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Skinless – Announce “Trample The Weak” World Tour

New York based death metallers SKINLESS have confirmed the following dates for their world tour in support of their upcoming new album Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead, which will be released on June 13th through Relapse Records:

June 16 – Bucksport, ME @ The Kave
June 17 – Cohoes, NY @ Saratoga Winners
June 23 – Yonkers, NY @ Club Pure
June 24 – Bayshore, NY @ Fin’s Pub
June 25 – New York, NY @ CBGB
June 30 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft
July 22 – Cohoes, NY @ Saratoga Winners
July 23 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
July 31 – Toronto, ONT @ El Mocambo
August 1 – London, ONT @ Embassy
August 2 – Sudbury, ONT @ Townhouse Tavern
August 3 – Trois-Rivieres, QUE @ Rock Cafe Le Stage
August 4 – Cowensville, QUE @ Bar Rock 66
August 5 – Montreal, QUE @ Club Saphir
August 6 – Quebec City, QUE @ L’Arlequin
August 7 – Ottawa, ONT @ Mavericks
August 11-  Svojsice U Prelouce, Czech Rep @ Brutal Assault
August 13 – Vienna, Austria @ TBA
August 14 – Munich, GER @ Titanic City
August 15 – Halle, GER @ Markwirtschaft
August 16 – Wermelskirchen, GER @ AJZ Bahndamm
August 17 – Nrnberg, GER @ Roter Salon,
August 18 – Muothatal, Switzerland @ Mountains of Death
August 19 – Paris, France @ TBA
August 20 – Tilburg, Holland @ 013
August 21 – Manchester, England @ Satans Hollow
August 22 – Cardiff, Wales @ TBA
August 23 – Nottingham, England @ TBA
August 24 – Dublin, Ireland @ Voodoo Lounge
August 25 – London, England @ TBA
August 26 – Alkmaar, Holland @ Parkhof Fest
August 27 – Leper, Belgium @ Leperfest
August 30 – Spain @ TBA
August 31 – Valladolid, Spain @ TBA
September 1 – Oporto, Portugal @ CaosEmergente Fest
September 29 – St. John, NB @ Nep-Tunes
September 30 – Halifax, NB @ Captain Ells
October 2 – Quebec City, QUE @ L’Imperial
October 3 – Montreal, QUE @ Medley
October 4 Ottawa, ONT @ Maverick’s
October 5 – Hamilton, ONT @ Abeinthe
October 6 – Royun Noranda, QUE @ Petit Theater Du Vieux Noranda
October 7 – Toronto, ONT @ The Opera House
October 8 – London, ONT @ Embassy
October 9 – Sudbury, ONT @ Jubilee Centre
October 11 – Thunder Bay, ONT @ Kilroy’s
October 12 – Winnipeg, MB @ Royal Albert Arms,
October 13 – Regina, SK @ Exchange
October 14 – Edmonton, ALB @ The Mead Hall
October 16 – Victoria, BC @ Sugar Nightclub
October 17 – Vancouver, BC @ Columbia
October 19 – Calgary, ALB @ The Stetson
October 21 – Columbia Heights, MN @  Star Central
October 22 – Mohena, IL @ The Pearl Room
October 23 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
October 27 – Sommerville, MA @ Goodtimes Emporium
October 28 – Bedford, NH @ Mark’s Place

November Australia/New Zealand dates TBA.

Central Illinois Metalfest – Schedule Released

The full two-day schedule has been announced for the Central Illinois Metalfest, set to take place July 21-22 at the Canopy Club in Urbana, IL. It is as follows:

Friday – July 21st 2006:

2:00-2:30pm – UNHALLOWED (NJ)
2:45-3:15pm – DECRYPT (IN)
3:30-4:00pm – LAPIDATE (CANADA)
4:15-4:45pm – VICTIMAS (NM)
5:00-5:30pm – EXULCERATE (TX)
5:45-6:15pm – GUTTURAL SECRETE (NV)
6:30-7:00pm – ABYSMAL TORMENT (MALTA)
7:15-7:45pm – LUST OF DECAY (NC)
8:00-8:30pm – PUTRID PILE (WI)
8:45-9:15pm – DEVOURMENT (TX)
9:30-10:00pm – DEADEN (IL)
10:15-10:45pm – MALIGNANCY (NY)
11:00-11:30pm – WACO JESUS (IL)
11:45-END – MACABRE (IL)

Saturday – July 22nd 2006:

12:00-12:25pm – HEINOUS KILLINGS (OH)
12:40-1:05pm – BLACK THE SKY (IL)
1:20-1:45pm – ETERNAL RUIN
2:00-2:30pm – VITALITY (TX)
2:45-3:15pm – INCINERATE (MN)
3:30-4:00pm – BLOODY SIGN (FRANCE)
4:15-4:45pm – DOMINATION THROUGH IMPURITY (NC)
5:00-5:30pm – IMMERSED IN BLOOD (SWEDEN)
5:45-6:15pm – ROTTENNESS (MEXICO)
6:30-7:00pm – MORTAL DECAY (NJ)
7:15-7:45pm – PROPHECY (TX)
8:00-8:30pm – EMBALMER (OH)
8:45-9:15pm – HUMAN ARTIFACTS (IL)
9:30-10:00pm – GORGASM (IL)
10:15-10:45pm – LIVIDITY (IL)
11:00-11:30pm – JUNGLE ROT (WI)
11:45-END – ORIGIN (KS)

Fecal Corpse – Announce More Upcoming Shows

NYDMers FECAL CORPSE have lined up the following upcoming shows:

June 23 – Yonkers, NY @  Club Pure w/ Skinless, Antipathy
July 15 – Albany, NY @ Valentines
Jul 27 – Saratago Springs, NY @ Backstreet Billiards w/ Deeds of Flesh
July 29 – Ottawa, IL @ Silver Slipper / Field of Dreams – Ill-I-Noize Fest
August 3 – Cleveland, OH @  Pirates Cove
August 10 – Freeport, NY @ Odins Tavern
August 18 – New York, NY @ Downtime w/ Origin
August 26 – Toronto, ON @ Trinport ( Back To School Massacre)

Dream Theater – Release Date Announced For New Live CD/DVD

DREAM THEATER‘s latest live CD (cover) and DVD (cover) “Score” is currently scheduled for release on Aug 29th 2006 on Rhino Records. (date may vary slightly in different countries)

The 3-CD and 2-DVD sets will be available seperately.

Both versions will contain the entire “20th Anniversary World Tour” grand finale recorded live at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on April 1st 2006. (nearly 3 hours of music – over 90 minutes of which was performed with a full orchestra)

The DVD will also contain a 1 hour Documentary tracking the entire career of the band from the very beginnings at the Berklee College Of Music in 1985 all the way to the Radio City Music Hall grand finale. Including rare never before seen footage and interviews with current and previous members of the band.

Also included on the DVD are several live Bonus Tracks from through the years taken from the Portnoy Archives.

DREAM THEATER‘s setlist for the show was as follows:

01. The Root of All Evil
02. I Walk Beside You
03. Another Won
04. Afterlife
05. Under a Glass Moon
06. Innocence Faded
07. Raise the Knife
08. The Spirit Carries On
–intermission– (20+ piece orchestra joins band for rest of the show)
09. Overture
10. About to Crash
11. War inside My Head
12. The Test That Stumped Them All
13. Goodnight Kiss
14. Solitary Shell
15. About to Crash (reprise)
16. Losing Time / Grand Finale
17. Vacant
18. The Answer Lies Within
19. Sacrificed Sons
20. Octavarium
–encore–
21. Metropolis Pt. I

You can download a teaser for the release here.

Genghis Tron – Ton of New Tour Dates Released

GENGHIS TRON will be embarking on a massive North American tour from July to September in support of their recently released new album, Dead Mountain Mouth. You can check out the latest confirmed dates over at their MySpace page.

Ozzfest – Reaches New Low

In need of a good laugh? You can check out some initial “Miss Ozzfest” pics here. Sex sells (and so does metalcore and nu-metal).

Play With Knives – Launches New Web Store

PlayWithKnives.com, a site dedicated to art of Dave Correia, has launched a new web store for your buying pleasure.

Fast Eddie – Announce More Summer Shows

Recently relocated experimental jazz/death metallers FAST EDDIE have lined up two more shows for this summer, with more expected to be announced shortly:

August 2 – Hollywood, CA @ Knitting Factory
August 4 – Simi Valley, CA @ Carpe DM Cafe

More information on the band, including their recent line-up changes, can be found at their official MySpace page.

Shat – New Songs Posted Online

Four songs off SHAT‘s upcoming new 69 song album, entitled “Cuntree,” have been posted online here. The new songs posted are titled: “Double Double Chin,” “My Mentrual Art Gallery,” “I Thought That Mike Patton Was My Friend,” and “I Fucked Your Wife.” The new album will be released on August 8th through Buddyhead Records.

Suffocation – European Tour Dates And Festival Appearances Announced

New York death metal legends SUFFOCATION have lined up the following European dates for the month of August, with OBSCURA also appearing on most of the dates:

August 18 – Wermelskirchen, GER @ AJZ Bahndamm w/ Skinless, Spawn of Possession
August 17 – Gent, BEL @ Frontline
August 18 – Rotterdam, NET @ Baroeg
August 19 – Muotathal, BEL @ Mountains of Death Festival
August 20 – Munich, GER @ Metropolis w/ Wasteform
August 21 – Vienna, AUT @ Planet Music w/ Wasteform
August 22 – Prague, CZE @ Matrix w/ Wasteform
August 23 – Hamburg, GER @ Marx w/ Wasteform
August 24 – Berlin, GER @ Knaack w/ Wasteform
August 25 – Gemuenden, GER @ Up From The Ground
August 26 – Rijssel, NET @ Els Rock Open Air Festival

EL-P – Drafts Reznor, Mars Volta For New Album

The following article was originally posted over at Billboard.com:

Indie hip-hop heavyweight EL-P has secured guest spots from NINE INCH NAILS frontman Trent Reznor and the MARS VOLTA for his new album, “I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead.” According to EL-P‘s Myspace.com site, the Reznor collaboration is titled “Flyentology” and the MARS VOLTA track “is still getting structured.”

“I have about four songs to finish and that’s a wrap,” he said of the new album, which will be the long-awaited follow-up to his 2002 effort “Fantastic Damage.” That set reached No. 9 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart No. 14 on the Top Independent Albums tally.

EL-P previously crossed paths with Reznor when he remixed the NINE INCH NAILS song “Only” for the EP “Every Day Is Exactly the Same.” His most recent project was producing MR. LIF‘s new album, “Mo Mega,” due Tuesday (June 13) via Definitive Jux.

Mr. Lif – New Album Being Streamed In Its Entirety

MR. LIF‘s entire new album, Mo’ Mega, is now streaming in its entirety over at his official MySpace page. The album will be released on June 13th through Definitive Jux.

Folly, Look What I Did – More Tour Dates Released

More dates have been released for the Summer Bummer Tour which will feature FOLLY, LOOK WHAT I DID, DROP DEAD, GORGEOUS, and THE HUMAN ABSTRACT. You can check out the latest dates at the tour’s official MySpace page.

Blood Freak – “Feeding Rituals” Update

Razorback Records have released the following update:

Things are moving fast on this upcoming special release! Maniac Neil already has a large portion of the new songs done! Almost all of the lyrics are finished as well. The new stuff sounds like FRIGHTMARE‘s “Bringing Back The Bloodshed” sound mixed with BLOOD FREAK‘s style! Shorter songs, crunchy metallic guitar sound, and even tighter drums with incredible production/sound! The theme/tone is meaner, more pissed off, and sleazier than ever. There’s going to be even more insane vocal f/x this time around as well. The pitch-shifter will return….but with a TWIST!

Here’s the updated list of songs that will appear on the CD:

1. FEEDING RITUALS
2. BODY BY DEATH
3. GO FOR THE GROSSOUT
4. MULTIPLEX MASSACRE
5. SLAUGHTERCYCLE
6. LADY LUNATIC
7. DON’T METAL WITH SATAN!
8. IF YOU HAVE THE GUTS…HE WANTS THEM!
9. NUKIE
10. ROCKTOBER BLOOD
11. BURNING BRIDGES
12. SAVAGE STREETS
13. ROADKILLERS
14. POULTRY PERVERT
15. THRILLS, CHILLS, AND BLOOD SPILLS

Bloodletting North America V – Tour Dates Updated

The dates have been updated for the upcoming Bloodletting North America V tour featuring DEEDS OF FLESH, VILE, DECREPIT BIRTH, and ODIOUS MORTEM:

July 14 – Corona CA @ Showcase Theater
July 15 – San Marcos CA @ Jumping Turtle
July 16 – Hollywood CA @ The Knitting Factory
July 17 – Glendale, AZ @ Bull Dogz
July 18 – Albuquerque NM @ The Compound
July 19 – Lubbock, TX @ The Slaughterhouse
July 20 – Tulsa, OK @ The Pink Eye
July 21 – St. Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl
July 22 – Toledo, OH @ Vamps
July 23 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
July 24 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Peppermint Beach Club
July 25 – New York, NY @ Downtime
July 26 – Montclair, NJ @ Bloomfield Ave Cafe
July 27 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Backstreet Billiards
July 28 – Toronto, ON @ El Mocambo
July 29 – Montreal, QC @ Petit Campus
July 30 – Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
July 31 – Madison, WI @ The Loft
August 1 – Arlington Heights, IL @ Knights of Columbus Hall
August 2 – St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
August 4 – Denver, CO @ The Grimm Reaper
August 7 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
August 8 – Portland, OR @ Rock N Roll Pizza
August 9 – Eureka, CA @ The Eureka Vets Hall
August 10 – Fresno, CA @ The Belmont

Peeping Tom – European/U.S. Mini-Tour Dates Released

Mike Patton‘s PEEPING TOM have lined up the following upcoming European and U.S. tour dates and festival appearances:

July 14 – Dour, BEL @ Dour Festival
July 15 – Suffolk, UK @ Latitude Festival
July 17 – London, UK @ The Astoria w/ Dub Trio
July 20 – Costa Mesa, CA @ Orange County Fair w/ Gnarls Barkley
July 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Avalon w/ Gnarls Barkley
July 24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Avalon w/ Gnarls Barkley
July 27 – Chicago, IL @ TBA w/ Dub Trio
July 28 – Twin Lakes, WI @ Hedgpeth Festival

The band is expected to embark on a full tour in the fall.

Breaking Benjamin – Stream to 1st Single – #1 Most Added to Rock Radio in 3 Formats

BREAKING BENJAMIN’s new single ‘The Diary of Jane’ was #1 Most Added at three formats – Modern Rock, Active Rock and Rock – and can now be heard on over 100 radio stations nationwide. The band’s new album “Phobia” hits stores on August 8. Listen to the single below:

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Strictly Heavy Management – Offers Luxury Suites to Up & Coming Artists

In 2005, STRICTLY HEAVY MANAGEMENT purchased this very well kept Queen Anne Victorian Mansion located in Easton Maryland. The site houses SHM Headquarters, Easton Academy of Recording Arts, and Blast Metal Music, owned and operated by Heavy Metal Personal Manager Theresa Aldao. The house has 5 luxurious rooms with private bathrooms, and can easily accommodate an entourage of up to 10 adults. We also have sufficient parking for tour busses and vans! Youll find the house and its setting to be quiet and relaxing. The best part is the fact that we are easily within 60 miles of both Washington D.C. and Baltimore, a major leg on the Eastern Tour Routes. We are interested in helping out your staff on business travel, or up and coming bands on your roster while on tour, by providing free overnight accommodations .

STRICTLY HEAVY MANAGEMENT says that the purpose of this promotion is to develop the sites reputation as entertainment friendly and to increase the prestige of STRICTLY HEAVY MANAGEMENT’s business in the music industry. Interested persons should contact STRICTLY HEAVY MANAGEMENT directly for availability. STRICTLY HEAVY MANAGEMENT suggest an individual or bands itinerary include a night of R&R prior to, or post a performance in Baltimore, Northern Virginia, or Washington DC. The site is located on the Eastern Shore, approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes from each city. Interstate 95, and Interstate 97 are both easily accessible.

Century Media Recording Artists DESPISED ICON and Relapse Recording Artist Vincent Matthews of CRIMINAL ELEMENT (and formerly of DYING FETUS) have already stayed at STRICTLY HEAVY MANAGEMENT Headquarters.

Barcode – Announce New Singer – Ex-Demolition Inc.

After having parted ways with former shouter Butch in January, Danish Hardcore steam-rollers BARCODE finally announced a new singer: SS Graveyard aka BloodKill, who is also employed as frontman of the Danish Metal band DEMOLITION INC. “What had always been Butch’s trademark aggressive and fierce vocals, yet with a delicate sense of tone delivered with immense headroom and authority SS Graveyard has it all”, states the band on their official website.

BARCODE are presently working on six new songs, first results are supposed to show up very soon.

Communic – Replace Exodus at Bang Your Head Festival

Norwegian chartbreakers COMMUNIC have just been confirmed to play at the German Bang Your Head festival, scheduled to take place from June 23-24 in Balingen. Thus the band replaces Thrash veterans EXODUS who cancelled their appearance recently.

Kataklysm – Confirm Filming of Entire CoHeadlining Show at Partysan for DVD

KATAKLYSM have confirmed that they will be filming their entire coheadlining show at this year’s PARTYSAN open air festival. The show will be professionally filmed and stated for release for the end of the year in a double dvd release, the dvd will be titled KATAKLYSM  “Live In Germany”  and the second bonus dvd “The Test of Time” wich will feature footage  spanning over the bands 15 year career , interviews and various videoclips will also be included.

Walls of Jericho – Finish Filming 1st Video for New Album

WALLS OF JERICHO, Detroit’s voice of metal, just finished filming their first video for the new album, “With Devils Amongst Us All” due out Fall 2006. The band, which delivers a fierce onslaught of metallic venom in their guitars while retaining the grit of hardcore/punk, is fronted by female fury, Candace Kucsulain.  Consistent with their dark sound, WALLS OF JERICHO shot the video for the song ‘A Trigger Full of Promises’ in discarded prison cells located deep in the rural countryside of Pennsylvania. The prison cells are part of an old farm house that was once a film studio for S&M videos, and is now used to make interrogation training films for the U.S. army and navy.  We wanted the video to be full of dark undertones, to match the lyrical theme of the song says Dustin Schoenhofer (drums) who actually scripted the video, The initial idea was to combine a Romeo and Juliet storyline with METALLICA’s ‘Unforgiven‘ video. The song is about the idea of love and the video portrays lovers who are separated by a prison wall, who give up their health, well-being and ultimately their lifes to reach one another.

Director Dale Restigini who has worked with TRIVIUM, HATEBREED, FALL OUT BOY shot the video in one day.  When most people were enjoying cookouts and baseball on Memorial Day, the band who had just completed the Trustkill Takeover Tour with BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, ROSES ARE RED were filming.  ‘A Trigger Full Of Promises’ will be the first single off of “With Devils Amongst Us All”, and is also featured on the new Headbanger’s Ball, The Revenge double album that is out now. Guitarist Mike Hasty describes the forthcoming full-length album as the most varied music we’ve ever written, it’s a lot more anthemic whereas our older material was more about aggression than composition. 

With Devils Amongst Us All” is the follow up to 2004’s “All Hail The Dead,” which had a fury of press coverage including national publications such as Alt Press, Decibel and Revolver as well as broadcast media such as Headbangers Ball (which Candace hosted an episode of).

Bury Your Dead – July 11 Release Date for “Beauty and the Breakdown” – Details Revealed

“We could just get up there and shred or have a good time. We choose to have a good time” – BURY YOUR DEAD

On July 11 Victory Records will release BURY YOUR DEAD‘s appropriately titled “Beauty And The Breakdown.”

Massachusetts based BURY YOUR DEAD took no prisoners last year on Ozzfest‘s notorious second stage, establishing themselves alongside AS I LAY DYING, ROB ZOMBIE, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE among others. Now, on July 11th, BURY YOUR DEAD will release their eponymous “Beauty And The Breakdown” (Victory).

BURY YOUR DEAD rise to the occasion after breaking up and reforming; having gone through 9 touring vehicles including buckets of bolts like a Hyundai Accent and a Kia Sefia. They’re still together and their stronger than ever on the new album, “Beauty And The Breakdown – which is easily their most focused sonic offering.

In the BURY YOUR DEAD tradition, the music is heavier than granite, but the band’s approach and collective attitude is light, fun and carefree bringing old school rock n roll f-you style back to the music scene; that coupled with their not to be missed live performance is what sets BYD apart from their peers.  Also drawing attention from music industry folk, specifically to Superhero Artist Management’s Howard Jones who doubles as singer in KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and now manages the band.  BURY YOUR DEAD‘s brute heaviness collided with their catchy melodies, “making you mosh your brains out to our infectious breakdowns, is what keeps the kids coming back for more.” As Slim says, “It’s always down and dirty, hustle and bustle with BURY YOUR DEAD.” And that equals a damn good time.

While 2004’s “Cover Your Tracks” respectfully sold more than 80,000 copies, featuring song titles named after Tom Cruise movies, “Beauty And The Breakdown” doesn’t name its song titles after Nicole Kidman movies – nor does it sound like its predecessor. Here, BURY YOUR DEAD named all their songs after fairytales, like “Mirror, Mirror”, “House Of Brick”, and “House Of Straw”. The album’s artwork is laid out like a storybook, as well. Despite having such light, fun titles, the music contained on the moshable “Beauty And The Breakdown” is pummeling, vivid, and fast, and it will knock the wind out of you, and is also smart and tightly written.

Their organic method of playing with ideas and writing songs is another key factor of what makes BURY YOUR DEAD a little bit different and a whole lotta special. “Me and Mark are like peanut butter and jelly,” Slim reveals. “We don’t need to lock into a practice space with a bottle of whiskey and make a thing, with details all hidden. We go into my parents’living room, where he has electric drum set and I have a half stack, and we write and other members come in and contribute.”

Fun is an essential ingredient to the BURY YOUR DEAD sound, and they definitely strike the balance.  “You can hear us having a good time,” Slim points out.  Indeed, if you’ve ever witnessed a BURY YOUR DEAD show, when they play their namesake song, there are massive pile-ons on stage, with kids clamoring for a chance to scream, “Bury your fuckin’ dead” with Bruso (vox). “Having a good time is as important as the quality of the music, absolutely, 200 percent.”

Look for soon to be announced summer tour plans.

Powerman 5000 – Begin Shooting Video for ‘Wild World’ On June 11

DRT recording artist POWERMAN 5000 begin shooting their video for the track “Wild World” on Sunday, June 11 in Los Angeles “Wild World” is the first single off the band’s upcoming album, Destroy What You Enjoy, out August 1. We’re shooting most of it in an abandoned crack house,” vocalist Spider comments. “It should be pretty glamorous.” The video will showcase the band’s high energy live performance, and will be co-directed by Jeff Stewart and Spider.In other POWERMAN 5000 news, the band will embark on a U.S tour beginning July 1 in Lubbock, TX.

Slayer – Announce “Christ Illusion” As Album Title – Reveal Release Date, Tracklisting

Christ Illusion” has been confirmed as the title of the new SLAYER album, it has been announced, and the CD’s release date is now confirmed for August 8, 2006.

Christ Illusion” is SLAYER’s first new studio album since 2001, and the
first recorded by the band’s original line-up – Kerry King/guitars; Tom
Araya
/bass, vocals; Jeff Hanneman/guitars; Dave Lombardo/drums – since
1990’s “Seasons In The Abyss.” “Christ Illusion” was produced by Josh
Abraham
and executive produced by Rick Rubin, and will be released on SLAYER‘s long-time label, Rubin‘s American Recordings/Warner Bros. Records.

Christ Illusion” deals with familiar SLAYER themes – god, religion, hate, and war. Song titles are “Flesh Storm,” “Catalyst,” “Eyes of the Insane,” “Jihad,” “Skeleton Christ,” “Consfearacy,” “Black Serenade,” ” Catatonic,” “Cult,” and “Supremist.” According to Araya, “No one is going to be disappointed, it’s going to blow everybody away. It’s fast, heavy, and maybe faster than anything we’ve done before.”

“It’s a good mix of fast, brutal music and slower moodier stuff, it’s pretty
intense,” added King. “It sounds like a damn SLAYER record.”

A core player in SLAYER‘s history has also rejoined the team for the “Christ
Illusion
” project. Larry Carroll, who did the cover artwork for “Reign in
Blood
,” “South of Heaven,” and “Seasons In the Abyss,” has painted an
original piece for the “Christ Illusion” cover. Working only from the song
titles and early lyrics, Carroll has produced a classic SLAYER masterpiece –
a portrait of the Christ – whose forearms have been chopped off – standing
in an ocean of blood surrounded by floating, decapitated heads. Carroll
created the painting on a 4-by-4-foot slab of wood using a combination of
mediums. King already has placed dibs on ownership of the original wooden
canvas.