Slayer is an American thrash metal band founded by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King in 1981. Slayer rose to fame as one of the leaders of the American thrash metal movement with their 1986 release, Reign in Blood , which has been called "the heaviest album of all time" by Kerrang! . The band is credited as one of the "Big Four" thrash metal bands, along with Metallica , Anthrax , and Megadeth .Slayer is known for its musical traits, involving fast tremolo picking , guitar solos , double bass drumming , and shouting vocals. The band's lyrics and album art, which cover topics such as death, deviants, genocide , necrophillia , insanity, religion, Satanism , serial killers , and warfare have generated album bans, delays, lawsuits and strong criticism from religious groups and the general public. Following the success of "Hell Awaits" , Slayer was offered a recording contract with Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin 's newly founded Def Jam Records , a largely rap -based label.The band accepted and with an experienced producer and major label recording budget, the band underwent a sonic makeover resulting in shorter, faster songs with clearer production. Gone were the complex arrangements and long songs featured on "Hell Awaits" , ditched in favor of stripped down, thrash metal influenced song structures. Def Jam's distributor, Columbia Records , refused to release the album "Reign in Blood " due to its graphic cover art and lyrical themes. For example, " Angel of Death " detailed Holocaust concentration camps and the human experiments conducted by Nazi physician, Josef Mengele . The album was distributed by Geffen Records on October 7, 1986. However, due to the controversy, "Reign in Blood" did not appear on Geffen Records’ release schedule. Although the album received virtually no radio airplay, it became the band's first to enter the Billboard 200 , debuting at #94, and the band's first album certified gold in the United States. *Condition: Mint-/Excellent+, *Min. Bid: $.99
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