Slayer has just entered the studio to record its first album since 2011's critically-acclaimed, Grammy-winning World Painted Blood. This is an album of firsts - the band's first album without Jeff Hanneman, the first album to be released on the band's own label (through Nuclear Blast), and Slayer's first since 2001's God Hates Us All with returning drummer Paul Bostaph. Slayer surprised its fans back in April by making a brand new song available as a free download - "Implode" - written by Kerry King. The new album is expected out in early 2015.
For Chicago's RiotFest performance, Slayer will be joined by guitarist Gary Holt who continues to fill in for Hanneman.
The Chicago Tribune's Greg Kot wrote that the five-time-nominated, two-time Grammy winning Slayer is "one of the great American rock bands of the last 30 years, forget about genre." Their membership in "The Big Four" - Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax - the four bands that defined the thrash/metal genre - secures their place in music history. Indeed, few bands come close to matching the intensity that Slayer brings to its live shows, having been named "Best Live Band" by numerous media outlets including Revolver, SPIN, and Metal Hammer. With songs that mirror the turmoil and aberrations of our society - God's terrifying global genocide, the chaos of our broken political system, chemical warfare, the hideous minds of serial killers, and the way-too-close proximity of world horrors that technology has brought us - Slayer remains 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 since. Paul Bostaph, Slayer's drummer from 1992 to 2001, rejoined the band on a full-time basis in 2013.