American thrash metal band

Slayer was an American thrash metal band that began in California in 1981. The band was started by two guitarists named Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. Along with Metallica, Anthrax and Megadeth, Slayer is known as one of the "Big Four" of thrash metal music.[1]

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Slayer at 2007
Background information
OriginHuntington Beach,
California, United States
GenresThrash metal
Speed metal
Heavy metal
Extreme metal
Years active1981-2019
MembersTom Araya
Kerry King
Gary Holt
Paul Bostaph
Past membersJeff Hanneman
Dave Lombardo
Tony Scaglione
Jon Dette

Slayer's music is a fast and very mean heavy metal style. The words to the band's talk about murderers, Satan, religion and war.

Slayer has released ten studio albums, two live albums and a box-set.

The band has been the top band at many large music festivals around the world and their music has been added to many video games.

Band membersEdit

Current membersEdit

Former membersEdit

  • Jeff Hanneman – Guitar (1981–2013)
  • Dave Lombardo – Drums (1981–1986, 1987–1992, 2001–2013)
  • Tony Scaglione – Drums (1986–1987)
  • Jon Dette – Drums (1996–1997, 2013)




  1. Lee, Cosmo (2007-05-07). "Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal". Stylus. Retrieved 2008-12-16.
  2. "Slayer Forge On After Jeff Hanneman's Death". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2013-12-24.
  3. "Slayer Reveal Repentless Album Cover; Likely To Offend Christians". Metal Injection. Retrieved 2015-8-16. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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