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Slayer’s Tom Araya on His Sister’s Influence, Being Catholic and Missing His Family (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Chris Epting

This summer’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival features a compelling blend of the old and now. Young, fiery upstarts including The Devil Wears Prada, Whitechapel, Betraying the Martyrs and Upon a Burning Body, set the stage for some of the veteran, legendary names in metal and hard rock. Incredibly, the bill features Anthrax, Motorhead, Slipknot, and one of the genre’s most vaunted names, Slayer.

Formed more than 30 years ago, the Southern California icons’ Reign in Blood album is thought by many to be one of the most important albums in the history of heavy metal. They’re also two-time Grammy winners, but more importantly, they remain a solid inspiration for many up and coming bands on Mayhem – many of whom professed their adoration of Slayer to Noisecreep in San Bernardino, Calif. last week at the tour’s kickoff date.

Chilean-born Slayer lead vocalist/bassist Tom Araya helped finance the band’s first album — 1983′s Show No Mercy — and there’s been no looking back since.

On day one of the Mayhem tour, Noisecreep had the privilege of visiting Araya on his tour bus to talk for awhile. The wide-ranging conversation with the thoughtful, soft spoken metal hero chatted with us about being honored with the keys to the city of Vina del Mar, his Chilean hometown, how he balances his Catholic faith with some of Slayer’s edgier material, his appreciation of country music, and perhaps most poignantly, Araya’s feelings about being away from his family on the road – and the pain it causes him.

Watch Noisecreep’s Chat with Slayer’s Tom Araya

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Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival tour dates:

Jul 03 White River Amphitheatre Auburn, WA
Jul 04 TBD Boise, ID
Jul 06 Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion Phoenix, AZ
Jul 07 Hard Rock Pavilion Albuquerque, NM
Jul 08 Comfort Dental Amphitheatre Englewood, CO
Jul 10 Gexa Energy Pavilion Dallas, TX
Jul 11 The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Spring, TX
Jul 13 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre At the Florida State Fairgrounds Tampa, FL
Jul 14 Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood Atlanta, GA
Jul 15 Klipsch Music Center Noblesville, IN
Jul 18 TBD Oklahoma City, OK
Jul 20 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Maryland Heights, MO
Jul 21 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre Tinley Park, IL
Jul 22 DTE Energy Music Theatre Clarkston, MI
Jul 24 Riverbend Music Center Cincinnati, OH
Jul 25 Blossom Music Center Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Jul 27 Susquehanna Bank Center Camden, NJ
Jul 28 First Niagara Pavilion Burgettstown, PA
Jul 29 Jiffy Lube Live Bristow, VA
Jul 31 Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga Springs, NY
Aug 01 Darien Lake Performing Arts Center Darien Center, NY
Aug 03 Comcast Center Mansfield, MA
Aug 04 Toyota Pavilion At Montage Mountain Moosic, PA
Aug 05 Comcast Theatre Hartford, CT

Watch Slayer’s Performance of “Hate Worldwide” from Sessions
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