Slayer are set to hit the Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre on March 13 as part of their farewell tour.
You would be hard pressed to find many bigger names in metal than Slayer and the American thrash band set the precedent for many bands to follow.
Supported by Anthrax and Behemoth, this gig promises to rock your socks off and will be an important part of what has been an incredible history.
Slayer’s final album Repentless scored their highest ever Australian chart entry at #3 on the ARIA Chart, which is an incredible achievement this far into their career.
In 1981 when SLAYER first formed in Huntington Park, CA, bassist/vocalist Tom Araya was 20 years old and worked as a respiratory therapist. Guitarist Jeff Hanneman, a rehearsal studio employee at the time, was 17, drummer Dave Lombardo was 16 and delivered pizza, and 17-year old Kerry King was a full-time guitarist.
At that time, there were no blueprints, no set paths, no boundaries or steps to follow; Slayer’s new hybrid of metal and punk was heavier, faster and darker than the rest. The band assaulted the world and set a new standard, defining not only a genre, but an attitude.
Jeff Hanneman passed in 2013, and Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has been filling in for him since. Paul Bostaph, Slayer’s drummer from 1992 – 1996, then 1997 – 2001, rejoined Araya and King in 2013 and remains behind the kit.
Fast forward 38-years and Slayer remains the preeminent punk-thrash-metal band that other heavy acts are measured against and aspire to, and up-and-coming metal heads continue to revere and emulate.
Their membership in “The Big Four” bands that defined the thrash/metal genre (Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax) secures the band’s place in music history.
The five-time nominated, two-time Grammy-winners have also accumulated an abundance of certified Gold Albums along with awards from media outlets all over the world, including Kerrang!, SPIN, Metal Hammer, Revolver, and Esquire.
Slayer even has its own exhibit in the Smithsonian Institute.
After a remarkable three-and-a-half decades, Slayer announced their decision to do one last world tour and then move on.
Catch Slayer on their final world tour by getting your tickets to the Adelaide show on March 13 HERE.