In the beginning, when there were no blueprints, no set
paths, no boundaries or steps to follow, SLAYER assaulted
the world with its new hybrid of metal and punk. Heavier,
faster and darker than the rest, Slayer set the new standard
which all others continue to follow. Slayer – Tom Araya/bass
& vocals, Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman/guitars, and Dave
Lombardo/drums – is the band that other heavy acts are
measured against, defining not only a genre but an attitude.
Since Day One, Slayer has mirrored the turmoil and aberrations
of our society. Probably as much, if not more than any
other like-genre artist, Slayer’s songs speak to the ongoing
social, political and economic disorder that others – like the
mainstream media – gloss over or completely ignore. For nearly
three decades, Slayer’s onslaught of sheer brutality has
proven them to be the supreme thrash-metal band on the
planet. The two-time Grammy-winning band has also accumulated
an abundance of Certified Gold Albums along with
„Best…“ awards from media outlets all over the world, including
Kerrang!, SPIN, Metal Hammer, Revolver, and Esquire.
Throughout Slayer’s history, the band has never faltered in
unleashing its extreme and focused sonic assault, and, unlike
many of their contemporaries who „commercialized“ their
sound, Slayer has remained crushing and brutal, steadfastly
refusing to cater to the mainstream.
And they are as focused and true today as ever, as evidenced by the band’s latest offering, World Painted Blood. “There are some real standout
tracks on this album,” said Araya. „The new music is fast, heavy, and intense, with aggressive melodies. Lyrically, we’re dealing with
death, murder, chaos, destruction, the Apocalypse, World War Two atrocities, serial killers, and domestic violence. This is a Slayer album.”
Few bands come close to matching the intensity that Slayer brings to its live shows, having been named „Best Live Band“ by Revolver, SPIN, and Metal
Hammer. Since the release of World Painted Blood, fans have come out to see Slayer, first when they co-headlined (with Marilyn Manson) the Mayhem
Festival, with Megadeth and Testament on the Canadian and American Carnage tours, festivals throughout Europe, Australia and Japan, and then
sharing the stage with Megadeth and Anthrax for the first time since 1991’s “Clash of the Titans” tour on the 2010 Jagermeister Fall Music Tour.
And then there were the seven history-making Sonisphere Festivals in Europe that joined Slayer with Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax – The Big Four.
Slayer has influenced many of music’s most successful
bands, from Ministry and Deftones to Slipknot, Sepultura,
and Killswitch Engage, and continues to earn new
generations of fans while staying true to its ceaselessly devoted
followers. Throughout its history, Slayer has played
host to many bands’ breakthrough tours, taking out System
of a Down, Hatebreed, Chimaira, In Flames, and Clutch, among
others. Slayer’s legacy is cemented in music forever, and the
band remains undaunted in its directive to make punishing,
aggressive and exciting music

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