Slayer announces worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast and brand new single 'Implode'

Big four thrash metal legends Slayer have announced the release of their first new studio recording in five years titled 'Implode'. Recorded earlier this month at Henson Studios in Los Angeles and produced by Terry Date and co-produced by Greg Fidelman, 'Implode' is now available as a free download as a 'thank you' to the band’s fans for their continued support at

Later this year, the two-time Grammy-winning Slayer will begin recording a new album, tentatively set for an early 2015 release date.  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. 
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.
I was a teenage rebel when 'Show No Mercy' came out,” said Markus Staiger, owner of Nuclear Blast, "and I identified with that record.  It was the most extreme, aggressive thing at the time. They were then and still are the most brutal metal band on the planet!  I really cannot express how proud I am that we are able to work with Slayer to join the Nuclear Blast family. We are ready for that next record and, I’m sure it will go into metal history!”
Added Nuclear Blast label manager Gerardo Martinez, "The prospect of helping Slayer take a leading role in the creative process surrounding their releases, projects and other cross-promotional opportunities is the ultimate honor for me, a metalhead who grew up in Los Angeles listening to Slayer.  Nowhere in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that Nuclear Blast would be making history alongside one of the best bands in metal.
Slayer will spend the next few months on the road touring major North American and European festivals as well as headlining dates, sharing the stages with Metallica, Iron Maiden and more, but are expected to be back in the studio in the fall to record the rest of the new album.
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10      Fillmore, Denver, CO
11      Shrine, Billings, MT
13      Uptown Theatre, Kansas City, MO
15      The Pageant, St Louis, MO
16      Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
17      Rock on the Range, Columbus, OH

28      Sonisphere Festival @ Hietaniemi Beach, Helsinki, Finland
30      STHLM Fields @ Gardet Royal Park, Stockholm, Sweden 
31      FortaRock Festival Goffertpark, Nijmegen, Netherlands
 1       Sonisphere Festival @ Valle Hoven, Oslo, Norway
 3       Horsens Gaol, Horsens, Denmark
 4       Sonisphere Festival @ Imtech Arena, Hamburg, Germany
 5       Den Atelier, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
 7       Rock AM Ring, Nurburgring, Germany 
 8       Rock Im Ring, Nurnberg, Germany
 9       Z7 Konzertfabrik, Prattein, Switzerland
13      Nova Rock @Pannonia Fields, Nicklesdorf, Austria
15      Live Club, Milan, Italy
16      Estragon, Bologna, Italy
18      Paloma, Niems, France
20      Hellfest @Rue de Champ Louet, Clisson, France
21      Tons of Rock Restival, Halden, Norway
24      Stadion Miejeski, Poznan, Poland
26      La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France
27      Graspop, Dessel, Belgium
30      Limelight, Belfast, Ireland
 1       Academy, Dublin, Ireland
 4       Paris Le Zenith, Paris, France
 5       Sonisphere Festival @ Knebworth, Knebworth Park, England
 3       Milo Club, Nizny Novgorad, Russia
 4       Arena Moscow Club, Moscow, Russia
 5       A2 Club, St. Petersburg, Russia
 8       Brutal Assault Festival, Old Army Fortress Josefov, Jaromer, Czech Republic
10      Heavy Montreal Festival @ Parc Jean Drapeau, Montreal, Quebec
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Wannabe Shredder who can't yet "sweep like a janitor" and lover of most things Rock/Metal - especially if band members have "snazzy" coats/jackets or waistcoats! Used to race motorbikes with no brakes (!), now spend most of my time dodging crowdsurfers on the barrier and trying not to get killed in mosh pits. Luca Turilli is my guitar hero.