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Slayer

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

Slayer were one of the most distinctive, influential, and extreme thrash metal bands of the 1980s. Their graphic lyricsdealwith everything from death and dismemberment to war and the horrors of hell. Their full-throttle velocity, wildly chaoticguitarsolos, and powerful musical chops paint an effectively chilling sonic background for their obsessive chronicling of thedarkside; this correspondence has helped Slayer's music hold up arguably better than the remaining Big Three '80s thrashoutfits(Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax). Naturally, Slayer have stirred up quite a bit of controversy over the years, with rumorsflyingabout Satanism and Nazism that have only added to their mystique. Over the years, Slayer put out some high-qualityalbums,including one undisputed classic (Reign in Blood), and saw the numbers of naysayers and detractors shrinking as theirimpacton the growing death metal movement was gradually and respectfully acknowledged. Slayer have survived witharguably themost vitality and the least compromise of any pre-Nirvana metal band, and their intensity still inspires similarresponses fromtheir devoted fans.

Slayer were formed in 1982 in Huntington Beach, CA, by guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman; also recruitedwerebassist/vocalist Tom Araya and drummer Dave Lombardo. They started out playing covers of Judas Priest and IronMaidensongs, but quickly discovered that they could get attention (and fans) by exploiting threatening, satanic imagery. Thebandwas invited by Metal Blade's Brian Slagel to contribute a track to the Metal Massacre, Vol. 3 compilation (a series thatalsosaw the vinyl debuts of Metallica and Voivod); a contract and debut album, Show No Mercy, followed shortlythereafter.While Slayer's early approach was rather cartoonish, their breakneck speed and instrumental prowess were stillhighly evident.Two EPs, Haunting the Chapel and Live Undead, were released in 1984, but 1985's Hell Awaits refined theirlyrical obsessionsinto a sort of concept album about damnation and torture and made an immediate sensation in heavy metalcircles, 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 thematerial, CBSrefused to distribute the album, which garnered a great deal of publicity for the band; eventually, GeffenRecords stepped in.Combining Slayer's trademark speed metal with the tempos and song lengths (if not structures) ofhardcore, along with theband's most disturbing lyrics yet, Reign in Blood was an instant classic, breaking the band through toa wider audience, andwas hailed by some as the greatest speed metal album of all time (some give the nod to Metallica'sMaster of Puppets).

South of Heaven disappointed some of the band's hardcore followers, as Slayer successfully broke out of the potentialstylisticstraitjacket of their reputation as the world's fastest, most extreme band. Drummer Lombardo took some time off andwasbriefly replaced by Whiplash drummer Tony Scaglione, but soon returned to the fold. Released in 1990, Seasons in theAbysswas well received in all respects, incorporating more of the classic Slayer intensity into a more commercial -- but nolessuncompromising -- sound. "War Ensemble" and the title track became favorites on MTV's Headbanger's Ball, andSlayerconsolidated their position at the forefront of thrash, along with Metallica. Following the release of the double livealbumDecade 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 fortheJudgment Night soundtrack on a medley of songs by the Exploited. After leaving the Forbidden, Paul Bostaph signed on asthenew drummer for 1994's Divine Intervention, which was released to glowing reviews; thanks to the new deathmetalmovement, which drew upon Slayer and particularly Reign in Blood for its inspiration, Slayer were hailed as metalinnovators.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. Bostaphrejoined Slayerin time to record 1998's Diabolus in Musica. The band reunited with Def Jam for 2001's God Hates Us All and in2002 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 and2008, Slayeremerged from the studio with World Painted Blood in 2009. In 2010 Slayer appeared with Metallica, Megadeth andAnthrax, onBig 4: Live from Sofia, Bulgaria. On May 2, 2013, Slayer guitarist and co-founder Jeff Hanneman died of liver failureat a Los Angeles hospital; he was 49 years old. « hide

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LPs
Repentless
2015

4
1 Votes
World Painted Blood
2009

3.2
1,173 Votes
Christ Illusion
2006

3.4
1,474 Votes
God Hates Us All
2001

3.2
1,343 Votes
Diabolus in Musica
1998

2.7
980 Votes
Divine Intervention
1994

3.3
939 Votes
Seasons in the Abyss
1990

4.2
2,242 Votes
South of Heaven
1988

4.1
2,174 Votes
Reign in Blood
1986

4.4
3,690 Votes
Hell Awaits
1985

4
1,439 Votes
Show No Mercy
1983

3.9
1,358 Votes
EPs
Eternal Pyre
2006

3.3
69 Votes
Stain of Mind
1998

2.9
5 Votes
Serenity in Murder
1995

3.2
5 Votes
Haunting the Chapel
1984

4
499 Votes
Live Albums
Still Reigning
2004

4
121 Votes
War at the Warfield
2003

3.9
143 Votes
Live Intrusion
1995

3.9
7 Votes
Decade of Aggression
1991

4.1
335 Votes
Live Undead
1984

3.8
200 Votes
Compilations
The Vinyl Conflict
2010

Soundtrack to the Apocalypse
2003

3.9
107 Votes
Undisputed Attitude
1996

2.7
543 Votes

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