Slayer have shared a brand new song, ‘When The Stillness Comes’.
Click below to listen to the track, which will feature on the band’s Record Store Day seven-inch release, which will come out on April 18, as well as featuring on their forthcoming 11th LP. The Terry Date-produced album is the band’s first since 2009’s ‘World Painted Blood’ and will also be their first album since the death of guitarist Jeff Hanneman in 2013. It will be released in August.
Speaking about the song to Rolling Stone, guitarist Kerry King commented: “We were touring Europe and we had a three-hour ride in some fucking minivan, and I’m just miserable in the backseat, not into anything. So I just stated jotting down hateful thoughts. It’s about a dude who wakes up at a crime scene and realises he’s killed everybody. It’s really cool.”
The new album is set to be released on the band’s own label through Nuclear Blast, marking the end of their relationship with Rick Rubin’s American Recordings. “Rick has played a huge role in our career [and] we’ve made some great albums with him,” frontman Tom Araya said in a statement last year. “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.”
Last year the band released ‘Implode’ via Slayer’s website. It was the first new music from the band since 2009 and Hanneman’s death. He died in May 2013 at the age of 49 from cirrhosis of the liver. His stand-in Gary Holt continues to play and record with the band.