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Slayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California. The group was formed in 1981 by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. Slayer is known to be one of the leading bands in the thrash metal movement, with the release in 1986 of "Reign in Blood", named "The Best Album" heavy of all time with Master of Puppets of Metallica "by Kerrang>. The band is considered one of the "Big Four " groups of thrash metal, with Megadeth, Anthrax and Metallica>. On January 22, 2018, members announced the end of the group with a planned farewell tour.

Slayer is known for his particular musical style, including the "tremolo picking", solos, double bass drum and screaming vocals. The group's songs and covers, based on topics such as serial killers, Satanism, religion, war and politics, have led to censorship, delays, lawsuits, and strong criticism from politicians. religious groups and the public. Since their first recording in 1983, the band has recorded two live albums, a CD box, and eleven studio albums (including a cover album), and sold 35 million albums worldwide. The band is nominated twice at the Grammy Awards and is awarded in 2007 for their song "Eyes of the Insane , and in 2008 for the song Final Six .

Slayer is formed in 1981, when guitarist Kerry King meets Jeff Hanneman at a group audition. Both recruit bassist / singer Tom Araya, who had previously played with King in a band called Quits, and drummer Dave Lombardo, who meets King by delivering him a pizza. The band starts playing Iron Maiden and Judas Priest songs on a regular basis at clubs and parties in Southern California. The first shows refer to satanic imagery with pentagrams, makeup and inverted crosses.

In 1982, Slayer recorded his first demo - a rehearsal - with the songs Fight Till Death , Black Magic , and The Antichrist . The demo is widely circulated in the underground, the band is offered the opening of Bitch group at the Woodstock Club in Los Angeles. While playing "Phantom of the Opera" (Iron Maiden), the group is discovered by Brian Slagel, a former music critic who recently founded Metal Blade Records. Slayer records an unreleased group Aggressive Perfector which appears on the compilation Metal Massacre III, released in July 1983. Having been very successful, Slagel has signed the group on a label>.

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