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Posted in Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on October 16, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

SLAYER - Scion VIP Giveaway - October 16 - 2014 promo flyer



LOS ANGELES, Oct. 16, 2014 – Scion, who previously announced its partnership with Slayer and is sponsoring the iconic, Grammy-award winning band’s upcoming U.S. tour, are offering fans a chance to meet the Thrash Metal band at private meet and greets in Oakland (Nov. 12 only), Los Angeles, Austin and Montclair, N.J.

A total of 10 existing ticket holders will each win spots for themselves and a ticket-holding guest at the meet and greet as well as receive an autographed, limited edition poster.  To enter, please visit  The contest period kicks off today and ends approximately forty-eight hours in advance of each of the four concerts.

Scion Presents Slayer with special guests Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus:


11   Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA

12   Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA

14   The Forum, Los Angeles, CA

15   Comerica Theatre, Phoenix, AZ

17   Bricktown Events Center, Oklahoma City, OK

18   ACL Live, Austin, TX

19   Verizon Theatre, Dallas, TX

21   Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL

22   The Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA

23   The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC

25   The Armory, Albany, NY

26   Sands Events Center, Bethlehem, PA

28   The Palladium, Worcester, MA

29   Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ

30   Tower Theatre, Philadelphia, PA


2   Agora Theatre, Cleveland, OH

4   Egyptian Room, Indianapolis, IN

5   The Fillmore, Detroit, MI

6   The Venue at Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, IN

About Slayer:

The Chicago Tribune‘s Greg Kot wrote that the five-time-nominated, two-time Grammy winning Slayer is “one of the great American rock bands of the last 30 years, forget about genre.”  Their membership in “The Big Four” – Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax – the four bands that defined the thrash/metal genre – secures their place in music history. Indeed, few bands come close to matching the intensity that Slayer brings to its live shows, having been named “Best Live Band” by numerous media outlets including RevolverSPIN, and Metal Hammer.  With songs that mirror the turmoil and aberrations of our society – God’s terrifying global genocide, the chaos of our broken political system, chemical warfare, the hideous minds of serial killers and the way-too-close proximity of world horrors that technology has brought us, Slayer remains crushing and brutal, steadfastly refusing to cater to the Mainstream.  Slayer’s founding member, guitarist Jeff Hanneman passed in 2013, and Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has been filling in since.  The band is currently in the studio recording a new album set for an early 2015 release.

About Scion Audio Visual:

Scion Audio Visual (AV for short) is a creative enterprise of Scion devoted to the discovery, nurture, funding and distribution of compelling music and arts programming. Scion AV has created and championed projects for over 100 underground musical artists, supported tours and special events, created film documentaries, curated art installations, and produced a collection of ‘zines. In addition, Scion AV executes the annual Scion Music(less) Music Conference and operates seven broadband radio stations via Scion Streaming Radio. For more information, visit

About Scion:

Scion continues to be the test laboratory division for Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. From its start in 2003, Scion’s goal was to offer products and processes that stand apart from the crowd.  With a model line-up that includes the iconic xB urban utility vehicle, the tC sports coupe, the FR-S rear-wheel drive sports car, the premium micro-subcompact iQ and the xD urban subcompact 5-door, Scion offers distinctive vehicles that reflect owners’ passions and aspirations.  Scion also appeals to a youthful audience by offering a simple, no-haggle buying experience and by engaging with potential customers in meaningful and creative ways.  For more information, visit


(Source: Speakeasy PR & Marketing)






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Posted in Heavy Metal, metal bands, metal music, music news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , on April 26, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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SLAYER – At the Revolver Golden Gods Awards held April 23rd, at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, Slayer surprised the capacity crowd with an unannounced performance, kicking off the show with a three-song set that included the global premiere of Implode, the band’s first new studio recording in five years.

Recorded earlier this month at Henson Studios in Los Angeles and produced by Terry Date and co-produced by Greg Fidelman, “Implode” is now available as a free download as a “thank you” to the band’s fans for their continued support. Or, as Kerry King put it, “you have been waiting for us, now we are delivering for you.” Registered members of Slayer’s fan club were sent an email right around midnight giving them the link to the song and a chance to hear it before it was made public.

“Implode” can now be downloaded at:

Later this year, the two-time Grammy-winning Slayer will begin recording a new album, tentatively set for an early 2015 release date. The album will make Slayer history as it will be released on Nuclear Blast Records through the band’s own label imprint, closing out a 28-year relationship with Rick Rubin and American Recordings. No name for the imprint has been decided on yet.

“Rick has played a huge role in our career, we’ve made some great albums with him,” said Slayer’s Tom Araya. “But today is a new day, record companies don’t play the kind of role they once did, and we really like the idea of going out on our own, connecting directly with our fans, and Nuclear Blast is fired up about taking on that challenge with us.”

All future recordings on the band’s label imprint will be released worldwide exclusively through Nuclear Blast.

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“I was a teenage rebel when ‘Show No Mercy’ came out,” said Markus Staiger, owner of Nuclear Blast, “and I identified with that record. It was the most extreme, aggressive thing at the time. They were then and still are the most brutal metal band on the planet! I really cannot express how proud I am that we are able to work with Slayer to join the Nuclear Blast family. We are ready for that next record and, I’m sure it will go into metal history!”

Added Nuclear Blast label manager Gerardo Martinez: “The prospect of helping Slayer take a leading role in the creative process surrounding their releases, projects and other cross-promotional opportunities is the ultimate honor for me, a metalhead who grew up in Los Angeles listening to Slayer. Nowhere in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that Nuclear Blast would be making history alongside one of the best bands in metal.”

SlayerTom Araya/vocals, bass, Kerry King/guitar, drummer Paul Bostaph, and Gary Holt who continues to stand in for the band’s founding guitarist, the late Jeff Hanneman – will spend the next few months on the road touring major North American and European festivals as well as headlining dates, sharing the stages with Metallica, Iron Maiden and more (see below), but is expected to be back in the studio in the fall to record the rest of the new album.

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US Tour

09 May US Salt Lake City, UT – The Great Salt Air
10 May US Denver, CO – Fillmore
11 May US Billings, MT – Shrine
13 May US Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theatre
15 May US St Louis, MO – The Pageant
16 May US Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom,
17 May US Columbus, OH – Rock on the Range

European Tour

28 May FI Helsinki – Sonisphere Festival @ Hietaniemi Beach
30 May SE Stockholm – STHLM Fields @ Gardet Royal Park
31 May NL Nijmegen – FortaRock Festival Goffertpark

01 June NO Oslo – Sonisphere Festival @ Valle Hoven
03 June DK Horsens – Horsens Gaol
04 June DE Hamburg – Sonisphere Festival @ Imtech Arena
05 June LU Luxembourg City – Den Atelier
07 June DE Nurburgring – Rock am Ring
08 June DE Nürnberg – Rock Im Park
09 June CH Pratteln – Z7 Konzertfabrik
13 June AT Nicklesdorf – Nova Rock @Pannonia Fields
15 June IT Milan – Live Club
16 June IT Bologna – Estragon
18 June FR Niems – Paloma
20 June FR Clisson – Hellfest @Rue de Champ Louet
21 June NO Halden – Tons of Rock Restival
24 June PL Poznan – Stadion Miejeski
26 June FR Strasbourg – La Laiterie
27 June BE Dessel – Graspop
30 June IRE Belfast – Limelight

01 July IRE Dublin – Academy
04 July FR Paris – Paris Le Zenith
05 July UK Knebworth Park – Sonisphere Festival @ Knebworth

03 Aug RU Nizny Novgorad – Milo Club
04 Aug RU Moscow – Arena Moscow Club
05 Aug RU St. Petersburg – A2 Club
08 Aug CZ Jaromer – Brutal Assault Festival
10 Aug CA Montreal – Heavy Montreal Festival @ Parc Jean


(Source: Nuclear Blast)

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Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 2, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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LOS ANGELES, CA – On December 10, 2013, American Recordings will reissue ten of Slayer’s seminal albums on vinyl. All ten albums will be available individually and were re-mastered from the original analog flat master tapes and pressed on the highest quality, 180-gram audiophile vinyl. Albums include all nine of Slayer’s studio recordings, Reign In Blood (1986), South of Heaven (1988), Seasons In The Abyss (1990), Divine Intervention (1994), Undisputed Attitude (1996), Diabolus In Musica (1998), God Hates Us All (2001), Christ Illusion (2006), and World Painted Blood (2009), plus their live double-record Decade of Aggression: Live (1991),

Each title will feature the original album artwork including reproductions of the original 12X12 inner sleeves. For the first U.S. run, 500 unmarked copies will be pressed on 180-gram, blood-red, colored vinyl and randomly inserted and sold in stores as part of a “lucky dip.”

As American Recordings’ owner and long-time Slayer producer Rick Rubin put it, “Slayer defines speed metal and these albums define Slayer. Listen at your own risk.”


Click link below for a chance to win 10 remastered Slayer vinyl albums!


(Source: SLAYER Facebook)

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JEFF HANNEMAN – Guitar World Cover And Tribute For August 2013 Issue

Posted in guitarists, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal with tags , , , , , , on June 26, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Jeff Hanneman - Guitar World - promo cover - August - 2013

The August 2013 issue of Guitar World features a tribute to Slayer’s Jeff Hanneman, who influenced a generation and changed the course of Metal forever. Guitar World presents the complete, untold story of the late Slayer guitarist who was behind such legendary Thrash anthems as “Angel of Death,” “South of Heaven” and “War Ensemble.”


(Source: Guitar World)

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Jeff Hanneman, Slayer Guitarist & Founding Member Passes Away; Forever Shall Be Missed

Posted in Extreme Metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal, thrash metal bands with tags , , , , on May 2, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Photo Credit: Slayer band facebook


As reported on the Slayer band facebook page, on May 2nd, 2013:

Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this morning near his Southern California home. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry, and will be sorely missed.

Our Brother Jeff Hanneman, May He Rest In Peace (1964 – 2013)


Metal Odyssey extends condolences to the family, friends, bandmates and fans of Jeff Hanneman. This is a profoundly sad day in the world of Metal and the entire music world. To say Jeff Hanneman will be missed is an obvious understatement. Jeff Hanneman was a young 49 years old. Rest In Peace, Jeff Hanneman.

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Jeff Hanneman – live on stage at the Big 4! (2011)

Photo Credit: Slayer band facebook

I guess I’m like every other Slayer, Metal and Extreme Music fan right now. Saddened to see a mighty warrior of Slayer fall. I never thought about a member of Slayer leaving us for the other side. No one from Slayer is supposed to ever die! Metal icons like Slayer are invincible! Slayer is about being the baddest, strongest and most prolific Metal band on the face of the Earth. A day like today is another somber reminder as to how precious and fragile life is. Reality check, please. What allows me to make sense out of dying so young, is that Jeff Hanneman is no longer feeling any pain and struggle.

I’ve never hid my belief in heaven and I am a man raised on faith, therefore, my faith will always kick into high gear during times like this. If a Rock ‘N Roll heaven really does exist (and I believe it does) then Jeff Hanneman is raising some noise right about now with Ronnie James Dio, Buddy Holly, Randy Rhoads, Dimebag, Paul Gray and… the entire Metal and Rock ‘N Roll family.

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It was back around 1987 when I first saw Slayer live. It was a medium-sized club then known as The West Hartford Ballroom, in West Hartford, Connecticut. Overkill and Motörhead opened for Slayer on that cold Winter night. Talk about a night of legendary Metal! Forget about The Big 4 for a second… that night was The Big 3 in my land of Metal memories!

Seeing Slayer take the stage and perform one blistering song after another made me spellbound. I never saw such a fast and heavy-ass band like this before and I had already seen Metallica live. Slayer and of course Jeff Hanneman left a lasting impression on me that night. I was already a fan of theirs; only this first experience of seeing them live made me realize how real they really were. No other band in the world like them. No other guitarist like Jeff Hanneman either. Metal memories are not bought, they’re made. Thank you Jeff Hanneman for the Metal memories.

Slayer "Reign In Blood" 1987 Tour Program!

Left To Right: Tom Araya, Jeff Hanneman, Dave Lombardo and Kerry King.

I bought this 1987 tour program from an independent record store; right after I saw Slayer in concert. I’m thrilled that I still own it. Metal be thy name.


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January 31st, 1964 – May 2nd, 2013



Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, Metal, metal festivals, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on March 21, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Bloodstock Open Air - 2013 - promo flyer

BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2013 – Since 2001, this unreal and amazing annual Metal event will be taking place once again, in the grounds of Catton Hall, Walton-on-Trent, Derbyshire, UK, on August 8th through the 11th! That kick-ass festival flyer above says it all! Metal be thy name!


For more info, click on the links below! Whoa!

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SLAYER – Drummer Dave Lombardo Dismissed By Band For Australian Tour

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal, thrash metal bands with tags , , , , on February 21, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Dave Lombardo and his Ludwig Vistalite kit.

I (first) found this breaking news (this morning) regarding Dave Lombardo being dismissed as Slayer’s drummer for the Australian tour on the very cool and informative: MELODYOFTHESOUL. All I can say, is Dave Lombardo is THE legendary and original Slayer drummer and Slayer is the crème de la crème of Thrash Metal history. I just wish they could all get along… then again… we’re all human. Read on, cause this is one jaw-dropping story! Metal be thy name.


As reported on the official facebook of PHILM:

Statement From Dave Lombardo Regarding Slayer Australian Tour 2013

I want to personally apologize to all of our fans in Australia who have bought tickets for the tour expecting to see me in my usual place on the drums.

So that you all know the truth, as of the end of the business day on February 14th, I was notified that I would not be drumming for the tour in Australia. I’m saddened, and to be honest I am shocked by the situation.

Last year, I discovered 90% of Slayer’s tour income was being deducted as expenses including the professional fees paid to management, costing the band millions of dollars and leaving 10% or less to split amongst the four of us. In my opinion, this is not the way a band’s business should operate. I tried rectifying it by letting my band mates know, and Tom and I hired auditors to figure out what happened, but I was denied access to detailed information and the necessary back up documents.

I spent the Christmas and New Year holidays realizing I had toured all over the world in 2012, but yet, had not been paid (except a small advance) or provided a proper accounting for a full year’s sweat and blood. On top of this, I was told that I would not be paid until I signed a long form contract which gave me no written assurance of how much or on what basis management would deduct commissions, nor did it provide me access to the financial budgets or records for review. It also forbade me to do interviews or make statements having to do with the band, in effect a gagging order.

Last Monday, I sat down with Kerry and Tom to rehearse for Australia and to propose a new business model that I felt was the best way forward for Slayer to confidently protect itself so we could do what we do best . . . play for the fans. Kerry made it clear he wasn’t interested in making changes and said if I wanted to argue the point, he would find another drummer. On Thursday, I arrived at rehearsals at 1 pm as scheduled, but Kerry did not show. Rather, at 6:24 pm I received an email from the lawyers saying I was being replaced for the Australian dates.

I remain hopeful that we can resolve our issues. But once again, I sincerely apologize to all of our fans in Australia who spent their money expecting to see the 3 of us original Slayer members.
I look forward to seeing you in the future.

Dave Lombardo


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