Band Photo: Slayer (?)
From: Huntington Beach, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active
The thrash metal sound of Slayer was formed in Huntington Beach, CA in 1982. Comprising Tom Araya (bass, vocals), Kerry King (guitar), Jeff Hanneman (guitar) and Dave Lombardo (drums), they made their debut in 1983, with a track on the compilation Metal Massacre III. After that the rest has been history. The band played at breakneck speed with amazing technical precision, but the intricacies of detail were lost in a muddy production. Araya's lyrics dealt with death, carnage, Satanism and torture, but were reduced to an indecipherable guttural howl. But this chaos called music is what set the ways for Slayer and many bands to follow.
Through the years, Slayer has been hit with much controversy over their lyrics, including lawsuits. But through the years Slayer has managed to build a following from coast to coast. Slayer has played such tours as Monsters of Rock, Ozzfest, and recently toured the U.S. co-headling with Pantera.
Now almost 20 years later, Slayer is still playing just as hard as ever. Will Slayer ever stop? Not likely, considering they are keeping up with thrash bands half their age, after all they did start it!
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Check out three new tour clips featuring some tasty live metal from Slayer's recent tour stop in Vancouver in support of their new album "Christ Illusion."
Slayer's upcoming European tour dates are as follows: More...
Im aware of the fact that its a little late, and pushed closely together with TWIM for 9-8-06 but nonetheless I would hate to see you guys miss out on a week of news. So without further ado the records chart courtesy of CMJ :
|3||1||SYL||The New Black||4||1|
|4||4||All That Remains||The Fall of Ideals||4||2|
|5||6||The Human Abstract||Nocturne||3||5|
|6||-||Bury Your Dead||Beauty & The Breakdown||2||6|
|8||5||Unearth||III: The Eyes Of Fire||3||5|
|10||7||Shadows Fall||Fallout From The War||4||1|
Hatebreed becomes our third #1 ever, beyond Shadows Fall and SYL. It is amazing for them as a band to completly jump Slayer. All That Remains maybe just hitting stride in their young career, the success of this album and the sales and touring they are doing are pushing them over the top of their genre. Bury Your Dead returns to the chart with strong sales following a bouncey chart release. And the boys from Shadows Fall look like their run of 4 weeks in the chart might end as they slip to the #10 slot.
Onto the singles, courtesy of MusicMatch:
|2||1||Unearth||The Glorious Nightmare||3||1|
|4||3||The Human Abstract||Crossing the Rubicon||2||2|
|5||4||Mastodon||The Wolf Is Loose||2||4|
|6||9||Shadows Fall||Will To Rebuild||4||1|
|8||6||Lamb of God||Redneck||4||2|
|9||7||All That Remains||This Calling||2||7|
Not much change to the charts other then that of Stone Sour resurging to the #1 slot after never reaching it within the first four weeks. Between The Buried and Me makes a debut with Malpractice and the bottom of the chart holds strong with Slayer staying in the #10 slot. All four #1's in the charts 4 weeks remain, including the only 2 songs to be on all 4 weeks.
This years winners for the 13TH ANNUAL: KERRANG! AWARDS have been announced. A quick run-down can be found below, with Welsh heroes LOSTPROPHETS running out big winners with multiple awards:
Best Band On The Planet - My Chemical Romance
Best British Band - Lostprophets
Best Live Band - Muse
Best Album - Lostprophets (Liberation Transmission)
Best Single - Bullet For My Valentine (Tears Don't Fall)
Best Video - Fall Out Boy (Sugar, We're Going Down)
Best British Newcomer - Bring Me The Horizon
Best International Newcomer - Aiden
Classic Songwriter - Placebo
Spirit Of Independence - Prodigy (above)
Kerrang! Hall Of Fame - Slayer
Kerrang! Legend - Angus Young (AC/DC)
A full article describing the ceremony and the winners can be found online at the BBC.
A third week, and to my surprise Slayer isn't number 1. Strapping Young Lad keeps the #1 spot for the second straight week. Meanwhile Slayer is at their heels and I would bet good money they takeover the top spot next week. Hatebreed's new album Supremecy could be the only thing that comes inbetween all of that but I highly doubt it. All That Remains holds strong as one of 4 bands that have stayed in the top 10 since TWIM was brought back. The second biggest highlight of the chart is the fact that All Shall Perish has broken thru and taken a spot inside the top 10. I've been a fan of these boys for a while and its amazing to see their name share spots with the likes of Shadows Fall and Unearth. And now for the chart courtesy of CMJ :
|1||1||Strapping Young Lad||The New Black||3||1|
|4||2||All That Remains||The Fall of Ideals||3||2|
|5||7||Unearth||III: The Eyes of Fire||2||5|
|7||3||Shadows Fall||Fallout From the War||3||1|
|9||4||Between the Buried and Me||The Anatomy Of||3||4|
|10||*||All Shall Perish||The Price Of Exsistance||1||10|
And now for the tunes, with a drastic change in this weeks chart. Unearth jumps from seven to first, while Slayer's Cult drops from first to tenth. Only six songs stayed on the chart, while we had four really strong debuts from great bands. Hatebreed, Mastodon and the new ATR single. Not to mention the ever-growing popularity of Human Abstract debuts. The singles chart is always shaky as the seeming flavor of the week is always ahead here, and now for the music, courtesy of MusicMatch:
|1||7||Unearth||The Glorious Nightmare||2||1|
|2||*||The Human Abstract||Crossing The Rubicon||1||2|
|4||*||Mastodon||The Wolf Is Loose||1||4|
|6||2||Lamb of God||Redneck||3||2|
|7||*||All That Remains||This Calling||1||7|
|8||10||Strapping Young Lad||You Suck||2||8|
|9||3||Shadows Fall||Will To Rebuild||3||1|
Below are the Top Billboard 200 Charts for this week's rundown in rock/alternative/metal:
#12 - BREAKING BENJAMIN - Phobia @ 50,208
#19 - HINDER - Extreme Behavior @ 35,452
#27 - RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS - Stadium Arcadium @ 28,841
#28 - STONE SOUR - Come What(ever) May @ 28,124
#30 - THE FRAY - HOW TO SAVE A LIFE @ 26,836
#38 - AFI - Decemberunderground @ 21,049
#41 - BLUE OCTOBER - Foiled @ 19,893
#44 - SLAYER - Christ Illusion @ 17,702
#49 - BUCKCHERRY - 15 @ 15,899
#50 - SNOW PATROL - Eyes Open @ 15,728
Los Angeles thrashers SLAYER have cancelled their previously announced appearance at the third edition of the Monterrey Metal Fest, set to take place Saturday, September 23, 2006 at the Coca Cola Auditorium in the city of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. SLAYER, who were scheduled to headline the event, cited "personal reasons" as the cause of the cancellation.
This year's Monterrey Metal Fest is being billed as "Hell and Heaven United" due to the fact that the festival will include appearances by reunited Christian hard rockers STRYPER and Satanic death metallers DEICIDE. The concert, which promises to be the "biggest and baddest version yet," will feature eight of the biggest names in heavy metal music from all over the world on the main stage and 12 up-and-coming international and Mexican bands on the second stage.
"Christ Illusion" first-week chart positions:
The mighty SLAYER, whose new album, "Christ Illusion", debuted at No. 5 on the U.S. Billboard charts last week, will kick off its 2006 international concert tour playing two of England's biggest annual music festivals — Leeds on Friday, August 25 and Reading on Sunday, August 27. In addition to the U.K. appearances, the international dates will have SLAYER headlining major outdoor festivals as well as their own concerts in South America, Mexico, Singapore, and Japan. The South American dates will mark SLAYER's first tour there in more than eight years.
Leg Two of SLAYER's international concert tour will kick off October 20 in Holland when SLAYER tops the bill on the European edition of the "Unholy Alliance Tour: Preaching to the Perverted". The core lineup of the European "Unholy Alliance Tour" will be SLAYER, IN FLAMES, CHILDREN OF BODOM, LAMB OF GOD, and THINE EYES BLEED, and is the first major festival to tour outside of the United States. The U.S. "Unholy Alliance Tour" (which SLAYER headlined with LAMB OF GOD, CHILDREN OF BODOM, MASTODON and THINE EYES BLEED) stormed across North America in June and July.
According to SLAYER's longtime manager Rick Sales, "We wanted to make 'The Unholy Alliance Tour' an annual, global event, and are all very excited that we're making that happen. Like the U.S. tour, we're offering a unique, heavy, and diversified lineup, as well as a great production. Fans are going to get their money's worth."
Confirmed dates for SLAYER's 2006 international concert tour are as follows:
Aug. 25 - Leeds Festival, Leeds, England
Aug. 27 - Reading Festival, Reading, England
Sep. 1-2 - Via Funchal, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Sep. 03 - Chevrolet Hall, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Sep. 06 - Fundicao Progresso, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Sep. 09 - Velodrome, Santiago, Chile
Sep. 12-13 - Estadio Pepsi Music, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sep. 15 - Palacio de los Deportes, Bogota, Colombia
Sep. 17 - Poliedro, Caracas, Venezuela
Sep. 21 - Arena, Guadalajara, Mexico
Sep. 23-25 - Salon 21, Mexico City, Mexico
Oct. 13 - Max Pavilion, Singapore
Oct. 15 - Loudfest, Tokyo, Japan
Oct. 16 - Studio Coast, Tokyo, Japan
Oct. 17 - Zepp Loud Park, Osaka, Japan
Unholy Alliance Tour: Preaching to the Perverted:
Oct. 20 - Bosch Baroniehal, Den, Holland
Oct. 22 - Mazda Palace, Milan, Italy
Oct. 23 - Eishalle Deutweg, Zurich, Switzerland
Oct. 25 - Phillpshalle, Dusseldorf, Germany
Oct. 26 - Arena, Berlin, Germany
Oct. 27 - Zenith, Munich, Germany
Oct. 28 - Boblingen Sporthalle, Stuttgart, Germany
Oct. 30 - Arena, Cardiff, Wales
Nov. 01 - NEC, Birmingham, England
Nov. 02 - SECC, Glasgow, Scotland
Nov. 03 - Arena, Manchester, England
Nov. 05 - The Point, Dublin, Ireland
Nov. 07 - Palais Omnisport de Bercy, Paris, France
Nov. 08 - Messe Parke, Trier, Germany
Nov. 09 - Brabanthal, Leuven, Belgium
Nov. 12 - Jahalli, Helsinki, Finland
Nov. 13 - Jahalli, Tampere, Finland
Nov. 15 - Spektrum, Oslo, Norway
Nov. 16 - Hovet, Stockholm, Sweden
Nov. 17 - Valbyhallen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Nov. 19-20 - Brixton Academy, London, England
One of the big tracks on SLAYER's new album, "Christ Illusion", entitled "Jihad", is written from a perspective of a 9/11 terrorist. Asked in an interview with The Sun if this has caused any problems, vocalist/bassist Tom Araya responded, "The record has just come out in the States so we haven't had to deal with it much. But I know it's coming."
SLAYER's 1986 classic, "Reign in Blood", is seen as the benchmark for new metal and the best pure heavy metal album of all time.
It was the most extreme record of its period, with a three-pronged attack of heaviness, speed and controversial subject matter.
Tom says: "'Christ Illusion' comes close, but, in my opinion, nothing can surpass 'Reign in Blood' for intensity and impact. No one had heard anything like it before. In the 20 years since then, people have got more desensitised. What was over the top then, might not be now."
Tom says the reason the band have remained tight, hungry and aggressive over the years is because they've never followed any trends.
He says: "The fact we started out playing what we liked is behind our success and we have never adjusted to what is popular. It's just been, 'Plug in, turn it up, let's go."
A new top album ? Its true, this week Strapping Young Lad takes over the top spot from Shadows Fall. Both of these bands are very deserving, but we crown our second #1 in as many weeks. Last weeks top 7 managed to stay on the chart, but jump around a little bit. While we have 3 brand new albums debuting this week, with one going as high as #6 in Voivod's Katorz. This is quite possibly the best album these guys have released and they are finally getting the notority they deserve. Not far behind them in the new releases is Unearths' III: The Eyes Of Fire, which is amazing considering it hasnt been released in alot of areas yet but the pre-orders are astounding. I see a #1 in the future for these guys, but who can knock off the consistancy SYL is showing. All That Remains also leapfrogged The Shads into the #2 slot and the big jumper was Between The Buried And Me gaining three slots, which is hard to do considering the company they are in. Meanwhile, Cellador dropped from 8th to 11th. Acacia Strain from 9th to 14th and BYD to 12th. New albums already making a storm up the charts are Slayers "Christ Illusion" with pre-ordering alone landing it inside the top 20. Hatebreed's Supremecy is also showing strong and will reach the top 10 next week. Also in responding to the comments I am considering making this, and the singles list a top 15. If you think its a good idea please respond so, or if thats too much tell me to keep it at 10. \m/.
|1||2||SYL||The New Black||2||1|
|2||3||All That Remains||The Fall of Ideas||2||2|
|3||1||Shadows Fall||Fallout From The War||2||1|
|4||7||BTBAM||The Anatomy Of||2||4|
|7||-||Unearth||III: The Eyes of Fire||1||7|
|8||6||Stone Sour||Come What(ever) May||2||6|
Now for the singles, with a very familiar band to anyone who visits this site, taking over as #1. Lamb of God also stays strong moving up 1 to #2. Shadows Fall and Stone Sour round out the top 4 with a big jumper for the week Celtic Frost's Ground moving up to number 5. Threat Signal holds strong and then we get to three really strong debuts by 3 really strong bands. SYL's new ozzfest anthem boasts the #9 spot as a highlight of the new songs. Roudning out the top 10 is BLS with Concrete Jungle.
|2||3||Lamb of God||Redneck||2||2|
|3||1||Shadows Fall||Will To Rebuild||2||1|
|6||7||Threat Signal||Rational Eyes||2||6|
|7||*||Unearth||The Glorious Nightmare||1||7|
|8||*||Terror||Strike You Down||1||8|
|9||*||Strapping Young Lad||You Suck||1||9|
|10||9||Black Label Society||Concrete Jungle||2||9|
The City of Fullerton, CA abruptly removed all 17 of Slayer's promotional bus benches. Twenty years of equipment and stage production was stolen out of their warehouse. Their 2006 U.S. Tour due to kick off 6.6.06 had to be postponed due to band member Tom Araya's emergency surgery. But none of these roadblocks prevented Slayer's brand new album, "Christ Illusion" (American Recordings/WBR), from making the highest chart debut of the band's career, coming in at #5 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums Chart.
In addition, "Christ Illusion" - executive produced by Rick Rubin and produced by Josh Abraham - is a Top 10 album internationally in its first week, debuting at #2 in Germany, #2 in Finland, #8 in Holland, #9 in Australia, and #6 in Austria.
With more than 62,000 copies sold in the U.S. in its first week, "Christ Illusion" marks the long-awaited return of the legendary punk/thrash/metal band. "Christ Illusion" is Slayer's first new studio album in five years, and the first recorded by the original line-up - Araya/bass, vocals; Kerry King/guitars; Jeff Hanneman/guitars, and Dave Lombardo/drums - in more than 15 years. The #5 debut is only the second time in Slayer's 25-year-plus history that they've debuted in Billboard's Top 10 - 1994's "Divine Intervention" came in at #8.
On "Christ Illusion," the unabashedly controversial Slayer takes on Government and God, looking at the World Trade Center disaster from the terrorists' point of view, and repeatedly committing lyrical blasphemy.
Metal Maniacs magazine recently conducted an interview with SLAYER members Kerry King and Tom Araya. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
Metal Maniacs: Kerry, you're notorious for keeping up with many of thew new extreme bands…
Kerry: "I like to know more about who we should be touring with and stuff like that. I'm very selective. There's a lot of good bands, but there's a lot of bands that sound just like everybody else. I like the ones that are unique. Without sticking my foot in my mouth, my favorite new band is DEMIRICOUS and they sound just like us. I love those guys. They're making up their own tunes, and yeah, they sound like us, but they're good songs. I saw them play and they're outta control! It was great."
Tom: "Kerry was praising them so I listened to tem and I was thinking, 'Can we sue somebody for plagiarism?' [Laughs] I even asked my manager that. I was like, 'Can we sue someone for sounding way too much like us?' They're way too… way too SLAYER. [Laughs] I even played it for someone and they said, 'If I didn't know any better and you were singing, this would be SLAYER.' I'm not too hip on that."
Metal Maniacs: But can that kind of worship be flattering in a way?
Tom: "To me, it's not. Flattery is when someone creates something but it's their own. When you fucking sound just like the band you love, that's not flattery… that's copyright infringement. [Laughs]
"Kerry really pays attention and is aware of the up-and-coming bands and he's on top of the [heavy] music scene. I like all music. Kerry's really into the metal. I'm not always on top of all that. I only hear what people send to me, you know? Sometimes I get discs and they just sit there. I don't even put 'em on unless someone says to me, 'You have to listen to this.' If it's really groundbreaking and new, and it's something you hear from various people, eventually you take the time and go, 'I need to listen to this; there's too much talk about it.' Unless it's something recommended by a number of people, I won't listen to it. I like music in general. I listen to all kinds of music, and that has a big influence, I think, in how I write lyrically and what I like musically."
Metal Maniacs: Do you think you'll ever play another record in its entirety live like the band did with "Reign in Blood"? "South of Heaven" perhaps?
Tom: "It's becoming a trendy thing now. I don't know. We have some really cool albums, but I don't think we'll ever do that again."
Kerry: "Probably not. And I just don't like enough songs off 'South of Heaven'."
Metal Maniacs: Really? That's interesting.
Kerry: "I hate 'Cleanse the Soul'. That's one of the black marks in our history, in my book. I just fucking think it's horrible. [Laughs] I hate the opening riff. It's what we call a 'happy riff.' It's just like 'la-lala-la-la-la.' I can't see myself playing it, but after that, where it gets heavier, I like that section. If we ever did a medley, I'd put part of that in there. Like 'Reign in Blood' is short — 10 songs in 30 minutes — it desn't take up much of your set. I would consider 'Seasons in the Abyss', but that's a little longer, so you're alienating anybody that may hate that record. 'Seasons' is 40 minutes long. You'd have to cut out two other songs [from the set] and people might be like, 'Damn, I wish they would've played that. But now that we did 'Reign', so many people are doing the same thing we did. I heard DIO did one ['Holy Diver']."
Metal Maniacs: ANTHRAX is doing "Among the Living" on a few dates this summer.
Kerry: "Yeah, I heard about ANTHRAX. METALLICA did 'Master of Puppets'. I'm like, 'C'mon, man, can't you guys get some original fucking ideas?' [Laughs]"
Dark Vission Entertainment, the promoters of the 2006 Monterrey Metal Fest and Mexico's Rock Metal magazine, have announced the second-stage lineup for the third edition of the Monterrey Metal Fest, set to take place Saturday, September 23, 2006 at the Coca Cola Auditorium in the city of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
SLAYER will headline and STRYPER will co-headline the event, which is being billed as "Hell and Heaven United". The concert, which promises to be the "biggest and baddest version yet," will feature eight of the biggest names in heavy metal music from all over the world on the main stage and 12 up-and-coming international and Mexican bands on the second stage. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
DREAMS OF DAMNATION
SOULS ON FIRE
The final two bands (one main-stage act and the headliner of the second stage) will be announced in the coming days.
The official festival pre-party will be held on Friday, September 22, 2006 at the Cafe Iguana with mini-sets from bands that will be performing on the festival's main stage and second stage.
Slayer are going to play at "Max Pavillion" in Singapore on October 13th. The asian tour dates now look like this:
October 13th 2006 Singapore, Max Pavillion, Singapore
October 15th 2006 Tokyo, Loud Park Festival, Japan
October 16th 2006 Tokyo, Studio Coast, Japan
October 17th 2006 Osaka, Zepp Loud Park, Japan
SLAYER's latest album, "Christ Illusion", has entered the Finnish national chart at position No. 2. As previously reported, "Christ Illusion" has debuted on the Australian national chart at position No. 9.
According to Hits Daily Double, "Christ Illusion" is poised to sell between 55,000 and 60,000 copies in the United States during its first week of release to land in the Top 10 on The Billboard 200 chart. The first-week U.S. chart position will be revealed on Wednesday, August 16.
"Christ Illusion" is SLAYER's first new studio album since 2001, and the first recorded by the group's original line-up — Kerry King (guitar), Tom Araya (bass, vocals), Jeff Hanneman (guitars), Dave Lombardo (drums) — since 1990's "Seasons In The Abyss". The CD was produced by Josh Abraham and executive-produced by Rick Rubin.
German power metal band EDGUY and the legendary American death metal band DEICIDE have been confirmed to perform on the main stage of the third edition of the Monterrey Metal Fest, set to take place Saturday, September 23, 2006 at the Coca Cola Auditorium in the city of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
SLAYER will headline and STRYPER will co-headline the event, which is being billed as "Hell and Heaven United". The concert promises to be the "biggest and baddest version yet," featuring eight of the biggest names in heavy metal music from all over the world on the main stage and 12 up-and-coming international and Mexican bands on the second stage.
The official festival pre-party will be held on Friday, September 22, 2006 at the Cafe Iguana with mini-sets from bands that will be performing on the festival's main stage and second stage.
The main-stage lineup is shaping up as follows, with more bands to be confirmed:
Welcome to the return of This Week In Metal, a column I used to do before I was forced to take a hiatus from metalunderground.com. In this weekly column, we will update the top 10 selling albums in the metal industry (courtesy of CMJ) and the top 10 radio singles (pulled from Music Match). They use a number of sources for the list, including all satellite radio. While you may find a few bands that are too soft for the list, I assure you there will be more then enough surprises. Feel free to comment on the list and who you think is over/under-rated, what bands you expected to see and which ones you didn't. Again this column will run weekly, so be sure to check for it every Thursday in the columns area of MetalUnderground.com.
Now for the music, we will start each week with the albums. It's a good mix of what bands are bursting the underground, and some bands that have been killing for quite a while now.
|1||Shadows Fall||Fallout From The War||1||1|
|2||SYL||The New Black||1||2|
|3||All That Remains||The Fall Of Ideas||1||3|
|6||Stone Sour||Come What(ever) May||1||6|
|7||BTBAM||The Anatomy Of||1||7|
|9||The Acacia Strain||Dead Walk||1||9|
|10||Bury Your Dead||Beauty And The Breakdown||1||10|
Now for the tunes. These singles are a real who's who amongst metal right now. I find the list to be powerful and only really have one flaw. Keep in mind some songs have been out longer then others and have picked up a good fanbase on the radio, other songs have just come out and are sure to see their time at the top.
|1||Shadows Fall||Will To Rebuild||1||1|
|3||Lamb of God||Redneck||1||3|
|5||All That Remains||This Calling||1||5|
|7||Threat Signal||Rational Eyes||1||7|
|9||Black Label Society||Concrete Jungle||1||9|
Blender.com recently conducted an interview with SLAYER guitarist Kerry King. A few excerpts from the chat follow:
Blender.com: What do you think of the current state of metal?
King: "Well, it's actually pretty good for now. Us, METALLICA and ANTHRAX came out a long time ago. Now we're still around, but there's a bunch of new kids starting at that level again and bringing things up. There are a lot of really good bands, like LAMB OF GOD, CHIMAIRA, ARCH ENEMY and IN FLAMES. There were a lot of pretenders when we came out, but they're not around anymore. It's not because they can't get gigs — it's just because kids know what's good and kids know what's phony."
Blender.com: How has the vibe around the scene changed over the years?
King: "I think the first time around, it was probably 99 percent dudes. Now, more chicks can say, 'Fuck you, I can listen to thrash if I want.' Girls realize it's safer than it was back then — they're not going to get gang-raped in the pit or anything."
Blender.com: Is there any place in metal for masks and makeup?
King: "Some people pull that off. SLIPKNOT — I don't mind them because they did masks correctly, if you ask me. Whether you like them or not, it doesn't affect their music. When they come to fuckin' town, they put out and it's a good show. I would go see them, myself. If you're totally behind what you're doing, I can't tell you knock it off."
Blender.com: How talented is Dave Lombardo?
King: "Have you every seen the movie 'The Natural'? That's Dave. He doesn't have to try to be good. He comes into the venue 10 or 15 minutes before we hit the stage and he doesn't warm up. He just goes and does it, after me and Jeff [Hanneman, guitarist] have been warming up for like an hour."
Blender.com: Is there a right way to headbang?
King: "I guess everybody's got their own style, but mine's pretty much forward and backward. Since I have a shaved head, I do the front-to-back and side-to-side thing, like the big 'yes' and the big 'no.'"
Blender.com: You don't need long hair to do it properly?
King: "Oh, no. If I did, I'd be fucked."
Blender.com: Speaking of epic, the artwork for the new record is incredible. We heard that you have the original, and that it's on a huge block of wood.
King: "I arranged to purchase it from the painter. Its like four feet by four feet. It's gigantic. I just found this place called Rosemary's Billygoat in L.A., too. It's like an oddities store. I went there and we found this picture made of wire. It's got some kind of small animal skull on it with a crown of thorns — it's like the wire makes up the Christ figure. We got the new song 'Skeleton Christ', so I had to have it."
Read the entire interview at Blender.com.
All 17 of the bus benches sporting the cover art for Slayer's "Christ Illusion" album scattered through the city of Fullerton, CA have been eliminated. Word is that the City was getting so much attention through the press and online exposure, so they simply removed them. However, the benches are still scattered around Orange County, CA areas surrounding Fullerton. The locations of those benches are below.
Brea and Rolling Hills
Brookhurst and Commonwealth
Chapman and Ladera Vista
Commonwealth and Magnolia
Commonwealth and State College
Euclid and Commonwealth
Euclid and Fern
Commonwealth and Euclid
Imperial and Harbor
Imperial and Palm
Harbor and Bastanchury
Malvern and Adlena
Magnolia and Commonwealth
Orangethorpe and Euclid
Orangethorpe and Brookhurst
Placentia and Kimberly
State College and Orangethorpe
Slayer's KERRY KING and JEFF HANNEMAN will be visiting a few of Southern California Hot Topics stores to drop in and meet fans one-on-one and sign autographs.You can hang with Kerry and Jeff at the following locations tomorrow, August 8 for the release of Slayer's "Christ Illusion": More...
AOL Music is streaming some of this week's releases in full including Slayer's "Christ Illusion" and Unearth's "III: In The Eyes Of Fire":
SLAYER's entire appearance on "The Henry Rollins Show" — including live performances of the songs "Cult" and "Disciple" (which didn't air on the original program), and an interview with all four members of the group — has been made available for viewing online at this location.