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Tomás Enrique Araya Díaz, simply known as Tom Araya, is a famous Chilean-American singer, musician and bassist, as well as a songwriter. To the audience, Tom Araya is perhaps best known as a member of a famous thrash metal band called “Slayer”. Considered to be among the ranks of such thrash metal bands as “Megadeath” and “Metallica”, “Slayer” has been a huge influence on the music industry.

Tom Araya Net Worth $14 Million

Araya, who is not only a bassist and singer, but also a songwriter of the band, has been exploring a variety of controversial topics in his songs, including anti-religion, Satanism, serial killers and more, which resulted in many lawsuits and bans directed towards “Slayer”. Nevertheless, the band has so far released ten studio albums and produced several award-winning songs, such as “Eyes of the Insane” and “Final Six”, both of which received a Grammy Award.

A famous bassist and singer, how rich is Tom Araya? According to sources, Tom Araya’s net worth is estimated to be $14 million. Undoubtedly, the majority of Araya’s net worth and wealth comes from his involvement in the music industry.

Tom Araya was born in 1961, in Chile. Inspired by “Rolling Stones” and “The Beatles”, Araya picked up a guitar and began learning how to play it. However, Araya’s dreams of becoming a musician took a different turn when he signed up for a two-year program to become a respiratory therapist. When he finished the course, Araya received an offer from a guitarist, Kerry King, to join his band “Slayer”. Araya accepted the proposition and soon enough, in 1983, the band released it’s debut album entitled “Show No Mercy”. Araya financed the album from the savings he made while working as a respiratory therapist and soon after that the band launched a tour in order to support their debut work.

Together with their family and friends, the band was working hard in order to promote “Show No Mercy” and spread the word about their tour to as big an audience as possible. Initially, the album received a lot of criticism for the poor quality of production but it soon became the highest selling release on the “Metal Blade Records” label.

After the success of their debut album, the band went on to record ten more studio albums, four of which have been certified gold in the United States. During their career, the band has played at some of the most notable festivals and events, such as “Ozzfest” founded by Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne, “The Unholy Alliance Tour” and “Download Festival” to name a few. In addition to these accomplishments, “Slayer” has also won Kerrang! Awards, two Grammy Awards, as well as Metal Hammer Gold Gods Award. Tom Araya himself had been honored with the keys to the city of Viña del Mar in Chile where he was born. Even though “Slayer” is Araya’s main priority, he had been known to work with other bands as well and even made appearances on Alice in Chains’ album “Dirt”, Rollins Band’s “Rise Above” and Soulfly’s “Primitive” albums.

Quick Facts

Birth date: June 6, 1961 age 54
Birth place: Viña del Mar, Chile
Profession:Singer, Musician, Bassist, Songwriter, Actor
Nationality:United States of America
Spouse:Sandra Araya (m. 1995)
Children:Ariel Asa Araya, Tomas Enrique Araya Jr.
Siblings:Johnny Araya
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1His older brother taught him guitar
2He is the 4th child in a family of 7.
3He lives in Buffalo, Texas.
4He is a gun collector.
5In early days in Slayer, he didn't contribute that much to their lyrics
  • it was usually Jeff and Kerry that did the lyrics, even though he'd
been writing lyrics for himself for quite some time. But around "South of Heaven" from 1988, his lyrics began to appear on the Slayer records, and it was clear to everyone that Tom's main interest was in serial killers. He's written about Jeffrey Dahmer (in the song "213") and Ed Gein (in "Dead Skin Mask").
6When older he studied to become a respiratory therapist. He also had a job - and went to school. When he joined the band in 1982, he tried to be on top of all of it. As he said "What I tried to juggle was working, studying and also being in the band. There was a lot of nights when I'd get home in the early hours of the morning after a gig, unload the equipment, then go and get just an hour's sleep, before having to get up and go to work".
7Has a son named Tomas Enrique Araya Jr. (b. 14th June 1999)
8Joined Slayer when they were originally an Iron Maiden cover band.
9Has a daughter Ariel Asa Araya (b. 11 May 1996)
10Lead singer/bassist for Slayer


Quotes

#Quote
1From the heaviest of the heavy to classical to country, that's what I listen to, I listen to a variety and I enjoy good music, good songs.
2We have been fortunate, fortunate enough to have lasted as long as we have because a lot of bands don't last that long.


Filmography

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Law Abiding Citizen2009writer: "Bloodline" - as Tomas Araya
Guitar Hero: Metallica2009Video Game writer: "War Ensemble"
Punisher: War Zone2008writer: "Final Six" - as Tomas Araya
Saw III2006lyrics: "Eyes of the Insane" Slayer VS The Legion of Doom
Dracula 20002000writer: "Bloodline"
Bride of Chucky1998writer: "Human Disease"
Judgment Night1993writer: "Disorder"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gutterdammerung2016pre-production
Zombex2013Walk-away Man

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hairmetal Shotgun Zombie Massacre: The Movie2014Himself
Metallica/Slayer/Megadeth/Anthrax: The Big 4 - Live from Sofia, Bulgaria2010DocumentaryHimself
Global Metal2008DocumentaryHimself
Anvil: The Story of Anvil2008DocumentaryHimself - Bassist, Slayer
Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal2006DocumentaryHimself
Metal: A Headbanger's Journey2005DocumentaryHimself
Slayer: Still Reigning2004Video documentaryHimself
Viva la Bam2004TV SeriesHimself - Slayer
Headbangers Ball2003TV SeriesHimself
Slayer: War at the Warfield2003Video documentaryHimself
Viva2001TV SeriesHimself - Slayer
We Sold Our Souls for Rock 'n Roll2001DocumentaryHimself (Slayer)
Metallimania1997DocumentaryHimself
Ozzfest1997Video documentaryHimself
Drop Dead Rock1996Themselves
Freaks, Nerds & Weirdos1994TV MovieHimself
Headbangers Ball1992TV SeriesHimself - Slayer
Arena1989TV Series documentaryHimself

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