Today I bought "Aardschok" magazine and here is what they write...
"The new Slayer album will be released on june the 6th, that is 6-6-6. Although they haven't recorded a single song, the band has written 12 songs for the untitled new album. They're still searching for a producer."
I just read that Slayer has started recording the new album and that it is being produced by Rick Rubin and Josh Abraham. The article also says there is no word on a release date for the album, but that they will be on the Unholy Alliance Tour, which will begin on 6-6-6 in San Diego, California.
Edit: And most of this stuff I could have found out just by reading the Unholy Alliance Tour thread. Consequently, anyone else who read that thread would have known what I posted already. Stupid me.
SLAYER's New Album May Be Their Fastest Yet - Apr. 20, 2006
SLAYER frontman Tom Araya spoke to MTV.com about the group's follow-up to 2001's "God hates Us All", tentatively due late July. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Cult", "Catalyst", "Catatonic" and "Jihad". At this stage, seven weeks into recording, five of the album's 11 tracks are finished and about to be put through the mixing process. SLAYER still need to put the finishing touches on the remaining songs, but Araya expects the band will be finished with everything in the next week or so.
"This album is actually like a culmination of everything we've done," Araya said. "There's one song that I'm thinking will surprise everybody, because of the song itself. I'm not going to say why, because you have to keep that element of surprise, dude. Musically, it's going to blow everybody away. It's going to trip everyone out. It has all the elements of everything we've done. No one's going to be disappointed with this record. It's fast, heavy — maybe faster than anything we've done before. It's going to be brutal. It's what everyone expects from a SLAYER record."
A track called "Eyes of the Insane", Araya said, is perhaps the most political song on the album. The song was inspired by an article he'd read in an issue of Texas Monthly magazine.
"The song's about the effects of war on some of these soldiers," he said. "This article — and it was a pretty trippy article — it really affected me. The entire magazine was devoted to soldiers of this new Iraq conflict that's going on. The effect that the war has had on some of these kids who're coming home and having a tough time dealing with what they've seen — I mean, some of these kids are traumatized and mentally destroyed by what they've seen. The magazine also ran an entire list of the soldiers from Texas who've died. It was several pages with pictures of these kids. It blew my mind."
According to Amazon.com, the single is being released on June 15.
Songtitles that have made it to the new cd (unconfirmed):
01. Cult 02. Consfearacy 03. Flesh Storm 04. Jihad 05. Eyes of the Insane 06. Black Serenade 07. Supremist 08. Skeleton Christ 09. Catatonic 10. Final Six 11. Catalyst
About the Euro tour:
More dates has been announced for the European edition of the Unholy Alliance Tour, set to take place this fall. According to TicketCorner.com anf other outlets, the trek will include performances by SLAYER, IN FLAMES, CHILDREN OF BODOM, LAMB OF GOD and THINE EYES BLEED with the following stops having been announced so far:
Oct. 23 - Eulachhalle - Winterthur, SWI Nov. 01 - National Exhibition Centre - Birmingham, UK Nov. 02 - S.E.C.C – Glasgow, UK Nov. 07 - Burcy – Paris, FRA Nov. 19 - Brixton Carling Academy – London, UK Nov. 20 - Brixton Carling Academy – London, UK
At this time, there has been no official confirmation on the billing from any of the acts that are said to be involved in the tour.
Nuclear Blast Records had previously announced that their recent signing, the up-and-coming U.K. band MENDEED, will take part in the European version of the Unholy Alliance Tour. However, this has not been officially confirmed by the SLAYER camp.
The SLAYER-headlined North American edition of the Unholy Alliance Tour will kick off June 15 in Camden, New Jersey, and run through July 26 in Denver. Also appearing on the bill are LAMB OF GOD, MASTODON, CHILDREN OF BODOM and THINE EYES BLEED.