SLAYER Release New Song From Upcoming Album
The Southern Californian thrash metal pioneers SLAYER release first track in nearly a year, ‘When The Stillness Comes.’
SLAYER guitarist Kerry King was in an unusually bad mood when he wrote the band’s crushing new single:
“We were touring Europe and we had a three-hour ride in some fucking minivan, and I’m just miserable in the backseat, not into anything,” he says of the song. “So I just started jotting down hateful thoughts. It’s about a dude who wakes up at a crime scene and realizes he’s killed everybody. It’s really cool.”
The track, which begins with an eerie guitar line before evolving into a full-on doomy (and classic SLAYER) riff onslaught, will be coming out this weekend on a picture-disc seven-inch for Record Store Day. It’s one of 12 new songs that will appear on the thrash-metal titans’ upcoming new record, their first since 2009’s World Painted Blood. The LP, produced by Terry Date (Pantera, White Zombie), will also be the band’s first album since the death of founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman in 2013 and the departure of drummer Dave Lombardo that same year.
The song “When The Stillness Comes” will be accompanied by a live recording of “Black Magic,” from the band’s 1983 album Show No Mercy and recorded live at the 2014 Wacken Open Air Festival. It will be available as a limited-edition (only 5000 copies worldwide), 7-inch vinyl picture disc exclusively at participating independent record stores worldwide.