The Southern Californian thrash metal pioneers SLAYER released the first track in nearly a year, 'When The Stillness Comes.'
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SLAYER guitarist Kerry King was in an unusually bad mood when he wrote the band's crushing new single: "We were touring Europe and we had a three-hour ride in some fucking minivan, and I'm just miserable in the backseat, not into anything," he says of the song. "So I just stated jotting down hateful thoughts. It's about a dude who wakes up at a crime scene and realizes he's killed everybody. It's really cool."
The track, which begins with an eerie guitar line before evolving into a full-on doomy (and classic SLAYER) riff onslaught, will be coming out this weekend on a picture-disc seven-inch for Record Store Day. It's one of 12 new songs that will appear on the thrash-metal titans' upcoming new record, their first since 2009's »World Painted Blood«. The LP, produced by Terry Date (PANTERA, WHITE ZOMBIE), will also be the band's first album since the death of founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman in 2013 and the departure of drummerDave Lombardo that same year.
'When The Stillness Comes' will be available as part of Record Store Day on April 18. The song, accompanied by alive recording of 'Black Magic', from the band's 1983 album »Show No Mercy« and recorded live at the 2014 Wacken Open Air Festival, will be available as a limited-edition (only 5000 copies worldwide), 7-inch vinyl picture disc exclusively at all participating independent record stores worldwide. Log onto www.recordstoreday.com for the list of stores.
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The Chicago Tribune's Greg Kot wrote that the five-time-nominated, two-time Grammy winning SLAYER is "one of the great American rock bands of the last 30 years, forget about genre." Their membership in "The Big Four" - METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX - the four bands that defined the thrash/metal genre - secures their place in music history. Indeed, few bands come close to matching the intensity that SLAYER brings to its live shows, having been named "Best Live Band" by numerous media outlets including Revolver, SPIN, and Metal Hammer. With songs that mirror the turmoil and aberrations of our society - God's terrifying global genocide, the chaos of our broken political system, chemical warfare, the hideous minds of serial killers, and the way-too-close proximity of world horrors that technology has brought us, SLAYER remains crushing and brutal, steadfastly refusing to cater to the Mainstream. SLAYER's founding member, guitarist Jeff Hanneman passed in 2013, and EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt has been filling in since. Paul Bostaph, who was SLAYER's drummer from '94 - '01, has rejoined bassist/vocalist Tom Araya and guitarist Kerry King, and is back behind the kit. SLAYER is currently in the studio recording a new album set for a 2015 release.