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“Repentless” has highest ever chart debut in Slayer’s 32 years

Posted by Metal Riot on Monday, September 21, 2015 at 7:03 AM (PST)
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Repentless, the 12th studio album from the iconic thrash/metal band SLAYER and the first without beloved founding member Jeff Hanneman, makes the highest Billboard debut in the band’s 32-year recording career, coming in at #4 on the Top 200 Album Charts and scanning 50,000 units. Slayer’s Christ Illusion had been the band’s highest debut, premiering in 2006 at #5. Repentless, the band’s first album produced by Terry Date (Slipknot, Soundgarden, Deftones), also lands at #2 on Billboard’s Current Albums, Top Rock Albums and Hard Music charts.

Repentless now also holds the record as the band’s career-highest chart debut in Germany (#1), Holland (#2), Australia (#3), New Zealand (#8), the UK (#11) and on the Japanese International Chart (#1), and bowed at #3 in Finland, #4 in Belgium, and #5 in both Sweden and Greece. Additionally, the album debuted in the Top 10 in France (#7), Italy (#8), Hungary (#9), and Japan, (#10).

“The entire Nuclear Blast global team thanks Slayer and their loyal fans everywhere for the tremendous first-week success for Repentless,” said Gerardo Martinez, NB’s General Manager, USA. “Slayer made an amazing album that stayed true to who the band is, and the fans’ overwhelming response is proof of that.”

“Repentless,” the album’s first music video, made its premiere on the album’s 9/11 release date and has since logged more than 1.9 million YouTube views and is north of two-million views on Slayer’s Facebook page. The video was directed by BJ McDonnell (“Hatchet III”), filmed at the Sybil Brand women’s prison in East Los Angeles, and features copious amounts of blood, grizzly murders, and cameo appearances by some of Hollywood’s most recognized anti-heroes, including Danny Trejo (“From Dusk Till Dawn”) and Tony Moran (“Halloween”).

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Slayer and Machete inspire prisoners to flash mosh

Posted by Metal Riot on Friday, August 28, 2015 at 2:02 PM (PST)
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On Wednesday, in near 100-degree heat and high humidity, a riot broke out in the exercise yard of the Sybil Brand Institute, the women’s prison in East Los Angeles, where Slayer shot the music video for the new track “Repentless.” In fact, while Slayer performed the track under that punishing sun over an eight-hour period, the “prisoners” had to stage a riot for somewhere north of twelve takes before director BJ McDonnell finally called it a wrap. But that was all pretty much in keeping with McDonnell’s brutal vision for the clip, a vision that many in the veteran cast and crew referred to as “more like something for a feature film than a rock band’s music video.”

 

This is McDonnell’s first stint directing a music video. He directed the 2013 horror film “Hatchet III,” and his rich resume as a motion picture cameraman includes “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Ant-Man” and “The Interview.” For Slayer’s “Repentless,” he and the video’s producer Felissa Rose pulled together a gang of actors and crew who have been part of some of the most iconic horror films ever made: Derek Mears (“Predators,” “Friday the 13th”) Tyler Mane (“Halloween”) Jason Trost (“Hatchet III”), Danny Trejo (“Machete,” “From Dusk Till Dawn”), Tony Moran (“Halloween’s” Michael Myers, “American Poltergeist”), Sean Whalen (“Men In Black,” “Halloween II”), and Vernon Wells (“Mad Max 2,” “Commando,” “Weird Science”) all are featured inmates in the video. And if that wasn’t enough, McDonnell and Rose brought in stunt coordinator Nils Allen Stewart who is known for his work on films like “Planet of The Apes,” “Anger Management” and “Daredevil.”

 

Slayer’s prison yard performance is just one facet of what promises to be a grizzly video. While McDonnell and Rose are keeping full details about the video tightly under wraps until its premiere, it’s safe to say that there was a lot of blood spilled within those prison walls.

 

The date for the premiere of Slayer’s “Repentless” music video will be announced shortly. Repentless, Slayer’s 11th studio album, is due out 9/11/15 (Nuclear Blast), and is already receiving some pretty amazing press.

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Leading up to the 9/11 release of Repentless, Slayer’s new studio album, Tom Araya, Kerry King, Paul Bostaph and Gary Holt talk about working with producer Terry Date on this video clip.

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Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of American History Profiles Slayer

“Slayer: The Origins of Thrash”

LOS ANGELES, CA — The Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of History has just posted a profile of Slayer and the Origins of Thrash as part of its Places of Musical Innovation exhibit. Check it out HERE.

Remember kids, reading and bleeding is fundamental.

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Ok, the new Slayer album art is seriously fucking Metal

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 9:25 AM (PST)
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Today…Slayer unveils the album artwork for its 11th studio album, Repentless, due out 9/11/15 (Nuclear Blast). The artwork was created by Brazilian artist Marcelo Vasco in collaboration with the band’s Tom Araya and Kerry King.

 “We had a number of submitted ideas for the cover artwork,” said Araya, “and we felt Marcelo’s was the best. We made some suggestions and the result is an awesome album cover.”

The band also announces that the album’s title and first official track will be available digitally virtually everywhere around the globe this Friday, June 19.

“‘Repentless’ is my Jeff tribute,” said Slayer’s Kerry King. “I call it the ‘ HannemAnthem.’ It’s my perspective of Jeff’s perspective, it’s what I think…if Jeff wrote a song for himself, ‘Repentless’ would be it.”

Arrogance, violence, world in disarray

Dealing with insanity every fuckin’ day

I hate the life, hate the fame, hate the fuckin’ scene

Pissing match of egos, fuck their vanity*

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Slayer want you to have a big fat “Repentless” Metal Eagle

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 7:33 AM (PST)
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With the title and release date just announced for Slayer‘s Repentless, due out September 11, 2015 (Nuclear Blast), today the thrash icons announce their heaviest release ever – literally – Repentless, Metal Eagle Edition. Made of aluminum alloy, measuring 15″ X 17″ X 3″ and weighing in at a hefty seven pounds, the Metal Eagle Edition will house a deluxe digipak of the new Repentless CD plus exclusive bonus content to be detailed soon. The limited (only 3000 copies worldwide) and numbered Metal Eagle Edition will be a direct-to-consumer item and available exclusively via the Nuclear Blast mail-order online stores. Pre-orders are available now, purchasing info HERE!

The highly-anticipated Repentless is Slayer’s 11th studio album, the first since 2009’s critically-acclaimed, Grammy-nominated World Painted Blood and the first with producer Terry Date (Pantera, Slipknot, Soundgarden). The band – Tom Araya/bass, vocals, Kerry King/guitar, Paul Bostaph/drums, and Exodus/Slayer touring guitarist Gary Holt, who recorded lead guitar parts for about a half-dozen of the album’s new tracks – started recording Repentless in March 2014, and made the track “Implode” available as a free download in April of that year. The band and Date continued to record between September 2014 and mid-January 2015 at Henson Studios in Los Angeles. For the album, “Implode” was completely re-recorded from the ground up, and “When The Stillness Comes,” used as an instrumental track in a Scion commercial, got a revamped intro and all new vocals.

Repentless also includes “Piano Wire,” an unfinished song from the World Painted Blood sessions written by Hanneman. About the track, Rolling Stone wrote that it “…begins with an eerie guitar line before evolving into a full-on-doom (and classic Slayer) riff onslaught…” King put it this way: “When I hear it, I think ‘Jeff.’ It sounds like a Jeff Hanneman song.”

The 12-track Repentless is, according to those who have heard it, a sonic assault of brutal, ominous, lightening-fast and heavy-as-hell music with lyrics that unmask what Slayer knows best – the terror, the corruption and the societal turmoil that dominates our world.

“The new album sounds like Slayer,” said Araya. “In the past, our fans have always known what to expect, this time they don’t. But we really like it, and I don’t think the fans are going to be disappointed.”

As is expected from Slayer, the band will support the release of Repentless with extensive touring across the globe, beginning this summer when the band headlines the Mayhem Festival. That tour kicks off June 26 at Sleep Train Amphitheater in San Diego, CA. The complete routing is below.

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The ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL 2015 Artist Line-Up

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 4:59 PM (PST)

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SLAYER, King Diamond, HELLYEAH, The Devil Wears Prada, Whitechapel, Thy Art Is Murder, Jungle Rot, Sister Sin, Sworn In, Shattered Sun, Feed Her To The Sharks, Code Orange and Kissing Candice have all been announced for Mayhem. While there is no band as mainstream as last years headliners Avenged Sevenfold on here this year, the main stage has a lot to offer.

Tickets are On Sale Beginning Friday April 17, 2015 at 10:00am Local Time

General Admission Festival and Lawn Tickets are only $19.99 including all fees for the first 72 Hours of Onsale (while supplies last). Not bad for 13 bands performing on the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE and the VICTORY RECORDS STAGE. I’d pay that to see just Sister Sin’s wild and razor edged rock show alone.

The main stage will feature five-time-nominated, two-time Grammy winning thrashers Slayer as headliner, as well as additional performances from King Diamond, HELLYEAH, and The Devil Wears Prada. The VICTORY RECORDS STAGE will feature headliner Whitechapel as well as Thy Art Is Murder, Jungle Rot, Sister Sin, Sworn In, Shattered Sun, Feed Her To The Sharks, Code Orange and Kissing Candice. Nice to see Code Orange on this tour as they will give even the main stage acts a run for their money. And I can’t wait for Jungle Rot to hammer down some real death metal on the unsuspecting.

Kerry King, guitarist of ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE headliners Slayer states, “I don’t know if third time will be a charm, but it will definitely be hellish! Slayer and King Diamond on stage for the first time together in the States- NEVER has Mayhem been more evil. DON’T FUCKIN’ MISS IT.”

For more see BELOW.

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Slayer tells fan “Don’t sell your car”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 1:36 PM (PST)

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Slayer fan Jake put his 1997 Ford Escort up for sale to buy tickets to see the band when they play Los Angeles on November 14 at The Forum. You don’t have to sell the car, Jake…..Slayer saw your cool video….and here’s their message to you HERE.

And everyone else… Click HERE for tour dates w/ Exodus and Suicidal!

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Photo: ©Andrew Stuart 2014

Got this from the Slayer camp yesterday. I have always wondered how much that head tat hurt. Personally, I don’t think Jeff would have wanted the band to stop making music for all of their fans if he died, and I fully support what they are doing. I mean, this is mysterious. He could be drinkin’ a smoothie we can’t see and just happens to be next to a really nice console. But I vote…thrash!

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Fuck the Grammy’s! Hanneman honored in Poland

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 11:22 AM (PST)

1509297_10152192917900390_1128108745_nThe late Jeff Hanneman, guitarist for Slayer and if you didn’t know that you shouldn’t be reading this page, was honored by having a traffic circle named after him in Jaworzno, Poland according to CentrumDruku3D, The sign was unveiled on Thursday, February 6, 2014 and will be kept up for a year and reads “Jeff Hanneman’s Circle Pit – unforgettable Slayer guitarist”

You can watch a video of the unveiling here (Shit is not in English).

The sign was put up by Polish company Art-Com Sp. z o.o. (Art-Com Ltd.), who won a charity auction during the Wielka Orkiestra Swiatecznej gGcI.99

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Horns+Up+Rocks+Slayer+logoToday would have marked the 50th birthday on one of the most infulential guitarists in thrash and metal itself, Jeff Hanneman. Slayer has released a tribute to fallen member Jeff Hanneman who passed away on May 2nd of last year due to alcohol-related cirrhosis in honor of the occasion. The following, picture and text, were taken from Slayers Official Facebook page.

“Today would have been Jeff Hanneman’s 50th birthday, presenting us with another reminder of how much we all miss him since he passed last May 2. The entire Slayer family appreciates the fans’ tributes and recognition of the trails Jeff blazed in thrash metal and the songs he wrote that defined a genre. We – the fans, the press, the Slayer family – know what Jeff’s accomplishments were, we know the long-lasting effect his talent will continue to have on young musicians just starting their careers. Jeff Hammenan belongs to US, the rebels, the misfits, the mavericks, the ones who go left when everyone else goes right, the ones who push against the grain and introduce real change into the world – just like Jeff did.

Happy Birthday Jeff!”

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Slayer announced ex-drummer Paul Bostaph rejoining band

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 10:25 AM (PST)

SlayerOfficial press release:
“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 them 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 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.”

 

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SlayerI didn’t want to post about this, and these guys only seem to make good on like 25% of their threats, but they forced my hand. The Westboro Baptist Church have announced that they will be protesting Jeff Hanneman’s Memorial Celebration on Thursday, May 23, 2013. I am not asking anybody to do anything, only because I am not sure how the boss men would feel about it, but I will not shed any tears if these guys end up in traction.

Check out their tweet here:

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Slayer’s Jeff Hanneman dead at 49

Posted by jessepac on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 6:19 PM (PST)

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One of the Big 4 has lost a member, as Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman has died from liver failure at age 49. Hanneman has had some ailments over the past few years, including a spider bite that led to a disease known as necrotizing fasciitis, a flesh and nerve-eating virus that may or may not have led to his death. The Oakland, California native grew up in Long Beach and helped write two of the most iconic metal songs in history: “Raining Blood” and “Angel of Death.”

The band has had numerous replacements, including Gary Holt from Exodus and Pat O’Brien from Cannibal Corpse, filling in for Hanneman on tours and Big 4 concerts over the past few years.

Slayer posted the following earlier this morning:

“Slayer is devastated to inform that their band mate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this morning near his Southern California home. He was 49. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry, and will be sorely missed.”

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Update: Slayer responds to Lombardo

Posted by GageT on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 7:49 AM (PST)

Music SlayerRemember that post I made an hour or two ago about Dave Lombardo leaving Slayer? Well the band has responded with a statement of their own, confirming that Jon Dette will be drumming for the Australian tour and vaguely disagreeing with Lombardo’s account.

Here’s their statement:

“Slayer confirms that Jon Dette (Testament) will drum for the band on its Australian tour that starts this Saturday, February 23 in Brisbane. As regards [to] Dave Lombardo’s Facebook post, Slayer does not agree with Mr. Lombardo’s substance or the timeline of the events, except to acknowledge that Mr. Lombardo came to the band less than a week before their scheduled departure for Australia to present an entirely new set of terms for his engagement that were contrary to those that had been previously agreed upon.  The band was unable to reach an agreement on these new demands in the short amount of time available prior to leaving for Australia. There is more to the account than what Mr. Lombardo has offered, but out of respect to him, Slayer will not be commenting further. Slayer is grateful to its Australian fans for their understanding of this unfortunate last-minute change, and very much looks forward to seeing them at these shows.”

If anything, this statement seems to confirm an underlying dispute which will likely never become particularly transparent to the public. However, for the sake of metal fans everywhere, I have hope that they’ll be able to pull through this.

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