In this video, which is part of an ongoing "behind the scenes" series, Slayer's Kerry King and Tom Araya talk guitars, basses, amps and the recording process behind the new album, which will be released September 11 via Nuclear Blast Records.
ESP Guitars has announced that it is assisting the estate of late guitarist Jeff Hanneman of Slayer with the auction of a selected number of his personal custom guitars. The Hanneman Estate will forward a significant portion of the proceeds to a charitable cause that Jeff strongly supported: the Wounded Warrior Project. Hanneman died in May 2013.
“This has been the most adverse between-records session that Slayer’s ever had,” says Slayer guitarist Kerry King of the six long years since 2009’s World Painted Blood. But with the help of returning drummer Paul Bostaph and Exodus guitarist Gary Holt, Slayer is finally returning with a new album—and King could not be more stoked about it.
No one ever went to a Led Zeppelin concert expecting the band to open with “The Rain Song.” A fine tune, to be sure, but the electric charge of a crowd in waiting must be met in kind. The same applies to the album: Kiss didn’t open Destroyer with “Beth,” for example. And Metallica had the prudence to place “Fade to Black” a good four songs into Ride the Lightning.
YouTube user Drew Creal has created and posted a video of him and his friends performing a Slayer classic, “Raining Blood.” The twist is, it’s all performed on kids instruments—and it’s pretty impressive.