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Big Four Issue Video Tribute To RONNIE JAMES DIO

June 26th, 2010

Members of the Big Four, including Dave Mustaine (MEGADETH), Lars Ulrich (METALLICA), Scott Ian (ANTHRAX) and Kerry King (SLAYER), recorded a special video tribute to the late, great heavy metal singer RONNIE JAMES DIO (DIO, HEAVEN & HELL, BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW) from the Sonisphere festival in Sofia, Bulgaria on June 22nd.

The video tribute was shown as part of the June 22nd (not so live and not complete set-lists were shows in all theaters BTW) satellite broadcast of the Big Four concert from Sofia to movie theaters around the world.

Watch the six-minute video clip below:

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SLAYER Wants You!

June 23rd, 2010
SLAYER, 22.06.2010. Sofia Rocks, powered by Sonisphere Festival

SLAYER, 22.06.2010. Sofia Rocks, powered by Sonisphere Festival

If you attended last night’s history-making Big Four cinema concert event broadcast live from the Sonisphere Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria, SLAYER wants you to log onto their website and let them know all about your experience.

And, if you took photos at your local theatre during the event, Slayer would love to see those as well, so post them.

Just log onto Slayer’s special “Fan Photos/Metal At The Movies” section at this location.

Members of Slayer, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX joined METALLICA on stage earlier last night (Tuesday, June 22nd) at Sofia, Bulgaria’s Sonisphere to cover the DIAMOND HEAD classic ‘Am I Evil?’

Check out professionally shot footage on YouTube below:

Metal Katehizis has posted pictures galleries featuring Slayer and Megadeth, taken at the historic Big Four show in Sofia, Bulgaria. Check them out via the links below:

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Megadeth

The Sonisphere Bulgaria show is being recorded for a forthcoming Big Four DVD.

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MEGADETH, SLAYER, ANTRAX AND METALLICA ON STAGE FOR ‘AM I EVIL?’

June 23rd, 2010
The Big Four...LIVE!

The Big Four...LIVE!

Members of Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax joined Metallica on stage last night in Sofia, Bulgaria to perform the Diamond Head classic “Am I Evil?”. James Hetfield, Dave Mustaine and Joey Belladonna all took turns singing, with various other bandmembers playing guitar, bass, pounding on snare drums and smashing cymbals. Watch it below!

The iconic “Big Four” show, as part of the Sonisphere festival was beamed via sattellite to more than 450 movie theatres in more than 140 markets in the U.S., along with cities in Europe, Canada and Latin America. Due to popular demand, the 4-hour concert will return to theaters in the US this Thursday for an encore showing. In addition, the performances of the thrash contingent have been recorded for a forthcoming “Big Four” DVD.

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson has issued the following update: “Just finished our set here in Sofia, Bulgaria. Was AWESOME!! I’ve never been to Bulgaria but the fans were thrilled and it seems everyone is having a fantastic set tonight. If you go see it in the cinema tonight I think you will enjoy. So, get a ticket, some popcorn and a soda and sit back and enjoy the rock concert…” For more on how to catch this in theaters in the US Thursday, June 24th, visit TheBigFourLive.com. For more updates from Dave Ellefson, check out his tour blogs at the MegaFanClub.

Watch history being made:

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SLAYER SET TO LAUNCH PINBALL APP FOR iPAD, iPHONE, and iPOD TOUCH

June 22nd, 2010

SLAYER SET TO LAUNCH PINBALL APP

SLAYER SET TO LAUNCH PINBALL APP

Game Features a Skull that Eats your Ball and Spits it Out Through its Eye Socket

LOS ANGELES, CA – June 22, 2010 — One of heavy metal’s most respected and influential bands, Slayer is about to enter the “app age” with the launch of Slayer: Pinball Rocks, a new pinball game app developed in conjunction with American Recordings/Columbia Records, Sony Music Entertainment and Gameprom.

“As a life-size pinball player, this looks so awesome,” said Slayer’s Kerry King. “It looks really fun and entertaining, with a shot of evil, and it could definitely keep me up all night with a few shots for myself…”

Slayer: Pinball Rocks continues the rich legacy of iconic metal and rock bands making pinball tables, and for the first time extends that experience into the app world in a meaningful way, by offering fans an exciting and realistic gaming experience that immerses players in Slayer’s legendary sound and dynamic visual aesthetic.

Slayer: Pinball Rocks appeals to both long-time and new Slayer fans, as well as any pinball enthusiast, by giving gamers multi-ball play and full tap-along mini-game, as well as exciting visual elements like spinning razor blades, guitars, amps, concert lights, and a skull that eats your ball and spits it out through its eyeball. And of course, this is all accompanied by music that rocks courtesy of Slayer.

“We are excited to be premiering the Sony Music Pinball Rocks franchise with one of the great metal bands of all time,” says Matt Kozlov, Vice President, New Products and Services, Global Digital Business, Sony Music Entertainment. “We think fans are going to love this exciting new way to live the Slayer experience.”

Slayer: Pinball Rocks is available worldwide for $2.99 from the App Store or at www.itunes.com/appstore/ . The game will include original voiceovers from Slayer members as well as songs from Slayer’s latest American Recordings release, World Painted Blood. Slayer – guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman, bassist/vocalist Tom Araya, and drummer Dave Lombardo – is currently on a massive European tour that includes several Sonisphere Festival dates where they are performing as part of the “heavy metal dream” Big Four – Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax. Slayer will return to North America in late July to co-headline (with Megadeth) the east coast Canadian Carnage tour, and then, starting August 11, the American Carnage tour. Slayer’s entire summer tour schedule can be accessed at www.slayer.net.

See a video of Slayer: Pinball Rocks here: http://www.slayer.net/us/videos/slayer-pinball-rocks-demo

Direct link to the Slayer: Pinball Rock here: http://bit.ly/slayerpb

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METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX – Poland’s TVN Warszawa Issues Report On First Ever Big Four Show

June 21st, 2010
The Big Four...LIVE!

The Big Four...LIVE!

Poland’s TVN Warszawa recently aired a report on the program Stolica covering the June 16th kick-off show of the Big Four festival tour featuring METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX. Check it out below.

The Big Four – Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax are bringing their historic European tour to the global stage with a concert shown via satellite in High-Definition (HD) in Cineplex Entertainment theatres across the country. These four legendary 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 have never shared the same stage until now. The legendary concert from the tour’s stop at the Sonisphere Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria will air on Tuesday, June 22nd at more than 65 Cineplex theatres in Canada.

In December 2009, the bands announced that they would be joining forces to take part in the traveling Sonisphere Festival for only seven shows across Europe. Now, this one-time only event from the Sofia show makes it possible for fans far and wide to participate in what otherwise is a very limited run of dates. The HD concert presentation will memorialize the event and the impact will be amplified globally with the cinema screenings, making the dreams of fans around the world over become a reality.

Lars Ulrich of Metallica says of this historic announcement, “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 theatre near you in High Definition (for better or worse??!!). Bring it on!”

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian says “Damn, as if this Big Four 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!”

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METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX – The Big Four At Poland’s Sonisphere Festival; Photo Gallery Online

June 17th, 2010
Kerry King, Dave Mustaine, Scott Ian, and James Hetfield

Kerry King, Dave Mustaine, Scott Ian, and James Hetfield

The Big Four of thrash metal – METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX – played together for the first time in their history at the Sonisphere Festival last night (June 16th) at Bemowo Airport in Warsaw, Poland in front of 100,000 fans.

Gazeta.pl has posted a gallery of photos from the event. Check it out at this location.

The band’s setlists were as follows:

Metallica:

‘Creeping Death’

‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’

‘Fuel’

‘The Four Horsemen’

‘Fade To Black’

‘That Was Just Your Life’

‘Cyanide’

‘Sad But True’

‘Welcome Home (Sanitarium)’

‘All Nightmare Long’

‘One’

‘Master Of Puppets’

‘Blackened’

‘Nothing Else Matters’

‘Enter Sandman’

Encore:

‘Stone Cold Crazy’

‘Hit The Lights’

‘Seek and Destroy

Slayer:

‘World Painted Blood’

‘Jihad’

‘War Ensemble’

‘Hate Worldwide’

‘Dead Skin Mask’

‘Angel of Death’

‘Disciple’

‘South of Heaven’

‘Mandatory Suicide’

‘Chemical Warfare’

‘Raining Blood’

Megadeth:

‘Holy Wars… The Punishment Due’

‘Hangar 18’

‘Take No Prisoners’

‘Five Magics’

‘Poison Was The Cure’

‘Lucretia’

‘Tornado Of Souls’

‘Dawn Patrol’

‘Rust in Peace… Polaris’

‘Headcrusher’

‘Sweating Bullets’

‘Symphony Of Destruction’

‘Peace Sells’

Anthrax:

‘Caught In A Mosh’

‘Got the Time’

‘Indians’

‘Antisocial’

‘Madhouse’

‘Only’ (video below!)

‘N.F.L’

‘I Am The Law’

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SWEDENROCK 2010

June 17th, 2010

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SWEDENROCK FESTIVAL 2010

 

MARKO SYRJÄLÄ, ARTO LEHTINEN, PATRICK CLEMENT

Jävlä Swedenrock, här kommer vi igen. The annual roadtrip to Swedenrock by the Finnish Metal‑Rules.Com  team is already the tenth time in a row.  The  2010 line‑up presented a wide range of metal and hard rock. Therefore, over 70 bands offered nothing but an utter blast and a helluv an experience for the attendees to enjoy metal and rock. Swedenrock has been successful during the past ten years as the festival has always been sold out. This year wasn’t any exception as the fest was sold out despite the lousy economomic situation worldwide. As mentioned in the first sentence, this is the tenth time in a row when Sweden Rock has been featured on Metal‑Rules.com, so it is quite logical for us to give a real in‑depth article of several bands performing at Sweden Rock. The  weather wasn’t ideal compared to previous years. It either rained or was windy with a little sunshine. But we were there for bands, not for having some beach party. We are not able to cover every bloody band, but hopefully you will have a pleasant reading experience… Enjoy or die !!!

 

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METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX: The First ‘Big Four’ Photo

June 16th, 2010
The Big 4: METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX

The Big 4: METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX

METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX — the so-called “Big Four” of 1980s thrash metal — will play together for the first time in history tonight (Wednesday, June 16) at the Sonisphere festival at Bemowo Airport in Warsaw, Poland.

The first photo of all the members of the four bands (minus SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman) hanging out in a room together, apparently taken earlier today (Tuesday, June 15), can be viewed to the right.

“It’s about fucking time this happened,” says SLAYER’s Kerry King, “and about time the fans finally get what they want. This is fucking awesome.”

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian agrees, commenting on the enormity of the announcement. “People have been talking about these four bands playing together since 1984,” he says. “That’s twenty-six years of expectation!! And the thing is, I believe not only will we live up to the expectations, we will shatter them! No other four bands as influential as the four of us have ever done this. Imagine if THE BEATLES, STONES, THE WHO and ZEPPELIN had done shows? Or SABBATH, PRIEST, MAIDEN, MOTÖRHEAD? Well, I may be getting into some rarified air here but as a fan, that’s how big I feel this is.”

These four legendary acts broke out of the underground thrash movement to dominate the metal world in the 1980s, selling millions of records and packing arenas across the globe. The metal giants have never before all shared the same stage, despite huge demand.

A second “Big Four” appearance is planned for Sonisphere Switzerland two days after the Warsaw concert, with more Sonisphere shows featuring the awesome combo to follow.

“This is a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity for heavy metal fans to see the four greatest heavy metal bands in American history back together on one stage,” concludes MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine. “If there are any heads left at the end of this festival that haven’t banged, they don’t belong there.”

The “Big Four” concert on June 22 in Sofia, Bulgaria will find its way to the U.S. via a satellite broadcast. That day’s show, as part of the Sonisphere festival, will be beamed to more than 450 movie theatres in more than 140 markets in the U.S., along with cities in Europe, Canada and Latin America.

The concert will be broadcast to theatres in high definition. Delayed screenings are planned for Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.

METALLICA’s Lars Ulrich said in a statement, “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!”

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SLAYER/ The Haunted @ The Forum 3rd June 2010

June 16th, 2010
SLAYER And The Haunted

@ The HMV Forum London

3rd June 2010

Written by Steve Sedit

Photos by James G

 

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Slayer at Manchester Academy – May 30th, 2010

June 4th, 2010

Slayer at Manchester Academy

30th May 2010

United Kingdom

Review and photos by Frank Ralph

 

Third time lucky for the Slayer faithful.

This was actually my first gig since the passing of Ronnie James Dio, and it was really nice to hear classic Rainbow being belted out through the PA before Slayer took to the stage, as today was the date that the Dio memorial was taking place in LA.

It was even nicer to note that the customary chants of Slayer! Slayer! Slayer! were saved for the gaps between tracks, as everyone enjoyed the moment and respected the meaning of the songs.
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Slayer – World Painted Blood

January 1st, 2010

Reviewed: January 2010
Released: 2009, Sony Music
Rating: 2.0/5
Reviewer: Hanntu

So Slayer is back with a new one. Metallica with DEATH MAGNETIC last year, Megadeth with ENDGAME this year, the much-hyped Sonisphere festival 2010 bringing together Le Grande Quatre for the first time since whenever. Any of these bands’ new releases will be greeted with intense scrutiny, and, unless an album is universally agreed to be utter shite (see: ST ANGER), will be immensely divisive, with objective criticism by any fan virtually impossible.
With that in mind, I have to say WORLD PAINTED BLOOD was disappointing upon immediate and repeated listens. The first thing that strikes the listener’s ear is the frankly terrible production. Both guitars sound flat and lifeless in the rhythm sections and are too far back in the mix – dominated by the drums, probably thanks to Mr Greg Fidelman, the guy who screwed up the production job on Metallica’s DEATH MAGNETIC by boosting and compressing everything to the point of audio clipping. Dynamics: zero. Atmosphere: zero. Presence: zero. This is one of the most sterile production jobs I’ve ever heard, and the guitars are so weak that poor Araya is left yelping and screaming into…nothingness: he’s not getting any help in the “upping-aggression” department from the guitars, that\’s for sure.
Once you get past the guitar sound, you run smack into the cold hard fact that Slayer haven’t written a decent riff since the early 90s. The riffs on WORLD PAINTED BLOOD, at best sound derivative, at worst sound as if the band couldn’t be arsed to write a proper skull-crushing riff. Of course, there are some great songs like “Unit 731”, “Psychopathy Red” and “Public Display of Dismemberment”, but you also have unimaginative clunkers like “Americon”, “Human Strain”, the putrid “Playing With Dolls” and the godawful title track, “World Painted Blood”. The leads are predictably awful with King especially indulging in his usual whammy bar rape, while the lyrics are also no better than previous efforts. However, I\’m not going to sit here and bitch about Slayer leads and Slayer lyrics, because frankly, that\’s not where their strengths lie. They are no better and no worse than on previous outings.
The most disappointing thing about WORLD PAINTED BLOOD is that the much-maligned CHRIST ILLUSION had given Slayer fans something to hope for in terms of the direction of the band. And yet, they seem to have gone backward from 2006. I don’t think a single sane Slayer fan is asking for a return to REIGN IN BLOOD or SEASONS IN THE ABYSS – SOUTH OF HEAVEN showed that the band could write mid-paced longer songs and still be devastatingly heavy. We want the old atmosphere that Slayer used to have: the evil, the menace, and most of all, the balls. They could start by hiring a proper producer instead of one whose CV reads “Metallica, Slayer and other pop/rock bands”. On a promising note, the band seems to have a renewed commitment to speed, and Dave Lombardo is truly confirmed as one of the all-time gods of heavy metal drumming, with a flawless, imaginative and stellar performance on WORLD PAINTED BLOOD.


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Track Listing:
1. World Painted Blood
2. Unit 731
3. Snuff
4. Beauty Through Disorder
5. Hate Worldwide
6. Public Display Of Dismemberment
7. Human Strain
8. Americon
9. Psycopathy Red
10. Playing With Dolls
11. Not Of This God

Lineup:
Tom Araya – Bass, Vocals
Kerry King – Guitars
Jeff Hanneman – Guitars
Dave Lombardo – Drums

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Slayer – World Painted Blood

November 1st, 2009

Reviewed: November 2009
Released: 2009, Sony Music
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Robert Williams

The almighty Slayer have returned with their first studio album in three years with WORLD PAINTED BLOOD; an eleven song collection of no nonsense, neck-breaking thrash like only Huntington Park, California\’s favorite sons can deliver.

WORLD PAINTED BLOOD is the band\’s second disc with original drummer Dave Lombardo back in tow; and all of the thunderous, skin bashing drum fills that Dave is renowned for are featured here on this Greg Fidelman produced offering. It\’s also fair to say that WORLD PAINTED BLOOD is a little heavier, darker and meaner than its predecessor CHRIST ILLUSION.

The title track opens the disc with a haunting death march on Dave\’s snare drum amongst some apocalyptic sounding ambience. Things pick up with a nice contrast of thrashy riffs/mid tempo passages. The vocal phrasing on the title track is also pretty catchy and easy to get into. Tom\’s vocals are pretty consistently upper mid register for the duration of WORLD PAINTED BLOOD.

I imagine \”Unit 731\” will become an instant classic amongst Slayer\’s rabid and bloodthirsty fanbase; with its insanely fast tempo and dark lyrics. \”Snuff\” smokes right from the starting line with some frenetic fretboard spider-walking, totally recalling classic Slayer. Awesome track. \”Hate Worldwide\” is another fast song; lyrically condemns religion and luckily affords another trip to the chiropractor. \”Public Display of Dismemberment\” likely demonstrates the most melodic riffing you will ever hear from the King/Hanneman tandem. \”Psycopathy Red\” the first single released months ahead of the rest of the album is probably my favorite track on WORLD PAINTED BLOOD; an absolute ruthless ass kicker of a song with a real vintage Slayer feel to it. There are also some wicked disharmonic sounding arrangements in \”Beauty Through Disorder\” and \”Human Strain\”

By the time you reach \”Americon\” on WORLD PAINTED BLOOD it\’s already had much of its thunder stolen by the seven previous tracks. \”Americon\” kind of drags a bit, but is nonetheless a heavy track in and of itself. \”Playing With Dolls\” also feels a bit out of place on WORLD PAINTED BLOOD. If anything this is probably the most radio friendly or commercial sounding track on the album.

\”Not of This God\” closes the album and is another buzz-saw riffing classic that takes no prisoners. Overall WORLD PAINTED BLOOD is a really exciting album that recalls a lot of Slayer\’s heritage over their near thirty year career. Besides a few tracks that I think slow the overall momentum of the disc, I still think this is a must have for all Slayer fans.


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Track Listing:
1. World Painted Blood
2. Unit 731
3. Snuff
4. Beauty Through Disorder
5. Hate Worldwide
6. Public Display Of Dismemberment
7. Human Strain
8. Americon
9. Psycopathy Red
10. Playing With Dolls
11. Not Of This God

Lineup:
Tom Araya – Bass, Vocals
Kerry King – Guitars
Jeff Hanneman – Guitars
Dave Lombardo – Drums

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Canadian Carnage (Megadeth / Slayer / Machine Head / Suicide Silence) – Vancouver – June 24th, 2009

June 25th, 2009

Canadian Carnage

feat. Megadeth / Slayer / Machine Head / Suicide Silence

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

General Motors Place

Vancouver, BC  Canada

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***Live Review & All Photos By Lord of The Wasteland


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Slayer – Tom Araya

January 25th, 2009

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Interview Conducted by Robert Williams

Videography Courtesy Of Sandra Torres

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SLAYER – Ice Hall, Helsinki on November 27th 2008

December 1st, 2008

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SLAYER – "Unholy Alliance – Chapter III"

Ice Hall, Helsinki on November 27th 2008

Live review by Luxi Lahtinen

Live pictures by Marko Syrjälä


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