SLAYER – signs exclusive worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast / debuts brand new song


Last night at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards held at the Nokia Theatre in Los AngelesSLAYER 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 and co-produced by Greg Fidelman, “Implode” is now available as a free download as a “thank you” to the band’s fans for their continued support.

Or, as Kerry King put it, “you have been waiting for us, now we are delivering for you.”  Registered members of Slayer’s fan club were sent an email right around midnight giving them the link to the song and a chance to hear it before it was made public. “Implode” can now be downloaded at


Later this year, the two-time Grammy-winning 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.


“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,” 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.


09.05. US         Salt Lake City, UT                             – The Great Salt Air

10.05.  US        Denver, CO                                        – Fillmore

11.05.  US        Billings, MT                                         Shrine

13.05.  US        Kansas City, MO                                – Uptown Theatre

15.05.  US        St Louis, MO                                      – The Pageant

16.05.  US        Milwaukee, WI                                  – Eagles Ballroom,

17.05.  US        Columbus, OH                                    – Rock on the Range


European Tour

28.05.  FIN       Helsinki                                             – Sonisphere Festival @ Hietaniemi Beach

30.05.  S           Stockholm                                         – STHLM Fields @ Gardet Royal Park

31.05.  NL        Nijmegen                                           – FortaRock Festival Goffertpark


01.06.  NO       Oslo                                                     – Sonisphere Festival @ Valle Hoven

03.06.  DK        Horsens                                              – Horsens Gaol

04.06.  D          Hamburg                                            – Sonisphere Festival @ Imtech Arena

05.06. LU         Luxembourg City                              – Den Atelier

07.06.  DE        Nurburgring                                      – Rock am Ring

08.06.  DE        Nürnberg                                           – Rock Im Park

09.06.  CH        Pratteln                                             – Z7 Konzertfabrik

13.06.  AT         Nicklesdorf                                       – Nova Rock @Pannonia Fields

15.06.  IT          Milan                                                  – Live Club

16.06. IT           Bologna                                             – Estragon

18.06.  FR         Niems                                                 – Paloma

20.06.  FR         Clisson                                                – Hellfest @Rue de Champ Louet

21.06.  NO        Halden                                               – Tons of Rock Restival

24.06.  PL         Poznan                                               – Stadion Miejeski

26.06.  FR         Strasbourg                                        – La Laiterie

27.06.  BE        Dessel                                                – Graspop

30.06.  IRE       Belfast                                               – Limelight


01.07. IRE       Dublin                                                – Academy

04.07. FR         Paris                                                   – Paris Le Zenith

05.07.  UK       Knebworth Park                               – Sonisphere Festival @ Knebworth


03.08.  RU        Nizny Novgorad                              – Milo Club

04.08.  RU        Moscow                                           – Arena Moscow Club

05.08.  RU        St. Petersburg                                  – A2 Club

08.08.  CZ         Jaromer                                            – Brutal Assault Festival

10.08.  KA        Montreal                                            – Heavy Montreal Festival @ Parc Jean  |

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