Archive for World Painted Blood


Posted in Events, Music with tags , , , , , , , on February 1, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

Canadian Carnage East Leg Now Confirmed to Begin Late July

Los Angeles, CA – February 1, 2010 — Slayer and Megadeth are thrilled to announce the new, confirmed routing for the American Carnage North American Tour, which will commence with the rescheduled Canadian Carnage East dates in Quebec City on Friday, July 23.  Slayer will then head to Europe for a run of festival dates, returning to kick off the American Carnage leg in Albany, NY on August 11.   American Carnage will play 26 dates across the United States and Eastern Canada up to the Labor Day weekend, ending in Portland, OR on September 4.  Testament will be Special Guest on all shows.  Tickets purchased for the American Carnage shows when they first went on sale late last year will be honored for these rescheduled dates.  Complete information regarding ticket sales can be found at • •

Due to venue availability and other conflicts, the shows originally scheduled in El Paso, Houston, Nashville, Duluth, and Louisville cannot be rescheduled at this time, and ticket holders may obtain refunds at point of purchase.  However, new cities have been added to the American Carnage itinerary, with dates now scheduled in Cleveland, Kansas City, San Diego, and Sacramento.  The confirmed, complete itinerary is below.

The American Carnage Tour, originally scheduled to take place in January and February, had to be put on hold due to Slayer’s vocalist/bassist, Tom Araya’s ongoing, minimally-invasive treatments for what was diagnosed as a Cervical Radiculopathy, an occupational hazard for the rocker who is known for aggressively swinging his long mane of hair while performing. Right after the first of the year, Araya made the difficult decision to undergo a surgical procedure, called an Anterior Cervical Discectomy with Fusion, a relatively routine practice with an excellent recovery rate.  That surgery took place early last week.

“The doctors said that Tom’s surgery went very smoothly and was a resounding success,” said Rick Sales, long-time Slayer manager.  “He’s home now, doing really well, and he said the numbness in his fingers had already diminished considerably.”

Shortly after the surgery, Slayer’s Kerry King received a text from Tom:  “Awake and feeling good, actually whatever he did, it feels better.”

The American Carnage Tour will mark the first time that Slayer, Megadeth and Testament will have toured the U.S. together since 1991’s epic “Clash of the Titans” tour, making this truly a “must-see” event.

Slayer recently announced the rescheduling of its headline tour in the UK and Europe, and Megadeth and Testament are currently on tour together playing U.S. cities that will not be on the American Carnage itinerary.

Both Megadeth and Slayer will hit the road on July 23 in support of their most recent albums:  Megadeth’s 2009 album, ENDGAME, and Slayer’s World Painted Blood, the band’s 10th studio venture, which hit stores November 3, 2009.  Testament’s The Formation of Damnation:  Special Tour Edition, will be released on February 23, 2010 with special unreleased bonus tracks.

Slayer and Megadeth have already massacred territories together outside of the U.S., first with four explosive dates in June 2009 across Western Canada – “Canadian Carnage” – the first time the bands had toured together anywhere in 18 years – and then six co-headlining “Carnage” dates in Australia followed last October.

According to various Canadian press outlets last summer:  “It was a night of thrash impossible to trash…”  “Tales about war, death, destruction, Satan, aliens and serial killers have never been so much fun…”  “The two heavy metal heavyweights…went head-to-head on a level playing field.  Both bands brought their ‘A’ game.  And the results were anything but pretty – unless you include pretty freakin’ loud and pretty freakin’ awesome.”

Slayer.  The Chicago Tribune‘s Greg Kot wrote that Slayer is “one of the great American rock bands of the last 30 years, forget about genre.”  Indeed, few bands come close to matching the intensity that Slayer – guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman, vocalist/bassist Tom Araya, and drummer Dave Lombardo – bring to its live shows, having been named “Best Live Band” by numerous media outlets including RevolverSPIN, and Metal Hammer.  World Painted Blood offers a Slayer-ized point of view of our world – God’s terrifying global genocide, the chaos of our broken political system, the way-too-close proximity of world horrors that technology has brought us, and a chilling hypothesis of how the rest of the world might view America.  The album was recorded in Los Angeles over two time periods, during October 2008 and then between late January and March 2009.  World Painted Blood was produced by Greg Fidelman who has spent time in the studio with Metallica, the Gossip, the (International) Noise Conspiracy, Slipknot and others, and executive produced by long-time Slayer colleague Rick Rubin, who suggested Fidelman for the project. One reviewer called the album “the heaviest, bloodiest and best album in almost two decades.”  World Painted Blood landed on boatloads of U.S. and International “Best of” lists for 2009, and N.A.R.A.S. saw fit to bestow its fourth Grammy nomination on Slayer – Best Metal Performance for the WPB track, “Hate Worldwide.”   For “American Carnage,” Slayer’s Tom Araya promises, “no ballads, no acoustic numbers, no slow tempos.”

Megadeth.  2009 saw the release of ENDGAME, which has been heralded as Megadeth’s best album in years.  It’s the record where it all comes full circle in a career that has not only set standards in hard rock and metal, but defined them.  Megadeth’s signature shredding and rousing lyrics are the hallmarks of ENDGAME, with vocalist/guitarist Dave Mustaine once again musing and making declarations about the world we live in, having named the album after a government document that should strike fear in the hearts of Americans!  But that’s Mustaine and Megadeth, using the vehicle of music to shake things up, to make a point and to rattle your brain, literally, figuratively and sonically.  Revolver magazine said of ENDGAME, “One of their best albums.”  VH1’s ‘That Metal Show’ deemed it “One of the metal albums of the year,” and Popmatters said, “the record positively scorches with an intensity not heard since Rust in Peace.” The band was also awarded the eighth Grammy nomination of its career for “Head Crusher,” which serves as more proof that ENDGAME is quickly earning “essential” status in the Megadeth catalog. Megadeth will appear on the season premiere of VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show,” which airs Saturday, February 6, at 11 PM EST.

Legendary thrash metal titans Testament, whose latest award-winning release (2008 Album of the Year, Metal Hammer’s Golden God Award) The Formation of Damnation, displays them as the quintessential modern heavy metal band, whose experience and accumulated skill allows them to attack with reserves of anger, energy and finesse that make them more powerful than ever.  Lead singer Chuck Billy says, “Uniting these bands is the heavy metal event of generations.  We are so proud to be a part of it.”

The complete, confirmed itinerary for the American Carnage North American Tour is as follows:


23         Pavillon de la Jeunesse, Quebec City, QC  CANADA

24         Heavy MTL, Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal, QC  CANADA

26         Metro Centre, Halifax, NS  CANADA

27         Moncton Coliseum, Moncton, NB  CANADA

29         Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto, ONT  CANADA

30         John Labatt Centre Center, London, ONT  CANADA

(Slayer European festivals)


11         Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls, NY

12         Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ

14         Tsongas Arena, Boston, MA

15         Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ

16         Chevrolet Theatre, Wallingford, CT

18         Tower City Amphitheatre, Cleveland, OH

19         Joe Louis Arena, Detroit,MI

20         UIC Pavillon, Chicago, IL

21         Roy Wilkins Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN

23         Cap Fed Park @Sandstone, Kansas City, KS

25         Magness Arena, Denver, CO

26         Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, NM

27         Dodge Theatre, Phoenix, AZ

29         Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, San Diego, CA

30         Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA

31         Cow Palace, San Francisco, CA


1         Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA

3         Wamu Theatre, Seattle, WA

4         Washington County Fairgrounds, Portland, OR


Posted in Music, News with tags , , on October 14, 2009 by darklordbunnykins




Trailer for the Mark Brooks (Metalocalypse) -Directed Flick Now on

World Painted Blood Now Available for Pre-Order at

world painted blood

It was only a matter of time before Slayer’s lyrics leapt off the printed page and made their wanton way to the visual medium.  The band’s discography is gorged with tales of mass murderers, serial sadists and drooling deviants of every stripe – vicious mental cases just begging for a cinematic reception.  


Enter Metalocalypse director and big-time Slayer fan Mark Brooks who created a 20-minute DVD titled Playing with Dolls, a 12-episode video-graphic novel that will be included exclusively in Slayer’s World Painted Blood Deluxe Edition, out November 3 in tandem with the World Painted Blood Standard Edition.  Inspired by the songs on World Painted Blood – in particular, Jeff Hanneman’s “Playing With Dolls” from which the horror short takes its title – the film blends elements of animation and still-photography into a visual style similar to that of a graphic novel.  A trailer for the short has just been posted at   The soundtrack for the Playing With Dolls short features clips from all 11 of the songs on World Painted Blood; in addition, the music bed for Episode #7 is taken from “Atrocity Vendor,” a new song that is not on the album.


“It’s not live action and it’s not animated,” Brooks explains.  “It’s a weird hybrid of the two, and I haven’t seen a lot of things done this way.”


No mere music video, Playing with Dolls is a stark, 12-part nightmare that breathes corrupt life into Slayer’s latest syllabus of stalkers, psychopaths and serial killers, merging their aberrant psyches into the supremely focused desire of a single, merciless malcontent.  A methodical distillation of one man’s lethal frenzy, the film follows the gruesome outbursts of a nameless protagonist.  He is not an indiscriminate murder junkie, but rather a highly creative snuff-artist with a deeply personal sense of purpose – a man for whom murder is the only conceivable way forward.  With a black heart hardened by tragedy, he chooses his victims carefully.  His methods are as grisly and varied as they are poetic.


“It’s a little weirder than your regular blood n’ guts type thing,” Brooks says of the storyline, “which I think is a reflection of Slayer’s music.”


But make no mistake:  There will be blood, and plenty of it.  As the real-life boyfriend of one of the film’s “victims” told Brooks after a private screening, “I almost threw up while I watching that.  And I think that’s a compliment.”


Slayer – bassist/vocalist Tom Araya, guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman, and drummer Dave Lombardo – started recording World Painted Blood, the band’s 10th studio album, last October in a Los Angeles studio with producer Greg Feldeman, and completed it this past May. Recording World Painted Blood was a unique experience for Slayer who has historically begun the recording process with all songs written and fully rehearsed.  This time, they did the bulk of writing and song development while in the studio.  According to drummer Dave Lombardo, “On this record, we worked a lot more collectively, we were more attentive to each other’s ideas and willing to try them, which only benefited the album.”  World Painted Blood is, indeed a Slayer album, and consequently deals with topics such as death and destruction, war, serial killers, and the Apocalypse. “Psychopathy Red,” leaked online a year ago, was inspired by the heinous Russian serial killer Andrei Chikatilo, aka the Rostov Ripper, who confessed to brutally murdering 56 children.  “Beauty Through Order” (Kerry King:  “one of Jeff’s songs, it has a very heavy ‘do me’ intro to it then explodes with a really cool vibe,”) “Unit 731,” “Playing With Dolls” (Lombardo:  an awesome track, great song structure, great vibe”), “Public Display of Dismemberment,” and “Americon,” a King composition.  Of “Americon,” King explains, “It’s about what I think the rest of the world thinks of America.  We may not be big on a lot of people’s lists, but I don’t care what you think of my government, of my economy, or whatever.  I live here and this is one of the best places that I’ve ever found to live.  So f*#k you if you don’t like it.”


Log onto to view the trailer for the Playing With Dolls graphic novel, and to pre-order your copy of World Painted Blood.



#     #     #