History Music / Slayer

4th Jan '16 3:31:37 PM Exxolon
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One of the "Big Four" ThrashMetal bands, Slayer was formed in 1981 by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King, later joined by vocalist/bassist Tom Araya and drummer Dave Lombardo. Deriving much of their sound from UK speed metal band Music/{{Venom}} and focusing on dark, Satanic themes, they released their first album ''Show No Mercy'' in 1983. Due to its success, they were quickly pressed to make another album, which resulted in the EpicRocking ''Hell Awaits''.
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\nOne of the "Big Four" ThrashMetal bands, Slayer '''Slayer''' was formed in 1981 by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King, later joined by vocalist/bassist Tom Araya and drummer Dave Lombardo. Deriving much of their sound from UK speed metal band Music/{{Venom}} and focusing on dark, Satanic themes, they released their first album ''Show No Mercy'' in 1983. Due to its success, they were quickly pressed to make another album, which resulted in the EpicRocking ''Hell Awaits''.
9th Nov '15 1:22:19 AM DarkSider13
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** [[Music/ExodusBand Gary Holt]]: guitar (2011-present)
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** * [[Music/ExodusBand Gary Holt]]: guitar (2011-present)
9th Nov '15 1:21:59 AM DarkSider13
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* Tom Araya: vocals, bass guitar * Kerry King: guitar * [[Music/ExodusBand Gary Holt]]: guitar
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* Tom Araya: vocals, bass guitar * Kerry King: guitar guitar (1981-present) * [[Music/ExodusBand Gary Holt]]: guitarTom Araya: lead vocals, bass (1982-present)

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** [[Music/ExodusBand Gary Holt]]: guitar (2011-present)

* Jeff Hanneman: lead guitar (1981-2013, died in 2013 of liver failure)
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* Jeff Hanneman: lead guitar (1981-2013, died in 2013 of liver failure)failure) * Dave Lombardo: drums (1982-1986, 1987-1992, 2001-2013) * Bob Gourley: drums (1983) * Gene Hoglan: drums (1983)

* Dave Lombardo: drums (1981-1986, 1987-1992, 2001-2013)

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* Pat O'Brien: guitar (2011)

** Kerry King: Choleric ** Tom Araya: Sanguine ** Paul Bostaph: Phlegmatic ** Gary Holt: Melancholic
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** Kerry King: Kerry: Choleric ** Tom Araya: Tom: Sanguine ** Paul Bostaph: Paul: Phlegmatic ** Gary Holt: Gary: Melancholic

* {{Gorn}}: Some of their lyrics fall into this category, most notably "Angel of Death", "731", and "Piece by Piece".
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* {{Gorn}}: Some of their lyrics fall into this category, most notably "Angel of Death", "731", and "Piece by Piece".Piece."
31st Oct '15 9:15:17 PM DarkSider13
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* FourTemperaments:
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31st Oct '15 9:14:07 PM DarkSider13
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* TheFourTemperaments:
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31st Oct '15 8:38:24 PM DarkSider13
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Added the four temperaments.
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* TheFourTemperaments: ** Kerry King: Choleric ** Tom Araya: Sanguine ** Paul Bostaph: Phlegmatic ** Gary Holt: Melancholic
17th Oct '15 8:07:18 AM ConCass
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: ''Show No Mercy'' has a lot of NewWaveOfBritishHeavyMetal influence that isn't obvious on their later work. In the run-up to their second album, ''Hell Awaits'', the band had been listening a lot to [[Music/KingDiamond Mercyful Fate]]'s ''Don't Break the Oath'', and it shows, with multiple songs being influenced by ProgressiveMetal and [[EpicRocking approaching seven minutes in length]], as well as featuring [[UncommonTime odd time signatures]]. This, again, was not generally repeated in the band's later material.
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: ''Show No Mercy'' has a lot of takes so much NewWaveOfBritishHeavyMetal influence that isn't obvious on their later work. it could almost qualify as NWOBHM if it wasn't American (in King's words, it sounds like "Music/IronMaiden here and there"). In the run-up to their second album, ''Hell Awaits'', the band had been listening a lot to [[Music/KingDiamond Mercyful Fate]]'s ''Don't Break the Oath'', and it shows, with multiple songs being influenced by ProgressiveMetal and [[EpicRocking approaching seven minutes in length]], as well as featuring [[UncommonTime odd time signatures]]. This, again, was not generally repeated in the band's later material.material. ** Lyrically, the albums are downright Satanic, with songs like "the Antichrist" and "Black Magic" about ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Although Slayer would continue to use Satanic imagery on their logos, merchandise and album covers, the lyrics are much more mature and about real life "demons" such as Nazism, serial killers or the horrors of war. ** Slayer famously played in E-flat tuning for most of their career, but their first two albums (and an EP between both albums) are actually played in E-standard; they wouldn't down-tune their guitars until their breakthrough ''Reign''.

* {{Flanderization}}: While their earlier albums had some Satanic themes, they were often mixed with other topics and usually took a RockMeAsmodeus form. As Kerry King (who is an outspoken atheist) has gradually begun writing more lyrics, their main theme seemed to become [[ReligionRantSong hatred against Christianity]], [[AuthorFilibuster as the titles of ]]''God Hates us All'' and ''Christ Illusion'' suggest. ''World Painted Blood'' appears to have turned this around, however.
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* {{Flanderization}}: While their earlier earliest albums had some Satanic themes, they during their prime their lyrics were often comparatively mixed with other topics and usually took a RockMeAsmodeus form. As Kerry King (who is an outspoken atheist) has gradually begun writing more lyrics, their main theme seemed to become [[ReligionRantSong hatred against Christianity]], [[AuthorFilibuster as the titles of ]]''God Hates us All'' and ''Christ Illusion'' suggest. ''World Painted Blood'' appears to have turned this around, however.

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* {{Flanderization}}: While their earlier albums had some Satanic themes, they were often mixed with other topics ** In 1992 Araya guest starred on Music/AliceInChains' second album and usually took a RockMeAsmodeus form. As Kerry King (who is an outspoken atheist) has gradually begun writing more lyrics, their main theme seemed to become [[ReligionRantSong hatred against Christianity]], [[AuthorFilibuster as the titles of ]]''God Hates us All'' and ''Christ Illusion'' suggest. ''World Painted Blood'' appears to have turned this around, however.did exactly this.
26th Sep '15 8:36:32 PM FlakyPorcupine
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* DrivenToSuicide: At the very end of the music video for "Eyes of the Insane", we watch the protagonist hang himself in the garage through his ReflectiveEyes.
16th Sep '15 7:51:31 PM Magmortar75
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* ''Reign in Blood'' - 1986
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* ''Reign in Blood'' ''Music/ReignInBlood'' - 1986
19th Jul '15 4:06:23 PM HasturHasturHastur
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* BodyHorror: Everything about Jeff's illness, from the illness itself (which caused the tissue on the affected arm to necrotize extremely rapidly, as in over a matter of hours rapidly), to the treatment (the debridement involved flaying off most of the muscle tissue because of how extensive the damage was), and all the way to the recovery, which left him with what looked like the aftermath of a full thickness burn. While few images of him from that time that clearly show the wound exist, this [[http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c277/dendog/slayer/zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.jpg picture of him with Gary Holt]] from 2011 shows just how bad it was.
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