Video footage of Kerry King of Los Angeles thrashers SLAYER playing the song "War Ensemble" at the Marshall booth at this year's NAMM show (which was held January 15-18, 2009 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California) can be viewed below.
This year's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival trek will be headlined by SLAYER and MARILYN MANSON, with a yet-to-be-announced "special guest" (strongly rumored to be KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, who are unable to announce their participation due to their involvement with the Music As A Weapon IV tour this spring) also making an appearance on the same stage (along with Welsh metallers BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE). The Jägermeister stage will feature TRIVIUM, ALL THAT REMAINS, GOD FORBID and the Jägermeister Battle of the Bands winner; the Hot Topic stage will feature extreme metal bands CANNIBAL CORPSE, JOB FOR A COWBOY, BEHEMOTH, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER and WHITECHAPEL. The World's Greatest Freestyle Motocross team METAL MULISHA will also be revving up the crowd with their unique style of death-defying motorcycle stunts on all dates.
Summer 2009 will see a brand new album from SLAYER, who have already recorded three new songs and are slated to return to the studio in February to finish. Late last fall, SLAYER made one of the new tracks, "Psychopathy Red", available as a free online stream to fans, and to date, the song has been posted online at more than one million sites.
"We co-headlined with MANSON once before, a couple of years ago," said Kerry King, "so we all know what we're getting into. Manson and I probably drank a little too much absinthe on that tour, but we had a really good time hanging out and playing good music — we're looking forward to doing the same this summer on Mayhem."