“More than 30 years after forming, Slayer continues to deliver the show that everybody expects
while still managing to blow everybody’s mind.” — Metal Hammer
For more than three decades, Slayer’s onslaught has proven the band to be the supreme thrash-metal band on the planet, the band that other heavy acts are measured against and aspire to. The two-time Grammy-winners have also accumulated an abundance of certified Gold Albums along with “Best…” awards from media outlets all over the world, including Kerrang!, SPIN, Metal Hammer, Revolver, and Esquire. Throughout Slayer’s history, the band has never faltered in unleashing its extreme and focused sonic assault, and, unlike many of its contemporaries who “commercialized” their sound, Slayer has remained 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 for him 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.
On 9-11-15, Slayer released Repentless, its first studio album without Hanneman. For the album’s first music video, the title track, Slayer worked with cameraman/director BJ McDonnell (“Jack Reacher,” “Tomorrowland,” “The Interview”). McDonnell, who directed the video, and producer Felissa Rose texted some of their friends who just happened to be some of most recognizable horror actors working today, including Tyler Mane, Danny Trejo and Derek Mears. All big Slayer fans, all showed up to play cameo rolls in the brutal prison-set clip. The video has received more than seven-million views on Slayer’s social sites.
Also joining Slayer as the supporting acts on the 2016 North American Tour are thrash metal legends Testament and the British melodic death metal band from Liverpool Carcass.
Surgical Steel, the bands first studio release since 1996, was produced by Colin Richardson (Napalm Death, Bolt Thrower, Gorefest, Cannibal Corpse, Sinister, Rodrigo Y Gabriela) and mixed/mastered by Andy Sneap (Megadth, Accept, Exodus, Testament). Joining guitarist Bill Steer and bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker in the band’s current incarnation are new drummer Dan Wilding (Aborted, Trigger The Bloodshed) and guitarist Ben Ash (Pig Iron, Desolation, Liquefied Skeleton). Original sticksman Ken Owen contributed guest vocals as well.CARCASS has released several classic albums over the years, including Decibel magazine “Hall of Fame” inductees Heartwork and Necroticism – Descanting the Insalubrious, and their influence has changed the face of extreme metal with every consecutive release. Whether it was inventing gore-grind (i.e. Reek of Putrefaction, Symphonies of Sickness) or creating the template for melodic death metal (i.e. Heartwork), CARCASS has always made records by which bars were set and rules were broken. Upon the band’s dismantling in 1996, fans mourned the loss of the seminal act and longed that the group would return again one day. In 2007, the metal world got its wish as CARCASS reformed to play several sold-out reunion shows around the globe. Once again re-motivated to administer a shot of cynicism and infectious riffs into the arm of a sickly metal scene, founding members Bill Steer and Jeff Walker began writing what would become the latest output of their highly influential career, Surgical Steel. Only the choicest of cuts were made, and blood sweat and tears were shed to bring us a record worthy of the CARCASS legacy. In short, Surgical Steel is just what the doctor ordered.
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