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Slayer premiere new song in advance of Record Store Day

Posted by on April 16, 2015

We were planning on taking a little time out of our day on Saturday morning to head to Record Store Day and pick up the new Slayer song, “When the Stillness Comes.” And we figured we’d be writing about the song as soon as someone uploaded it to YouTube Saturday afternoon. It turns out the someone was Nuclear Blast and Slayer themselves, as Rolling Stone premiered the song earlier today. And while some songs come from a good place, that’s not what Kerry King says about the genesis of “When the Stillness Comes”:

“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,” he says of the song, which is streaming below. “So I just stated jotting down hateful thoughts. It’s about a dude who wakes up at a crime scene and realizes he’s killed everybody. It’s really cool.”

Aww, poor Kerry, a ride in a minivan? At least it resulted in the song, which starts out pretty slowly, then increases in tempo and intensity towards the end. Actually, just as it starts to really build, it’s over. I guess there’s something to be said for leaving people wanting more, but it really sounds like it should turn into an “Angel of Death” style solo-off instead of abruptly ending. One other fun part from the interview with Rolling Stone is that they re-recorded the song since it was in the Scion ad because they initially called the vocals “too dark.”  The band’s long-awaited album (and first without Jeff Hanneman and Dave Lombardo) will tentatively be out in August.

There’s a lot more info in the interview. He mentions that Hanneman co-wrote only one song on the album, “Piano Wire,” but that he didn’t play on it. That might be where the rumors that he was on the new album came from. Other song titles include “Implode” and “Atrocity Vendor” (both of which have already been released and re-recorded for the album), “Take Control,” “You Against You,” “Cast the First Stone” and”Chasing Death.” And hey, if you’re looking for King to say something stupid in the interview, you won’t be disappointed, as he casually uses the word “retard” in the article. Way to go!

 
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