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Nuclear Blast Records Signs Slayer

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Right on the heels of offering the new track “Implode,” the band’s first new studio recording in five years (the track can be downloaded for free at this location), Slayer has announced that the band has signed on with Nuclear Blast Records.

Later this year, Slayer will begin recording a new album, tentatively set for an early 2015 release date. The album will make Slayer history as it will be released on Nuclear Blast Records through the band’s own label imprint, closing out a 28-year relationship with Rick Rubin and American Recordings. No name for the imprint has been decided on yet. All future recordings on the band's label imprint will be released worldwide exclusively through Nuclear Blast.

“Rick has played a huge role in our career, we’ve made some great albums with him,” said Slayer’s Tom Araya. "But today is a new day, record companies don’t play the kind of role they once did, and we really like the idea of going out on our own, connecting directly with our fans, and Nuclear Blast is fired up about taking on that challenge with us."

“I was a teenage rebel when 'Show No Mercy' came out,” said Markus Staiger, owner of Nuclear Blast, "and I identified with that record. It was the most extreme, aggressive thing at the time. They were then and still are the most brutal metal band on the planet! I really cannot express how proud I am that we are able to work with Slayer to join the Nuclear Blast family. We are ready for that next record and, I’m sure it will go into metal history!”

Added Nuclear Blast label manager Gerardo Martinez, "The prospect of helping Slayer take a leading role in the creative process surrounding their releases, projects and other cross-promotional opportunities is the ultimate honor for me, a metalhead who grew up in Los Angeles listening to Slayer. Nowhere in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that Nuclear Blast would be making history alongside one of the best bands in metal.”

Slayer - Tom Araya/vocals, bass, Kerry King/guitar, drummer Paul Bostaph, and Gary Holt who continues to stand in for the band’s founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman - will spend the next few months on the road touring major North American and European festivals as well as headlining dates, sharing the stages with Metallica, Iron Maiden and more (see below), but is expected to be back in the studio in the fall to record the rest of the new album.

09 May US Salt Lake City, UT - The Great Salt Air
10 May US Denver, CO - Fillmore
11 May US Billings, MT - Shrine
13 May US Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theatre
15 May US St Louis, MO - The Pageant
16 May US Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom,
17 May US Columbus, OH - Rock on the Range

European Tour
28 May FI Helsinki - Sonisphere Festival @ Hietaniemi Beach
30 May SE Stockholm - STHLM Fields @ Gardet Royal Park
31 May NL Nijmegen - FortaRock Festival Goffertpark

01 June NO Oslo - Sonisphere Festival @ Valle Hoven
03 June DK Horsens - Horsens Gaol
04 June DE Hamburg - Sonisphere Festival @ Imtech Arena
05 June LU Luxembourg City - Den Atelier
07 June DE Nurburgring - Rock am Ring
08 June DE Nürnberg - Rock Im Park
09 June CH Pratteln - Z7 Konzertfabrik
13 June AT Nicklesdorf - Nova Rock @Pannonia Fields
15 June IT Milan - Live Club
16 June IT Bologna - Estragon
18 June FR Niems - Paloma
20 June FR Clisson - Hellfest @Rue de Champ Louet
21 June NO Halden - Tons of Rock Restival
24 June PL Poznan - Stadion Miejeski
26 June FR Strasbourg - La Laiterie
27 June BE Dessel - Graspop
30 June IRE Belfast - Limelight

01 July IRE Dublin - Academy
04 July FR Paris - Paris Le Zenith
05 July UK Knebworth Park - Sonisphere Festival @ Knebworth

03 Aug RU Nizny Novgorad - Milo Club
04 Aug RU Moscow - Arena Moscow Club
05 Aug RU St. Petersburg - A2 Club
08 Aug CZ Jaromer - Brutal Assault Festival
10 Aug CA Montreal - Heavy Montreal Festival @ Parc Jean

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1. Fear_Of_Napalm writes:

Looking forward to hearing this one. Might be a bit refreshing. I am willing to give the 'new' Slayer a go although it's not the same without Jeff...RIP!

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2. Blindgreed1 writes:

Where's the "see below" dates Carl?

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3. xFiruath writes:

Dates have been added after the photo.

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