Tom Araya

Tom Araya
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Tom Araya of Slayer performing at Sonisphere Knebworth, August 2010
Background information
Birth nameTomás Enrique Araya
Born (1961-06-06) June 6, 1961 (age 58)
Viña del Mar, Chile[1]
OriginSouth Gate, California
GenresThrash metal
speed metal
heavy metal
extreme metal
hard rock
OccupationsMusician, songwriter
InstrumentsBass, vocals
Years active1981–present
Associated actsSlayer
Notable instruments
ESP Tom Araya Bass Guitar Model
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Tom Araya (born Tomás Enrique Araya June 6, 1961 in Viña del Mar, Chile[1]) is an 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".


  1. 1.0 1.1 Keko Paralta Casanova. "Rockaxis - Interview with Tom Araya (Spanish)". Retrieved 2008-02-25.