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The thrash metal band, Slayer, was formed in 1981 in Huntington Park, California. Their music is characterized by double bass drumming, fast tremolo picking and shouted vocals, to produce some very unique music. The band was formed by Dave Lombardo (drummer) and Kerry King (guitarist). Other members of the band includeTom Araya and Jeff Hannerman.The group have been ranked among the ‘Big Four’ thrash metal bands i.e. Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer. Their grisly artwork, violent lyrics and down tuned rhythms are said to have set the standards for emerging thrash metal bands and MTV have related their music to the rise of death metal.
Their sales are estimated at over 20 million copies worldwide though the group has never officially announced their sales. The group has also been ranked 6th greatest metal band of all time by MTV.
The group rose to fame with the release of their album ‘Reign of blood’ in 1986. Though the album received almost no radio airplay due to its graphic nature it was their first album to make it to the billboard 200 debuting at number 94. Its release was followed by the Reign of Pain World Tour. The group won the Grammy Awards for the Best Metal Performance in 2007 and 2008 with ‘Eyes of the Insane’ and ‘Final Six’ respectively. They have however received three other nominations in the Grammys.
Commonly referred to as the Slaytanic Wermacht, Slayer fans are known to be the most devoted metal fans. Some fans are quite extreme with some going to the extent of body mutilation to show their devotion though not all cases are so extreme. Many controversies revolve around the band all around the world including being accused of sympathizing with the Nazi revolution. The group has however denied these claims.
The band has performed in many music festivals all around the world including, Ozzfest, Download and Unholy Alliance. Their latest studio album is due for release in 2013.