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Hometown: Huntington Park, CA (USA)

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Slayer is an American thrash metal band, founded in Huntington Park, California in 1982 by Tom Araya (bass guitar and vocals), Kerry King (guitars), Jeff Hanneman (guitars) and Dave Lombardo (drums). Lombardo has been in and out of the group three times, but the other members have been permanent members. Hanneman and King are the group's main songwriters.

Slayer (along with Metallica, Anthrax, Megadeth and others) is often credited with creating American thrash metal by speeding up the sound of metal bands like Iron Maiden. Slayer also drew from hardcore punk influences like Minor Threat, Dead Kennedys and The Misfits; borrowing some of that music's emphasis on extremely quick tempos in many of their songs.


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Punknews Podcast: The week of November 12, 2013
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Punknews Podcast: Slayer's Kerry King Releases Herbal Whiskey
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Tours: Slayer
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May 10, 2013

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