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Slayer was an American thrash metal band formed in 1981 by Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King, becoming one of the leading bands in trash metal. Beginning with covering bands as Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Venom and Iron Maiden they started to gain popularity with their own songs from 1983. Their fast and aggressive musical style, lyrics with satanic themes and inverted crosses in their artwork made them very controversial in the 80ties. Their final breakthrough came with the album “Reign in Blood” in 1986 and is seen by many as the best trash metal album ever. After 12 studio albums, being member of “the big four” (best trash metal bands; Metallica, Anthrax and Mega death) Slayer is one of the big influencers in heavy metal and considered that there wouldn’t be black, death or extreme metal without them.