Slayer – 2014 Concert Schedule
Slayer is considered one of the most influential metal bands in history, and
has continued to remain a prominent musical act since their rise to fame in the 80s. With a career spanning several decades
and numerous studio albums, it's no surprise why this legendary metal band continues to influence and inspire other acts within
the genre. To see one of the greatest metal bands live in concert, be sure to visit StubHub today to get your Slayer concert
Founded in 1981 by guitarists Kerry King andJeff Hanneman,and drummer Dave Lombardo,
Slayer got their start by playing shows in various clubs and parties across Southern California. Bassist and vocalist Tom
Araya joined them, and early shows typically consisted of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest covers. After opening for the band
Bitch at the Woodstock Club in Anaheim, California, their rendition of Iron Maiden's "Phantom of the Opera" caught the attention
of Brian Slagel from Metal Blade Records. After their performance, Slagel asked them to record a track for his upcoming Metal
compilation, Metal Massacre III. The successful track "Aggressive Perfector" was well received in the underground metal scene,
and Slayer was offered a contract with Metal Blade Records.
In 1983, Slayer released their self-financed debut album
Show No Mercy, which generated more buzz within their niche and gave them the opportunity to begin their no-frills national
tour, with Tom Araya's car towing a U-Haul trailer serving as their "tour bus."With the release of their 1984 EP Haunting
The Chapel, Slayer had started to carve out their signature sound. The album's opening track, "Chemical Warfare," quickly
became the quintessential Slayer song and continues to be played at nearly every live performance since the 80s.
1985, Slayer had released their second studio album, Hell Awaits, which was a hit with fans. The album garnered enough popularity
to attract the interest of Def Jam Records, which primarily worked with hip-hop artists. Slayer went on to accept a recording
contract with Def Jam Records, with a clean-up of their songs, in favor of streamlined, stripped-down productions. The resulting
album was Reign In Blood, which came to later represent the emerging thrash metal scene in the 80s. Due to the graphic nature
of some of the tracks and cover art, Slayer had a hard time getting their record distributed. Def Jam's own distributor Columbia
Records refused to release the album, and even when Geffen Records agreed to release it, they didn't include it on their release
schedule. Despite these difficulties, the album broke the Billboard 200 and was certified gold by the RIAA.
success of Reign In Blood and a tour that followed, Slayer set to work on their fourth studio album South of Heaven, which
was met with mixed reviews after its release in 1988. Despite its lukewarm reception, the slower-paced album was Slayer's
most successful, deputing at number 57 on the Billboard 200 and receiving a gold certification.
After South of Heaven,
Slayer returned to the studio for their fifth album, Seasons in the Abyss, which was released in 1990. This album debuted
at number 44 on the Billboard 200, and was also certified gold. It was also at this time when Slayer debuted their first ever
music video on MTV's Headbanger's Ball, for their track "War Ensemble." Later that year, Slayer returned to the stage as co-headliners
for the Clash of the Titans tour with Megadeth and Suicidal Tendencies. The extraordinary popularity for thrash metal at this
time caused the tour to be extended until the following year, and Slayer subsequently released a live album Decade of Aggression.
This ten-year celebratory compilation record debuted at number 55 on the Billboard 200 chart.
The following year, drummer
Dave Lombardo quit, due to conflicts within the band and the birth of his child. Drummer Paul Bostaph later filled his place.
several decades, Slayer's prolific career has included ten studio albums, five Grammy nominations, two Grammy wins, and four
gold certified records, all of which continue to inspire other acts within the metal scene.
Slayer's Reign In Blood was the breakthrough album that helped launch them to the mainstream audience. This album
is known among fans as having helped to define the emerging thrash metal scene in the 1980s, and is perceived as a classic
within the genre. Described as one of Slayer's heaviest albums, its controversial artwork and themes caused it to initially
face difficulties, but it went on to perform well in the charts and was eventually certified gold in the US.
Did you know Slayer's guitarist Kerry King is featured on a Beastie Boys song?
The guitar solo and riffs
in the song "No Sleep Till Brooklyn" were recorded and performed by Kerry King.
of these years, Slayer still puts on a face-melting show. Fans young and old get to watch these veteran metal rockers perform
hits like "Angel of Death," "Reign in Blood," and all of their classic hits. To see of the most impressive acts in metal history,
visit StubHub today to get your Slayer concert tickets.