Slayer is one of the most famous American thrash metal bands based in Huntington Park,
California. The band was formed in the year 1981 with the original line up members as Kerry King, the guitarist and Dave Lombardo, the drummer. After that, two new members added their profiles to Slayer, giving a complete shape to the band. The two members were Jeff Hanneman as guitarist and, Tom Araya as singer and bassist. In the year 1985, Slayer recorded ‘Hell Awaits’. The album was a success and sold about one lakh copies in a short period of time. After the huge success, many production companies started offering contracts to the band. The band worked with producer Rick Rubin. But this band got its share of success and recognition after five years of its formation.
The band got recognition in the year 1986 for its release ‘Reign in Blood’. This release came under the list of the four big thrash metal acts, the other three being Anthrax, Metallica and Megadeth. Till now, the band has released about eleven studio albums, two live albums, six videos and two extended plays. Four of the eleven studio albums received the gold certification in the United States. Slayer was nominated a total of five times for the Grammy awards and won two in the year 2007 and 2008. The band received Grammy in 2007 for the track ‘Eyes of the Insane’ and in 2008 for the track ‘Final Six’.