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Slayer News

Roundabout in Poland named in tribute to late Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman

Jeff Hanneman's Circle Pit can be found in the city of Jaworzno

  • Feb 7, 2014

Slayer graffiti mistaken for hate crime markings by New York police

The band's name was scrawled next to a pentagram in a park in Commack, New York

  • Aug 22, 2013

Slayer draft in Paul Bostaph to replace drummer Dave Lombardo

Bostaph previously played with the thrash metal band for most of the '90s

  • Jun 3, 2013

Slayer's Kerry King raises Jagermeister toast to Jeff Hanneman at guitarist's public memorial

Despite threats, Westboro Baptist Church did not picket the LA event

  • May 24, 2013

Slayer tell fans to ignore Westboro Baptist Church at Jeff Hanneman's memorial service

The public event takes place today (May 23) at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles

  • May 23, 2013

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Slayer Music Videos

Angel Of Death Play Video

Angel Of Death

Watch the official Angel Of Death video by Slayer in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

Hell Awaits Play Video

Hell Awaits

Watch the official Hell Awaits video by Slayer in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

slayer Play Video


Watch the official slayer video by Dont Tour That in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

Slayer @ Sonisphere 2010 Play Video

Slayer @ Sonisphere 2010

Watch the official Slayer @ Sonisphere 2010 video by Sonisphere TV in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

Slayer -  World Painted Blood Play Video

Slayer - World Painted Blood

We caught up with Tom and Jeff of legendary heavy metal band Slayer to talk about their 10th studio album and the band's split rumours.

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Slayer Reviews

Dublin SFX

Dublin SFX

It's a rare celebration for a disengaged tribe...

  • Jul 5, 2000

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Slayer Biography

Slayer is an American thrash metal band formed in Huntington Park, California in 1981 by guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman. Slayer rose to mainstream fame with their 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, bassist/vocalist Tom Araya and guitarist Jeff Hanneman 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 sometimes 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 their 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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