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Tom Araya and Kerry King performing onstage
Background information
Origin Huntington Park, CA
Years active 1981 - 2019
Genre(s) Thrash Metal
Label(s) Metal Blade (1981-1985)
Def Jam (1986-1990)
American Recording (1994-2014)
Nuclear Blast (2015-2019)
Former Members
Kerry King
Tom Araya
Jeff Hanneman
Dave Lombardo
Paul Bostaph
Jon Dette
Gary Holt

Slayer was an American thrash metal band from the 80s until their disbandment in 2019. Hailed as one of the "Big Four", Slayer, next to Megadeth, Metallica, and Anthrax are said to be the pioneers of thrash metal.

Namedrop in songs

  • From "Heart Songs" (2008):

Quiet Riot got me started with the banging of my head
Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Slayer taught me how to shred

  • From "(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To" (2009):

The moon was shining on the lake that night
The Slayer t-shirt fit the scene just right
Through smeared mascara, I looked into your eyes and saw a light

Other references to Slayer

  • Rivers Cuomo used to jam to "Reign of Blood" when he was learning how to drive [2]
  • Artist Matt Good released a song in 2016 called "Weezer Fan (At the Slayer Concert)"

See also