Personalities | Slayer | Eighties | Rock

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1981–present)

The most extreme of the major thrash metal bands, lyrically and sonically, Tom Araya (bass, vocals), Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman (both guitar) and Dave Lombardo (drums) rejoice in album titles such as Show No Mercy (1984) and 1987’s breakthrough Reign In Blood replete with a song about Nazi butcher ‘Dr’ Mengele. 1994’s US Top 10 Divine Intervention was a return to the high-decibel speedcore at which they excel, after a flirtation with slightly more mainstream metal.

Styles & Forms | Eighties | Rock
Personalities | Sly & Robbie | Eighties | Rock

Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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