Tom Araya Thrash metal Artist

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Tom Araya (born Tomás Enrique Araya Díaz June 6, 1961 in Viña del Mar, Chile) is a Chilean American musician, best known as the bassist and vocalist of the American thrash metal band Slayer. Araya is ranked fifty-eighth by Hit Parader on their list of the 100 Greatest Metal Vocalists of All Time. Araya was employed as a respiratory therapist in the early 1980s and used his earnings to finance Slayer's debut album Show No Mercy. Much of Araya's lyrical content is about serial killers, a subject he finds interesting, first making his lyrical contribution to 1985's Hell Awaits with the track "At Dawn They Sleep". Araya said that he grew up in "a neighborhood that was pretty gang-oriented. Araya's older brother, Cisco, played the guitar. This inspired Araya to pick up the bass at age eight. The two played Beatles and Rolling Stones songs, which he would later cite as an influence on his own music. In the early 1980s, Araya's eldest sister suggested he enroll in a program to become certified as a respiratory therapist. Araya's father insisted he either find a job or enroll in the course.

Personal details

Date of birth
June 6th, 1961
Chile,United States of America
Chilean American
Places lived
Viña del Mar
pop. 289,970 (2012)
Valparaíso , Chile
pop. 253,580 (2012)



Musical acts

1.Slayer Heavy metal, Rock music, Thrash metal, Speed metal, Groove metal

1981 -

Slayer is an American thrash metal band formed in Huntington Park, California in 1981, by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. Slayer rose to fame with its 1986 release Reign in Blood, and is credited as one of the "Big Four" thrash metal acts, along with Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax. Slayer has never publicly revealed its worldwide sales, however between 1991 and 2004, the band sold more than 3.5 million albums in the U.S. Slayer's musical style involves fast tremolo picking, double bass drumming, riffs in irregular scales and shouted vocals. In the original line-up, King, Hanneman, and bassist/vocalist Tom Araya contributed to the band's lyrics, and most of the band's music was created and arranged by King and Hanneman, with additional help from drummer Dave Lombardo and Araya. The band's lyrics and album art, which cover topics such as serial killers, necrophilia, Satanism, religion, anti-religion and warfare, have generated album bans, delays, lawsuits and criticism from religious groups and the public. Their music has been highly influential, often being cited by many bands as an influence musically, visually and lyrically.

Member history

Member Role Start End
1981 1986
Guitar 1981
Lead Vocals, Bass guitar 1981
Guitar 1981 2011
Tony Scaglione
1986 1987
1992 1996
Drums 1996 1997
Guitar 2011


Album title Released Type
Show No Mercy 1983 Studio album
Hell Awaits 1985 Studio album
Reign in Blood 1986 Studio album
South of Heaven 1988 Studio album
Seasons in the Abyss 1990 Studio album
Divine Intervention 1994 Studio album
Undisputed Attitude 1996 Studio album
Diabolus in Musica 1998 Studio album
God Hates Us All 2001 Studio album
Christ Illusion 2006 Studio album
World Painted Blood 2009 Studio album

Official website

Social media

Movie performances

1. Slayer: Live Intrusion (1995)

Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
Phil Tucket


Top cast

Personal movie appearances

Title Year Appearance type Budget Awards Producers Directors Writers
Get Thrashed
2006 Him/Herself
Rick Ernst
Rick Ernst
Metal: A Headbanger's Journey
2005 USD 1.3M 1
Scot McFadyen
Sam Feldman
Scot McFadyen
Jessica Joy Wise
Jessica Joy Wise
Scot McFadyen
Still Reigning
2004 Him/Herself


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