Slayer is calling it quits; band announce farewell tour

Legendary metal band Slayer shocked everyone this morning (Jan. 22) by revealing plans to "make its exit" with one last world tour. The band posted an announcement being of their upcoming tour, which is being marked as their final. The trailer features a collage of press clippings, early gig posters, and press photos collected through their career. Watch the video above.

While no tour dates have been revealed, Slayer has confirmed they will hit the road this summer with special guests Lamb of God, Anthrax, Testament, and Behemoth. Tour dates will be officially announced later this week. 

The breakup shouldn't come as a surprise. Bassist/vocalist Tom Araya spoke about possibly retiring in 2016 during an interview with Loudwire

"At 35 years, it's time to collect my pension. [Laughs] This is a career move. I'm grateful that we've been around for 35 years; that's a really long time. So, yeah, to me, it is. Because when we started off, everything was great, because you're young and invincible. And then there came a time where I became a family man, and I had a tough time flying back and forth...Yeah, it just gets harder and harder to come back out on the road. 35 years is a long time."

Slayer originally formed in 1981 and this year marks their 37th anniversary. They've released several successful albums throughout their career including Reign In Blood, South of Heaven, and Seasons in the Abyss. Their most recent album is 2015's Repentless