Slayer (US thrash metal band)

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Slayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California, formed in 1981 by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. Slayer rose to fame with its 1986 release Reign in Blood, and is credited as one of the "big four" thrash metal bands, along with Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax. Since its debut album in 1983, the band has released twelve studio albums, two live albums, a box set, six music videos, two extended plays and a cover album. Four of the band's studio albums have received gold certification in the United States. The band has received five Grammy nominations, winning one in 2007 for the song Eyes of the Insane, and one in 2008 for the song "Final Six" (both from 2006's Christ Illusion). Slayer has also played at several music festivals worldwide, including Unholy Alliance, Download and Ozzfest.

Slayer's musical style involves fast tremolo picking, double bass drumming, riffs in irregular scales and shouted vocals. In the original line-up, King, Hanneman, and lead vocalist/bassist Tom Araya contributed to the band's lyrics, and most of the band's music was written by King and Hanneman, with additional help from Araya and drummer Dave Lombardo. The band's lyrics and album art, which cover topics such as serial killers, necrophilia, Satanism, religion, anti-religion, Nazism, and warfare, have generated album bans, delays, lawsuits, and criticism from religious groups and the public. However, its music has been highly influential, often being cited by many bands as an influence musically, visually, and lyrically. Between 1991 and 2013, the band sold 4.9 million albums in the United States.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 Show No Mercy Slayer 4.65 14
1985 Hell Awaits Slayer 4.65 10
1986 Reign in Blood Slayer 4.55 16
1988 South of Heaven Slayer 4.35 9
1990 Seasons in the Abyss Slayer 4.75 12
1994 Divine Intervention Slayer 3 4
1996 Undisputed Attitude Slayer 3 7
1998 Diabolus in Musica Slayer 3 8
2001 God Hates Us All Slayer 3.5 9
2006 Christ Illusion Slayer 4 7
2009 World Painted Blood Slayer 5 5
2015 Repentless Slayer 7

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 Soundtrack to the Apocalypse Slayer 3

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Live Undead / Haunting the Chapel Slayer 3

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 Live Undead Slayer 4 9
1991 Decade of Aggression: Live Slayer 4.65 10
2010 The Big 4: Live From Sofia, Bulgaria Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth & Anthrax 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Seasons in the Abyss Slayer 3
1995 Serenity in Murder: Divine Live! Slayer 1
1995 Serenity in Murder Slayer 4
1998 Stain of Mind Slayer 1
2001 God Send Death Slayer 1
2006 Eyes of the Insane Slayer 1
2009 Hate Worldwide Slayer 1
2015 When the Stillness Comes Slayer 1
2015 Repentless Slayer 1
2015 Cast the First Stone Slayer 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 Dangerous Appetite Slayer 1
1984 Haunting the Chapel Slayer 5 6
1998 Stain of Mind + 4 Live Tracks Slayer 1
2006 Eternal Pyre Slayer 1

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