October 12, 2023

“I am a fan of this kind of music as well as the rest of the guys naturally are – and being a fan, we kind of get pleased by our music as fans and as being in SLAYERKerry King.

Portraits of Slayer is a photographic celebration of Slayer, one of rock’s foremost Thrash Metal Bands. This brand new, coffee table photobook traces the career of Slayer with rare and unseen photographs from some of rock’s greatest photographers.

Whether categorised as Thrash Metal, Speed Metal or Nu Metal, Grammy award winning Slayer were one of the most influential bands in heavy metal history, crucial to the development of Thrash which became the foundation of many different sub-genres. The band’s 1986 album, Reign of Blood is considered a genre-defining classic with its razor-sharp articulation, tightness and extraordinary riffs. In 2006 Metal Hammer declared it to be the best metal album of the last 20 years. Between 1991 and 2013 the band sold almost 5 million albums in the US alone and as Dave Grohl said, “Me and my friends, we just wanted to listen to fucking Slayer and take acid and smash stuff.”

Portraits of Slayer also features a career-spanning essay by journalist Dave Ling.

  • This unofficial book is 230mm square, case-bound, 240 pages, printed on luxury 170gsm matt-coated paper. The book comes with a fold out poster and is presented in a black slipcase with a blood red foil logo. The main edition comes in 666 numbered copies and sells for £55 plus shipping. 
  • In addition to this, a much larger, ultra-limited Black Leather and Metal Edition measuring 375mm square and presented in recycled leather and a hand welded aluminium metal slipcase with a screen printed logo in a run of 50 numbered copies. This will sell for £500.
  • The books will go on sale on Friday October 13th at 3pm UK time and will feature a 10% pre-order discount if ordered before November 15th. The books will ship worldwide in January 2024