Slayer is an American thrash metal band, formed in 1981 by guitarists
Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. Slayer rose to fame as a leader of the
American thrash metal movement with their 1986 release Reign in Blood,
which has been called "the heaviest album of all time." The band is
credited as one of the "Big Four" thrash metal bands along with
Megadeth, Metallica, and Anthrax. Slayer is known for its musical
traits, involving fast tremolo picking, guitar solos, double bass
drumming, and screaming vocals. The band's lyrics and album art, which
cover topics such as serial killers, satanism, religion and warfare
have generated album bans, delays, lawsuits and strong criticism from
religious groups and the public. Since their debut record in 1983, the
band has released two live albums, one box set, two DVDs, two EPs, and
ten albums, four of which have received gold certification. The band
has received two Grammy nominations, winning one in 2007 for the song
"Eyes of the Insane", and headlined music festivals worldwide,
including Ozzfest, The Unholy Alliance and the Download Festival.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Saint Agatho began his reign as Pope.
Republic of Ragusa founded.
Joshua Slocum completed the first solo circumnavigation of the globe
sailing on his refitted sloop-rigged fishing boat Spray, a distance of
more than 46,000 miles (74,000 km).
The crew of the Russian battleship Potemkin began a mutiny against
their oppressive officers.
The world's first electronic automated teller machine was installed in
Enfield Town, London.
Yugoslavia invaded Slovenia, two days after the latter's declaration
of independence from the former, starting the Ten-Day War.
Wikiquote of the day:
A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of
hardships. -- Helen Keller