Thrash metal kings SLAYER are among the latest names to be added to the bill for the Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds festivals, set to take place August 25-27 at Reading's Richfield Avenue and Leeds' Bramham Park in the United Kingdom. Also confirmed for the summer event are AUDIOSLAVE, PEARL JAM and MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE, among many others. More information is available at NME.com.
SLAYER — Tom Araya (bass, vocals), Kerry King (guitars), Jeff Hanneman (guitars), and Dave Lombardo (drums) — have finished recording tracks for their as-yet-untitled new album, due out this fall, and have commenced the mixing process. This album is the first new studio album since 1990's "Seasons In The Abyss" that features the entire original SLAYER lineup (drummer Lombardo left the band in 1992 and rejoined in 2003). Rick Rubin, who helped solidify the much-emulated SLAYER sound beginning with their genre-defining 1986 classic "Reign In Blood", is executive-producing, and Josh Abraham (KORN, VELVET REVOLVER, ATREYU) is producing. Working songtitles include "Catalyst", "Cult", "Catatonic", "Jihad", "Eyes of the Insane", "Supremist", and "Consfearacy".
The SLAYER-headlined "Unholy Alliance Tour - Preaching to the Perverted" will kick off on June 6 in San Diego, CA. The seven-week trek boasts what has got to be the genre's coolest line-up — joining SLAYER will be 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.