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Tom Araya
Performing at the Unholy Alliance Tour in 2006
Performing at the Unholy Alliance Tour in 2006
Background information
Birth name Tomás Enrique Araya
Born June 6, 1961 (1961-06-06) (age 46)
in Valparaíso, Chile
Origin South Gate, California, U.S.
Genre(s) Thrash metal
Occupation(s) Bassist, Songwriter
Instrument(s) Vocals, Bass Guitar
Years active 1981 - present
Label(s) American
Associated
acts
Slayer
Notable instrument(s)
ESP Tom Araya Bass Guitar Model

Tom Araya (born Tomás Enrique Araya June 6, 1961 in Valparaíso, Chile) is the bassist and lead vocalist of the American thrash metal band Slayer. Araya's family moved to the United States in 1966, and at the age of eight he picked up the bass guitar, playing Beatles and Rolling Stones songs with his older brother, who played the guitar. File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... is the 157th day of the year (158th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other places with the same name, see Valparaiso (disambiguation). ... Location of South Gate in Los Angeles County, California Coordinates: , Country State County Los Angeles Incorporated (city) 1923-01-20 [2] Government  - Mayor Bill De Witt [1] Area  - City  7. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Thrash metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music, one of the extreme metal subgenres that is characterised by the high speed and aggression. ... Deon Rexroat of Anberlin. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... A sunburst-colored Precision Bass The electric bass guitar (or electric bass; pronounced , as in base) is a bass stringed instrument played with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) or using a pick. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... For other uses, see Slayer (disambiguation). ... is the 157th day of the year (158th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other places with the same name, see Valparaiso (disambiguation). ... Thrash metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music, one of the extreme metal subgenres that is characterised by the high speed and aggression. ... For other uses, see Slayer (disambiguation). ... The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 as part of their first tour of the United States, promoting their first hit single there, I Want To Hold Your Hand. ... This article is about the rock band. ...


Araya was employed as a respiratory therapist in the early 1980s, using 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 on 1988's South of Heaven. Respiratory therapy is an allied health field involved in the treatment of breathing disorders which include chronic lung problems (i. ... Show No Mercy is the debut album by the thrash metal band Slayer, which was released in December 1983 through Metal Blade Records. ... Serial killers are individuals who have a history of multiple slayings of victims who were usually unknown to them beforehand. ... South of Heaven is the fourth studio album by American thrash metal band Slayer. ...

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Biography

Araya was born in Valparaiso, Chile as the fourth child in a family of nine. At the age of five, his family moved to Huntington Park, California. Rumors circulating the internet state he left because of "political unrest", Araya denied this claim; "that happened in ‘71 and we were already in the United States by that time."[1] Valparaiso is the name of at least three cities and a village: Valparaíso, Chile Valparaiso, Florida Valparaiso, Indiana Valparaiso, Nebraska This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Location of Huntington Park in California Coordinates: Country United States of America State California County Los Angeles Incorporated (city) 1906-09-01 [2] Government  - Mayor Juan R. Noguez [1] Area  - City  3. ...


Araya's older brother played the guitar, leading Araya to pick up the bass guitar at the age of eight. The two played Beatles and Rolling Stones songs, inspiring his musical interest.[1] In the early 1980s, Araya's eldest sister suggested he enroll as a respiratory therapist. Araya's father stated he either find a job or enroll in the course. Araya enrolled in a two year technical course, learning about air mixture ratios, drawing blood, and how to intubate.[1] For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... A sunburst-colored Precision Bass The electric bass guitar (or electric bass; pronounced , as in base) is a bass stringed instrument played with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) or using a pick. ... The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 as part of their first tour of the United States, promoting their first hit single there, I Want To Hold Your Hand. ... This article is about the rock band. ... Respiratory therapy is an allied health field involved in the treatment of breathing disorders which include chronic lung problems (i. ... Venipuncture using a vacutainer. ... Intubation being practiced on a dummy (conventional technique using a laryngoscope). ...


In 1981 Araya was approached by Kerry King, who asked Araya to join his band Slayer. Araya accepted, using his earnings as a respiratory therapist to finance the band's 1983 debut album Show No Mercy.[2] Araya requested that the hospital allow him time off for Slayer's first European tour in 1984, Araya was denied; “We need you to come in today.” They’d call me at 5:00 in the morning and wake my ass up, “Someone’s not coming in, we need you to come in to work.” After a month of not turning up to work the hospital stated they would fire him; Araya replied “Well, I guess I’m fired.”[1] Kerry King (born June 3, 1964 in Los Angeles, California) is a guitarist, best known as one of the founding members of the thrash metal band Slayer. ... For other uses, see Slayer (disambiguation). ... Show No Mercy is the debut album by the thrash metal band Slayer, which was released in December 1983 through Metal Blade Records. ...


Slayer was headlining the ill-fated 1991 "Clash of the Titans" tour, with Megadeth, Anthrax and Suicidal Tendencies (with Alice in Chains as openers). Backstage Megadeth guitarist Dave Mustaine proceeded to tell Araya "He liked it when Tom was sucking his dick." Araya rebutted calling him a "homo".[3] The exchange of words resulted in a long running feud between the bands. Araya became friends with Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell, which lead to Araya's guest appearance on the track "Iron Gland", off the 1992 album Dirt. "I just screamed on it. Jerry asked me to come in and scream, “I am Iron God!” and that was it."[1] Megadeth is an American thrash metal band led by founder, frontman and songwriter Dave Mustaine. ... Suicidal Tendencies is an American hardcore punk / crossover thrash band formed in 1981 in Venice, California. ... This article is about the grunge band. ... David Scott Mustaine (born David Scott Mustaine, September 13, 1961 in La Mesa, California, United States) is the lead/rhythm guitarist, songwriter, and singer for the speed/thrash metal band, Megadeth. ... Since its coinage, the word homosexuality has acquired multiple meanings. ... Jerry Fulton Cantrell Jr. ... Singles from Dirt Released: 1992 Released: 1992 Released: 1993 Released: 1993 Released: 1993 Dirt is a grunge album by Alice in Chains, released on September 29, 1992 (see 1992 in music). ...


Araya resides in Buffalo, Texas, on a ranch with his wife and two children.[4] Araya helps his wife run the farm, including looking after five cows and chickens, and often sings country songs to help keep his "singing chops up".[5] Araya and his wife are fans of scary movie remakes; such as The Amityville Horror and Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The two allow their children to watch the movies, making clear it's just a movie as one will ask “Is this real?”[6] In 2006 Araya underwent gall bladder surgery, which made alterations to The Unholy Alliance tour. Originally set to launch on June 6, the tour was postponed to June 13. Araya was also unable to finish the vocals for a song entitled "Final Six", which was to be included on Slayer's 2006 album Christ Illusion,[7] the song was later released on the CD/DVD version of Christ Illusion. Araya took his children on the tour stating its "kind of cool to expose them at such a young age. My first concert, I was, like, 17."[8] Buffalo is a city located in Leon County, Texas. ... This article is about a type of land use and method of raising livestock. ... In cinema, a remake is a work that has the same story, and often the same title, as a work that was made earlier. ... The Amityville Horror is a 2005 horror film directed by Andrew Douglas for United Artists and Dimension Films. ... The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a 2003 film, a re-imagining of the 1974 film The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. ... The gallbladder (or cholecyst) is a pear-shaped organ that stores bile (or gall) until the body needs it for digestion. ... The Unholy Alliance is an annual heavy metal tour of Europe and North America, with the tag-line Preaching to the Perverted. The tour is headlined by the thrash metal band Slayer, and featured Children of Bodom, Thine Eyes Bleed, Lamb of God, Mastodon and In Flames in its last... is the 157th day of the year (158th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 164th day of the year (165th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Christ Illusion is the tenth studio album by Slayer, which was released on August 8, 2006 on American Recordings. ...


Araya is currently employed at Halloween Horror Nights in Universal Studios Orlando. Halloween Horror Nights is one of the largest Halloween events in the U.S., presented annually at Universal Orlando Resort. ... This June 2005 does not cite its references or sources. ...


Religion

Araya commented about the misconception of the band labeled as Satan worshipers, "Yeah, yeah I think that’s one of the biggest misconceptions towards the band, but next to that just the fact that we’re normal." If guitarist King writes a good song, Araya puts his beliefs aside, "I'm not one that's going to go, "This sucks because it's contrary to my beliefs." To me it's more like "this is really good stuff. You're going to piss people off with this."[9] This article is about the concept of Satan. ...


In an interview, Araya believes that "...Christ came and taught us about love, about doing unto others. That was his preach: Accept each other for who we are. Live peacefully, and love one another." When asked if he believed in God, replied "I believe in a supreme being, yeah. But He's an all-loving God."[10] Araya explained that he has a "really strong belief system," and Slayer's words and images will "never interfere with what I believe and how I feel.... People are not in good shape to where they have to question their own belief system because of a book or a story somebody wrote, or a Slayer song."[9] Tom Araya also appeared in Sam Dunn's documentary Metal: A Headbanger's Journey, and was asked about his religious background, to which he commented 'Catholic' with a grin. He was also asked about the phrase 'God Hates Us All', to which Araya replied 'It's just a great fucking album title' Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Sam Dunn is an Canadian Anthropologist most famous for his documentary, Metal: A Headbangers Journey. ...


Vocal Style

Araya is known for being able to shout aggressive, rapid fire vocals (In songs such as "Jesus Saves", "Necrophobic" and "Jihad") and has been known for his high-pitched piercing screams, which is demonstrated in the beginning of "Angel of Death", the final lyric in "Postmortem", in "Epidemic", in "Mandatory Suicide" and at the end of "Necrophobic." However, Araya doesn't scream when performing songs live and in Slayer's newer songs any more because they wear his voice out.


Lyrics

Araya’s first contribution to the Slayer’s lyrics was 1988’s South of Heaven. Araya’s interest in serial killers inspires much of his lyrical themes, including the songs titled 213 about Jeffrey Dahmer & Dead Skin Mask about Ed Gein ,[11] who murdered seventeen people.[12] "Why? I’m trying to see where these guys are coming from so maybe I’ll understand. It’s always kind of intrigued me…”[1] South of Heaven is the fourth studio album by American thrash metal band Slayer. ... Serial killers are individuals who have a history of multiple slayings of victims who were usually unknown to them beforehand. ... For other uses, see 213 (disambiguation). ... Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer (May 21, 1960 – November 28, 1994) was an American serial killer. ... Dead Skin Mask is a song released in 1990 on the album Seasons In The Abyss by Slayer. ... Gein redirects here. ...


Araya wrote the lyrics for the Grammy winning song "Eyes of the Insane" from Slayer’s 2006 album Christ Illusion. The lyrics were inspired through an article in the Texas Monthly about the casualties of war, and soldiers experiences in having a tough time coping with physical and psychological trauma. Araya states “At points in their tour of Iraq, they need help and the military tends to ignore that, they kind of brush it under the mat and hopes it goes away. They try to make everything seem hunky dory and fine and dandy, when in actuality there is a lot of shit going on that people can’t handle. There’s a lot of soldiers coming home with mental anguish. And the sad part is, we heard about post-traumatic stress after Vietnam and the first Gulf War and the military seems to want to wipe the slate clean with every new war. It’s fucked up.”[13] Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... Eyes of the Insane is a 2006 single by American thrash metal band Slayer, taken from their 2006 album Christ Illusion. ... Christ Illusion is the tenth studio album by Slayer, which was released on August 8, 2006 on American Recordings. ... Texas Monthly is a monthly American magazine published in Austin, Texas. ... In medicine, a trauma patient has suffered serious and life-threatening physical injury resulting in secondary complications such as shock, respiratory failure and death. ... Psychological trauma is a type of damage to the psyche that occurs as a result of a traumatic event. ... Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), is a term for the psychological consequences of exposure to or confrontation with stressful experiences, which involve actual or threatened death, serious physical injury or a threat to physical integrity and which the person found highly traumatic. ... For other uses, see Iraq war (disambiguation). ...


Equipment

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References

  1. ^ a b c d e f Brian, Davis (2005-1-4). Exclusive! Interview With Slayer Vocalist/ Bassist Tom Araya. KNAC.com. Retrieved on 2007-01-26.
  2. ^ Live Chat with Tom Araya of Slayer. ESPguitars.com. Retrieved on 2007-01-27.
  3. ^ Kuipers, Dean (1991-3). Clash of the Titans. Rockmetal. Retrieved on 2007-01-18.
  4. ^ Nailen, Dan (2007-1-25). A feel-good, family side to Slayer's heavy-metal assault. The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved on 2007-01-28.
  5. ^ Glessner, David (22-6-2006). Slayer attracts a new generation of fans. MySA.com. Retrieved on 2007-01-30.
  6. ^ Gargano, Paul (2007-1-25). LiveDaily Interview: Tom Araya of Slayer. livedaily.com. Retrieved on 2007-01-28.
  7. ^ SLAYER Frontman Undergoes Gallbladder Surgery, Band Reschedule Early 'Unholy Alliance' Dates. Blabbermouth.net (2006-5-10). Retrieved on 2007-01-09.
  8. ^ Cite error 8; No text given.
  9. ^ a b FENIAK, JENNY. Slayer likes bad-boy image. Jam.com. Retrieved on 2007-01-26.
  10. ^ La Briola, John. Westword interview with Tom Araya. Slayersaves.com. Retrieved on 2007-01-26.
  11. ^ Stannard, Joe. Slayer. Plan B. Retrieved on 2007-01-26.
  12. ^ Jeffrey Dahmer. ohiohistorycentral.org. Retrieved on 2007-01-30.
  13. ^ Atkinson, Peter (2006-5-3). Songs About God and Satan - Part 2: An Interview With Slayer's Tom Araya. KNAC.com. Retrieved on 2007-01-26.

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NAME Araya, Tom
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Tomás Enrique Araya
SHORT DESCRIPTION Bassist and Vocalist in Slayer
DATE OF BIRTH June 6, 1961
PLACE OF BIRTH Valparaíso, Chile
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH

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Tom Araya, born June 6, 1961 in Chile, is best known as the vocalist and bassist of the thrash metal band Slayer.
Though Slayer are often considered a Satanic band, Tom was raised a Christian, and his faith is still important to him.
Tom has also provided guest vocals to recordings by other artists, including "Iron Gland" from Alice In Chains' album Dirt, and "Terrorist" from Soulfly's album Primitive[?]
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