Stock up on Slayer vinyl, Funko figures, shirts, mini guitars and more over at our shop.
Slayer singer-bassist Tom Araya is world-renowned as one of heavy metal's great frontmen, having evolved over the years from a seething, aggro headbanging maniac onstage to a charismatic father figure whose relaxed between-song banter entertainingly varies between the heartwarming and the totally bone-chilling. As much as his skills as a frontman, singer and serial-killer-obsessed lyricist are generally appreciated, his talents as a bass player tend to go overlooked. With that in mind, we asked him to pick his favorite four-stringers — find out who he spotlighted below.
"He's the first one I can think of, because he's just a tremendous bass player. I've had the privilege to see him play on Ozzfest '99. It was amazing."
"I'm not too up on a lot of the modern bass players, but he's great. He's also a good bass player and singer, which is, of course, something I appreciate."
"He's a fantastic bass player. He's someone who Rocky George from Suicidal Tendencies introduced me to."
"A really amazing bass player. He and Steve Vai playing together, man — amazing."