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

Slayer 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 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 Kerry King. Paul Bostaph of Forbidden (3) took over as the band's drummer for "Divine Intervention" (1994), "Undisputed Attitude" (1996), "Diabolus in Musica" (1998) and "God Hates Us All" (2001). However, 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 band.

In 2015 Slayer released Slayer - Repentless which featured Gary Holt.
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Slayer Discography


Slayer Show No Mercy (Album) Metal Blade Records US 1983 Sell This Version
Slayer Hell Awaits (Album) Combat, Metal Blade Records US 1985 Sell This Version
Slayer Reign In Blood (Album) Def Jam Recordings Germany 1986 Sell This Version
Slayer South Of Heaven (Album) Def Jam Recordings Mexico 1988 Sell This Version
Slayer Seasons In The Abyss (Album) Def American Recordings Australasia 1990 Sell This Version
Slayer Decade Of Aggression Live (Album, Comp) Def American Recordings Canada 1991 Sell This Version
Slayer Divine Intervention (Album) American Recordings US 1994 Sell This Version
Slayer Undisputed Attitude (Album) American Recordings Canada 1996 Sell This Version
Slayer Diabolus In Musica (Album) American Recordings US 1998 Sell This Version
Slayer God Hates Us All (Album) American Recordings Japan 2001 Sell This Version
Slayer Christ Illusion (Album) American Recordings, American Recordings US 2006 Sell This Version
Slayer World Painted Blood (Album) American Recordings Australia 2009 Sell This Version
Slayer Repentless (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast Argentina 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Slayer Haunting The Chapel (EP) Metal Blade Records Canada 1984 Sell This Version
Slayer Live Undead (EP, Comp, Album) Far East Metal Syndicate Brazil 1984 Sell This Version
Slayer Postmortem Geffen Records Europe 1986 Sell This Version
Slayer Criminally Insane (Remix) (Maxi, Single) Def Jam Recordings UK 1987 Sell This Version
Slayer South Of Heaven (Single) Def Jam Recordings Spain 1988 Sell This Version
Slayer Seasons In The Abyss (Single) Def American Recordings US 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
Slayer Serenity In Murder (Single, EP, Maxi) American Recordings US 1994 Sell This Version
Slayer I Hate You (Single) BMG Nederland BV, American Recordings 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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March 18, 2017
Paul Bostaph is better and more technical than Dave Lombardo


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!

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