|Label(s)||Metal Blade, Def Jam, American, Nuclear Blast|
Slayer is an American thrash metal band formed in 1982 by guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman. Slayer is known as being one of the big four thrash metal bands along with Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax.
Slayer is know for possessing a few signature musical traits; fast tremolo picking, guitar solos, double bass drumming, and shouting vocals. The band's lyrics and album art frequently revolve around topics like death, gore, Satan, hell, warfare, serial killers, and much more following in the same vein. The content of these lyrical choices have often generated public controversy for the band, such as; album bans, album delays, lawsuits, and strong criticism from religious groups, as well as the general public. Despite the controversy, Slayer has become one of the most successful thrash metal groups, having obtained 4 gold certified records, five Grammy nominations, and even winning two Grammies, one in 2007 for Eyes of the Insane, and another in 2008 for the song Final Six.
- Tom Araya - Vocals - Bass (1981 - present)
- Kerry King - Guitar (1981 - present)
- Gary Holt - Guitar (2011 - present)
- Paul Bostaph - Drums (1992 - 1996, 1997 - 2001, 2013 - present)
- Jeff Hanneman - Guitar (1981 - 2013; died 2013)
- Dave Lombardo - Drums (1981–1986, 1987–1992, 2001–2013)
- Jon Dette - Drums (1996–1997, 2013)