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Slayer is an American thrash metal band formed in 1981 by guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman, who recruited vocalist and bassist Tom Araya, and drummer Dave Lombardo.[1] Slayer's first two albums, Show No Mercy (1983) and Hell Awaits (1985), which were released on Metal Blade Records, did not chart in the United States.[2] The band were then signed to Def Jam Recordings by Rick Rubin, who produced Reign in Blood (1986). The album helped Slayer break into the Billboard 200 for the first time, peaking at number 94.[2] After South of Heaven (1988), Slayer signed to Rubin's new label, Def American, and released Seasons in the Abyss (1990). After the album was released, Lombardo departed Slayer and was replaced by Paul Bostaph.[3]

1994's Divine Intervention, the first album to feature Bostaph, debuted at number eight in the US, the band's best chart performance at the time.[2] Diabolus in Musica (1998) was criticized for its nu metal traits,[4][5] while God Hates Us All (2001) created controversy for its graphic artwork.[6] Bostaph left the band due to an injury and was replaced by former member Lombardo. Christ Illusion (2006) was Slayer's most successful effort, debuting at number five in the US and winning two Grammy Awards.[2][7] Slayer is considered one of the "big four" of thrash metal along with Anthrax, Metallica and Megadeth and have earned six Gold certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America.[8][9]

Studio albums Edit

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[2]
AUS
[10]
AUT
[11]
BEL
[12]
FIN
[13]
FRA
[14]
GER
[15]
NLD
[16]
NZ
[17]
SWE
[18]
SWI
[19]
UK
[20]
1983 Show No Mercy
1985 Hell Awaits
  • Released: September 16, 1985
  • Label: Metal Blade (MB #1040)
  • Format: CD, CS, LP
1986 Reign in Blood
  • Released: October 7, 1986
  • Label: Def Jam (DJ #924131 2)
  • Format: CD, CS, LP
94 47 US: Gold[8]
1988 South of Heaven
  • Released: July 5, 1988
  • Label: Def Jam (DJ #828 080-1)
  • Format: CD, CS, LP
52 50 25 US: Gold[8]
CAN: Gold[21]
UK: Silver[22]
1990 Seasons in the Abyss
  • Released: October 25, 1990
  • Label: American (AR #846 871-2)
  • Format: CD, CS, LP
40 29 47 18 US: Gold[8]
CAN: Gold[21]
1994 Divine Intervention
  • Released: September 27, 1994
  • Label: American (AR #491802 2)
  • Format: CD, CS
8 27 22 18 31 20 10 15 15 US: Gold[8]
CAN: Gold[21]
1996 Undisputed Attitude
  • Released: May 28, 1996
  • Label: American (AR #74321 35759 2)
  • Format: CD, CS, LP
34 16 43 38 27 43 45 33 22 20 31
1998 Diabolus in Musica
  • Released: June 9, 1998
  • Label: American (AR #491302 2)
  • Format: CD, CS
31 35 40 23 18 23 32 52 15 29 27
2001 God Hates Us All
  • Released: September 11, 2001
  • Label: American (AR #586 331-2)
  • Format: CD
28 15 31 16 12 25 9 30 35 18 44 31
2006 Christ Illusion
  • Released: August 6, 2006
  • Label: American (AR #9362-44300-2)
  • Format: CD, LP
5 9 6 19 2 52 2 8 10 4 11 23
2009 World Painted Blood
  • Released: November 3, 2009
  • Label: American
  • Format: CD, LP
12 9 13 1 12 28 7 15 16 21 14 41
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Live albums Edit

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US
[2]
GER
[15]
UK
[20]
1985 Live Undead
  • Released: November 16, 1984
  • Label: Metal Blade (MB #3984-14033-2)
  • Format: CD, CS, LP
1991 Decade of Aggression
  • Released: October 22, 1991
  • Label: American (AR #491801 2)
  • Format: CD, CS, LP
55 77 29
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

EPs Edit

Year Album details Peak chart positions
DEN
[23]
FIN
[13]
SWE
[18]
SWI
[19]
1984 Haunting the Chapel
  • Released: August 4, 1984
  • Label: Metal Blade (MB #71083-1)
  • Format: CD, CS
2006 Eternal Pyre
  • Released: June 6, 2006
  • Label: American (AR #5439156852)
  • Format: CD
3 2 48 88
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Compilations Edit

Year Album details
2003 Soundtrack to the Apocalypse
  • Released: November 25, 2003
  • Label: American (AR #0001637)
  • Format: CD, DVD

Singles Edit

Year Song Peak chart positions Album
DEN
[23]
UK
[24]
1983 "Black Magic" Show No Mercy
1985 "Hell Awaits" Hell Awaits
1986 "Raining Blood" 64 Reign in Blood
"Angel of Death"
"Necrophobic"
1987 "Criminally Insane"
1988 "South of Heaven" South of Heaven
"Mandatory Suicide"
1990 "War Ensemble" Seasons in the Abyss
"Dead Skin Mask"
1991 "Seasons in the Abyss" 51
1994 "Dittohead" Divine Intervention
1995 "Serenity in Murder" 50
1996 "I Hate You" Undisputed Attitude
1998 "Stain of Mind" Diabolus in Musica
2001 "Bloodline" God Hates Us All
"God Send Death"
2006 "Cult" Christ Illusion
"Eyes of the Insane" 15 97
"Jihad"
2009 "Psychopathy Red" World Painted Blood
"Hate Worldwide"
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Miscellaneous / Soundtracks Edit

Year Song Album Comments
1986 "Captor of Sin" River's Edge soundtrack Originally appears on Haunting the Chapel.
"Tormentor" Originally appears on Show No Mercy.
"Evil Has No Boundaries" Originally appears on Show No Mercy.
"Die by the Sword" Originally appears on Show No Mercy.
1987 "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" Less Than Zero soundtrack Iron Butterfly cover.
1990 "Angel of Death" Gremlins 2: The New Batch soundtrack Originally appears on Reign in Blood
1993 "Disorder" Judgement Night soundtrack Featuring Ice-T. Medley of songs by The Exploited. Later appears on Soundtrack to the Apocalypse.
1996 "Epidemic" The Perfect Woman soundtrack Originally appears on Reign in Blood
1997 "No Remorse" Spawn soundtrack Featuring Atari Teenage Riot. Later appears on Soundtrack to the Apocalypse.
1998 "Human Disease" Bride of Chucky soundtrack Later appears on Soundtrack to the Apocalypse.
1999 "Here Comes the Pain" WCW Mayhem: The Music Appears on God Hates Us All
2000 "Hand of Doom" Nativity in Black II Black Sabbath cover.
"Spirit in Black" Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 Originally Appears on Seasons In The Abyss
"Bloodline" Dracula 2000 soundtrack Later appears on God Hates Us All
"Angel Of Death" Mrs. Death 2: Hells Fury soundtrack Originally appears on Reign in Blood
2002 "Born to Be Wild" NASCAR: Crank It Up Steppenwolf cover.
"Angel of Death" Jackass: The Movie soundtrack Originally appears on Reign in Blood
2003 "Divine Intervention" Haggard: The Movie soundtrack Originally appears on Divine Intervention
2004 "Warzone" UFC: Ultimate Beat Downs, Vol. 1 Originally appears on God Hates Us All.
2006 "Spill the Blood" Jackass Number Two soundtrack Originally appears on South of Heaven
"Eyes of the Insane" Saw III soundtrack Originally appears on Christ Illusion.
2007 "Raining Blood" Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock Originally appears on Reign in Blood
2008 "Final Six" Punisher: War Zone soundtrack Originally appears on Christ Illusion as Bonus Track.

Music videos Edit

Year Title Director
1987 "Criminally Insane" Dean Karr
1988 "South of Heaven" Di Puglia Gerard
1990 "Seasons in the Abyss"
1994 "Dittohead" Jon Reiss
"Killing Fields" Di Puglia Gerard
1995 "Serenity in Murder"
1996 "I Hate You"
2001 "Bloodline" Evan Bernard
2006 "Eyes of the Insane" Tony Petrossian

Videos Edit

Year Video details US peak GER peak US certifications[8]
1995 Live Intrusion
  • Released: October 31, 1995
  • Label: American (AR #slay 001v)
  • Format: VHS, DVD
2003 War at the Warfield
  • Released: July 29, 2003
  • Label: American (AR #440 063 690-9)
  • Format: DVD
3[25] 58 Gold
2004 Still Reigning
  • Released: October 26, 2004
  • Label: American (AR #B0003529-09)
  • Format: DVD
7[26] Gold
2007 The Unholy Alliance
  • Released: October 2, 2007
  • Label: American (AR #713925)
  • Format: DVD
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

References Edit

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 "Slayer–Artist chart history". Billboard charts. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved on 2008-03-05.
  3. Bennett, J. "Legendary rapper and longtime metal advocate moves on with the Body Count". Decibel Magazine. Retrieved on 2008-03-10.
  4. Krgin, Borivoj. "Slayer God Hates Us All (American)". Blabbermouth. Retrieved on 2008-03-10.
  5. Ratliff, Ben (1998-06-22). Template:Citation/make link. New York Times. 
  6. "The return of Dave Lombardo". Recoil Magazine. Retrieved on 2008-03-10.
  7. "Slayer wins Grammy in 'Best Metal Performance' Category". Blabbermouth (2007-02-11). Retrieved on 2008-03-10.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - Searchable Database". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved on 2008-03-05.
  9. Huey, Steve. "Allmusic Biography of Slayer". Allmusic. Retrieved on 2006-12-10.
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  14. "Discography Slayer" (in French). Les charts. Retrieved on 2008-03-08.
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  17. "Discography Slayer". Charts.org.nz. Retrieved on 2008-03-08.
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  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 "Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA): Certification Results". Canadian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved on 2008-03-05.
  22. "The BPI - Search the Awards Database". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved on 2008-03-05.
  23. 23.0 23.1 "Danish Chart". danishcharts.com. Retrieved on 2008-06-24.
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  25. "Slayer's War At The Warfield Debuts At No. 3 On Music DVD Chart!". Blabbermouth (2003-08-12). Retrieved on 2007-03-03.
  26. "Slayer's Still Reigning DVD Sells A Bloody Load of Copies In Its First Week". Metal Underground (2004-11-15). Retrieved on 2007-03-09.

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