As thrash metal's most evil-obsessed representatives, Slayer's rider from the 2011 Fun Fun Fest reads about as you'd expect. Sure, Gorgoroth asked for 50 sheep heads, but Slayer ups the ante, requesting 100 snow-white goats for slaughter. Sensibly, though, they also request a Halal butcher to slaughter the goats, as well as freezer bags and coolers to preserve the goat until the band can get it home to slow-roast it for tacos (that'll be a shitload of tacos, but hey, evil dudes have evil appetites). And to ensure they don't get the blood on them during the slaughter, they'd like Totes brand "blood-proof" umbrellas. But lest you get the wrong impression about these guys, they go on to request yoga ball chairs (black, of course), a Lite-Brite for each band member, 10 cases of Gogurt, newsprint paper and "those markers that smell like cool stuff," and both hand sanitizer and hand satanizer. You can't be too careful! In case there was any question whether this part of the rider was a joke or not, they would also like two shoeboxes to hide their Grammy awards with special instructions to not write "Grammys" on the box. It's good to know you can write "Angel of Death" and still have a sense of humor.
See the full rider here.
The last album from thrash-metal titans Slayer was 2009’s World Painted Blood, the majority of which was written by guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who passed away in 2013. Hanneman was responsible for most of Slayer’s best songs — including “Angel Of Death,” “Raining Blood,” “Die By The Sword,” “South Of Heaven,” and “War Ensemble.” But he’d… More »
There are lots of reasons to be suspicious of corporate-sponsored music events, but if a shoe company was bringing the Replacements and Dinosaur Jr. to your hometown for a free show, you’d still try to go, right? Later this month, Converse will spend a week at the Sinclair in Cambridge, Massachusetts for a Converse Rubber… More »
One of the redeeming qualities of community-annotated lyric site Genius is that they sometimes recruit cool artists and behind-the-scenes players to talk about songs that they worked on or that they really love. Case in point: Super producer Rick Rubin recently made a profile on the site and set about adding some background information to… More »
Riot Fest has grown into a gigantic music festival that occurs in three different iterations throughout the year. For the Denver edition this past weekend, the lineup featured bands from all over the spectrum: Weezer, Rise Against!, The Flaming Lips, TV On The Radio, Wu-Tang Clan, and a whole lot more. We sent our photographer… More »
Last year we were all amused by the Slayer Christmas sweater, the heaviest and coziest way for your torso to ring in the holidays. This year Motörhead, Metallica, Descendents, Death From Above 1979, Dying Fetus, and a bunch of Victory Records bands got in on the trend, leading Metal Injection to declare ugly metal Christma… More »
Fun Fun Fun Fest went down this past weekend in Austin, Texas, aka “the Live Music Capital Of The World.” The Fest celebrated its eighth year with headliners M.I.A., Snoop Dogg, and Slayer, along with a stacked lineup that included Ice-T, the Descendents, Kurt Vile, the Julie Ruin, Bleached, Killer Mike, the Men, Chelsea Light… More »
In its 12th year, Øya Festival brought another diverse set of artists to Oslo’s Medieval Park over four days last week. Among the performers were Blur, the Knife, Kraftwerk, Kendrick Lamar, Slayer, Beach House, James Blake, Cat Power, Grimes, Tame Impala, Wu-Tang Clan, Grimes, Rodriguez, Kvelertak, Disclosure, HAIM, Iceage, Phosphorescent, and many more. Check out… More »
Every music fan I know has at least one story about the first time they heard that album. The one that tore the roof off. The one that changed the way they thought about the art form.
Virtually all of these stories take place before the narrator reached the age of 20. You… More »
Yesterday, thrash metal gods Slayer posted an open letter to fans regarding the ill health of guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who suffered a spider bite last year that eventually left him in a medically induced coma, from which he was slowly recovering. Sadly, today, Hanneman passed away at age 49 of liver failure. The band’s publicist… More »
Once upon a time Slayer was a legit scary band — not a cartoon or an ironic pose, but a genuinely dangerous, disquieting group with fucked-up allegiances and ideas, who made insanely brutal and blood-raising music. Looking at ‘em today, it’s actually kinda weird that their music has remained pretty uncompromising, because everything else about… More »
Last night, the so called “Big Four” of the ’80s thrash-metal boom — that’d be Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax — came together at Yankee Stadium to play only their second-ever U.S. show together, following the one they played in California a few months back. And during Metallica’s encore, members of all four bands, a… More »
PROGRESS REPORT: Crack The Skye out early 2009; recorded in Atlanta, Georgia at Southern Tracks studio
You don’t need us or Mastodon vocalist/bassist Troy Sanders to tell you what Mastodon’s next LP, Crack the Skye, will sound like. It’s going to be some combination of “brutal,” “fucking” and “epic.” But the album… More »
Brandon can attest, last year’s Roskilde was a glorious mud bath. We’re guessing it can’t rain as much this time around, but even if it does, the lineup’s intriguing enough that if you can find a way to get to Denmark in early July, you should definitely attend (the actual dates are 7/3-7/6). Maybe we’re… More »
In a recent Miami New Times article, Slayer bassist/vocalist Tom Araya spit and giggled about his Texas cattle ranch (“I don’t have a slaughterhouse”), religion (“I was born and raised Catholic, so it’s in my blood”), and his favorite parts of the local bookstore (“I like anything that captures my attention: new-age, religion, philosophy. True… More »
Count Slayer ax-man Kerry King among the many Metallica fans that just can’t take the band seriously anymore, especially after Some Kind Of Monster. Via Metal Underground:I used to admire METALLICA and I don’t wanna see them going to fucking therapy. I mean, that’s fucking? keep it in the band, man … I won’t watch… More »
Last we checked in with the Antichrist Superstar, he was parting ways with burlesque babe Dita Von Teese, for reasons then unknown. Since, Manson’s announced his plan to release Eat Me, Drink Me, and the latest Rolling Stone features an interview about the record with Marilyn’s old friend Austin Scaggs, which has the goth singer… More »
It’s taken 25 years, but the shy guys of Slayer are finally ready to take on television. They’ll do Jimmy Kimmel’s late night show, perfect for maximum nightmare potential. Via Blabbermouth:According to a press release from mPRm Public Relations, tickets for SLAYER’s January 19 appearance on ABC-TV’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” sold out in about four… More »