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Slayer is an American thrash metal band form California. Formed in 1983 by guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman Slayer rose to mainstream fame with their 1986 release Reign in Blood. Slayer’s musical style involves fast tremolo picking, double bass drumming, riffs in irregular scales and shouted vocals. In the original line-up, King, bassist/vocalist Tom Araya and guitarist Jeff Hanneman contributed to the band’s lyrics, and most of the band’s music was created and arranged by King and Hanneman, with additional help from drummer Dave Lombardo and sometimes Araya.
The band’s lyrics and album art, which cover topics such as serial killers, necrophilia, Satanism, religion, anti-religion and warfare, have generated album bans, delays, lawsuits and criticism from religious groups and the public. Their music has been highly influential, often being cited by many bands as an influence musically, visually and lyrically. Since their debut album in 1983, the band has released ten studio albums, four of which have received gold certification in the United States, two live albums, one box set, six videos, two extended plays, and a covers album.
The band has received five Grammy nominations, winning two of them. One in 2007 for the song “Eyes of the Insane”, and one in 2008 for the song “Final Six” (both from 2006’s Christ Illusion). Slayer has played music festivals worldwide, including Unholy Alliance, Download and Ozzfest.
Tribute concert at Reloaded Rock Club in SL has been performed by Definitive Rock Concerts & Pirate Metal