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Slayer

Slayer were one of the most distinctive, influential, and extreme thrash metal bands of the 1980s. Their graphic lyrics dealwith everything from death and dismemberment to war and the horrors of hell. Their full-throttle velocity, wildly chaotic guitarsolos, and powerful musical chops paint an effectively chilling sonic background for their obsessive chronicling of the darkside; this correspondence has helped Slayer's music hold up arguably better than the remaining Big Three '80s thrash outfits(Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax). Naturally, Slayer have stirred up quite a bit of controversy ove ...read more

Slayer were one of the most distinctive, influential, and extreme thrash metal bands of the 1980s. Their graphic lyrics dealwith everything from death and dismemberment to war and the horrors of hell. Their full-throttle velocity, wildly chaotic guitarsolos, and powerful musical chops paint an effectively chilling sonic background for their obsessive chronicling of the darkside; this correspondence has helped Slayer's music hold up arguably better than the remaining Big Three '80s thrash outfits(Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax). Naturally, Slayer have stirred up quite a bit of controversy over the years, with rumors flyingabout Satanism and Nazism that have 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 impacton the growing death metal movement was gradually and respectfully acknowledged. Slayer have survived with arguably themost vitality and the least compromise of any pre-Nirvana metal band, and their intensity still inspires similar responses fromtheir devoted fans.

Slayer were formed in 1982 in Huntington Beach, CA, by guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman; also recruited werebassist/vocalist Tom Araya and drummer Dave Lombardo. They started out playing covers of Judas Priest and Iron Maidensongs, but quickly discovered that they could get attention (and fans) by exploiting threatening, satanic imagery. The bandwas invited by Metal Blade's Brian Slagel to contribute a track to the Metal Massacre, Vol. 3 compilation (a series that alsosaw 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 obsessionsinto a sort of concept album about damnation and torture and made an immediate sensation in heavy metal circles, winningSlayer 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. soundingproduction heard on any Slayer album for the stripped-down Reign in Blood. Due to the graphic nature of the material, CBSrefused 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 theband's most disturbing lyrics yet, Reign in Blood was an instant classic, breaking the band through to a wider audience, andwas 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 potentialstylistic straitjacket of their reputation as the world's fastest, most extreme band. Drummer Lombardo took some time off andwas briefly replaced by Whiplash drummer Tony Scaglione, but soon returned to the fold. Released in 1990, Seasons in theAbyss was well received in all respects, incorporating more of the classic Slayer intensity into a more commercial -- but noless uncompromising -- sound. "War Ensemble" and the title track became favorites on MTV's Headbanger's Ball, and Slayerconsolidated their position at the forefront of thrash, along with Metallica. Following the release of the double live albumDecade 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 theJudgment Night soundtrack on a medley of songs by the Exploited. After leaving the Forbidden, Paul Bostaph signed on as thenew drummer for 1994's Divine Intervention, which was released to glowing reviews; thanks to the new death metalmovement, 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. Testamentdrummer Jon Dette for Undisputed Attitude, an album consisting mostly of punk and hardcore covers. Bostaph rejoined Slayerin time to record 1998's Diabolus in Musica. The band reunited with Def Jam for 2001's God Hates Us All and in 2002 Lombardorejoined the band once more. In 2004, they unleashed the four-disc anthology Soundtrack to the Apocalypse, followed by analbum of all-new material, Christ Illusion, in 2006. After a relentless tour and festival schedule in 2007 and 2008, Slayeremerged from the studio with World Painted Blood in 2009. In 2010 Slayer appeared with Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax, onBig 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. « hide

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LPs
World Painted Blood
2009

3.2
1,108 Votes
Christ Illusion
2006

3.4
1,393 Votes
God Hates Us All
2001

3.2
1,250 Votes
Diabolus in Musica
1998

2.7
910 Votes
Undisputed Attitude
1996

2.7
501 Votes
Divine Intervention
1994

3.3
867 Votes
Seasons in the Abyss
1990

4.2
2,109 Votes
South of Heaven
1988

4.1
2,035 Votes
Reign in Blood
1986

4.4
3,486 Votes
Hell Awaits
1985

4
1,341 Votes
Show No Mercy
1983

3.9
1,249 Votes
EPs
Eternal Pyre
2006

3.4
68 Votes
Stain of Mind
1998

3.4
4 Votes
Serenity in Murder
1995

3.1
4 Votes
Haunting the Chapel
1984

4
458 Votes
Live Albums
Still Reigning
2004

4
117 Votes
War at the Warfield
2003

3.9
139 Votes
Live Intrusion
1995

3.7
3 Votes
Decade of Aggression
1991

4.1
316 Votes
Live Undead
1984

3.8
182 Votes
Compilations
The Vinyl Conflict
2010

Soundtrack to the Apocalypse
2003

3.9
105 Votes

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