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Slayer Unleash 12th Studio Album And Unveil “Repentless” Video

Slayer Unleash 12th Studio Album And Unveil “Repentless” Video

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Today, September 11, 2015, Slayer’s long-awaited 12th studio album Repentless (Nuclear Blast), is released and available to fans.  Launching with glowing early reviews – “Metal Album of the Year” (Guitar World), “Slayer continues to reign” (Kerrang!), “as unrelenting as all of their 11 previous” (SPIN), “the sound of Slayer telling you that it still recognizes its essence” (New York Times), and “a potent release that is undeniably Slayer” (Loudwire), the band is showing they are, as the British daily The Guardian put it, “still the masters of this stuff.”

Slayer's 'Repentless'

Slayer’s ‘Repentless’

The first music video from Repentless, the title track, also makes its global premiere today at Rolling Stone ( http://rol.st/1K1Id21 )  The video was shot late last month at the Sybil Brand Institute in East Los Angeles and is a grizzly depiction of what the Kerry King-created word means: to feel no regret or remorse.  Slayer performed the song in the prison yard while a riot broke out, blood flowed in abundance, and inmates and prison guards were slaughtered.  Directed by BJ McDonnell and produced by Felissa Rose, the video features cameos by actors who have been part of some of the most iconic horror films ever made:  Danny Trejo (“Machete,” “From Dusk Till Dawn”), Tony Moran (“Halloween’s” Michael Myers, “American Poltergeist”), Derek Mears (“Predators,” “Friday the 13th”) Tyler Mane (“Halloween”) Jason Trost (“Hatchet III”),  Sean Whalen (“Men In Black,” “Halloween II”), and Vernon Wells (“Mad Max 2,” “Commando,” “Weird Science”).

This is McDonnell’s first stint directing a music video.  He directed the 2013 horror film “Hatchet III,” and his rich resume as a motion picture cameraman includes “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Ant-Man” and “The Interview.”  For the “Repentless” video, McDonnell and Rose brought in stunt coordinator Nils Allen Stewart who is known for his work on films like “Planet of The Apes,” “Anger Management” and “Daredevil.”

Repentless was produced and mixed by Terry Date and recorded at Henson Studios in Los Angeles.  The album is Slayer’s first release since 2009’s World Painted Blood, and features band members Tom Araya (vocals/bass), Kerry King (guitars), Paul Bostaph (drums), and Exodus/Slayer touring guitarist Gary Holt.

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SLAYER Announces “Repentless Eagle Edition” For Forthcoming Album

SLAYER Announces “Repentless Eagle Edition” For Forthcoming Album

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With the title and release date just announced for Slayer’s Repentless, due out September 11, 2015 (Nuclear Blast), today the thrash icons announce their heaviest release ever – literally – Repentless, Metal Eagle Edition.  Made of aluminum alloy, measuring 15″ X 17″ X 3″ and weighing in at a hefty seven pounds, the Metal Eagle Edition will house a deluxe digipak of the new Repentless CD plus exclusive bonus content to be detailed soon.  The limited (only 3000 copies worldwide) and numbered Metal Eagle Edition will be a direct-to-consumer item and available exclusively via the Nuclear Blast mail-order online stores.  Pre-orders are available now, so log onto http://nblast.de/SlayerRepentlessEagle for purchasing info.

The highly-anticipated Repentless is Slayer’s 11th studio album, the first since 2009’s critically-acclaimed, Grammy-nominated World Painted Blood and the first with producer Terry Date (Pantera, Slipknot, Soundgarden). The band – Tom Araya/bass, vocals, Kerry King/guitar, Paul Bostaph/drums, and Exodus/Slayer touring guitarist Gary Holt, who recorded lead guitar parts for about a half-dozen of the album’s new tracks – started recording Repentless in March 2014, and made the track “Implode” available as a free download in April of that year.  The band and Date continued to record between September 2014 and mid-January 2015 at Henson Studios in Los Angeles.  For the album, “Implode” was completely re-recorded from the ground up, and “When The Stillness Comes,” used as an instrumental track in a Scion commercial, got a revamped intro and all new vocals.

Repentless also includes “Piano Wire,” an unfinished song from the World Painted Blood sessions written by Hanneman.  About the track, Rolling Stone wrote that it “…begins with an eerie guitar line before evolving into a full-on-doom (and classic Slayer) riff onslaught…”  King put it this way:  “When I hear it, I think ‘Jeff.’  It sounds like a Jeff Hanneman song.”

The 12-track Repentless is, according to those who have heard it, a sonic assault of brutal, ominous, lightening-fast and heavy-as-hell music with lyrics that unmask what Slayer knows best – the terror, the corruption and the societal turmoil that dominates our world.

“The new album sounds like Slayer,” said Araya.  “In the past, our fans have always known what to expect, this time they don’t.  But we really like it, and I don’t think the fans are going to be disappointed.”

As is expected from Slayer, the band will support the release of Repentless with extensive touring across the globe, beginning this summer when the band headlines the Mayhem Festival.  That tour kicks off June 26 at Sleep Train Amphitheater in San Diego, CA.  The complete routing is below.

JUNE
13   Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN
16   Paramount, Huntington, Long Island NY
17   Paramount, Huntington, Long Island NY
19   State Theatre, Portland, ME
20   Amnesia Rock, Montebello, Montreal
(Mayhem headline dates):
26   Sleep Train Amphitheatre, San Diego, CA
27   San Manual Amphitheatre, San Bernardino, CA
28   Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
30   White River Amphitheatre, Seattle, WA
JULY
 1    Idaho Center Amphitheatre, Boise, ID
 3    Ak-Chin Amphitheatre, Phoenix, AZ
 4    Isleta Amphitheatre, Albuquerque, NM
 5    Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver, CO
 7    Harrah’s Council Bluffs, Council Bluffs, IA
 8    Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
10   Kilpsch Amphitheatre, Indianapolis, IN
11   DTE Energy Amphitheatre, Detroit, MI
12   First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL
15   Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto, ON  CANADA
17   Susquehanna Bank Arts Center, Camden, NJ
18   First Niagara Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA
19   Xfinity Theatre, Hartford, CT
21   PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
22   Meadowbrook (Bank of NH Pavilion), Gilford, NH
24   Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
25   Xfinity Center, Boston, MA
26   Nikon at Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY
29   Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta, GA
31   Whitewater Amphitheatre, San Antonio, TX
AUGUST
 1    Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, TX
 2    Gexa Energy Amphitheatre, Dallas, TX

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Slayer To Release New Album ‘Repentless’ On September 11th

Slayer To Release New Album ‘Repentless’ On September 11th

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Metal legends Slayer have revealed they will be releasing their first album since the death of founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman. The album is set for release on September 11th is titled ‘Repentless’ and will be released via Nuclear Blast.

The news was revealed today (May 22) with a YouTube video. Check it out below:

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SLAYER: Legendary Band to Release “When The Stillness Comes” Single For Record Store Day

SLAYER: Legendary Band to Release “When The Stillness Comes” Single For Record Store Day

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“When The Stillness Comes,” the first new track from SLAYER in nearly a year, will be available as part of Record Store Day on April 18, it is announced today by Slayer and Nuclear Blast.  The song, accompanied by a live recording of “Black Magic,” from the band’s 1983 album Show No Mercy and recorded live at the 2014 Wacken Open Air Festival, will be available as a limited-edition (only 5000 copies worldwide), 7-inch vinyl picture disc exclusively at all participating independent record stories worldwide.  Log onto  www.recordstoreday.com  for the list of stores.

Slayer – Tom Araya, Kerry King and Paul Bostaph – recorded “When The Stillness Comes” last year in Los Angeles with producer Terry Date.  Currently, the band is in the final stages of recording what will be its first new album since 2009’s Grammy-nominated World Painted Blood, which is expected out later this year.

ABOUT SLAYER:
The Chicago Tribune‘s Greg Kot wrote that the five-time-nominated, two-time Grammy winning Slayer is “one of the great American rock bands of the last 30 years, forget about genre.”  Their membership in “The Big Four” – Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax – the four bands that defined the thrash/metal genre – secures their place in music history.  Indeed, few bands come close to matching the intensity that Slayer brings to its live shows, having been named “Best Live Band” by numerous media outlets including RevolverSPIN, and Metal Hammer.  With songs that mirror the turmoil and aberrations of our society – God’s terrifying global genocide, the chaos of our broken political system, chemical warfare, the hideous minds of serial killers, and the way-too-close proximity of world horrors that technology has brought us, Slayer remains crushing and brutal, steadfastly refusing to cater to the Mainstream.  Slayer’s founding member, guitarist Jeff Hanneman passed in 2013, and Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has been filling in since.  Paul Bostaph, who was Slayer’s drummer from ’94 – ’01, has rejoined bassist/vocalist Tom Araya and guitarist Kerry King, and is back behind the kit. Slayer is currently in the studio recording a new album set for a 2015 release.

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Anthrax, Megadeth and Slayer Rock The Midwest On The 2010 Jagermeister Tour

Anthrax, Megadeth and Slayer Rock The Midwest On The 2010 Jagermeister Tour

Jagermeister Tour featuring Anthrax, Megadeth, and Slayer
War Memorial Coliseum – Fort Wayne, Indiana October 20th, 2010

It’s summer of 1990, a glorious time for metal heads in America.  Heavy metal has reached the height of popularity.  It seems not a week goes by without some metal band performing in or around your town, no matter how rural your particular town is.  MTV has a new show devoted to metal called Headbangers Ball, metal magazines adorn every news stand, and the grunge movement (heralded by Nirvana’s album Nevermind) is two years away from knocking heavy metal off of its pedestal.  Yes….it’s a great time to be a metal head.

Spearheading the concert tour season of 1990 is a metal extravaganza called ‘Clash of the Titans’ featuring three of the most popular thrash metal bands of the day:  Anthrax, Megadeth, and Slayer (with a then-little-known band called Alice In Chains as the opener).  The Clash of the Titans show, mainly held in outdoor arenas, was barely-controlled mayhem.  Spontaneous mosh pits were commonplace, bonfires were started, grass and sod flew through the air.  It was the best of the best in metal land….and the audiences flocked to witness.

Flash forward twenty years.  Metal isn’t quite the be-all, end-all it once was, but the three bands that headlined the original Clash of the Titans are still touring and releasing albums, although with a loss of an original band member here and there.  Anthrax, Megadeth, and Slayer each still have their die-hard fans from the old days, and perhaps it was these people they hoped to cater to when the bands toured together once again on the ‘Jagermeister Tour’ of 2010.  Alcoholic beverage advertising overkill aside, the Jagermeister Tour was a chance for the diehard fans to once again see three of the most popular thrash bands of all time on the same stage…but with a twist.  This time, two of the bands would be playing an entire album from their catalog: Megadeth playing ‘Rust In Peace’ in its entirety and Slayer playing ‘Seasons in the Abyss’ from start to finish.  Would these guys still have what it takes?  Can they still command crowds like they did in their heyday?  Will they be taken seriously or seen as a ‘nostalgia act’?  Read on, O metal minions….

The Jagermeister Tour at the Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana started out as being…well….pretty underwhelming.  I and my fellow metal heads arrived 20 minutes early to avoid the crowds, but the question we had upon arriving was, “Where the hell IS everybody?”  It was literally the easiest time I’ve ever had getting into a concert hall ever.  But…brushing the apparent lack of public interest in the show aside, I took my place on the floor and waited for the opening act Anthrax to take the stage.  As a warm-up act, Jim Florentine (who is touring as the official MC apparently) of That Metal Show took the stage.  Now, I’m a big admirer of That Metal Show, but Florentine’s act didn’t impress me at all.  I wasn’t sure if he was honing his comedy act to fit what he perceived as “Fort Wayne-ian” humor or what, but the crux of his act was saying “Obama hates white people”, leading a chant of “F**k Obama”, and then going on to tell a few ‘fat jokes’.  If I wanted to hear laugh-a-minute comedy, I’d tune in to the local talk radio channel.

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Despite the lame comedy, Florentine did get the crowd riled up for when Anthrax finally hit the stage.  This tour is special for Anthrax in that it sees the return of original vocalist Joey Belladonna.  He may not be the most aggressive singer in metal….but the man can still SING!  He was also very adept at working the crowd and getting them into the show.  Belladonna was singing his heart out like it was 1990, and at the same time moshing around the stage for ‘Caught in a Mosh’, doing a war dance (complete with Indian headdress) during the Anthrax classic, ‘Indians’, and even belting out a tune from their first album called ‘Metal Thrashing Mad’.  Guitarists Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano were in fine form as were Frank Bello on bass and Charlie Benante on drums.  Except for Rob Caggiano, who replaced Dan Spitz back in 2001, this was the Anthrax I grew up on.  This was the classic Anthrax.  And after ending their 45 minute set with ‘I Am the Law’, I looked around and…you know what?  There were a lot more people there than I thought.  The place was still 1/3 empty, but the people there were enjoying every minute.  It still wasn’t as intense an experience as back in 1990, but the show was just warming up.

After another unfunny interlude with Jim Florentine, it was time for Megadeth to come on.  Dave Mustaine and co. really know how to make an entrance, let me tell you.  The fog machines were set to ‘high’, the guitar riff from the classic Sabbath song, ‘Black Sabbath’ was put on repeat, and an intense Jello Biafra rant about martial law screamed through the speakers.  You’d have to see it, but it was a great way to build an intro!  Then the guys took the stage starting out with ‘Holy Wars…the Punishment Due’, and working their way through the entire Rust In Peace album (their best, in this reviewer’s opinion).  Mustaine’s voice seemed a tad weak that night, but you don’t listen to Megadeth for the beautiful vocals….it’s the guitars, man!  The twin guitar attack of Mustaine and newcomer Chris Broderick didn’t fail to impress.  They absolutely ripped.  One of the highlights for me was the appearance of ol’ Vic Rattlehead on stage during the Dave Ellefson showcase, ‘Dawn Patrol’.  Kinda cheesy…but I couldn’t help but smile and pump my fist in the air anyway.

As soon as the last note of the last song on ‘Rust In Peace’ was played, Mustaine announced, “…and that was ‘Rust In Peace’!”…then proceeded to play some of their more recent and radio-friendly tunes like ‘Trust’ and ‘Headcrusher’.  Maybe a little bit of an anti-climax, but when they closed their set with “Peace Sells…but Who’s Buying?”….the heads were banging again.  It was the perfect song to close out the set.   Mustaine and the guys seemed genuinely thankful for the good crowd reaction, thanking the crowd several times with huge smiles on their faces.  Good show!

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Now, if there was ever a band with a rabid fan base, it would be Slayer.  They’re unrelentingly heavy and brutal…and their fans love them for it.  By the time Slayer was onstage, people were packed on the floor and attentively standing in the seats.  This was Slayer…time to freaking pay attention!  The band was obscured at first by a curtain at the front of the stage with lighting effects depicting pentagrams while the first slow notes of ‘World Painted Blood’ permeated the air.  Then…BOOM!  The curtain falls and Slayer started thrashing.  The lineup was the original and classic Slayer lineup, Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman on guitar, Dave Lombardo on drums (one of the best drummers in the business if you ask me!), and Tom Araya on bass and vocal duties.  Araya has had recent back surgery due to his years of intense head banging, so he wasn’t very active, but he’s still got enough presence and vocal stamina to carry the show through.  Despite this minor little difference, the band still thrashed as hard as they ever did, tearing through the entire ‘Season in the Abyss’ album…then playing a few of their classic fan faves like ‘South of Heaven’, Guitar Hero track ‘Raining Blood’, ‘Aggressive Perfector’ (off of their debut album!), and closing their set with their signature tune, ‘Angel of Death’.  Mosh pits, crowd surfing, head banging….it was ALL going on when Slayer hit the stage!  I’ve seen Slayer in concert quite a few times, and I’m happy to say that it was in no way a ‘nostalgia act’.  They’re a little older, they’ve had their ups and downs…their surgeries.  Yet that night at the Coliseum in Fort Wayne may as well have been 1990.  If I have one little bitch, it’s something the bands had no control over at all.  There were actually signs posted in the venue saying, “No Moshing”…and people were being forcibly evicted for doing it.  I understand safety rules, liability, yadda yadda.  But c’mon.  This is Anthrax, Megadeth, and freaking SLAYER we’re talking about.  If you’re going to be hardass about some metal heads trying to have a good time, then maybe the Coliseum isn’t the place for these bands, as much as it pains me to say it.  Nobody ever got evicted from a venue for moshing back when I was of “moshing age” and it’s ridiculous to do it now.  Other than that little gripe……it was 1990 all over again.  Metal still rules!

Anthrax set list:

Caught In a Mosh

Madhouse

Antisocial

Indians

A.I.R.

Metal Thrashing Mad

I Am the Law

Megadeth set list:

Holy Wars…the Punishment Due

Hangar 18

Take No Prisoners

Five magicks

Poison Was the Cure

Lucretia

Tornado of Souls

Dawn Patrol

Rust In Peace…Polaris

Headcrusher

How the Story Ends

Trust

Symphony of Destruction

Peace Sells

Slayer set list:

World Painted Blood

Hate Worldwide

War Ensemble

Blood Red

Spirit In Black

Expendable Youth

Dead Skin Mask

Hallowed Point

Skeletons of Society

Temptation

Born of Fire

Seasons In the Abyss

South of Heaven

Raining Blood

Aggressive Perfector

Angel of Death

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