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Paul Bostaph Hired As Slayer Drummer Once More

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Sorry for posting this massive bit of news so late tonight but I had been at Book Expo America all day and its not that easy to compose a blog of any real content when only using the Smart Phone. Anyways, it seems as though Slayer has once again hired drummer Paul Bostaph for the task of skin basher in the band. Historically speaking he had originally replaced Dave Lombardo back in 1992 and served the task for almost ten years. Welcome back Paul. The photo below is an old publicity shot and shows from left to right Tom Araya, Paul Bostaph, Kerry King and the now late great Jeff Hanneman. I imagine new press shots will be forthcoming based on this information.

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The statement from their press representative has been copied for your informational pleasure and the band states:

LOS ANGELES, CA — Slayer’s Tom Araya and Kerry King are very pleased to announce that Paul Bostaph has rejoined the band on a full-time basis. Bostaph will be behind the drum kit beginning June 4 when Slayer kicks off the first leg of its 2013 international tour in Warsaw, Poland. Gary Holt will continue to fill in for fallen guitarist Jeff Hanneman. Slayer’s 2013 itinerary will have the band playing 35 dates that will include headline shows as well as a number of major summer festivals in Europe, Eastern Europe and South America between June and October. The complete itinerary is below.

“Paul’s a great drummer and a good friend, and we’re very happy that he’s decided to rejoin the band,” said Tom Araya. “We’re still pretty numb from the loss of Jeff, but we don’t want to disappoint our European and South American fans, and we need to begin moving forward…having Paul back in the band makes that a whole lot easier.”

“I’m very excited to be rejoining Slayer,” added Bostaph. “We spent a very intense ten years of our lives together, had a lot of fun, made a lot of great music, so for me, this feels like coming home.”

Bostaph was Slayer’s drummer from 1992 until 2001 and recorded four albums with the band – the Gold certified Divine Intervention (1994), the 1996 punk covers album Undisputed Attitude, Diabolus in Musica, (1998), God Hates Us All (2001) that received a Grammy nomination for “Best Metal Performance,” as well as the DVD War at the Warfield (2001), also certified Gold. In addition to Slayer, Bostaph has been a member of Forbidden, Exodus, Systematic and Testament.

Speaking personally, when Lombardo first left Slayer I was finally a little more into the group. I was not the quick study that many Metal friends were, but of course I loved the now “classic numbers”. I hated seeing Lombardo leave the lineup, but bands and people change. This is a part of life in music. I liked the style that Bostaph had and the band did keep up a serious level of touring momentum with him sitting back there. While I would have preferred that Lombardo rejoined the group after the passing of Jeff Hanneman, it seems that this particular ship has sailed and that he is out of the mix for good. Oh well. I do look forward to seeing what Paul brings to the band and feel that many of us will be impressed because he is a solid and powerful player. Welcome back Paul and kick some ass.

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“Reign In Drums” Dave Lombardo Out Of Slayer?

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Now this one I never saw coming, but happen it did and as result we get another one of our “Heavy Metal Holy Sh*t!” postings. I only really try to do these when something super dramatic happens in the Metal scene and the apparent dismissal of founding drummer Dave Lombardo from Slayer is certainly a reason to get one out there plus every single other website is tossing their views into the mix so why not let our readers know what we think of the whole thing (that is what the blog part of PiercingMetal is for after all). Please read on. To keep this easier to digest, I’ve copied Dave’s official statement from his Facebook Page.

I want to personally apologize to all of our fans in Australia who have bought tickets for the tour expecting to see me in my usual place on the drums. So that you all know the truth, as of the end of the business day on February 14th, I was notified that I would not be drumming for the tour in Australia. I’m saddened, and to be honest I am shocked by the situation.

Last year, I discovered 90% of Slayer’s tour income was being deducted as expenses including the professional fees paid to management, costing the band millions of dollars and leaving 10% or less to split amongst the four of us. In my opinion, this is not the way a band’s business should operate. I tried rectifying it by letting my band mates know, and Tom (Araya) and I hired auditors to figure out what happened, but I was denied access to detailed information and the necessary back up documents.
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Slayer & Megadeth @ Izod Center (8/12/2010): American Carnage Tour

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Artist: Slayer
Venue: Izod Center (East Rutherford, NJ)
Opener: Megadeth, Testament
Date: 8/12/2010
Label: American Records

The East Coast contingent of the Metal Republic was finding a whole lot of entertainment being delivered to them these last few weeks especially if they were only paying attention to the various clubs around them in the city. It’s true because the Big Apple had a rousing week that began with Y&T, Lillian Axe and Night Ranger who had each performed shows of their own at one of our favorite haunts B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in Times Square. Now that the Hard Rock side of things had finished, it was time to indulge in the Metal once again with an incendiary roster that included Slayer, Megadeth and Testament who had all banded together under the banner of “The American Carnage Tour”. The interesting thing for me was that I was not originally planning on hitting this show even though the lineup was killer. I had seen all of the bands a number of times before and I was not able to secure my normal Metal media credentials to do it up properly but when a ticket was given to me by the friend of a friend I knew that I had to be there and let you know the overall scoop. The closest that the show would hit NYC would be at Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum and the Izod Center over in East Rutherford, NJ. We would be going to that one which was all right by me since I hate the trek to the Long Island arena. It was going to be interesting to be “off duty” this evening, but since I bleed this website for you, there is really never such a thing going on. Tonight I walked among the Metal Republic as one of its own maniacs as opposed to being its scribe of what went down.

The parking area seemed full and the fans were blasting a little bit of everything from Maiden to Priest to the expected three bands that were going to play tonight. I am always amused when the tailgaters choose to listen to the band that they are going to see right before a show. There were a lot of people cooking as well and this was a good night for it. As I wandered the halls of the Izod Center, it was great to see the number of Metal heads representing and I had to say that I recognized a lot of them from the other shows that I attend on a regular basis in the city. What I was not expecting was the setup of the arena itself and what I am referring to was it being done up as a theatre and being a space that had at least a 1/3rd cordoned off. To better imagine it, think of the stage itself being closer to the middle of the floor area as opposed to the far end side. The running order for the show would be Testament, Megadeth and then Slayer.
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“World Painted Blood” by Slayer

Artist: Slayer
Title: “World Painted Blood”
Label: American Recordings
Release Date: 11/3/2009
Genre: Thrash Metal
Rating: 4/5

Before beginning this one we have to ask ourselves what we are exactly expecting of Slayer at this point in their career. Do we expect them to explore new worlds of musical experimentation and deliver concept albums like some other legends have done of late or do we expect them to be hanging on by a thread with only a light reminder of the early days of glory that their fans still hold in high regard. That being said we found Slayer rising to the fore with “Christ Illusion” but it is with the newest release “World Painted Blood” that we are reminded of why they are such an incendiary force on the landscape in terms of Extreme Thrash Metal is concerned. From the moment that “WPB” begins you know that you are listening to a Slayer album and this particular release took me back to the time when albums such as “Reign In Blood” and “South Of Heaven” were melting turntables and tape recorders worldwide. The intensity and anger found in those albums returns to us as tunes like “Public Display Of Dismemberment” and “Hate Worldwide” throttle the synapses with the riffing and thunderous drumming. Setting up the dramatic theme comes through fantastically during “The Human Strain” which builds up and slows down only to repeat the process. A very powerful head banger was found in this one while a primal rawness comes at you during “Americon” and I had to say that I felt Araya never sounded better in his vocal delivery. One can hardly believe that he has been at this type of Metal since 1983 (the debut record year) as he shows no signs of wear in his voice. The tune is a King composition based on how he sees the American nation being viewed by the world court and how whether or not they like us, he finds this to be the best place to live on earth. Dare I say “Amen” to that brother when we are talking about a Slayer track?
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“The Unholy Alliance: Preaching To The Perverted” by Slayer

Artist: Slayer
Title: “The Unholy Alliance: Preaching To The Perverted”
Label: American Recordings
Release Date: 10/30/2007
Genre: Thrash Metal
Rating: 3.5/5

“The Unholy Alliance” Tour in 2006 would be a concert for the record books as it not only gave you the legendary and crushing might of Slayer as the evenings headliner but it also brought the audience four other bands that are truly worthy of attention as well. It would be during this tour that Thine Eyes Bleed, Children Of Bodom, Mastodon and Lamb Of God all stood together with the legends of Thrash Metal in order to show you how they took care of business in the genre. This DVD celebrates a small portion of the tour by bringing you front and center for seventeen of the evenings performed tunes. The release is only one DVD which I think was a mistake given the amount of Metal that gets left off as a result of this. Had they issued this as a double disc set there would have been much more room afforded to the other bands than we end up seeing. Obviously the larger scope of focus is on Slayer and rightly so since it was their tour when it came down to it. The mighty ones get a full ten songs and this was actually a large part of the bands set during these shows. Despite the heavy count from Slayer the rest of the selections remain rather random in terms of the bands. We only get one track from Thine Eyes Bleed and since they were the first group I was not too put off by that but I really would have liked to see more of what they could do.
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