Apr 242014

I’m about to leave my computer for the rest of the day, but before I go I thought I’d just paste the following announcement right here — because it’s Slayer.

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.

The press release I received went on to say that later this year 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 haven’t even had time to listen to the new song.  So let me know what it sounds like.


  1. i love it i love it i love it i love it i love it i love it!!!!!!!!!! but Slayer has been my all-time favorite band since i was 15 and a friend loaned me a copy of “Hell Awaits”. so i might be biased. but i fucking love it to death. 🙂

  2. I think it sounds pretty fuckin’ awful. I’d think Gary Holt could make them rise above God Hates Us All levels of bad but apparently not.

  3. Granted I hate Slayer to begin with, but this song is bad even for Slayer. It’s mastered poorly, for one thing, and it just feels lazy. I mean, it still sounds like Slayer, but it doesn’t even sound like good Slayer. I’ll pass.

  4. Meh. Not much different than anything else they’ve put out recently.

  5. There were some interesting riffs in there, but mostly sounds like World Painted Blood – the discarded riffs.
    I’ll wait for the next Exodus.

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