Entries tagged with: Slayer
by Doug Moore
Slayer at MSG Theater, 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Revolver Magazine's Golden Gods Awards were last night. I'm not typically one for awards shows, but this one was notable for a surprise (read: tweeted about several hours in advance) live appearance by thrash metal legends Slayer, who are down to two original members following the death of guitarist Jeff Hanneman (RIP) and the departure of drummer Dave Lombardo. In true post-2000 Slayer fashion, the Golden Gods appearance was timed to coincide with a business announcement -- the band have ended their relationship with Rick Rubin's American Recordings (which goes all the way back to the Reign In Blood days) and signed to a worldwide deal with long-running German label Nuclear Blast where they'll have their own imprint.
The band also announced a tentative early-2015 release date for their upcoming, still-untitled 12th album. They both debuted a song from it, "Implode," live at Golden Gods last night and posted a studio version on their website as a free download. It's their first new studio cut in five years and you can stream it below.
"Implode" pretty much picks up where Slayer left off before the lineup shuffle of the past few years -- which sounds better on paper than it does in practice. The groove section that opens the song aims for 'tense,' but predictably misses and ends up with 'goofy' instead. (There's something to be said for masking your lyrics with incomprehensible growling on occasion.) The band sounds much more confident at the faster tempos that occupy the second half of "Implode." It's not exactly a dire omen for the album to follow, but it hardly inspires renewed confidence in Slayer's songwriting future, either.
Stream "Implode" below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Jeff Hanneman's Circle Pit, Jaworzno, Poland
A mini uproar occurred across social media when the late Slayer heart and soul Jeff Hanneman was not included in this year's Grammys "In Memoriam" video that was played during the awards ceremony and eulogized the likes of Lou Reed, Phil Everly and Cory Montieth of Glee. The snub was in spite of the fact that Slayer had been nominated for Grammys five times, winning twice, first for "Eyes of the Insane" in 2007 and again for "Final Six" in 2008, both of which were off pressings of Christ Illusion. While we can all take solace in the fact that the Grammys are often clueless and out of touch with reality, a city in Poland is doing Hanneman right: they named a traffic circle after him.
For one year, a traffic circle in Jaworzno, Poland, a city within a larger urban area home to 5.3 million, will be called "Jeff Hanneman's Circle Pit" ("Rondo Jeffa Hannemana" in Polish.) A big "fuck yeah" from on high/down below, thanks should be directed to ART-COM Ltd., a company that won an auction to rename the roundabout. Hanneman, who passed last May due to cirrhosis of the liver, would have been 50 on January 31.
Watch a video (in Polish) of the circle's dedication below...
by Doug Moore
Prince Harry in martial regalia
It's always a little weird to hear that the offspring of famous political figures listen to metal. Chiara de Blasio apparently gets down with the riffment. According to Dominic West -- best known for his roles as Jimmy McNulty from The Wire and the traitorous Greek politician Theron in 300 -- the UK's Prince Harry also enjoys shredding guitars and yelling dudes, with a particular interest in the Big Four of American thrash metal. (That's Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, & Anthrax, if you're not familiar.)
According to the Daily Star, the two went on a charitable South Pole expedition together for Walking With the Wounded, a British organization that serves wounded military veterans. (Harry is a captain in the British Army and a veteran attack helicopter pilot.) West was apparently none too taken with the contents of the prince's music collection:
"Harry has a terrible selection on his iPod. It is the sort of thing soldiers listen to. Hardcore thrash metal."On one hand, it's not all that shocking to hear that a military man in his late 20s is into metal, regardless of his lineage. On the other, it's pretty awesome to imagine "Chemical Warfare" rattling the walls of various British royal residencies.
West offers a few more chestnuts about Harry's predilection for extremely dirty jokes and elaborately-constructed field latrines in the Daily Star story. Read it here.
Mastodon at Roseland Ballroom in 2012 (more by Rebecca Reed)
Georgia sludge bashers Mastodon have announced that they'll follow 2011's hard rock-oriented The Hunter with their sixth full length at some point this year. It's being produced by Nick Raskulinecz, who also did the upcoming Hold Steady LP, and has worked with Ghost, Foo Fighters, and others. Release date and title still TBA, but stay tuned.
They're also going on a US tour this spring, and they've got some pretty great support coming from French death metal greats Gojira and Norwegian rock 'n' roll devils Kvelertak. The tour hits NYC on May 15 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketmaster for updates.
The tour also brings all three bands to Columbus, OH's Rock on the Range festival (5/16 - 5/18), which also includes Guns N Roses, Motorhead, Slayer, Wolfmother, Suicidal Tendencies, Down, Exodus and lots of bands that may steer you away from going like Avenged Sevenfold, Kid Rock, Stained, Seether, Chevelle, Fuel and more.
Full Rock on the Range lineup, along with the list of Mastodon's tour dates, below...
by Doug Moore
Legendary saxophonist/composer John Zorn has a well-known proclivity for collaborating from musicians from all walks of life; he recently played with Thurston Moore during the latter's residency at The Stone, for instance and spent much of last year playing with all sorts of folk while celebrating his 60th birthday.
Zorn's Bladerunner project has been a thing for a while; it first appeared back in 2000. The core lineup includes him, legendary bassist/producer Bill Laswell, and ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lomardo. While they've never recorded anything official, some live footage of the combo is floating around the internet, including the clip below.
Bladerunner have just announced a rare NYC gig at Le Poisson Rouge on May 4. Tickets are on sale. Needless to say, it should be absolutely insane.
The trio will also appear one day earlier in Chicago and at Australia's Adelaide Festival in March, which will also feature Zorn playing with Essential Cinema (which features members of his Electric Masada crew) and Cobra.
Check out that live Bladerunner clip and more dates below...
By Doug Moore
Behemoth at Irving Plaza, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Behemoth frontman Nergal is kind of a badass -- he's an extremely gifted musician and a live-performance powerhouse who's played an important role in putting the potent Polish metal scene on the international map over the past 20 years. He's also a cancer survivor; after his 2010 leukemia diagnosis, he underwent chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. Two years later, Behemoth were back on the road and plowing through high-energy live sets like nothing had happened. Again, badass.
Behemoth announced a 2014 release for The Satanist -- their tenth album, and their first in half a decade -- a few months ago. I admittedly haven't been too excited by their last few efforts, but after watching the NSFW video for leadoff single "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel" (streaming below), my enthusiasm for the band has been rekindled. It's far moodier and more patient composition than the cluttered, robotic death/black metal that they've produced recently. They can still put the hammer down when they need to, though; the song's final minute is both the catchiest and most intense moment I've heard them produce since the mid-aughts. The video is pretty cool too, especially if you're into artsy black-and-white shots of evil rituals happening in slow motion.
In related news, Behemoth were also recently announced as part of the initial lineup for the 2014 edition of France's Hellfest, which will take place from June 20 through 22 (6/20-6/22). The lineup so far is huge and crazy: there's a "huge rock band" stage, featuring Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Soundgarden, among others; a big-name thrash/black metal stage that spotlights Slayer, Death Angel, Emperor, Iced Earth, Behemoth, and more; a death metal stage that will include Death To All, Carcass, Opeth, Nile, Gorguts, Hail of Bullets, and Weekend Nachos; a smaller black metal stage topped off by Watain, Gorgoroth and 1349; a sludge/stoner stage featuring Electric Wizard, Monster Magnet, Unida, Kylesa, Godflesh, and Clutch; and a punk stage topped by Walls of Jericho, Millencolin, and Turbonegro. Wow. You can reserve tickets now, if you feel like parsing the Google-Translated ticket page.
Check out the Behemoth video and the full set of Hellfest announcements below.
photos by Caroline Harrison; words by Doug Moore
Slayer @ Theater at MSB
Thrash metal institution Slayer brought their "old-school set" tour with Gojira and 4Arm to the Theatre at Madison Square Garden last Wednesday (11/27).
Despite the fact that the city had emptied out considerably for the Thanksgiving holiday (which fell on the following day), and despite the considerable aspersions that certain quarters cast on the current Hanneman/Lombardo-less iteration of the band, the show drew a strong and enthusiastic crowd. And deservedly so; both Slayer and Gojira ripped it. Slayer's set in particular took on a considerable emotional charge -- this tour is not only their first since Hanneman's death, but also marks their first appearance at MSG since the early '90s. From our extensive writeup at Invisible Oranges:
The attendees of this packed NYC show were clearly glad that Slayer still exists in some form. This band continues to inspire the kind of borderline-pathological enthusiasm that is normally reserved for acts like Phish and Jimmy Buffett. Metal's unspoken law against sporting the logo of the band you're seeing has no force at Slayer shows. We saw Slayer shirts without number; Slayer hats; Slayer hoodies; Slayer jackets; Slayer tattoos; even multiple pairs of sexy Slayer/American flag leggings. (The trendy Slayer Christmas sweater was notably absent). I planned to keep track of how many times I heard people spontaneously scream "SLAYER!" between bands, but I lost count before I got past the beer line.We also touched on the flack that the band has caught for carrying on in the wake of Hanneman's passing and Lombardo's departure:
Putting aside the unknowable details of the Lombardo split, suppose that Araya and King's decision to continue as Slayer is purely financial. Do you blame them? If you were in their position, would you set aside the creative business that you'd helped to build for your entire adult life in favor of the nebulous cause of artistic integrity? Or would you do as they've done, and keep reigning?Check out the whole review and an extensive Slayer/Gojira picture set (we missed 4Arm) over at IO and we've got a few more pics in this post. If you need more Slayer-related reading material after that, consider purchasing the extensive Slayer 66 2/3: The Jeff and Dave Years for a thematically appropriate $6.66.
Also, Slayer's classic debut Show No Mercy turns 30 today (12/3). You can stream that via YouTube and check out more pics from Slayer's Theatre @ MSG show below...
by Wyatt Marshall
A couple weeks back we talked about Metal Meowlisha IV: A Headbangers Furball, death metal greats Obituary's fundraiser fest for feral cats in the Tampa area on 12/21 featuring Exhumed and Terrorizer (lineup below). Those in need of further proof of the inborn bond between metal man and kitty cat need look no further than the previously mentioned Metaldudes Cats book titled, fittingly, Metal Cats will be published in April 2014 and is meow available for pre-order. The book, cover art above, contains photos of over 100 metal musicians and fans with their cats, including:
Black Goat, Thrones, Isis, Lightning Swords of Death, Winterthrall, Wizards of Wor, The Cauterized, Book of Black Earth, Skarp, Harassor, Akimbo, Aldebaran, Atriarch, Oak, Ghoul, Ludicra, Holy Grail, Xasthur, Cattle Decapitation, Murder Construct, Exhumed, Anhedonist, Morbid Angel, Municipal Waste, Skeletonwitch, Gypsyhawk, Nausea, Phobia, Napalm Death.That's a lot of cats! A portion of the proceeds of Metal Cats will go to no-kill shelters.
In other metal book news, a new Slayer biography has emerged, titled Slayer 66 2/3: The Jeff & Dave Years. A Metal Band Biography. The book was written by DX Herris, who previously has written about Slayer in his 33 1/3 series entry, Slayer's Reign in Blood. The book clocks in at a whopping 628 and here's a description:
This timely rock biography answers burning questions, shatters popular myths, and uncovers new truths about Slayer, the iconic group that became the embodiment of heavy metal. This full-length, exhaustively researched account of the thrash kings' career recaps and reevaluates the years guitar hero Jeff Hanneman and drum legend Dave Lombardo were in the group. Over the course of 59 chapters, 400 footnotes and three appendices, it profiles the members and presents dramatic scenes from 32 years in the Abyss: A fresh look at the group's early days. Reign in Blood tours. A European invasion. The Palladium riot. The seat cushion chaos concert. Newly unearthed details from Lombardo's turbulent history with the band. Historical artwork and photos never seen in public before. The entire diabolical discography. Hanneman's hard times. The Big Four's big year. Lombardo's final exit...And a lot more -- sounds pretty thorough. It's currently available in an interactive e-book edition for... $6.66.
Slayer recently rolled through Madison Square Garden with Gojira on their first tour since the passing of Jeff Hanneman. We'll have photos soon -- did you go?
Meowlisha 2013 line-up below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Slayer/Glass Candy/Polyphonic Spree/Slayer surfer @ FFF Fest 2013
Closing Fun Fun Fun Fest, Slayer treated Austin to greatest hits and then some: "Raining Blood," "South of Heaven," "Dead Skin Mask," "Seasons in the Abyss," etc. They also dug out the aforementioned "Die by the Sword," a high point off their 1983 debut LP, Show No Mercy.The eighth Fun Fun Fun Fest happened last weekend (11/8 - 11/10) at Austin's Auditorium Shores, hosting three days of music and fun (fun fun), with such acts as MIA, Deerhunter, Slayer, Television, Thee Oh Sees, Kurt Vile, Cut Copy. Johnny Marr, The Walkmen, Jurassic 5, Killer Mike and loads more. Many of them played again as part of the FFF Nites shows, including shows presented by BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges.
After fooling no one with a false ending of "South of Heaven," the third backdrop of the night unfurled at the back of the stage: a parody of the Heineken logo reading "Hanneman" and bearing his life dates. The top read "Angel of Death." Reign in Blood's terrifying opening track - and closing number on Auditorium Shores - now serves as an epitaph for Slayer's fallen co-founder. - [Austin Chronicle]
We were there in the thick of it and, as mentioned above, you can check out pics from Day 1 HERE and HERE, pics from Day 2 pics HERE and HERE; and pics from Day 3 are HERE and HERE. See you again in 2014 Austin.
by Doug Moore
Slayer at Mayhem Fest, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Slayer's first North American tour since the demise of founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman (RIP) earlier last year draws nigh; its first date is tonight (10/25) in Las Vegas, though it doesn't start in earnest until its 11/8 Minneapolis date. At this point, only half of the classic Slayer lineup remains. Guitarist Kerry King and bassist/vocalist Tom Araya are still plugging away, while Hanneman has been replaced (seemingly for keeps) by Exodus guitarist Gary Holt. Drummer Dave Lombardo -- who quit the band over a financial dispute with his bandmates -- is being covered by Paul Bostaph, who spent most of the '90s as a member of Slayer.
Perhaps in an attempt to dispel any misgivings about the tour, Slayer has announced that they'll be playing an "old school" set that spotlights material from their first five releases. So says the press release:
"Slayer's "Old School Slayer Night" set will include tracks from 1983's Show No Mercy, 1985's Hell Awaits, the genre-defining and Gold-certified Reign In Blood (1986), 1988's South of Heaven, also certified Gold, and Seasons.Hard to complain about that. Though Slayer will obviously never be the same after losing half the lineup that recorded those classics, Holt and Bostaph are more than competent enough to replicate them faithfully. After all, Slayer have been in working-stiff mode for a decade now; they exist for fan service, and they seem to know it.
"The final set list is still coming together," added Araya, "but we're going to give the fans what amounts to 'decades of aggression.' It's going to be a great night of music and moshing for everyone."
Slayer's tour with Gojira and 4ARM hits NYC on November 27 at the Theatre at MSG. It also includes area shows at CT's Oakdale Theater (11/26) and NJ's Susquehanna Bank Center (11/29), and tickets for all three are still available.
Before the NYC-area dates, the tour hits Austin for Fun Fun Fun Fest, where we're doing two FFF Nites shows. One of them is a metal show, presented by our metal blog Invisible Oranges, which doubles as the Austin stop on the ongoing Black Tusk/Inter Arma tour. The show happens on Saturday, 11/9 at Hotel Vegas with the sludgy Black Tusk headlining at 12:45 AM, preceded by the psychedelic black metal of Inter Arma (11:45 PM), Chicago experimental metal band Yakuza (11 PM), and local Austinites Eagle Claw (10:15 PM). I've said this a few times, but if you haven't caught Inter Arma's live show, you should really do that. Their new album, Sky Burial, is handily one of the year's best, and their live treatments of it only emphasize its charms. Entry is free with a FFF Fest badge.
Check out a full live set by the current Slayer lineup, a full stream of the new Inter Arma, and Slayer's complete run of dates with Gojira and 4ARM, below...
by Fred Pessaro
Slayer in Europe, August 2013
As discussed at BV Chicago, Slayer have released a new set of dates without both Jeff Hanneman (RIP) and Dave Lombardo in tow. Its a bit strange to think that is a possibility considering their last 10+ years touring as all four original members, followed by Hanneman's departure a couple of years ago. Either way, the dates include all of the previously discussed appearances at The Theater at MSG, Fun Fun Fun Fest and more, as well as stops in Camden, NJ at Susquehanna Bank Center on November 29 and Oakdale Theater in Wallingford, CT on November 26.
Tickets are currently on sale for MSG; Tickets for the NJ and CT are currently on Fan Club presale (anyone know the password?), with a Citi presale on Wednesday at 10 AM, Live Nation presale on Thursday (9/5) at 10 AM and on sale to the general public starting Friday (9/6) at 10 AM.
All tour dates are listed, along with recent live video, including one of Phil Anselmo singing "Fucking Hostile" with Slayer as his backing band, below.
by Fred Pessaro
Slayer at Mayhem Festival 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Arguably, the best period of Slayer concluded with the departure of Dave Lombardo from the original lineup after Seasons in the Abyss. The return of that foursome in 2001 felt like a rejuvenation of the band. Now with Lombardo out and founding member Jeff Hanneman passing to a higher plane, Slayer, from the outside, seems like a shell of what it once was. Despite all of that, if there is one thing that Slayer has done in their 30+ years as a band, it is persevere... through neck surgeries, a rotating drum slot, controversies, and much more.
As a huge fan of Slayer, I hope to see them move onwards and upwards and part of that is their first NYC headlining show without either Dave Lombardo OR Jeff Hanneman. That happens at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden on November 27. Ticketing info is on the way.
All known tour dates, including Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin and a newly announced show in LA, is below. Make sure you check out a great drum-cam video of Lombardo performing "War Ensemble" below while you're down there.
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 (more by Keith Marlowe)
As discussed, Fun Fun Fun Fest is returning to Austin's Auditorium Shores from November 8-10, and now the full lineup was finally announced. It includes Television, Slayer (again!), Quicksand, Descendents, The Dismemberment Plan, Body Count, Jurassic 5, MIA, MGMT, Death Grips, Kurt Vile, Cloud Nothings, Snoop Dogg/Lion, The Locust, Subhumans (performing Cradle to the Grave), The Men, Title Fight, White Lung, Retox, Chromatics, XXYYXX, Mykki Blanco, Cut Copy, Washed Out, Merchandise, Lemuria, and many more.
Tickets for the festival go on sale today (7/10) at 10 AM CST.
Full lineup and flyer below...
by Fred Pessaro
The legendary Slayer is no more, in my eyes at least. After a tumultuous dispute between drummer Dave Lombardo and the rest of the band forced him out just prior to an Australian tour, it is now official: Paul Bostaph is Slayer's new drummer (again):
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.Bostaph and Lombardo have played flip-flop since Lombardo's inital departure after Seasons in the Abyss, and his return in late 2001 (not including a brief stint with Testament's Jon Dette). Bostaph has spent time in Testament and Exodus in the years following.
Dave Lombardo & Jeff Hanneman of Slayer
From the official Slayer website
We've just learned that the official cause of Jeff's death was alcohol related cirrhosis. While he had his health struggles over the years, including the recent Necrotizing fasciitis infection that devastated his well-being, Jeff and those close to him were not aware of the true extent of his liver condition until the last days of his life. Contrary to some reports, Jeff was not on a transplant list at the time of his passing, or at any time prior to that. In fact, by all accounts, it appeared that he had been improving - he was excited and looking forward to working on a new record.So sad to hear.
Both Tom and Kerry have dropped off eulogies at the Slayer site, and now estranged member Dave Lombardo has done so on his Facebook:
"Jeff was the guy that shaved his head and shared the music he was so inspired by. I enjoyed DEAD KENNEDYS, CIRCLE JERKS, BLACK FLAG and THE GERMS with him.RIP Jeff. Its already been a week, and the news is no less shocking.
"My drumming was getting faster and Jeff was writing original songs with a punk attitude.
"The fusion of heavy metal and punk took over SLAYER's early mediocre style, hence a new force was born.
"Thank you, Jeff, for your inspiring discovery of punk rock that has continued to shape my personal drumming style."
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Founding member of Slayer, guitarist, and metal legend Jeff Hanneman died at 11AM PDT of liver failure at the age of 49, according to a report on Billboard.
Hannemann formed one of the greatest metal bands of all time, Slayer, in 1981, taking them to the top of the metal world and creating bonafide classics like Reign in Blood, South of Heaven, Seasons in the Abyss and more in the process. Thirty years later, Hannemann was forced to leave behind the band he loved after contracting necrotizing fasciitis in early 2011. Exodus guitarist Gary Holt sat in his stead in the time since.
Jeff Hanneman and Slayer are 100% responsible for creating some of the most important records of all time. I am personally saddened by the news. Rest in Peace.
Remaining original members of Slayer at Mayhem Fest 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Dave Lombardo is OUT of Slayer yet again... well at least for a coming Australian tour. The drummer posted a statement that details monetary problems within the band, and Kerry King's involvement in ousting the drummer from a future tour. Hopefully it won't keep (their best material was all created with Dave Lombardo behind the kit), but until then check out that full statement below. Let's hope they can resolve this quickly and quietly.
Dave Grohl at Deluna Fest 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Toro Y Moi @ Mohawk in Austin, Nov. 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
today in NYC
* Emuul @ The Stone
* Broad City Live @ UCB
* Jeff Garlin @ Caroline's
* Country Mice @ Mercury Lounge
* Joseph Moffett's Claque @ Barbes
* Sondre Lerche @ The Allen Room
* Cliffsides/Cenote Glow @ The Stone
* Dojo, Shopping Spree @ Silent Barn
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Hayden, Lou Canon @ Mercury Lounge
* Smoke DZA, Kids These Days @ S.O.B.'s
* Marc Cohn, Rosanne Cash @ City Winery
* Ludwig Persik, Cascading Slopes @ Pianos
* Little King, The Broken Stares @ Sycamore
* WIERD w/ Frank Alpine @ Home Sweet Home
* Toro y Moi, Wild Belle, Dog Bite @ Webster Hall
* Tim Dahl, Pigeons, James Tweedy @ Cake Shop
* Highlife, Pure Horsehair, Daniel Higgs @ The Gutter
* All Boy/All Girl, The Eggs, Modest Midas @ Paper Box
* Beecher's Fault, Lee and The Mumbles @ Pete's Candy Store
* Why?, Astronautalis, Dream Tiger @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* The Model Zeros, Sharif Mekawy, Victoria Levy @ The Grand Victory
* Big Terrific w/ James Adomian, Myq Kaplan, Streeter Seidell @ Cameo
* Ife Mora, Concertina, Teen Girl, Scientist Monthly, Jackpot @ Glasslands
* New Myths, Peanut Butter Lovesicle, Ben Kenney @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Summer & Evem Miko & The Musket, Let Me Be Bashful @ Bowery Electric
* Sound City Players w/ Dave Grohl, Krist Noveselic, Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty + more @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* The Chapin Sisters (are The Everly Brothers), Mike Bones, Austin McCutchen, Alana Amram @ Union Pool
Serious star power tonight at Hammerstein Ballroom for Dave Grohl's Sound City Players, featuring the Foo Fighters plus his old Nirvana bandmate Krist Novoselic, plus Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty, FEAR's Lee Ving and more. Should be interesting.
Fashion Week continues, and though we're mostly ignoring it this time around, you'll find a flyer below for one of the many parties happening tonight. This one at Le Baron with Mike Nouveau, DJ duo Ladies Night (who are the very last act listed on this year's Coachella flyer), and more.
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Local Natives, who were just in NYC, made a video for their track "Heavy Feet" and you can watch that below.
What says "til death do us part" more than Slayer's "Raining Blood"? Check out video of a couple's wedding where the classic tune was used in a rather, er, unique way.
Back by popular demand is the uber-kitschy Descendents sweater, which features the band's mascot with crossbones amidst a grid of musical notes Available in two colors, this bastion of ridiculousity is on sale now for the Milo in your family.
Similarly, Slayer, the obvious go-to for holiday merch, has a Christmas sweater of their own on sale now. Because nothing says holiday cheer like a chest full of skulls and pentagrams.
This of course isn't the first time that Slayer has been juxtaposed against the holiest of days. Check out some of our favorite videos of Christmas lights below.
Don't like Slayer or Descendents? How about a David Bowie sweater? Or a Morrissey one? Or New Kids on The Block? Check out a few different ideas at Buzzfeed.
Lets keep on, keepin' on with spreading the holiday cheer by letting everyone know that King Diamond's holiday classic "No Presents for Christmas" will see a picture disc release for the first time in 25 years. Get yours today, Black Friday at your nearest participating record store.
Deck the halls, and reign in blood.
The NY Comedy Festival is underway, and includes a show by Slayer and voting fan Rob Delaney at NYU on Saturday (11/10). It now also includes a 2nd Rob Delaney show on the same day in the same venue but later. 100% of proceeds go to Sandy Relief. On Sale now.
Before this show was added, Rob also posted this letter about the early show:
On Saturday I'm doing a show at NYU's Skirball Center. It's sold out, but if you are attending, may I ask you to please bring your checkbook and be prepared to write a check to The American Red Cross in Greater New York? I will be donating 100% of the money I'm making from the show, so if you bring a check too it will be like we're in a cozy little club together. Just give me or one of my volunteers your check after the show and then I'll bring it to the Red Cross in my leather helicopter.
If you aren't going to the show, but would like to donate, you can do so online here:
photos by Taylor Keahey
Autopsy at Slaughter by the Water, 8/25/2012
Slaughter by The Water went down over the weekend in San Francisco, packing a festival lineup aboard the USS Hornet in the Bay on Saturday (8/25). The show featured appearances from Exodus, Autopsy, Impaled, Absu, Scott Kelly, Witchaven, Philm (featuring Dave Lombardo of Slayer) and many more during the day long event.
Check out more pictures from that sunny day in the Bay Area below.
photos by Greg Cristman
Motorhead / Anthrax / Slayer at Mayhem Fest 7/27/2012
It was Slipknot who headlined the date of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ on July 27. Featuring a supporting cast of names like As I Lay Dying, Asking Alexandria, The Devil Wears Prada and many, many more, it was clearly a festival skewed towards younger metal fans instead of the old-school diehards that the rest of the upper bill appealed to (Motorhead, Anthrax, Slayer). Here are some pictures, mostly of the headliners. More, with some of the setlists, below...
Three of the leading gear/technology companies for both musicians and consumers alike are returning with their successful "Metal Masters" clinic series... "Metal Masters 4" is bringing back some of the classic "Metal Masters" while adding a few new members to the list. As always, fans can expect some surprise appearances and unforgettable performances. "Metal Masters 4" will be comprised of Philip Anselmo (DOWN, ex-PANTERA), Kerry King (SLAYER), Dave Lombardo (SLAYER), Scott Ian (ANTHRAX), Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX), Frank Bello (ANTHRAX) and newly added masters Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, DAVID LEE ROTH) and Gary Holt (EXODUS, SLAYER).Metal Masters IV goes down at Gramercy Theatre on September 7, featuring some of the genre's most influential musicians. In addition to a music clinic, last year's event in LA at the Key Club featured the performers launching into covers of classics like Slayer's "Angel Of Death" and "Raining Blood," and a good portion of Pantera's Vulgar Display Of Power before heading into the set closer, the Black Sabbath favorite "Hole In The Sky." Tickets are on sale.
Reminder, Slayer is on the road with the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem tour this summer.
Also, look for Down on the road this fall, including a stop in NYC for a show at Best Buy Theater and another at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville.
Hanneman on stage with Slayer at Nassau Coliseum (more by Matthew Eisman)
Slayer fans everywhere - it's time to let you know what is going on with our brother Jeff Hanneman.Best to the great Jeff Hanneman, and we wish him a speedy recovery.
As you know, Jeff was bitten by a spider more than a year ago, but what you may not have known was that for a couple of days after he went to the ER, things were touch-and-go. There was talk that he might have to have his arm amputated, and we didn't know if he was going to pull through at all. He was in a medically-induced coma for a few days and had several operations to remove the dead and dying tissue from his arm. So, understand, he was in really, really bad shape. It's been about a year since he got out of the hospital, and since then, he had to learn to walk again, he's had several painful skin grafts, he's been in rehab doing exercises to regain the strength in his arm; but best of all, he's been playing guitar. We were all excited when he joined us onstage for the encore a year ago at The Big Four show at Coachella. Since then, we've given him all the time and support he's needed to continue his rehab so he can come back to the band fully recovered and able to deliver the kind of shows we all want him to. While Jeff's been doing some writing and has been coming to rehearsal over the past several weeks, he has decided he needs to take more time to continue his rehab. While we want him back onstage with the band, all of us support his decision. So, we're very grateful that Gary Holt will continue to fill in for Jeff, and will tour with us until Jeff completes his rehab and is ready to return. How long will that be? The best and most honest answer we can give you is 'as long as it takes.' We also wanted you to know that we've been doing some writing and recording for the next Slayer album - we've tracked a few songs, and will finish the album when we're off the road later this year. Gary will join us on tour in Europe and the UK in May and June, and then we'll all see you on this Summer's Mayhem Festival.
High on Fire at the BV/POTR Deathmatch (more by Greg Cristman)
Knowing the High on Fire guys, it's safe to say that the Oakland metal trio will probably try to tour their asses off on the strength of their recent LP De Vermis Mysteriis'. Continuing to prove that true, now comes word that the band will headline a pair of NYC shows which will also feature appearances from Torche and Kylesa (who are currently touring with Gwar). The three bands, a repeat lineup from a previous tour, will hit Bowery Ballroom on August 1st and Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 2nd. Tickets for both the Bowery show and the MHoW show go on AMEX presale on April 25th at noon, and regular sale on Friday.
UPDATE: Torche and Kylesa are no longer on these shows, and have disappeared from the Bowery sites.
The shows are in addition to High on Fire's appearance as part of the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival tour which hits Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ on 7/27, Saratoga Performing Arts in Saratoga Springs, NY on 7/31, and The Comcast Theatre in Hartford, CT on Aug 5th. That tour includes names like Slayer, Anthrax, Slipknot, Motorhead, and many others, which vary by date. More details are available at the Rockstar site. All tour dates are listed below.
Miami four-piece Torche recently played NYC at Gramercy, are scheduled to hit the Orion Festival, and have a new LP in Harmonicraft. Stream that in full at Spin.
All tour dates and some classic video below.