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Last updated on April 24, 2014 at 10:51 AM ET
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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. More...
Former Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach released a music video for the new track "All My Friends Are Dead." The video is the second music video from the new studio album "Give'em Hell," which is available via Frontiers Records this week. Check out the video for "Temptation" over here.
The video was directed by Patrick Fogarty and can be seen here:
Finnish power metal act Stratorvarius released a preview clip for the upcoming live release "Nemesis Days." The CD/DVD is set for release on May 2nd via earMusic and contains the entire "Nemesis" studio release (along with two bonus tracks) (see review here) and a DVD featuring an 80 minute documentary entitled "Nemesis Days." The documentary follows Stratovarius around the world on the "Nemesis" tour.
The press release reads: "There is no other word than 'magic' to explain what inspire an artist to create and one great song after the other, and to find the inspiration to fix on a record more than a special moment in each and every of songs. It happens very rarely nowadays, especially in metal and especially for bands with so many albums in their discography to be compared to. 'Nemesis' is the album that brought the mysterious magic in Stratovarius' life. The album blew everyone away and set the beginning of another start in the long history of the Finnish band.
"With the incredible sense for melodies and their powerful and technically elaborated style, the band once more visited the "higher floors" of the charts worldwide (Finland: #3, and basically top 40 in every country in the world). The song 'Unbreakable' immediately became one of the bands' most streamed songs ever, with thousands of fans enjoying it every single day since its release.
"Throughout 2013, the band dedicated their energy to the 'Nordic Nexus Of Nemesis Tour' and delivered their dedicated fans with unforgettable live performances everywhere they went. It's with a spirit of gratitude towards the fans that the band agreed to release a special edition of 'Nemesis' -- now including a full bonus Documentary DVD.
"The 80 minute documentary "Nemesis Days" follows Stratovarius around the world and gives an in-depth view of Finland's finest metal band, revealing the story of 'Nemesis' and sharing their view about the evolution of the band. The fans who have remained loyal to the band for so many years are also an important part of this documentary DVD.
"For Stratovarius completists, the DVD features the first official release of the most recent music videos ('Halcyon Days', 'Unbreakable' and the brand new 'If The Story Is Over'). More...
German gothic act Lacrimas Profundere posted a music video for the new track "Antiadore." The song is the title track of the band's latest album album, which is available now through Napalm Records.
Check out the video here:
Austrian symphonic black/folk metal act Dornenreich posted a preview clip for the upcoming new release "Freiheit." The album is set for a May 2nd release date through Prophecy Productions and is the eighth full length studio release from the band.
The track list for "Freiheit" is:
1. Im ersten aller Spiele
2. Von Kraft und Wunsch und jungen Federn
3. Des Meeres Atmen
4. Das Licht vertraut der Nacht
5. Aus Mut gewirkt
6. Im Fluß die Flammen
8. Blume der Stille
Check out the preview clip here: More...
German thrashers Dust Bolt posted a preview clip of the upcoming new release "Awake the Riot." The interactive preview features snippets from the entire album, which is set for release via Napalm Records on the following release schedule:
May 30th: GSA, FIN, BeNeLux
June 2nd: UK & Rest of Europe
June 4th: ESP/SWE/NOR
June 10th: USA/CAN
The track list for the album is:
1. Living Hell
2. Soul Erazor
3. Beneath the Earth (see lyric video)
4. You Lost Sight
5. Agent Thrash
6. Living a Lie
7. Awake the Riot - The Final War
8. Eternal Waste
9. Drowned in Blind Faith
10. Worlds Built to Deceive
11. The Monotonous - Distant Scream
12. Future Shock (Evil Dead Cover)
Check out the preview clip here: More...
Legendary thrash act Slayer has offered up the new track "Implode," the first new studio track since "World Painted Blood" was released in 2009, as a free download. "Implode" is also the first track released since the loss of Jeff Hanneman back in May 2013.
The track was performed at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, when Slayer surprised the capacity crowd with an unannounced performance, kicking off the show with a three-song set. The song was recorded earlier this month at Henson Studios in Los Angeles and produced by Terry Date and co-produced by Greg Fidelman and is offered as a "thank you" to the band’s fans for their continued support.
Kerry King commented: "Hey, Mutherfuckers - You have been waiting for us, now we are delivering for you. We’ve got a brand new song - “Implode” - it’s Slayer's first new song since “World Painted Blood” was released back in 2009 - and we want you guys to hear it, so we’re giving it away for free. All you have to do is go slayer.net/implode, enter your email address and we’ll send you the download link. We’re writing and recording more new music, so keep coming back here and we’ll tell you how it’s going. And hey, we’re hitting the road next month with Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus - WE WANT TO FUCKING SEE YOU THERE!" (see tour dates here).