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#31 Xevious

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Posted 07 March 2006 - 12:13 AM

SLAYER: More Information About New Album Revealed; Tour Dates Announced - Mar. 6, 2006 If you think 6.6.06 is an intimidating calendar date, just wait. The killer reunion of all time — complete with live tour dates — is about to commence.

The four original members of SLAYERTom Araya/bass, vocals, Kerry King/guitars, Jeff Hanneman/guitars, and Dave Lombardo/drums — the pioneers and undisputed kings of extreme speed/thrash metal, have entered a Los Angeles-area studio to record what will be their first new studio album since 1990's "Seasons In The Abyss". And if that's not enough, uber-producer Rick Rubin, who helped solidify the much-emulated SLAYER sound beginning with their genre-defining 1986 classic "Reign In Blood", has taken the helm as executive producer of the project. The original team is back in place.

Working closely with Rubin will be Josh Abraham (KORN, VELVET REVOLVER, ATREYU) who will produce the album. "We're real happy to have Josh on the team," said SLAYER's Jeff Hanneman. "He's a very creative and intuitive guy, he knows music, and he really gets who SLAYER is and what we're doing." The as-yet-untitled album will be released on SLAYER's longtime label, Rubin's American Recordings/Warner Bros. Records, and is expected out this fall.

"Dave's been back with us, playing live, for a couple of years now, and we're all looking forward to recording together again," said the band's Tom Araya. Kerry King added, "There really is no one like Dave — he doesn't have to work at what he does, he just walks in, picks up his sticks and goes."

Said Lombardo, "It feels really good being back with the same guys I started out with. The chemistry is definitely there, that's the exciting part of it, to capture that chemistry again. And that's what is happening."

Jeff, Tom and Kerry have been writing songs for this new album since they wrapped their last North American tour in September 2004. "This is probably the most prepared we've been to record an album since the '80s," King added. "We've been writing and cutting demos for months." While these may change, working titles for some of the songs that will be recorded include "Catalyst", "Cult", "Supremist", and "Consfearacy". "I like to write songs that have different meanings for different people," said King, "where everyone can say, 'I know what he means,' but still get their own sense of what the song is about."

But wait, this just gets better. On 6.6.06 in San Diego, CA, SLAYER will kick off a seven-week summer trek, "The Unholy Alliance Tour ­ Preaching to the Perverted", that boasts what has got to be the genre's coolest line-up of the summer — LAMB OF GOD, MASTODON and CHILDREN OF BODOM (who will rotate the second and third slots), and THINE EYES BLEED who will open the shows.

Not only is the line-up terrific, but ticket prices will not exceed $39.00, giving fans a great value for their dollar. Tour dates and all other details will be announced shortly. Confirmed dates are below.

According to SLAYER's longtime manager Rick Sales, "We want to make 'The Unholy Alliance' tour an annual global event, so we decided to be smart about the design from the beginning. We chose to book most of the tour¹s shows at indoor venues, as that allows the bands and the fans amenities like air conditioning and indoor bathrooms, as well as the very best stage lighting, production, and sound and less expensive concession prices. The few shows that will be played outside will be played at night in permanent facilities with our lighting, production, and so on. Everyone wins."

With more dates to be added, the confirmed dates for "The Unholy Alliance Tour ­ Preaching to the Perverted" are as follows:

Jun. 06 - Sports Arena - San Diego, CA
Jun. 07 - The Orleans - Las Vegas, NV
Jun. 12 - Pop's Outside - St. Louis, MO
Jun. 13 - Aragon Ballroom - Chicago, IL
Jun. 15 - Tweeter Center - Camden, NJ
Jun. 16 - Continental Airlines Arena - E. Rutherford, NJ
Jun. 17 - Tsongas Arena - Lowell, MA
Jun. 23 - Freeman Coliseum - San Antonio, TX
Jun. 25 - Reliant Arena - Houston, TX
Jun. 29 - Tower City Amphitheatre - Cleveland, OH
Jul. 06 - Cobo Arena - Detroit, MI
Jul. 07 - Eagles Auditorium - Milwaukee, WI
Jul. 14 - Qwest Field Event Center - Seattle, WA
Jul. 16 - Salem Armory - Salem, OR
Jul. 19 - HP Pavilion - San Jose, CA
Jul. 21 - Mesa Amphitheatre - Mesa, AZ
Jul. 22 - Long Beach Arena - Long Beach, CA

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Posted 07 March 2006 - 12:18 AM

Slayer has bad luck with dates.
I think "God Hates Us All" came out on 9/11/01....

That definitely sounds like a worthwhile tour.

Reign in Blood is 20 years old?!? Man I feel old. That album [they were bigger than CD's and you had to flip them over] and SOD's "Speak English or Die" are my two quintessential hardcore/metal albums.

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Posted 07 March 2006 - 12:23 AM

Slayer has bad luck with dates.
I think "God Hates Us All" came out on 9/11/01....

That definitely sounds like a worthwhile tour.

Reign in Blood is 20 years old?!? Man I feel old. That album [they were bigger than CD's and you had to flip them over] and SOD's "Speak English or Die" are my two quintessential hardcore/metal albums.


Yeah..I know. When 9/11 happened, the electric company shut off the power in my neighborhood block. I had no idea about what was going on with the twin towers. I got up and went to the record store to pick up the Slayer CD and everyone in the record store had long faces. It wasn't till around noon time that I found out what really happend with the terrorists....

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#34 mykevermin

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Posted 07 March 2006 - 12:30 AM

I can't say I'd given much thought to Slayer since "Seasons." That's still a classic album, and I remember my childish delight at the cassette [they were smaller than CD's and you had to flip them over ;)] insert unfolding into an upside-down cross.

Early this year, the importance of producers hit me, mostly as a result of Rick Rubin. Everything he has touched that I own is pure gold: The Beastie Boys, Johnny Cash's American stuff, The Four Horsemen (a great cd that fetches far too much money on eBay), Slayer, and even the Red Hot Chili Peppers' best album (or the only one I enjoy outside of the song "Catholic School Girls Rule), *ALL* Rick Rubin.

Somewhere between the sheer mess that are Danzig's 4 most recent albums (which, if you haven't heard them, is the musical equivalent of having a friend who had previously been on track to a scholarship to an Ivy League institution wind up a somber, drunken, useless mess; they're just dreadful, dreadful things, and I think it's 60-70% poor production), I came to appreciate Rick Rubin. He knew how to make the postpunk gothic mess that was still being recorded on 4-tracks Samhain and make it into Danzig. He knew how to take the previously overproduced Johnny Cash (seriously, don't buy anything he released in the 80's, unless it's The Highwaymen) and temper him down to the bare essentials to create some of the most meaningful, occasionally morbid in its own right, music of his career.

Now, The Beastie Boys are pretty consistent, but I still compare their really bad punk rock tape or the "Cookie Puss" EP with "Liscensed to Ill" and Rick's genius shows.

On the flipside, I was able to immediately identify Gene Simmons as the producer of Wendy O Williams' solo album. The arena rock drumbeats, whoa-oh-oh background nonsense, and hammer-on hesher bullshit solos were everything that Gene Simmons was and The Plasmatics were not; luckily for her legacy, I can still see the video for "The Damned" on VH1 Classic, and not any of her solo stuff.

Oh, yes...well off track. My point was that, using experimental study (comparing Rick Rubin produced stuff with non-Rubin stuff from the same band) shows that producers really fucking matter. Knowing that, I can imagine that between he and Dave Lombardo, this record has no potential whatsoever to be bad.
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Man I really hope Queensryche's Operation Mindcrime II is good

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I could never really get into Slayer really, I've always considered them as lower-tier metal

And that's great that a new King Diamond album is coming out! I'm still listening to Abigail and The Puppet Master and all that!

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Posted 07 March 2006 - 06:55 AM

Man I really hope Queensryche's Operation Mindcrime II is good


It has been leaked, you know, if you want to check it out the torrent shouldn't be too hard to find. I've been listening to it since last week. At first I was a little unsure about it, but after listening to it a couple more times I've really started to like it. This really seems to be an album that benefits from multiple listens. I don't think it really matches the original Mindcrime, but II is still pretty good. It is quite a bit different from the original though, so don't go in expecting it to sound the same or else you're guaranteed to be disappointed


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Posted 07 March 2006 - 07:54 PM

Remove Metallica from that list. They haven't been metal in 18 years.


I can't agree with you more. Also about the new Anthrax album...yeah Scott is doing the new reality show for VH1, and Charlie is too busy whining about mp3s. Heres a tip, if you want an album to sell well don't release it 6 months prior in the rest of the world and keep pushing the date back and not expect people to just download it because they're tired of waiting.

Newest one I'm waiting for is Lacuna Coil. As for Celtic Frost, they're only doing a handful of dates on the east coast. Two at Jaxx in Springfield and one at the Norva in Norfolk (which I'll be going to, heres to hoping it doesn't get canceled). Not sure of what the other dates are.

In case a few don't know, check out www.blabbermouth.net for metal news. Take the comments sections with a grain of salt. Half those little punks probably still live in mommy and daddys basement and think that by listening to metal they're being so rebellious.

Don't forget to add Shadows Fall to that list...

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Posted 07 March 2006 - 08:33 PM

In case a few don't know, check out www.blabbermouth.net for metal news. Take the comments sections with a grain of salt. Half those little punks probably still live in mommy and daddys basement and think that by listening to metal they're being so rebellious.


Blabbermouth is where I get most of my metal news. Those forums are not moderated so its a lot more vicious than anything here on CAG. To give you an idea of how bad it gets there: Imagine if they cloned JimmyMac a thousand times and put all those clones in a room and gave them all crack pipes to smoke. Thats how out of control things get there...

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Posted 07 March 2006 - 09:15 PM

Fuck all you Metallica haters. They can do no wrong. Their legendary status is already set in stone and absolutly NOTHING they do can change that.
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Posted 07 March 2006 - 10:06 PM

Blabbermouth is where I get most of my metal news. Those forums are not moderated so its a lot more vicious than anything here on CAG. To give you an idea of how bad it gets there: Imagine if they cloned JimmyMac a thousand times and put all those clones in a room and gave them all crack pipes to smoke. Thats how out of control things get there...


Definalty is a lot more vicious there. All these pricks had the nerve to take pot shots at Halford when he came out of the closet. I've been going there for the past 3 years, and believe me, I've seen it all there. The ones that piss me off are the racist little bastards there. Half of them are probably teenagers that have read waaay too much about Varg Vikernes.

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Posted 07 March 2006 - 11:04 PM

Fuck all you Metallica haters. They can do no wrong. Their legendary status is already set in stone and absolutly NOTHING they do can change that.


Can and did.

On that note, I hope you don't grow up to live with an abusive spouse. "He's a good man, he didn't mean to run over me with the pickup truck" and all that.
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Posted 08 March 2006 - 03:01 AM

Fuck all you Metallica haters. They can do no wrong. Their legendary status is already set in stone and absolutly NOTHING they do can change that.


Well aren't you a poser?

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Posted 08 March 2006 - 03:44 AM

HeyMetallica always have said, we play what we want, and if you dont like it, thats your problem... And thats why they never are going to stop playing... Even if everyone starts to hate them, they will still continue playing, becouse they are playing for there own sake... Not the fans... But that doesnt mean that they dont care about their fans, becouse they do.. But they will NEVER let the fans decide what to play...
But yes, they started making videos and shit for the mtv... And I dont really know why they did/do that! Becouse James himself said that there was no fun in making a video, just the same shit all day long... But hey, i dont care! As long as they´re playing the old shit live! I´m glad! And they proved that in the 03-04 tour with playing lots of songs that haven´t been played for YEARS! Like Metal Militia, Leper Messiah, Trapped under ice, The Unforgiven, Dyers eve etc.
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Posted 08 March 2006 - 03:57 AM

I need to quote Newstead from VH1 Behind the music..

"Yes we sell out...Every seat in the house"

Don't get me wrong, I love the way the band used to be, but I also respect the changes THEY feel they had to go through. I respect each album for what it is.
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Posted 08 March 2006 - 04:00 AM

HeyMetallica always have said, we play what we want, and if you dont like it, thats your problem...

Simon and Garfunkel subscribed to the same mentality. Are they kings of metal?

And thats why they never are going to stop playing... Even if everyone starts to hate them, they will still continue playing, becouse they are playing for there own sake... Not the fans...


The same can be said of thousands of hillbilly bar bands. Does that make them kings of metal, too?

But that doesnt mean that they dont care about their fans, becouse they do.. But they will NEVER let the fans decide what to play...


Quoted for posterity. We'll come back to that in a moment.

But yes, they started making videos and shit for the mtv... And I dont really know why they did/do that! Becouse James himself said that there was no fun in making a video, just the same shit all day long...


If you think a music video is what people don't like them for, you're as dense as your typing is dreadfully indecipherable. Jesus, kid, go watch VH1 Classic's "The Alternative" for one episode. I'd have to give up all my new wave albums if that were the criteria for whatever standard they've given up.

But hey, i dont care! As long as they´re playing the old shit live! I´m glad! And they proved that in the 03-04 tour with playing lots of songs that haven´t been played for YEARS! Like Metal Militia, Leper Messiah, Trapped under ice, The Unforgiven, Dyers eve etc.


Good for you. I'll keep my $70. Besides, I went to one Metallica show, in 1992, and I got to see Danzig and Suicidal Tendencies. In addition, one mouthbreather in the pit was paralyzed at the show, so I'd call that a complete night. I don't need to see them again, nor do I want to.

Of course, keep that last point (they've changed their set list) in line with your contention that they play for themselves and don't change the set list for the fans.

Look, Metallica sucks. St. Anger was a 70 minute seizure that happened over the world's loudest snare drum. It was, hands down, some of the worst mixing/postproduction I think I've ever heard on a record that was professionally produced. Neil Diamond cover band albums get better mixing than that.

I don't know much about Load, Reload, or "S&M." The singles I heard were dogshit, and if you think that's worthwhile metal, then please allow me to sell you all my "Raven" and "Hanoi Rocks" lps.

I can accept that some of their recordings not only set the standard for later metal, but stand up to albums released today. If you think I'm going to extend them the courtesy of not only forgiving them for their later albums, much less embrace them for putting together contemporary classics, then you just don't much like to use that brain, do you?

Let me put it to you this way: do you cheer or praise an infant that has managed to tie their shoes successfully? Do you cheer or praise an adult for doing so? That's the way I look at Metallica: tying their shoes. They're doing the bare minimum to stay in the mainstream, to put out another record and get millions of hee-haws and their Hulk Hogan moustaches to buy some "Kick-ass" metal music to occupy their cd player while they wait for some bullshit Hank Williams Jr. album to come out. I recognize their talent as songwriters and musicians. I will not condescend to applauding them for doing the bare minimum.

I do admit that their recent documentary was supposed to be good. I would like to see it.
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Posted 08 March 2006 - 04:27 AM

Hey what the Fuck ever you dont have to be a dick. Your not my mommie. I happen to think thet while they arent metal any more they are still music makers and damn fine ones at that. And again their legend is already set in stone no matter what they do. They have their seats reserved in metal heaven with all the other greats.
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Posted 08 March 2006 - 12:34 PM

Yep, their legend is set in stone. As one of few bands who have widely sued and spoken out against their own fans. Not a great way to make your mark in history.
I like Metallica's old stuff. I started not liking their music as much right around 'And Justice for All', and honestly, that might have been the music, or it might have been my tastes changing. But I lost a lot of respect for them as a band after all that sue-the-downloaders stuff happened. The legality and morality of downloading mp3s can be debated, and certainly certain download methods are clearly illegal, and I don't think fans are 'entitled' to an artist's work for free, but Metallica handled it incredibly wrongly.

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Posted 08 March 2006 - 12:47 PM

HeyMetallica always have said, we play what we want, and if you dont like it, thats your problem... And thats why they never are going to stop playing... Even if everyone starts to hate them, they will still continue playing, becouse they are playing for there own sake... Not the fans... But that doesnt mean that they dont care about their fans, becouse they do.. But they will NEVER let the fans decide what to play...
But yes, they started making videos and shit for the mtv... And I dont really know why they did/do that! Becouse James himself said that there was no fun in making a video, just the same shit all day long... But hey, i dont care! As long as they´re playing the old shit live! I´m glad! And they proved that in the 03-04 tour with playing lots of songs that haven´t been played for YEARS! Like Metal Militia, Leper Messiah, Trapped under ice, The Unforgiven, Dyers eve etc.


Actually, they seem to play wahtever is popular at the time nowadays, ie grunge then nu-metal.

I got to see Danzig and Suicidal Tendencies.


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Look, Metallica sucks. St. Anger was a 70 minute seizure that happened over the world's loudest snare drum. It was, hands down, some of the worst mixing/postproduction I think I've ever heard on a record that was professionally produced. Neil Diamond cover band albums get better mixing than that.


I thought St.Anger sounded like the demoes a band makes months before it goes into the studio. The songs had a somewhat Sabbath feel to them, and a few riffs and melodies here and there were interesting. But the final product sucks ass. I was actually really into the first couple times I heard it, though, but that was really only the shock of hearing Metallica play something remotely heavy.

I don't know much about Load, Reload, or "S&M." The singles I heard were dogshit, and if you think that's worthwhile metal, then please allow me to sell you all my "Raven" and "Hanoi Rocks" lps.


To be honest, I do enjoy the Loads on some level. There's actually one decent album in between them.

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Posted 08 March 2006 - 01:18 PM

Hey what the Fuck ever you dont have to be a dick.


Just to be clear, your first post in this thread:

Fuck all you Metallica haters


I play quid-pro-quo, kiddo. I said "good for you" when you claimed to not care about other people's opinions, but get awfully defensive of people slagging on Metallica. To be clear, you're welcome to like what you like, and that includes those "Creed" albums in your collection. I'm merely pointing out that Metallica has become a dreadful band over the years *not* because their albums are bad, per se, but because compared to their early body of work, there's no dispute over the fact that they *should* be playing much better music.
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Posted 08 March 2006 - 05:39 PM

I guess we are in a stalemate then. Reps vs Dems, Coke vs Pepsi, i aint changin my views and you aint changin yours.
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Posted 08 March 2006 - 06:32 PM

I like to add my 2 cents in the mix.

I grew up with Metalica. I saw them on the Master of Puppets tour (when they opened for Ozzy) and I saw them several times before the black album.

I can say is their 80's Cliff Burton shit are undisputed metal classics. I also liked the first Garage days ep as well as 'And Justice for All'.

When the Black Album came out, I was really disapointed. It was much more commercial than the other albums and I was pissed off. A few years have passed by and I soften my stance on that record. Now I actually enjoy it but I prefer the older albums in comparison.

As for load, re-load, St. Anger and S&M (the latter 2 were interesting experiments) are all misfires. I dont hate Metalica though. Those albums are not bad per se, they are just mediocre. They dont outright suck...they are just middle of the road.

I think Metallica is still a great band but they are out-of-focus right now. Hopefully Rick Rubin will set them straight. I still have hope that they still have one great thrash record in them. I still have faith.

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Posted 08 March 2006 - 07:51 PM

I would not be a Metallica fan without TBA though. Many people wouldnt be. Probably not without the Loads either. Now yes they strayed VERY far away from Metal music but like they said it was just somethin different. And even though i also perfer their old stuff i still really enjoy their new stuff. Its not metal but it still is great music. Yeah its awesome to ponder "what if" but thats not the case.
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Posted 08 March 2006 - 09:32 PM

I'm merely pointing out that Metallica has become a dreadful band over the years *not* because their albums are bad, per se, but because compared to their early body of work, there's no dispute over the fact that they *should* be playing much better music.


They are "dreadful" because they're not as good as they used to be? Even though their albums aren't bad? That is a weird stance IMO. Are you just saying they failed to live up to their own standards, even though they are still better than many other bands?

Anyway, for what it's worth, I thought the production of St Anger really really ruined it (wtf did bob rock do to the drums?). Hopefully Rubin will produce a good album.

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Posted 08 March 2006 - 09:38 PM

No, Metallica's albums since TBA are genuinely crap.

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Posted 08 March 2006 - 10:14 PM

No, Metallica's albums since TBA are genuinely crap.


Actually I did like "Garage Days Re-Visted".

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Posted 08 March 2006 - 11:35 PM

No, Metallica's albums since TBA are genuinely awesome.
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Posted 09 March 2006 - 01:10 AM

They are "dreadful" because they're not as good as they used to be? Even though their albums aren't bad? That is a weird stance IMO. Are you just saying they failed to live up to their own standards, even though they are still better than many other bands?


It's pretty contingent. It's like being a straight A student who finally gets a B; while you're still doing stellar work, it's hard to not be disappointed. I respect it because while it's good songwriting, it does nothing for me. I don't think it's metal, and I don't think it's good rock; that doesn't mean that I think it's poor songwriting.

Anyway, for what it's worth, I thought the production of St Anger really really ruined it (wtf did bob rock do to the drums?). Hopefully Rubin will produce a good album.


Rubin, to the best of my knowledge, has never produced a bad album, or even a mediocre one. He's a fuckin' genius.
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Posted 09 March 2006 - 02:02 AM

No, Metallica's albums since TBA are genuinely crap.


Agreed. In fact, I stopped listening to them entirely for a long time, and then heard a song off of Kill 'em All a few weeks ago, and was blown away by the fact that they were so good back then; I'd completely forgotten, it had been so long.

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 02:17 AM

Actually I did like "Garage Days Re-Visted".


I didn't count it because it was a covers album. The second disc is better than thef irst disc, though, as it's a collection of covers from their entire career.