The wait is over. Your Sonic Temple ‘24 lineup is finally here! This year in Columbus, Ohio we’re bringing the temple to new heights with 4 stages and 120 bands (that’s 40 more than last year)! Join us on May 16-19, 2024, at the iconic Historic Crew Stadium: America’s HOME of ROCK. SonInk (Sonic Temple + Inkcarceration) Combo Passes, Field Passes, Stadium Passes, VIP, and Suite passes go on sale exclusively via presale this Wednesday at 10am EST. AND, for the first time ever, indulge in the sweet life with a Sonic Temple suite for you and up to nine friends. Sign up for our Sonic Temple email list, and you’ll be the first in line when Presale passes drop this Wednesday, December 6 at 10am EST. You won’t want to miss the best party in rock and art! Sonic Temple 2024 features headliners Disturbed, Misfits, Pantera, Slipknot, along with Kerry King of Slayer, Judas Priest, Evanescence, Limp Bizkit and more. Continue reading
Melding their NWOBHM influences with their sinister intentions and hella fast speed Metal, Slayer hit the scene as a band in 1981. After their recorded debut on Metal Blade’s Metal Massacre II, and then later that year – Show No Mercy would arrive on December 3rd, 1983, also via Metal Blade. This was less than a month after being hastily recorded. Few understood how important a debut or band would become.
After record-breaking attendance of over 170,000 music fans over four days in 2023, Welcome To Rockville returns to Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida to kick off the festival season bigger and louder than ever May 9-12, 2024! Produced by the vaunted Danny Wimmer Presents organization, the fest will be headlined by Mötley Crüe, Slipknot, Judas Priest, Foo Fighters Disturbed, Limp Bizkit, Queens Of The Stone Age, Judas Priest, Greta Van Fleet, Evanescence, and Kerry King among many others. Tickets and more info along with the full lineup can be seen below.
UPDATED: Kerry King’s first solo confirmed gig under the name Kerry King will be at Welcome To Rockville. Legendary Slayer guitarist Kerry King has hinted that his long-awaited new project will finally arrive in 2024. Kerry King’s music page on Facebook shared a photo of the chain Kerry had worn on stage for years sitting on what appears to be the floor of a stage, along with the message: “Coming in 2024…’ The chain was synonymous with King on stage for decades. King hasn’t discussed it much lately but talked up new music and touring following the retirement of Slayer in December of 2019 and again in 2021. He cited the global pandemic as a reason the project has not seen the light of day by now. Paul Bostaph has confirmed he could be involved, along with Gary Holt. Others rumored to be part of the project included Rex Brown and Philip H. Anselmo, but that seems unlikely with the Pantera tour plans for 2024 opening for Metallica in Europe and North America.
Okay, so it was decided that Bestial Devastation and Morbid Visions (Nuclear Blast) were to be plucked from the Sepultura catalog for re-recording by founding members Max and Igor Cavalera. Can we all agree on that? Great. Now legions of fans will pound and holler about “we already have those available on CD and on streaming.” Then the other side of the audience moans about the Cavalera siblings being greedy or some such shit.
Jeff Hanneman, legendary guitarist of Slayer passed away on May 2nd, 2013, ten years ago. Although the band continued for six more years without Jeff, they missed the co-founding Thrash Metal rhythm and lead guitar innovator. Ghost Cult continues to fly the flag of Slayer, high. In the time since he passed, Ghost Cult covered Slayer just as heavily in Jeff’s life, as they released a final studio album with Jeff’s contributions (Repentless), had a legend and friend hold down his spot live (Gary Holt of Exodus), released a comic book with Jeff’s likeness, completed their final world tour ever of two years, released an incredible film/music video trilogy (The Repentless Killogy), former bandmate DaveLombardo wrote a loving tribute to his fallen friend, and we have created two career-spanning retrospectives (read them here and here) on the end of the band. From the time Jeff passed and every night on that final world tour, Slayer honored Jeff during ‘Raining Blood’ with the “still reigning” banner. Hail Jeff and hail Slayer!
Kerry King of Slayer should be releasing new music this year with his new band featuring drummer Paul Bostaph, and possibly fulfilling the tour behind the project he promised during the pandemic. Slayer called it a day on November 30th, 2019, and then the entire world went to shit. Just facts. In a new interview with Metal Hammer, Kerry again reiterated his opinion that the band retired too early and he is outright angry about it.
Wide-eyed confusion and general bewilderment are the most common reactions after laying eyes upon Las Vegas act Spiritworld for the first time. Slayer in Stetsons is usually the next. Yes, the unlikely looking Nevadans might look like the founder members of a Billy Ray Cyrus and Garth Brooks cosplay fan club but their music is a very different beast indeed.
In a new interview with Metal Hammer, former Slayer guitarist Kerry King says he will release his first new music soon, and that saying that “won’t be dragging [his] feet much longer” when it comes to going back on the road. Kerry originally spoke about his next career move and band project right after the end of the Slayer farewell tour, November 30th, 2019. Former Slayer drummer Paul Bostaph is confirmed as the drummer of the band, but for now Kerry is keeping the other members identities a secret. He also shared that he had two albums worth of new music written, and wanted to wait until the pandemic subsided to begin touring again. Continue reading
Molder ticks off a lot of my sonic checkmarks, but something isn’t quite right here. If Engrossed in Decay (Prosthetic Records) were a dish in its ingredients section you’d read that it contains Autopsy, early Death, Slayer, and a hint of vintage Carcass. Seems like a pretty appetizing meal, right? And there are several moments to sink your teeth into, but overall, I was left unsatisfied. I’ll still recommend the eatery, no doubt, but here’s to hoping that the next entre hits the spot.