Tom Araya

Chilean-American musician best known as the vocalist and bassist of American thrash metal band Slayer

Tom Araya (born Tomás Enrique Araya June 6, 1961 in Viña del Mar, Chile[1]) is an Chilean-American musician, best known as the bassist and vocalist of the American thrash metal band Slayer. Araya is ranked fifty-eighth by Hit Parader on their list of the 100 Greatest Metal Vocalists of All Time.

Tom Araya
Tom Araya of Slayer performing at Sonisphere Knebworth, August 2010
Tom Araya of Slayer performing at Sonisphere Knebworth, August 2010
Background information
Birth nameTomás Enrique Araya
Born (1961-06-06) June 6, 1961 (age 60)
Viña del Mar, Chile[1]
OriginSouth Gate, California
GenresThrash metal
speed metal
heavy metal
extreme metal
hard rock
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsBass, vocals
Years active1981–present
Associated actsSlayer

Araya was employed as a respiratory therapist in the early 1980s and used his earnings to finance Slayer's debut album Show No Mercy. Much of Araya's lyrical content is about serial killers, a subject he finds interesting, first making his lyrical contribution to 1985's Hell Awaits with the track "At Dawn They Sleep".


  1. 1.0 1.1 Keko Paralta Casanova. "Rockaxis - Interview with Tom Araya (in Spanish)[[Category:Articles with Spanish-language sources (es)]]". Archived from the original on 2015-02-25. Retrieved 2008-02-25. URL–wikilink conflict (help)