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Slayer formed in Los Angeles in 1982 and always existed to be the heaviest and the fastest – and to stand at the farthest remove from decency and normality.

It worked best in 1986 when they snuffed the genre of ‘thrash’ metal in its infancy with their third album, the 28-minutes of wild staring murder that was Reign In Blood.


Any album which opens with the lines, “Auschwitz, the meaning of pain, The way that I want you to die,” is going to grab your attention.

It certainly pricked up some ears at CBS who refused to distribute the album.

Tom Araya
Vocals, bass
Jeff Hanneman
Kerry King
Dave Lombardo