Slayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California, formed in 1981 by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. Slayer rose to fame with its 1986 release Reign in Blood, and is credited as one of the “big four” thrash metal bands, along with Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax. Since its debut album in 1983, the band has released twelve studio albums, two live albums, a box set, six music videos, two extended plays and a cover album. Four of the band’s studio albums have received gold certification in the United States. The band has received five Grammy nominations, winning one in 2007 for the song “Eyes of the Insane”, and one in 2008 for the song “Final Six” (both from 2006’s Christ Illusion)...Read More
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Ten Albums of 1986 that put Thrash Metal on the Pinnacle
After Metallica’s Kill ‘Em All debut brought the frantic new genre to people’s attention in 1983, it felt like something was brewing, festering, growing in strength and potency. And then the whole thing exploded, ripping the faces of all and sundry. In 1986, you suddenly couldn’t move for amazing thrash records. You’d walk down the street and they’d leap at your head, hungry for brains. Take a look at the albums that made 1986 Best Year for Thrash Metal.
Most metal fans back then didn’t realise how spoilt they were, or how this 12-month period would mark a pinnacle in extreme music. Three decades on, though, many of the albums in this list have yet to be surpassed, even by the artists who recorded them...Read More