Popular American thrash metal band Slayer consists of members Kerry King, Tom Araya, Paul Bostaph, and Gary Holt. The former members include Jeff Hanneman, Dave Lombardo, and Jon Dette. Total joint net worth of all Slayer’s members is being estimated to be about $60 million as of 2023. Let’s take a deeper look on their life now and how they achieved such a success.
How Did Slayer Get So Rich?
In 1981, the band was formed by Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King, both guitarist, and has become famous five years later thanks to Reign in Blood. They released their debut album in 1983. During their career, Slayer released 12 studio albums, the latest were God Hates Us All in 2001, Christ Illusion in 2006, World Painted Blood in 2009, and Repentless in 2015.
Besides their studio albums, their also released three live albums and two EPs. They were nominated for Grammy Awards five times and won two of them for Best Metal Performance with Eyes of the Insane in 2007 and Final Six in 2008. Metal brought incredible riches to all Slayer’s members. Just Tom Araya alone has estimated net worth of $14 million.
The band has played worldwide at some famous music festivals, such as Unholy Alliance, Ozzfest, and Download. Slayer has been criticized by public and religious groups because of their lyrics, funnily enough prompting a fan to respond with a “Jesus listens to Slayer” sign, according to Loudwire.
Despite controversy, Slayer are very successful and have sold 6 million albums just in the USA from 1991 to 2020. And we bet that passive income from royalties will continue earning them money long after they retire.