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Slayer was formed in 1981 by guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman, bassist and vocalist Tom Araya, and drummer Dave Lombardo. The group began by playing cover songs by bands such as Iron Maiden and Judas Priest at parties and clubs in Southern California. The bands early image relied heavily on Satanic themes that featured pentagrams, make-up, spikes, and inverted crosses.Rumors that the band was originally known as Dragonslayer.Slayer is one of the most influential bands in heavy metal history. Steve Huey of AllMusic believes the musical style of Slayer makes the band stronger than the other members of the “Big Four” thrash metal bands Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax, all of which rose to fame during the 1980s.Slayer’s “downtuned rhythms, infectious guitar licks, graphically violent lyrics and grisly artwork set the standard for dozens of emerging thrash bands” and their “music was directly responsible for the rise of death metal” states MTV, ranking Slayer as the sixth “greatest metal band of all time,ranking number 50 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.
Three facts you didnt know about Slayer!
1.The ‘Seasons in the Abyss’ song ‘Born of Fire’ was almost released as an instrumental, but guitarist Kerry King eventually threw together some lyrics at the 11th hour.
2.The band’s lead guitarist Kerry King loves snakes. He owns a Psychotic Exotics reptile house and herpetology nursery, where he breeds species including carpet pythons, reticulated pythons, Madagascar ground boas and more. He also breeds show dogs
3.After ‘Show No Mercy’s’ release, Slayer set out on their first tour of U.S. clubs in singer-bassist Tom Araya’s Camaro, with a U-Haul trailer in tow.