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Slayer announced their final World Tour and are coming to UK, Europe and North America in 2018! They’ll be supported by Lamb Of God, Anthrax and Obituary. Read more about the legendary band Slayer.

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Slayer Biography

Slayer was founded in 1981 in California by the guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman. The band was quickly completed by drummer Dave Lombardo and singer and bassist Tom Araya. At the beginning of her career, Slayer played cover versions of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest.
At a concert as the opening act of the metal band Bitch in Los Angeles they were discovered by a music journalist who was in the audience, and signed to his newly founded record label.
With their debut album "Show No Mercy" Slayer quickly established themselves in the underground metal scene and were, like Metallica, celebrated as promising newcomers. In 1984, Slayer went on a US tour for the first time. With the EP "Haunting The Chapel" the band laid the foundation for their darker and tougher musical direction.
After the success of their second album "Hell Awaits" Slayer released their third album "Reign In Blood" at Geffen Records, which landed on place 94 of the US charts and was awarded a Gold Record in 1992. Slayer recorded their first music video for the song "Seasons Of The Abyss" from the album of the same name. The album climbed to number 44 on the US charts and received a Gold Record just like its two predecessors.
In 1992, the band separated from drummer Dave Lombardo due to personal differences. His successor was Paul Bostaph.
With their sixth studio album "Divine Intervention" Slayer landed in the top ten of the US charts for the first time, although the album was received with rather mixed feelings by fans and critics. Slayer made headlines in 1996 when they were sued by the parents of a girl who was murdered by Slayer fans. They were accused of having animated the perpetrators by their violent lyrics. In 2001, Slayer were acquitted and the judge classified their music as not harmful to minors.
On their eighth studio album "God Hates Us All", which was released on September 11, 2001, Slayer were influenced by Nu Metal bands like Slipknot, who call themselves big Slayer fans. At the end of 2001, Paul Bostaph left the band for personal reasons, so Dave Lombardo became a regular member again.
Since Slayer released the EP "Eternal Pyre" on June 6, 2006, fans annualy celebrate this day as International Day Of Slayer. The album "Christ Illusion", which appeared a few weeks later, landed on the fifth place of the US album charts. For the song "Eyes Of The Insane", which was used for the soundtrack of the film Saw III, the band received a Grammy in the category Best Metal Performance in 2006. 2008 followed the Grammy in the same category for the song "Final Six". Also for the next album "Wold Painted Blood" Slayer were awarded several Grammies.
In 2013, Lombardo was thrown out of the band after conflicts with the management and was replaced by Paul Bostaph again. In the same year, guitarist Jeff Hanneman died of liver failure at only 49 years. As a worthy successor Slayer accepted the guitarist Gary Holt.
After two world tours in 2015 and 2016, Slayer announced that they would separate after their last world tour in 2018. Slayer, Metallica, Anthrax and Megadeth are considered as the "Big Four" of thrash metal.