slayerSlayer is a thrash metal band from US, formed in 1981. The band was founded by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. The band was credited as one of the “Big Four” thrash metal bands, along with Metallica, Anthrax, and Megadeth.

Since their debut album in 1983, the band has released two live albums, one box set, six videos, two extended plays, and eleven studio albums, four of which have received gold certification in the United States. They are one of the most influencial metal bands of all time. On May 2, 2013, guitarist Jeff Hanneman died of liver failure making singer Tom Araya and guitarist Kerry King the only remaining founding members in the band.


>> Genre: metal, thrash metal

>> Country: USA

>> Active: 1981–present



Slayer was formed in 1981 in Huntington Park, Los Angeles, California. The Band was formed by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King when they met at a tryout for a local band. Tom Araya soon joined on bass and vocals, and drummer Dave Lombardo joined last later in 1982. They played in a style reminiscent of early Exodus, influenced heavily by punk acts Minor Threat, Stooges and Heavy Metal bands Venom and Judas Priest.

Slayer’s musical style involve fast tremolo picking, double bass drumming, and shouted vocals. In the original lineup, King, bassist/vocalist Tom Araya, and guitarist Jeff Hanneman contributed to the band’s lyrics, and most of the band’s music was created and arranged by King and Hanneman, with additional help from drummer Dave Lombardo and sometimes Araya. The band’s lyrics and album art, which cover topics such as serial killers, necrophilia, Satanism, religion, anti-religion, and warfare, have generated album bans, delays, lawsuits and criticism from religious groups and the public.

The new album is tentatively due next year.


Band members

Tom Araya – lead vocals, bass guitar (1981–present) 

Kerry King – guitars (1981–present) 

Paul Bostaph – drums (1992–1996, 1997–2002, 2013–present)



  • „Show No Mercy“ (1983)
  • „Hell Awaits“ (1985)
  • „Reign in Blood“ (1986)
  • „South of Heaven“ (1988)
  • „Seasons in the Abyss“ (1990)
  • „Undisputed Attitude“ (1996)
  • „Diabolus in Musica“ (1998)
  • „God Hates Us All“ (2001)
  • „Christ Illusion“ (2006)
  • „World Painted Blood“ (2009)

Famous for: Raining Blood, Angel of Death, South of Heaven, Postmortem, Disciple


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