In January, thrash titans Slayer devastated metalheads across the globe, announcing they were calling it a day, along with a mammoth good bye world tour. After thirty-seven years, twelve studio albums and countless shows, Slayer’s place in music history is secure as one of The Big Four (alongside Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax): they helped define the thrash-metal genre. Even amongst peers of that quality, Grammy Award winning Slayer still proudly stand alone and remain one of the most influential bands in heavy metal history.
With Tom Araya’s unmistakable vocal, Kerry King and Gary Holt’s slaughtering guitar riffs, and Paul Bostaph’s hostile drums, and nasty as fuck lyrics, Slayer continue to whip their fans into anarchistic, antichrist fuelled frenzies unmatched by any other act on the planet. Not many bands can add being banned from the Hollywood Palladium for twenty-five years to their resume!