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Biography

  • Years Active

    1981 – 2019 (38 years)

  • Founded In

    Huntington Park, Los Angeles County, California, United States

  • Members

    • Dave Lombardo (1981 – 2013)
    • Gary Holt (2013 – present)
    • Jeff Hanneman (1981 – 2013)
    • Jon Dette (1996 – 1997)
    • Kerry King (1981 – present)
    • Paul Bostaph (1992 – present)
    • Tom Araya (1981 – present)

Slayer was an American metal band from Huntington Park, California, active from 1981-2019. Formed by guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman, drummer Dave Lombardo, and bassist/vocalist Tom Araya, Slayer's extremely fast and aggressive musical style made them one of the 1980s "Big Four" bands of the style, alongside Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax.

In the original lineup, King, Hanneman and Araya contributed to the band's lyrics, and all of the band's music was written by King and Hanneman. The band's lyrics and album art, which cover topics such as Satanism, death, religion, Nazism, and war, have generated album bans, delays, lawsuits and criticism from religious groups and factions of the general public. However, its music has been highly influential, often being cited by many bands as an influence musically and lyrically; the band's third album, Reign in Blood (1986), is widely regarded as one of the greatest in all of heavy metal music history.

Slayer released twelve studio albums, two live albums, two extended plays and a cover album. Four of the band's studio albums have received gold certification in the U.S. The band has received five Grammy Award nominations, winning one in 2007 for the song "Eyes of the Insane" and one in 2008 for the song "Final Six", both from the album Christ Illusion (2006). Slayer sold five million albums in the United States alone.

Discography:
Show No Mercy (1983)
Hell Awaits (1985)
Reign in Blood (1986)
South of Heaven (1988)
Seasons in the Abyss (1990)
Divine Intervention (1994)
Undisputed Attitude (1996)
Diabolus in Musica (1998)
God Hates Us All (2001)
Christ Illusion (2006)
World Painted Blood (2009)
Repentless (2015)

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