LIVE: Slayer

Metal legends Slayer thrashed House of Blues San Diego on Thursday, July 21 -- the first night of Comic-Con 2016.

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Slayer headlined House of Blues San Diego on Thursday, July 21 – the first day of Comic-Con 2016.
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The band is commonly referred to as one of “the big four” thrash metal bands, along with Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax
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The show was completely and utterly sold out, with people trying to scalp tickets online for $150 apiece.
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Founded in Huntington Park, California in 1981, the band’s current lineup consists of Kerry King (guitar), Tom Araya (bass), Paul Bostaph (drums) and Gary Holt (guitar).
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Holt (pictured) is also the guitarist and main songwriter for the metal band Exodus.
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Former members include guitarist Jeff Hanneman, and drummers Dave Lombardo (an original member) and Jon Dette.
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Hanneman, who founded the band along with Kerry King, sadly passed away in 2013 from liver failure (R.I.P., one of the greatest guitarists to ever play).
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Slayer hit national prominence with its 1986 classic album, “Reign in Blood.”
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The album is considered the band’s fastest – performed at an average of 220 beats per minute.
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“Reign in Blood” was voted the “heaviest album of all time” by Kerrang! Magazine, and has sold nearly 5 million copies in the U.S. from 1991-2013.
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They’ve released 12 studio albums, two live albums, a box set, two EPs, and a cover album since 1983.
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The band’s latest, “Repentless,” was released last year – their first without Hanneman.
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Slayer has received six Grammy nominations, and won two: Best Metal Performance in 2007 for “Eyes of the Insane” and in 2008 for “Final Six.”
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Fun fact: The band is rumored to have originally been called Dragonslayer, after the 1981 movie of the same name, but Kerry King has denied this.
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In 1984, King briefly joined Megadeth. He quit after five shows, causing a rift between the guitarist and Megadeth mastermind Dave Mustaine. The rift has since “evolved into a long-running feud between the two bands,” according the Slayer’s Wikipedia page.
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The band’s House of Blues San Diego show featured the following setlist: “Repentless,” “Disciple,” “Postmortem,” “Hate Worldwide,” “War Ensemble”…
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“When the Stillness Comes,” “You Against You,” “Mandatory Suicide,” “Fight Till Death,” “Dead Skin Mask,” “Die by the Sword,” “The Antichrist”…
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“Born of Fire,” “Season in the Abyss,” “South of Heaven,” “Raining Blood,” “Black Magic” and “Angel of Death.”
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