He can meditate all he wants, but today’s Slayer news has to be one of the rougher patches in Rick Rubin’s long career. As first hinted in a surprise appearance at Revolver‘s Golden Gods Awards in L.A. last night, the thrash-metal demigods have severed their nearly career-long ties with Rubin and his American Recordings imprint.
“Rick has played a huge role in our career,” frontman Tom Araya said in a press release. “We’ve made some great albums with him. 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.”
Rubin signed Slayer to Def Jam just in time for their classic Reign in Blood LP and took them with him after a split with Russell Simmons over creative differences. Their first American-related release was the 1990 album Seasons in the Abyss. As is often the case these days, the group has been given their own imprint — via Nuclear Blast in this case — for all their future releases, starting with an early 2015 album.
“I was a teenage rebel when Show No Mercy came out,” said Nuclear Blast owner Markus Staiger, “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!”
To test whether that statement is actually true, we recommend heading over to Slayer’s official site to grab a free download of the new Terry Date-produced track “Implode.” It’s also available in YouTube form below…