Label : Nuclear Blast
Release : 10-9-2015
The highly-anticipated Repentless is SLAYER’s 11th studio album, the first since 2009’s critically-acclaimed, Grammy-nominated World Painted Blood and the first with producer Terry Date (Pantera, Slipknot and Soundgarden). The band - Tom Araya (bass, vocals), Kerry King (guitars), Paul Bostaph (drums) and Exodus/Slayer touring guitarist Gary Holt, who recorded lead guitar parts for about a half-dozen of the album’s new tracks - started recording Repentless in March 2014, and made the track 'Implode' available as a free download in April of that year. The band and Date continued to record between September 2014 and mid-January 2015 at Henson Studios in Los Angeles. For the album, 'Implode' was completely re-recorded from the ground up, and 'When The Stillness Comes,' used as an instrumental track in a Scion commercial, got a revamped intro and all new vocals.
Repentless also includes 'Piano Wire,' an unfinished song from the World Painted Blood sessions written by Hanneman. About the track, Rolling Stone wrote that it “…begins with an eerie guitar line before evolving into a full-on-doom (and classic Slayer) riff onslaught…“ King put it this way: “When I hear it, I think ‘Jeff.’ It sounds like a Jeff Hanneman song.”
The 12-track Repentless is, according to those who have heard it, a sonic assault of brutal, ominous, lightening-fast and heavy-as-hell music with lyrics that unmask what Slayer knows best - the terror, the corruption and the societal turmoil that dominates our world.