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Slayer Discuss Diverse Musical Influences

Elvis? Paul Simon? Sting? The metal legends share their influences and the albums they love

We've already spoken to metal gods Slayer about losing founding member Jeff Hanneman, getting banned from Madison Square Garden for 25 years and recording the follow-up to 2009's World Painted Blood. Now, we got the band to spill the musical influences that made them who they are.

The group understandably went into their metal influences, including Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Judas Priest, but also showed their diversity.

"I got everything," says frontman Tom Araya. "Chilean folklore music, country, thanks to my wife. I love Elvis. Paul Simon's Graceland is an amazing album. I got the Police and Sting's Dream of the Blue Turtles. I could listen to that album forever."

To find out more, check out the video above.

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