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Background information
Origin Huntington Park, California, United States
Genre(s) Speed Metal
Thrash Metal
Years active 1981—present
Label(s) Def Jam Recordings
Columbia Records
Sony Music
Metal Blade Records
American Recordings
Associated acts Megadeth
Website Website
Kerry King
Tom Araya
Jeff Hanneman
Dave Lombardo
Former members
Paul Bostaph
Tony Scaglione
Jon Dette

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Slayer Overview


Slayer is an American heavy metal band from Huntington Park, California, formed in 1981. The band was founded by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. Slayer rose to 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.

World Painted Blood (2009) Christ Illusion (2006) Soundtrack To The Apocalypse (2003) God Hates Us All (2001) Diabolus In Musica (1998) Undisputed Attitude (1996) Divine Intervention (1994) Decade Of Aggression: Live (1991) Seasons In The Abyss (1990) South Of Heaven (1988)

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Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman Catches Flesh-Eating Disease

February 14, 2011
Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman has contracted a flesh eating disease that has caused him to pull out of the band's upcoming tour. Hanneman is believed to have caught necrotizing fasciitis from a spider bite. The disease is rare and destroys skin, fat and tissue from below the surface of the body.  Read more 

Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax For Sonisphere Festival 2011

December 14, 2010
Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax are set to headline next year’s Sonisphere festival. The bands - dubbed the Big Four - will top the bill on the opening day of the event, which runs from July 8-10 at Knebworth.  Read more 

Metallica, Slayer Announce 'Big Four' Live DVD

September 8, 2010
Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer and Megadeth are to release a live DVD of their recent joint European tour. The Big Four Live From Sofia will include footage from each band’s performances at the Sonisphere festival.  Read more 

Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax To Play 'Historic' Gig

June 10, 2010
Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax are set to play a “historic” gig via satellite. The concert, on June 22, will be broadcast live from into select movie theatres from the Sonisphere festival in Bulgaria.  Read more 

Slayer Announce Rescheduled UK Tour Dates

January 21, 2010
Slayer have rescheduled their twice-postponed UK tour dates for May and June. The heavy metal titans postponed the dates both last November and this March due to bassist/vocalist Tom Araya's ongoing back problems.  Read more 

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