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Slayer continues World Tour, Announces new label imprint and leaving American after 28 years

Slayer - band live at Mayhem Fest 2012 Camden, NJ

Slayer surprised a capacity crowd at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles last week 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.

Later this year, the two-time Grammy-winning Slayer will begin recording a new studio album, tentatively set for an early 2015 release. The album will make Slayer history as it will be released on Nuclear Blast Records through the band’s own label imprint, closing out a 28-year relationship with Rick Rubin and American Recordings. No name for the imprint has been decided on yet.

“Rick has played a huge role in our career, we’ve made some great albums with him,” said Slayer’s Tom Araya. “But today is a new day, record companies don’t play the kind of role they once did, and we really like the idea of going out on our own, connecting directly with our fans, and Nuclear Blast is fired up about taking on that challenge with us.”

All future recordings on the band’s label imprint will be released worldwide exclusively through Nuclear Blast.

Slayer is currently comprised of Tom Araya on vocals & bass, Kerry King on guitar, drummer Paul Bostaph, and guitarist Gary Holt who continues to stand in for the band’s founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman who passed nearly a year ago – will spend the next few months on the road touring major North American and European festivals as well as playing headlining dates, sharing the stages with Metallica, Iron Maiden, Anthrax, Mastodon, and more (see below). They are expected back in the studio in the fall to record the rest of their new album.

U.S. Tour Dates for MAY:
05/09/14 The Great Salt Air – Magna, UT
05/10/14 Fillmore Auditorium – Denver, CO
05/11/14 Shrine Auditorium – Billings, MT
05/13/14 Uptown Theater – Kansas City, MO
05/15/14 The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
05/16/14 Eagles Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI
05/17/14 Rock On The Range – Columbus, OH

EUROPEAN Tour Dates for MAY:
05/28/14 Sonisphere Festival @ Hietaniemi Beach – Helsinki, Finland
05/30/14 STHLM Fields @ Gardet Royal Park – Stockholm, Sweden
05/31/14 FortaRock Festival Goffertpark – Nijmegen, Netherlands

EUROPEAN Tour Dates for JUNE:
06/01/14 Sonisphere Festival @ Valle Hoven – Oslo, Norway
06/03/14 Horsens Gaol – Horsens, Denmark
06/04/14 Sonisphere Festival @ Imtech Arena – Hamburg, Germany
06/05/14 Den Atelier – Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
06/07/14 Rock AM Ring – Nurburgring, Germany
06/08/14 Rock Im Ring – Nurnberg, Germany
06/09/14 Z7 Konzertfabrik – Prattein, Switzerland
06/13/14 Nova Rock @Pannonia Fields – Nicklesdorf, Austria
06/15/14 Live Club – Milan, Italy
06/16/14 Estragon – Bologna, Italy
06/20/14 Hellfest @ Rue de Champ Louet – Clisson, France
06/21/14 Tons of Rock Restival – Halden, Norway
06/24/14 Stadion Miejeski – Poznan, Poland
06/26/14 La Laiterie – Strasbourg, France
06/27/14 Graspop – Dessel, Belgium
06/30/14 Limelight – Belfast, Ireland

EUROPEAN Tour Dates for JULY:
07/01/14 Academy – Dublin, Ireland
07/04/14 Paris Le Zenith – Paris, France
07/05/14 Sonisphere Festival @ Knebworth – Knebworth Park, England

08/03/14 Milo Club – Nizny Novgorad, Russia
08/04/14 Arena Moscow Club – Moscow, Russia
08/05/14 A2 Club – St. Petersburg, Russia
08/08/14 Brutal Assault Festival @ Old Army Fortress Josefov – Jaromer, Czech Republic

08/10/14 Heavy Montreal Festival @ Parc Jean Drapeau – Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Slayer photo by BTS’s Senior Photographer Dante Torrieri from our exclusive Slayer and Gorija gallery.

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