No introduction necessary here, as Slayer is universally acknowledged
as of the premier thrash bands of all time, with Reign In Blood,
their most popular album,
universally regarded as not just an absolute thrash classic
but one of the best metal albums ever.
Cut from the same cloth as
(the two debut albums do have
similarities), and arguably just as influential,
though clearly the musical directions of the two bands grew apart.
The band's style has largely remained unchanged over the years,
and so has their popularity, as they are still a huge draw live
well into their third decade as an active band.
The lineup has largely stayed the same over the years, but recent
events have changed that.
Drummer Dave Lombardo has been in and out of the band several times,
both officially and unofficially.
As of this writing, he is unofficially out of the band, with
Jon Dette filling his role on tour.
Finally, guitarist Jeff Hanneman contracted a rare flesh-eating disease
in 2011, forcing him to step aside from the band.
Sadly, he passed away in May 2013 from liver failure.
Gary Holt has been playing live with the band as a replacement, but
he has not been named an official member of the band.