Slayer (US thrash metal band)

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Slayer is an American metal band formed in Huntington Park, California in 1981, by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King, pioneer of the thrash metal subgenre. Slayer rose to fame with its 1986 release Reign in Blood, and is credited as one of the "Big Four" thrash metal acts, along with Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax. Slayer has never publicly revealed its worldwide sales, however between 1991 and 2004, the band sold more than 3.5 million albums in the U.S.

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 bassist/vocalist Tom Araya 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 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. Their music has been highly influential, often being cited by many bands as an influence musically, visually and lyrically.

Since its debut album in 1983, the band has released two live albums, one box set, six videos, two extended plays, a covers album and ten studio albums, four of which 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 played music festivals worldwide, including Unholy Alliance, Download and Ozzfest.

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1983 Show No Mercy Slayer 4.65 12
1985 Hell Awaits Slayer 4.65 9
1986 Reign in Blood Slayer 4.5 14
1988 South of Heaven Slayer 4.35 9
1990 Seasons in the Abyss Slayer 4.75 11
1994 Divine Intervention Slayer 3 4
1996 Undisputed Attitude Slayer 3 7
1998 Diabolus in Musica Slayer 3 7
2001 God Hates Us All Slayer 3.5 8
2006 Christ Illusion Slayer 4 7
2009 World Painted Blood Slayer 5 4

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2003 Soundtrack to the Apocalypse Compilation Slayer 2

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1994 Live Undead / Haunting the Chapel Compilation Live Slayer 3

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1985 Live Undead Live Slayer 4 9
1991 Decade of Aggression: Live Live Slayer 4.65 9
2010 The Big 4: Live From Sofia, Bulgaria Live Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth & Anthrax 2
Praise of Death Live Slayer 1


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
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


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
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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