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BIG 4 Announces East Coast date at Yankee Stadium.
April 29, 2011
THE BIG 4, the tour package featuring the "Big 4" of 80's Thrash - Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax, has announced another US date on the East Coast, September 14th at Yankee Stadium. Tickets go on sale May 4th. The "BIG 4" played their first, sold-out, US date last weekend in Indio, CA.

For more info: www.metallica.com or facebook.com/thebigfour

 
 
 
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Slayer, JFAC Announce Metal Club Black Friday Releases
November 6, 2010
Slayer and Job For A Cowboy have announced their plans to release Metal Club exclusive pieces on Black Friday (11/26), which is a big day for Metal Club releases which also includes Metallica's "Live at Grimey's" CD/10".

Slayer will be releasing the 'World Painted Blood' 7" with a previously unreleased track, "Atrocity Vendor," as part of the special limited-edition single. Written by Kerry King, the track was recorded during the 2009 'World Painted Blood' sessions. "Atrocity Vendor" will be paired with the Tom Araya/Jeff Hanneman-penned track "World Painted Blood," and released in a clear sleeve on red vinyl.

Arizona death metal band Job For A Cowboy will release 'Ruination' as a limited-edition 3x10" colored (orange/red/green) vinyl/CD box set. The collection includes the latest Metal Blade Records release 'Ruination' split on two separate colored 10-inch vinyl LP's, with the third LP encompassing rare and unreleased live and cover songs.

About Metal Club:
Metal Club is a group of record stores throughout the US and Canada that work to connect the vibrant metal community with their local record store. Fans will be able to visit their local Metal Club store for special metal promotional pieces, exciting in-store events, and a series of exclusive Metal Club releases. Please visit www.mymetalclub.com for store locations, news and information on other Metal Club releases.

Other Metal Club releases include:
Metallica - "Live at Grimey's" CD/10" (11/26)
Anthrax - "Live at the Sonisphere" Picture Disc (11/26)
The Damned Things - "Ironiclast/We've Got A Situation Here" 7"/CD Single (11/26)
Monster Magnet - Mastermind Special Edition Box Set (Available Now)
The Sword - "(The Night The Sky Cried) Tears of Fire" Hexagonal Picture Disc (Available Now)
 
 
 
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Slayer To Release New Song On Ltd. Ed. 7 Inch On Black Friday
November 1, 2010
Wrapping up one of the most memorable years of the band's career, Slayer will make available a previously unreleased track, Atrocity Vendor, as part of a special limited-edition 7-inch single. Written by Kerry King, the track was recorded during the 2009 World Painted Blood sessions, and will be released on Black Friday, November 26, exclusively through Metal Club, the North American indie store consortium that works to connect the metal community with their local "brick and mortar" record stores.


Atrocity Vendor will be paired with the Tom Araya/Jeff Hanneman-penned track World Painted Blood, and released in a clear sleeve on a red vinyl disc. Go to mymetalclub.com to find a Metal Store record shop near you. Check out the packaging for the single here.


Slayer's Twenty-Ten has indeed, been quite a year for the band and its fans, beginning with Tom Araya's successful neck surgery that now has him pain-free, the group's fourth Grammy nomination, the band's co-headline American Carnage tour with Megadeth, the historical summer series of Big Four Sonisphere European concerts, and the recently completed Jagermeister Fall Music Tour that Slayer co-headlined with Megadeth and featured Anthrax, the first time in two decades that those three band shared an American stage.


Plans for the band's 2011 are currently being confirmed, but look for more touring, more music, and more S-L-A-A-A-Y-E-R!!!!!
 
 
 
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The 'Big Four' DVD Due Out November 2nd
September 25, 2010
When the "Big Four," Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax, shared a stage together on June 22nd, 2010, in Sofia, Bulgaria, it was the moment their fans had waited decades for. That monumental show was beamed live into over 1000 theatres worldwide via satellite in a special HD cinematic event.

On November 2nd, 2010, this legendary concert will be available on DVD through Warner Bros. Records. 'The Big Four Live From Sofia' includes full shows from all four bands on a two-disc set as well as behind the scenes and interview footage.

In addition to the two DVD set and the corresponding Blu-Ray, there will be a limited edition "Super Deluxe" Box Set including the 2 DVD set, five CD's with ALL 5 HOURS of music, a 24 page booklet, a two-sided poster, photos of each band, and a collectable Big 4 guitar pick.

These four acts broke out of the underground thrash movement in the 1980's to dominate the metal world, selling millions of records and packing arenas across the globe. Despite huge demand, these musical giants had never shared the same stage. The legendary June 22nd, 2010, concert from the tour's stop of the Sonisphere Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria aired the same day in 79 movie theaters in the U.K, over 450 theaters in over 140 markets in the U.S., as well as being beamed into theaters in Europe, Canada, Latin America, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.

In December 2009, the bands announced that they would be joining forces to take part in the traveling Sonisphere Festival for only 7 shows across Europe. This one-time only event, from the Sofia show, made it possible for fans far and wide to participate in what otherwise was a very limited run of dates.

Lars Ulrich of Metallica says of this historic show, "Who would have thought that more than 25 years after its inception, thrash metal's Big Four would not only still be around, be more popular than ever, playing shows together at stadiums all over Europe, and on top of that, coming to a movie theater near you in High Definition (for better or worse??!!). Bring it on!"

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian says, "Damn, as if this Big 4 tour wasn't exciting enough now we get to be on the big screen worldwide! Metal at the movies, two big horns up! It is unbelievably gratifying that this means so much to the metal community around the globe. Get your tix, grab some popcorn and get ready to bang your head!"

Declares Slayer's Kerry King, "I can't believe someone didn't make this happen 15 years ago! The fans finally get what they want. I think it's awesome!"

Says Megadeth's Dave Mustaine, "The magnitude of this event hasn't really sunk in yet, and I am thrilled to know that people around the planet will be able to walk into a movie theatre and experience the greatest line up of Heavy Metal in the history of the world!"

The full tracklisting is:
Anthrax [DVD 1/CD1 - 1 Hour Approx]:
1. Caught In A Mosh 6:07
2. Got The Time 3:41
3. Madhouse 4:39
4. Be All, End All 7:44
5. Antisocial 6:55
6. Indians / Heaven & Hell 9:48
7. Medusa 5:54
8. Only 6:44
9. Metal Thrashing Mad 2:44
10. I Am The Law 7:13

Megadeth [DVD1/CD2 - 1 Hour Approx]:
1. Holy Wars... ¦ The Punishment Due 5:49
2. Hangar 18 5:39
3. Wake Up Dead 3:39
4. Head Crusher 3:49
5. In My Darkest Hour 4:59
6. Skin O' My Teeth 3:14
7. A Tout Le Monde 4:24
8. Hook In Mouth 4:39
9. Trust 5:09
10. Sweating Bullets 4:59
11. Symphony Of Destruction 4:09
12. Peace Sells / Holy Wars Reprise 9:40

Slayer [DVD1/CD3 - 1 Hour Approx]:
1. World Painted Blood 6:27
2. Jihad 4:29
3. War Ensemble 5:11
4. Hate Worldwide 3:09
5. Seasons In The Abyss 6:24
6. Angel Of Death 5:29
7. Beauty Through Order 5:14
8. Disciple 5:04
9. Mandatory Suicide 4:24
10. Chemical Warfare 5:39
11. South Of Heaven 4:19
12. Raining Blood 5:00

Metallica [DVD2/CD4/CD5 - 2 Hours Approx]:
1. Creeping Death 6:24
2. For Whom The Bell Tolls 4:29
3. Fuel 4:19
4. Harvester Of Sorrow 6:44
5. Fade To Black 7:39
6. That Was Just Your Life 6:46
7. Cyanide 6:27
8. Sad But True 7:44
9. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) 6:04
10. All Nightmare Long 9:04
11. One 7:04
12. Master Of Puppets 8:37
13. Blackened 7:57
14. Nothing Else Matters 5:24
15. Enter Sandman 6:33
16. Am I Evil? 7:07
17. Hit The Lights 3:28
18. Seek And Destroy 7:44
 
 
 
 
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Slayer... The Vinyl Conflict
September 16, 2010
For nearly 30 years, Slayer has been the single most distinctive and radical thrash metal band anywhere (I beg to differ, but it's all relative I guess... - Ed.). Graphic lyrics, saturated in controversy and disturbing image...the frenzied guitar playing, powerful vocals, and unrelenting pounding drums at breakneck speed...the unparalleled concert performances...the shocking and blood-fueled albums all have kept their rabid, head-banging fans enthralled in mayhem.

For the first time in the band's storied history, 'The Vinyl Conflict' collects all 10 original Slayer albums from American Recordings and puts them together in this limited edition box set. Each album has been remastered from the original flat master tapes and is pressed on the highest quality 180-gram audiophile vinyl. Also included are reproductions of the original LP artwork, including inner sleeve art, all in heavyweight, litho-wrapped chip jackets. From 1986's 'Reign In Blood' to 1994's 'Divine Intervention' to 2009's 'World Painted Blood', it's all here, it's all on vinyl and it's all original Slayer.

'Reign In Blood'
(1986)
SIDE 1:
Angel Of Death
Piece By Piece
Necrophobic
Altar Of Sacrifice
Jesus Saves


SIDE 2:
Criminally Insane
Reborn
Epidemic
Postmortem
Raining Blood


'South Of Heaven'
(1988 )
SIDE 1:
South Of Heaven
Silent Scream
Live Undead
Behind The Crooked Cross
Mandatory Suicide


SIDE 2:
Ghosts Of War
Read Between The Lies
Cleanse The Soul
Dissident Aggressor
Spill The Blood


'Seasons In The Abyss'
(1990)
SIDE 1:
War Ensemble
Blood Red
Spirit In Black
Expendable Youth
Dead Skin Mask


SIDE 2:
Hallowed Point
Skeletons Of Society
Temptation
Born Of Fire
Seasons In The Abyss


'Live Decade Of Aggression'
(1991)
LP 1
SIDE 1:
Hell Awaits
The Anti-Christ
War Ensemble
South Of Heaven
Raining Blood


SIDE 2:
Altar Of Sacrifice
Jesus Saves
Dead Skin Mask
Seasons In The Abyss
Mandatory Suicide


LP 2
SIDE 1:
Angel Of Death
Hallowed Point
Blood Red
Die By The Sword
Black Magic
Captor Of Sin


SIDE 2:
Born Of Fire
Postmortem
Spirit In Black
Expendable Youth
Chemical Warfare


'Divine Intervention'
(1994)
SIDE 1:
Killing Fields
Sex. Murder. Art.
Fictional Reality
Dittohead
Divine Intervention


SIDE 2:
Circle Of Beliefs
SS-3
Serenity In Murder
213
Mind Control


'Undisputed Attitude' (1996)
SIDE 1:
Disintegration/Free Money
Verbal Abuse/Leeches
Abolish Government/Superficial Love
Can't Stand You
Ddamm
Guilty Of Being White
I Hate You
Filler/I Don't Want To Hear It
Spiritual Law


SIDE 2:
Sick Boy
Mr. Freeze
Violent Pacification
Richard Hung Himself
I'm Gonna Be Your God
Gemini


'Diabolus In Musica'
(1998 )
SIDE 1:
Bitter Peace
Death's Head
Stain Of Mind
Overt Enemy
Perversions Of Pain
Love To Hate


SIDE 2:
Desire
In The Name Of God
Scrum
Screaming From The Sky
Point

'God Hates Us All' (2001)
SIDE 1:
Darkness Of Christ
Disciple
God Send Death
New Faith
Cast Down
Threshold
Exile


SIDE 2:
Seven Faces
Bloodline
Deviance
War Zone
Here Comes The Pain
Payback


'Christ Illusion'
(2006)
SIDE 1:
Flesh Storm
Catalyst
Skeleton Christ
Eyes Of The Insane
Jihad
Consfearacy


SIDE 2:
Catatonic
Black Serenade
Cult
Supremist
Final Six

'World Painted Blood' (2009)
SIDE 1:
World Painted Blood
Unit 731
Snuff
Beauty Through Order
Hate Worldwide


SIDE 2:
Public Display Of Dismemberment
Human Strain
Americon
Psychopathy Red
Playing With Dolls
Not Of This God
 
 
 
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Biography
MEMBERS:
Tom Araya (vocals/bass)
Kerry King (guitar)
Jeff Hanneman (guitar)
Dave Lombardo (drums)

"We definitely made our own roadand there's not too many people drivingdown our road. Nobody's doing it."Coming from anyone else, this might sound like an idle boast. When guitarist Kerry King of Slayer says it; it's a simple statement of fact. Almost 20 years after Slayer first started blending the heavy riffs of metal with the anger and violence of punk, the next chapter in the Slayer story will be written with the release of GOD HATES US ALL. It's been three years since Slayer last released a record, 1998's DIABOLUS IN MUSICA, but it's not like the guys have been lounging around poolside, sipping mai-tais and waiting for the royalty checks to roll in. "We started working on this record after we got done with a long touring cycle, but prior to Ozzfest ྟ," says guitarist Jeff Hanneman. "And like every three or four months, something would come up to sidetrack us so we couldn’t finish it. We'd have to take a break and learn stuff for Ozzfest and come back, work for a few months, go in and do a WCW song for a month (‘Here Comes The Pain’), go out on the Tattoo the Earth tour, last summer. Then we'd work for a few more months until we were asked to do a song – "Bloodline" for the ‘Dracula 2000’ soundtrack, and that was the last break. Then we got our shit together, went up to Vancouver and made a record."Recorded at The Warehouse, a Vancouver studio owned by Bryan Adams, certain alterations had to be made in converting Slayer’s new environs from a studio owned by a lightweight Canadian pop singer to something suitable for four men recording a 12-14-song album titled GOD HATES US ALL. Slight alterations, like a chalked-out crime-scene-style drawing of a body on the floor. Candles. Dimmed lights. Incense. Porn-covered walls. All the little amenities that make a house a home."We had two banner flags that were of middle fingers," says singer/bassist Tom Araya. "As you walked into the first door of the studio, there was a Misfits’ skull that said, Eat a bag. The next door you opened, there was a white flag with a middle finger pointed up right in your face. You'd open the door to the mixing room, there’s another middle finger. That was basically the attitude of Slayer in the studio. We had a red devil head on one of the speakers. We had a skull on another. That_s the kind of shit we put up. Spooky stuff that makes you feel at home." Slayer picked Matt Hyde to produce GOD HATES US ALL, after his stellar work on "Bloodline" for the ‘Dracula 2000’ soundtrack. "He had a handle on every aspect of the recording. He likes the band, he likes the music," says King. "He knew what we were trying to achieve, rather than just us telling him. He knew what was going on. I tell people he's God, might as well bring in the cross and nail him up to it because he’s the fucking best."As intense a record as Slayer has recorded, God Hates Us All found King and Hanneman stripping the songwriting down to the essentials, trimming the fat and keeping the fury. "I didn’t write the usual Dungeons and Dragons shit, looking in the synonym finder for words I have no idea what they mean anyway, " King says by way of explanation. "This is a lot more how I talk, a lot more street. A lot of the topics are things people can relate to and they_ll hear the street-style version, so I think they_ll get more out of it." You’d have to be deaf, dumb or dead to miss the message of songs like "Threshold" or "Exile", which crackle with the unchecked wrath Slayer, fans have come to count on. "Threshold" is about reaching your limit in any given aspect, with a person in a situation where you’re about to break. You're about to blow-up," says King. ‘Exile’ is pretty much about a person - everybody's got one - who is like the anti-them -- you just hate with every ounce of your fucking being. It_s called "Exile" because you want them away from you. You want to kill yourself so you don't have to deal with them anymore."King and Hanneman toyed with new guitar tunings on the album, taking the plunge down to Drop B a couple times and hauling out a seven-string axe for the first time in Slayer history. "A lot of people you see in Guitar World say, "I'm not Steve Vai, I have no reason to play a seven-string," says King. "That's like telling a drummer to play a single kick drum, trying to tell him he doesn't need a double-bass kick. It doesn't make sense. Or they cop out saying, ‘I'm not that good.’ You don’t have to be good to make up a seven-string riff."Slayer records begin with the drums, and Paul Bostaph, timekeeper for half of Slayer's nearly 20 years as a band, says there's a simple rule he follows in setting the brutal pace. "Rick Rubin once said the perfect take is the one that felt like it was going to fall apart but never did. I thought that was one of the wisest things I've ever heard and I always try to go for that." During breaks from recording, Slayer hits the town, patronizing local bars like the Shark Club and the Cobalt Club and watching nearly every hockey game the hometown Vancouver Canucks played. Singer Tom Araya spent his off-hours reading true crime novels with cheery titles along the lines of "Happy Like Murderers’" to help him inhabit the minds of murderous priests ("God Send Death") and a fallen angel pushing drugs ("Cast Down"). "I use those books to spark my imagination, to go into the role playing that I need in order to sound convincing. I need to sing and make it sound like I'm actually going to do these things I'm saying. They help out a lot with the screaming."Let other bands break-up, try to "find their sound" or record albums with symphonies. In the fickle, ever-changing world of music, Slayer remains a sure thing. "I think I'm a fan first and foremost," says King. "The difference between me and the people watching our show is that I learned how to play guitar. For some reason, I know how to make up riffs for Slayer and I get the opportunity to do that, so I'm like the superfan. It’s what I'm into. If I was going to start a new band today, I’d want it to be just like this one."