hmv.com presents... Albums Of 2015: #5 Slayer
Every day during January we’re going to be previewing the albums that are going to be hitting the shelves in 2015. Most will definitely come out, some probably will, and some we really hope finally come out (we’re looking at you Adele…).
Today we focus on thrash titans Slayer and their plans for the follow-up to 2009's World Painted Blood...
A little background…
The thrash titans will return this year with their 11th studio album, their first for six years, a six years that has seen many changes within their ranks. They tragically lost founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman in 2013, meaning. Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has taken over on guitar, and, they are once again without iconic drummer Dave Lombardo, who has left the band for a third time to be replaced by the returning Paul Bostaph.
What It's Called?
The title has still to be confirmed but this is Slayer folks, its hardly going to be called "Have a nice day" is it ?.
What Will It Sound Like?
The first new track we got to hear was 'Implode' , which the band performed at The Revolver Golden Gods Awards in LA April 2014, making it available to download straight after.
This was the first track to feature Gary Holt and was mainly greeted with open arms by fans, but with an inevitable few grumbles that Hanneman was sorely missed, both on the playing and songwriting front. There aren't any major changes in musical direction to report, with the same brutal assault on the senses very much evident.
Legendary axeman/snake breeder Kerry King and frontman Tom Araya recently turned up at a trade fair int the US to showcase a new Slayer mobile app and confirmed that a new track 'When the Stillness Comes' will be made available exclusively through Scion AV, part of the Scion range produced by Toyota in North America.
Producing It? Are There Any Big-Name Guests?
Taking his place in the producers chair is the legendary Terry Date. He's produced the likes of Incubus, Deftones and Bring Me The Horizon, he knows what he's doing.
Will It Really Come Out This Year? And When?
Yes indeed. Expect it early 2015 via Nuclear Blast.