Legendary thrash metal band Slayer has announced that they will be re-releasing each of their nine studio albums as well as their 1991 live album Decade Of Aggression on 180-gram vinyl. Each album is available individually and was remastered from the original analog flat master tapes. Also, 500 unmarked copies will feature blood red colored vinyl randomly inserted and sold in stores.
Long-time Slayer producer Rick Rubin states, “Slayer defines speed metal and these albums define Slayer. Listen at your own risk.”
Slayer is currently on tour with Gojira and 4ARM. All dates are below. READ MORE
Newly wed couple Dan Phillipps and wife Kinga decided to start their wedding off with a bit of a bang by entering the hall to Slayer‘s “Raining Blood”. In a story to Blabbermouth.net, Phillipps stated, “Slayer has always been a very special band to me. Slayer, Metallica and Anthrax were the reasons I got into heavy metal. I remember first hearing ‘Hell Awaits’ in 1987 and being blown away. I never heard anything like it.
“When I first met Kinga, I didn’t know she was into extreme music. She’s from Poland so I randomly asked her if she heard of Behemoth or Vader. To my surprise, she heard of them and had seen them live in concert a few times. So we instantly clicked. Our second date was a Rotting Christ concert.
“When I was planning our wedding intro, I knew that I didn’t want your typical wedding music for our intro. I spoke to Kinga about it and she agreed. A standard wedding intro just didn’t seem right for my wife and I. Something about the ‘Raining Blood’ intro seemed like the perfect walk-out music for us. I got goosebumps just thinking about it. Most of my friends and family loved our intro. They said it was perfect for my wife and I.”
You can watch the video of him nearly ripping her arm of in excitement below. READ MORE
Chicago death metal band Broken Hope has issued an update regarding their new album, which is their first release since 1999′s Grotesque Blessing. The band signed with Hard Impact Management earlier this year and states they will be committed to writing and touring, including being currently booked for the 2013 editions of Extremefest (Germany) and Maryland Death Fest.
The band issued the following official statement:
“We want to give you all a quick Broken Hope update before the New Year, and we have some exciting news! First, congratulations to Broken Hope’s own Shaun Glass on the birth of his first child: Maddux Burton Glass, born Dec 17, 2012. Maddux enters the world just before Christmas and just as Broken Hope is writing the new album!
Speaking of the new album, we can officially say that we’ve written 11 songs so far– and are still trucking along with more material. The new material is so ferocious, we jokingly sum up the vibe of the new music as ‘Reign In Bowels’ because it’s like someone took Slayer’s ‘Reign In Blood’ and mated that intensity and horror with the extremity and sickness of Broken Hope’s ‘Bowels of Repugnance’ album…It’s insanely heavy and unrelenting! That said, here’s a couple song titles we can release to you all– chew on these: ‘The Flesh Mechanic’ and ‘Give Me the Bottom Half.’ We can’t wait for you to hear ‘em all! Happy Holidays everyone!” READ MORE
Anthrax caught up with Google Play to put together an audiobiography telling the story of their 1986 Gold-certified album Among The Living. Guitarist Scott Ian and singer Joey Belladonna went over the history of the album, from the recording process with famed producer Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix) to mixing in the Bahamas and the sold-out tour that followed the release. It’s a pretty damn cool interview and well worth checking out here.
Among The Living came out during what might be considered the best year in thrash metal history. Metallica‘s Master Of Puppets, Slayer‘s Reign In Blood, and Megadeth‘s Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying were all released that year.
Anthrax will be hitting the road to co-headline the third leg of the Anthrax/Testament/Death Angel tour. All dates can be seen below. READ MORE
Oh snap! We’re officially in the top ten and only one day away from finding out which riff crushes them all! Have you been keeping up with the awesome riffages that I’ve been posting? If not, check out 25-21, 20-16, and 15-11 before you head on down. That way, you’ll give your neck a nice warm up, getting it ready for some more Guitar Riffs That Make You NEED To Headbang! READ MORE
It’s been 25 years to the day since Slayer‘s classic album Reign In Blood hit store shelves. A mixture of heavy metal, punk, and thrash metal, this album would go on to become a classic, dare I say even achieving legendary status. While Metallica had already released Master Of Puppets earlier that year, comparing the two albums is like trying to compare apples to oranges, Mila Kunis to Audrey Hepburn, The Shining to A Nightmare On Elm Street. What Slayer brought to the table was an album so fierce and violent, they were compared to Nazis and dubbed racists. Talk about being hardcore, right?
Too many other sites are celebrating this release by focusing solely on Reign In Blood. I want to know what YOU think! I want to know your favorite Slayer album and the greatest Slayer memory you’ve got. Answer the poll after the jump and leave me a comment below with what you think Slayer means to you.
You know what I love about listening to heavy metal songs covered as a classical arrangement? I can pretend to be cultured and sophisticated. “Why no madam, this isn’t brutal death metal, it’s a classical piece for a string quartet!” Yup, that’s how it all goes down. So, in any case, check out an awesome cover of Slayer‘s ‘Raining Blood‘ as performed by the Vitamin String Quartet after the jump.