After nearly 30 years of partnership with legendary heavy metal producer Rick Rubin and his company American Recordings, guitarist Kerry King announced that Slayer would no longer be working with them. The thrash pioneers are all set to release their 11th album Repentless — their first without the late Jeff Hanneman — through Nuclear Blast Records, and though it’s not totally clear what happened between them and American Recordings, the split doesn’t seem to be mutually motivated.

“When we got the offer [for the deal for Slayer’s Repentless album], I was insulted,” said Kerry King in an interview with Metal Hammer‘s Alexander Milas. “That to me just said ‘Good luck, you’re not gonna have good luck here anymore.'” Araya indicated that the band’s split with American was not totally mutual, stating “When we started this record it was on the pretext that we’d be working with Rick [Rubin], but things didn’t pan out.”

In the meantime, the band is preparing for a European tour with Kvelertak and fellow Big Four members Anthrax. Only three dates are confirmed so far, and they are as follows:

Oct 25: Tilburg 013, Netherlands
Oct 26: Paris Le Zenith, France
Nov 07: Vienna Gasometer, Austria

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