Southern Californian thrash metal pioneers SLAYER have released their first new track in nearly a year, ‘When The Stillness Comes’. Listen to the band’s eerie new offering here:
SLAYER guitarist Kerry King explains that he was in an unusually bad mood when he wrote the band’s crushing new single:
“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. “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.”
‘When The Stillness Comes’ is one of 12 new songs that will appear on the thrash-metal titans’ forthcoming new record, their first since 2009′s World Painted Blood. The LP, produced by Terry Date (Pantera, White Zombie), will also be the band’s first album since the death of founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman in 2013 and the departure of drummer Dave Lombardo that same year.
‘When The Stillness Comes’ was made available as part of Record Store Day on April 18. The song, accompanied by a live recording of ‘Black Magic’ from the band’s 1983 album Show No Mercy and recorded live at the 2014 Wacken Open Air Festival, featured on a limited-edition (only 5000 copies worldwide) 7-inch vinyl picture disc exclusively available at all participating independent record stores worldwide…but unfortunately for UK fans, this is now sold out.