no Regret I wanna Die!" ... Definately!


April 16, 2006
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One of the most powerful rock bands, period. Out of all 80s a-list thrashers, they were probably some of the most angry ones (you certainly don't think that Metallica or Anthrax would get away after writing lyrics about necrophilia, do you?). Not to to say that they were always on point (90s, for the most part, weren't very kind to them), but out of all their mates from the 80s, they probably still stand as some of the most angry and effective ones.

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