Tom Araya of Slayer gave an extended interview for the Scion AV All Purpose Show. Host Prince Paul spoke with the soft-spoken bassist and vocalist of the band that Araya says started out wanting to be “the heaviest and the fastest” around.
For over 30 years Slayer has been attracting passionate fans, and he begins his talk with Paul discussing his thoughts on the phenomenon of Slayer tattoos. Araya continues on, describing the group’s humble beginnings self-funding the sessions to record their music, to their years of collaboration with producer Rick Rubin, to their current state where they can record a new album when they feel like it. But despite the changes in their circumstances, when Slayer plays live, the goal remains to blow every other band off the stage—as they’re still doing on their current Scion-sponsored tour of North America.
Look out for more in-depth interviews from the latest episode of the Scion AV All Purpose Show this week. Also below check out the Scion x Slayer Driven video where Tom Araya and Kerry King take you to the ESP Guitar facility, a snake warehouse and studio tour.
SLAYER HAS COPIED W.A.S.P. FOR THEIR ENTIRE CAREER.
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Over the years I have spent (wasted?) lots of time looking at album covers and comparing bands that I enjoy. I noticed a distinct pattern of W.A.S.P doing something and then later Slayer doing something extremely similar. Coincidence or rip-off? Let’s examine the evidence. Enjoy this feature. PS. Please read my disclaimer below…
The Sonisphere Festival is an annual touring metal/rock festival which takes place across Europe between June and August. In Finland, the tour was seen for the sixth time and this time it was organized in Hietaniemi beach in Helsinki. Headlining was, as usual, Metallica. The show is part of “Metallica by Request” tour, where fans can vote for this concert set list. Other performers included: Slayer, Danzig Mastodon, Gojira and Ghost. For practical reasons I didn’t get into area until 06:00, just in time to see Danzig show to begin, so I missed the first three bands this time. But let’s start from there then !!
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 guitaristKerry 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 time has come to reveal the 2014 lineup of Heavy Montréal presented by Molson Canadian, the can’t-miss rendezvous of heavy music lovers, back for its sixth edition this year. As announced previously, in order to reach a maximum number of fans, the festival will continue to widen its horizons by presenting a larger variety of bands, making it possible for the rock and metal family to expand and to attract festival-goers from all around the world.
Among those who will shake up Parc Jean-Drapeau on August 9 and 10, we find the ultimate heavy metal band, METALLICA, who will perform their only show in North America this summer at Heavy Montréal. Every ticket holder will be able to send their request to the band with code provided to them following their purchase. Furthermore, it will be an all-request show, with a setlist picked by the fans! Other confirmed acts include SLAYER, ANTHRAX, LAMB OF GOD, APOCALYPTICA, EXODUS, SYMPHONY X, OVERKILL and many more!
A fourth stage will be added this year in order to showcase more artists, including many local bands, and to maximize the festival experience for the fans. And, after a ton of success last year, the Heavy Maniawrestlers will return to Heavy Montréal this summer. More details will be announced about this in the next few months.
Weekend passes for Heavy Montréal 2014 will go on sale on Friday, March 7th at noon via HeavyMontreal.com. New this year: Gold Weekend Pass holders will have access to the Heavy Montréal terrace, a multi-level platform offering a premium view of the two main stages, with access to private washrooms and exclusive food and beverage stands.
Weekend Passes – Early Bird prices (taxes and service fees included)
Weekend Passes – General Admission : $165
Weekend Passes – Gold: $400
Those prices are available for a limited quantity of passes! Weekend passes are valid for two days and are non-transferable.
Heavy Montréal will announce more bands, the August 8th lineup in the city and the daily lineup soon. 2014 will undoubtedly be an explosive year for Heavy Montréal!
The eighth installment of Transmission Entertainment’s Fun Fun Fun Fest featured a diverse and eclectic roster of performing artists including Snoop Lion, Jurassic 5 and Daniel Johnston but for those who chose to bang their heads to the beat of a different drum, there was also some exciting performances from thrash metal titans Slayer, the reformed Body Count, the power metal precision and virtuosity of Austin’s own Immortal Guardian, and hardcore punk legends like Subhumans, Cro-Mags and Flag (basically everyone from Black Flag except the main songwriter and figurehead, guitarist Greg Ginn). Canvassing the entirety of the outdoor Auditorium Shores venue, there was also extreme sports skateboarding and bicycling demonstrations, Anarchy Championship Wrestling and a taco cannon that fired rounds of edible ammunition into the audience.
Nuclear Blast USA’s Webshop will be the exclusive online distributor of the 10 seminal albums from SLAYER’s American Recordings catalog on clear, Collector’s Edition vinyl. Each album will be sold individually, is strictly limited to 666 hand-numbered copies, and can be shipped internationally. Full audio has been re-mastered from the original analog flat master tapes and pressed on the highest quality,180-gram audiophile vinyl to satisfy the most discerning turntables & SLAYER collectors.
Featuring original album artwork (including exact reproductions of the original 12×12 vinyl sleeves), the nine studio releases comprising the American Recordings discography include: Reign In Blood (1986), South of Heaven (1988), Seasons In The Abyss(1990), Divine Intervention (1994), Undisputed Attitude(1996), Diabolus In Musica (1998), God Hates Us All (2001), Christ Illusion (2006), and World Painted Blood (2009). Also included is SLAYER’s live double-album Decade of Aggression: Live(1991).
Every lucky customer who purchases any of these 10 items will receive a FREE, 2014 SLAYER poster calendar – while supplies last.
Pre-orders are highly encouraged because once these epic re-releases are gone, they’re gone! Get your copies here: http://goo.gl/TT17w2
A new full-length biography of iconic heavy metal band Slayer continues to top key Amazon.com charts. Written by award-winning journalist D.X. Ferris, the timely Slayer 66 2/3: The Jeff and Dave Years… has spent 11 straight days as the No. 1 top seller on the Amazon Kindle Store’s Hot New Releases in Popular Culture chart. It has been No. 1 on the Kindle Store’s Popular Culture chart for nine of the last ten days (No. 1 the previous five).
The concrete confines of the Big Four building in Calgary Alta., are not the ideal choice for a concert venue – especially for legends like Slayer, a band you would want to hear no matter where you are standing in a venue. However, on November 3, 2013 over 2,500 fans came out to see Slayer deliver an old school set on their first North American tour since the passing of Jeff Hanneman in May this year. French heavy hitters Gojira and Australia’s 4Arm were support for the tour.
In recent month’s most of the talk about Slayer has been about what the future, after their current tour, may hold. We still don’t know exactly what that will be as the two remaining original band members (bassist/vocalist Tom Araya and guitarist Kerry King) both need to sit and talk about the future. In a new interview with Houston Press, Tom Araya said “I have my feelings and my thoughts, and I need to share them with Kerry. That’s what’s going to happen on this trip. We need to sit down and figure out what we want to do and how to move forward.”
He further elaborated on the future with: “I don’t think Slayer will ever end because our music is going to live forever. Our music will always be accessible to anybody that wants to hear it. When you talk about it like that, I think we’ll be around for a really long time.”
On December 10, 2013 (Nov. 11 in the UK), American Recordings will reissue ten of Slayer’s seminal albums on vinyl. All ten albums will be available individually and were re-mastered from the original analog flat master tapes and pressed on the highest quality, 180-gram audiophile vinyl. Albums include all nine of Slayer’s studio recordings, Reign In Blood (1986), South of Heaven (1988), Seasons In The Abyss(1990), Divine Intervention (1994), Undisputed Attitude (1996), Diabolus In Musica (1998), God Hates Us All (2001), Christ Illusion (2006), and World Painted Blood (2009), plus their live double-record Decade of Aggression: Live(1991).
Each title will feature the original album artwork including reproductions of the original 12X12 inner sleeves. For the first U.S. run, 500 unmarked copies will be pressed on 180-gram, blood red, colored vinyl and randomly inserted and sold in stores as part of a “lucky dip.”
There will also be a very limited quantity of rare test pressings for each title that will be given away. Fans are encouraged to check Slayer’s official website and social media outlets for further announcements and details.
As American Recordings’ owner and long-time Slayer producer Rick Rubin put it, “Slayer defines speed metal and these albums define Slayer. Listen at your own risk.”
Slayer’s Fall 2013 North American tour is as follows:
5 Praireland Park Center, Saskatoon, SK
7 MTS Center, Winnipeg, MB
8 Myth, Minneapolis, MN
10 FunFunFun Fest, Austin, TX
12 Bayou Music Center, Houston, TX
13 South Side Ballroom, Dallas, TX
15 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL
16 The Fillmore, Detroit, MI
17 LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH
19 The Fillmore, Washington, D.C.
20 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
21 Kool Haus, Toronto, ON
23 CEPSUM/University of Montreal, Montreal, QC
24 Pavilion de la Jeunesse, Quebec, QC
26 Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, CT
27 Theatre @ MSG, New York, NY
29 Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
30 Tsongas Arena, Boston, MA