Southern California's Slayer moved attention away from glam-laden Sunset Strip bands in the 1980s to aggressive speedy metal that developed into one of the most popular subgenres metal culture thrashed into music history books. Thirty-four years later, the quartet known for consistent, public anger-invoking content focused on religion, strife and warfare is still raining blood on one trick pony artists and subgenres and continuing to sell out massive main stages, although radically changed.
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The untimely death of co-founder, lead guitarist and (one of) the main songwriters Jeff Hanneman in May 2013 was only one of several shifts to come for Slayer, followed by the termination of founding drummer Dave Lombardo. Even before Hanneman showed a decline in health, guitarist Kerry King had already started writing tracks for the follow up album to 2009's World Painted Blood not knowing if or when their lead would be able to contribute again.More »