I arrived home from the sold out Alter Bridge show to find this cool bit of news in my PiercingMetal inbox. Now while I don’t like to generally copy the press releases we get here at the Metal Command HQ, this particular one offers all the information that readers need without too much added commentary from yours truly. Read on.
Last night at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, SLAYER surprised the capacity crowd with an unannounced performance, kicking off the show with a three-song set that included the global premiere of “Implode,” the band’s first new studio recording in five years. Recorded earlier this month at Henson Studios in Los Angeles and produced by Terry Date with co-producer Greg Fidelman, “Implode” is now available as a free download as a “thank you” to the band’s fans for their continued support. As SLAYER guitarist Kerry King put it, “You’ve done for us, now we want to do for you.” Registered members of SLAYER’s fan club were the first to receive an e-mail to hear the song before it was made public. “Implode” can now be downloaded by all fans at www.SLAYER.net.
Later this year, the two-time Grammy-winning SLAYER will begin recording a new studio album, tentatively set for an early 2015 release. 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.
“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.”
All future recordings on the band’s label imprint will be released worldwide exclusively through Nuclear Blast.
“I was a teenage rebel when Show No Mercy came out,” says 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!”
Nuclear Blast’s North American Label Manager Gerardo Martínez adds: “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 – comprised of Tom Araya on vocals & bass, Kerry King on guitar, drummer Paul Bostaph, and guitarist Gary Holt who continues to stand in for the band’s founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman who passed nearly a year ago – will spend the next few months on the road touring major North American and European festivals as well as playing headlining dates, sharing the stages with Metallica, Iron Maiden, Anthrax, Mastodon, and more (see below). They are expected back in the studio in the fall to record the rest of their new album.
PiercingMetal Thoughts: I’ll close with how excited I am to find a band like Slayer on one of my very favorite providers of Metal music. While not intending any offense to their distinguished competitors, when it comes to the level of Metal that I find myself purchasing or attending in concert on a regular basis, Nuclear Blast Records is pretty much one of my top tiered brands. Slayer is going to be in good company with bands like Testament, Destruction, Overkill (who are in the European side of the label), Kreator and many, many more. One of my hopes for this signing is that we are going to find tour packages that make absolute sense and bring your skull nothing but an unabashed pounding. Can you imagine a headlining run by Slayer that also features Kreator, Testament and Destruction. Man I just gave myself goosebumps. What do you readers think about this new arrangement? Please chime in as the comments have been left open for you to do so. Congratulations to Nuclear Blast Records on this signing now about that eventual NYC guest list 🙂