All About Tom Araya!

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Tom Araya

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re profiling some very notable Latinos!

Today, we’re profiling the influential, and now legendary, Chilean rock star named Tom Araya…who, by all accounts, is the godfather of the “thrash metal” genre.

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Tomás Enrique “Tom” Araya Díaz (born June 6, 1961 in Viña del Mar, Chile) is a Chilean 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.” On June 3, 2011, Araya received the keys to the city of his birth, Viña del Mar, Chile.

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