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This intense death/thrash metal quartet was formed in Huntington Beach, Los Angeles, USA, during 1982. Comprising Tom Araya (Thomas Araya, 6 June 1961, Valparaiso, Chile; bass/vocals), Kerry King (b. 3 June 1964, Los Angeles, California, USA; guitar), Jeff Hanneman (b. 31 January 1964, Oakland, California, USA; guitar) and Dave Lombardo (b. 16 February 1965, Havana, Cuba; drums), they made their debut in 1983, with a track on the compilation Metal Massacre III. This led to Metal Blade signing the band and releasing their first two albums. Show No Mercy andHell Awaits were undiluted blasts of pure white metallic noise. The band played at breakneck speed with amazing technical precision, but the intricacies of detail were lost in a muddy production. Araya’s lyrics dealt with death, carnage, Satanism and torture, but were reduced to an indecipherable guttural howl.

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