Mon September 10th, 2001
Tue July 28th, 1998
God Hates Us All (2001)
Diabolus In Musica (1998)
Undisputed Attitude (1998)
Undisputed Attitude (1996)
Divine Intervention (1994)
Decade Of Aggression Live (1991)
Kerry King (1982-Present), guitar
Tom Araya (1982-Present), bass/vocals
Jeff Hanneman (1982-Present), guitar
Dave Lombardo (1982-1992), drums
Paul Bostaph (1992-Present), drums
The pentacle or pentagram that Slayer uses as its logo has a long and winding legacy. For much of human history it has actually been a positive symbol. Like skulls and gargoyles, it was used as a protective charm to ward of evil and the spirits of the dead. It wasn't until the Middle Ages (and the advent of the Inquisition and witch hunts) that it took on an unsavory meaning. But before you go emblazoning pentagrams on everything you own, it's important to note that the positive connotations are associated with the right-side-up (one point up) pentagram; the pentagram represented upside-down (as in the Slayer logo) is widely acknowledged as a satanic symbol.
Slayer
Slayer's career is a livid illustration of just how good it is to be bad in the rock world. The Huntington Beach, CA quartet got its start in the burgeoning thrash metal scene of the early 80s, and along with Metallica and Voivod made its recording debut as a contibutor to Metal Blade's successful Metal Massacre compliation series. It wasn't long before Slayer signed with Metal Blade and released its debut album, Show No Mercy. The band's turbo-charged chops and vehement metal aesthetic had crystalized early in its development, but the lyrical themes took a while longer to evolve beyond a kind of garish sensationalistic brand of satanism.

The release of 1985's Hell Awaits found the doomy, demonic themes sharpening into more clearly harrowing images of torture and eternal damnation. By the time producer/hard rock guru Rick Rubin signed the group to his label, Slayer had inspired a fanatic following. Slayer's first effort for Def Jam (which would eventually become Def American, then simply American) was Reign In Blood, an album that remains a seminal work in the realm of speed metal, rivaled only by Metallica's Master of Puppets. Due to the controversial nature of the lyrics a montage of horrific imagery encompassing a disturbing range of spiritual and physical inhumanity from the customary torture and damnation to Holocaust atrocities and psychopathic fantasies Def Jam's parent label CBS refused to distribute the album, though Geffen eventually picked it up.

Having secured a place in the pantheon of metal gods, Slayer could afford to experiment with its sound and did. South of Heaven disappointed fans of unbridled metallic assaults with its marginally calmer, but no less dark approach. Personnel issues cropped up before the release of the double-disc live Decade of Agression, and shortly afterward, drummer Dave Lombardo left the band, to be replaced by Paul Bostaph. His first effort in the Slayer fold, Divine Intervention (which debuted at number 8 on the Billboard album chart) allayed any concerns that the group's intensity was fading.

Bostaph temporarily left the band to work on a side project, and Testament drummer Jon Dette filled in for Undisputed Attitude, Slayer's gritty tribute to its hard-core and punk rock roots. He was back on board for the following album, Diabolus Musica.
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