Slayer are a band that needs no introduction. For almost four decades, these Grammy Award-winning thrash metal legends have been thrilling audiences with their terrifying guitar riffs, searing speed and violent, often controversial, style. All evil things must come to an end though, and they are performing their farewell tour in 2018. Prepare for a sonic assault. Slayer formed in 1981 with vocalist/bassist Tom Araya, guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman and drummer Dave Lombardo its founding members. Since releasing their debut album Show No Mercy in 1983 the band have released twelve studio albums, the most recent being Repentless in 2015. Although they revel in exploring big, grisly themes – with their songs touching upon topics as murder, genocide, terrorism, Nazism and war – that hasn’t prevented Slayer obtaining commercial success, as four of their albums have been certified Gold in the United States. Recent years have proved tough for Slayer as they lost two of their founding members in 2013, with Lombardo leaving the band for the third time and Hanneman dying of alcohol-related cirrhosis. With the band unsure about recording another album, Slayer’s farewell tour may well be the last we hear of them. Make sure to catch these metal gods while you still can.