Horns up! Lots of interesting and exciting things going on today in the world of metal, so let’s get right to the latest news and updates:



Slayer made a surprise appearance at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards show last night and performed 3 tracks: South of Heaven, War Ensemble and their new song, Implode, the band’s first studio recording in 5 years. If you missed it, you can check out their performance here. As thanks to the fans for all their support over the years, you can download the new track for free from Slayer’s official website.

The band also signed a deal with Nuclear Blast Recordings to release their new album with their own label imprint (name has yet to be determined at this time). Tom Araya said of Slayer’s change from their current label:

“Rick (Rubin)  has played a huge role in our career, we’ve made some great albums with him. But today is a new day, record companies don’t play the kind of role they once did, and we really like the idea of going out on our own, connecting directly with our fans, and Nuclear Blast is fired up about taking on that challenge with us.”

Slayer which includes Tom Araya – vocals & bass, Kerry King – guitar, Paul Bostaph – drums and guitarist Gary Holt who continues to stand in for the band’s founding guitarist, Jeff Hanneman who passed nearly a year ago – will spend the next few months on the road touring major North American and European festivals, as well as playing headlining dates, sharing the stage with Metallica, Iron Maiden, Anthrax and Mastodon to name a few.  They are expected back in the studio in the fall to record the rest of their new album.



RATT vocalist, Stephen Pearcy has announced his departure from the band and issued the following statement:

“After 30 years creating the band Ratt and losing a real brother, Robbin, it’s time that I personally part ways with the band. I am officially done with having anything to do with them due to the constant turmoil, unresolved business, personal attacks/threats in the public forum, and most of all, the disrespect to the fans.

I’m very content and proud of the legacy and the music I’ve created. This music will live well beyond any of our lifetimes. I owe no one anything but a huge heartfelt thank you for coming to the party for the last 30 years. With much respect, life goes on and the music I created will continue to be heard for years to come despite the dark clouds that have lingered for far too long.

I will personally continue to make music and perform live shows.

See you out there.


Recently Stephen’s sister passed away forcing RATT to cancel their performances on this year’s Monster’s of Rock Cruise this past March/April. No word yet from RATT on Stephen’s departure.



Speaking of the Revolver Golden God Awards, check out Sam Roon’s post on our partner site, for his thoughts on the Golden Gods show.

Finally, since today is Throwback Thursday, let’s throwback to Slayer’s 1985 performance of Hell Awaits at Studio 54 in New York City, as well as Round and Round, off RATT’s 1984 album, Out Of The Cellar.