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Ten of Slayer’s Seminal Albums To Be Reissued on Vinyl in North America on December 10, 2013


On December 10, 2013 (Nov. 11 in the UK), American Recordings will reissue ten of Slayer’s seminal albums on vinyl.  All ten albums will be available individually and were re-mastered from the original analog flat master tapes and pressed on the highest quality, 180-gram audiophile vinyl.  Albums include all nine of Slayer’s studio recordings, Reign In Blood (1986), South of Heaven (1988), Seasons In The Abyss(1990), Divine Intervention (1994), Undisputed Attitude (1996), Diabolus In Musica (1998), God Hates Us All (2001), Christ Illusion (2006), and World Painted Blood (2009), plus their live double-record Decade of Aggression: Live(1991).


Each title will feature the original album artwork including reproductions of the original 12X12 inner sleeves. For the first U.S. run, 500 unmarked copies will be pressed on 180-gram, blood red, colored vinyl and randomly inserted and sold in stores as part of a “lucky dip.”

There will also be a very limited quantity of rare test pressings for each title that will be given away. Fans are encouraged to check Slayer’s official website and social media outlets for further announcements and details.

As American Recordings’ owner and long-time Slayer producer Rick Rubin put it, “Slayer defines speed metal and these albums define Slayer.   Listen at your own risk.”

Slayer’s Fall 2013 North American tour is as follows:



5         Praireland Park Center, Saskatoon, SK

7         MTS Center, Winnipeg, MB

8         Myth, Minneapolis, MN

10        FunFunFun Fest, Austin, TX

12        Bayou Music Center, Houston, TX

13        South Side Ballroom, Dallas, TX

15        Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL

16        The Fillmore, Detroit, MI

17        LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH

19       The Fillmore, Washington, D.C.

20       Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA

21       Kool Haus, Toronto, ON

23       CEPSUM/University of Montreal, Montreal, QC

24       Pavilion de la Jeunesse, Quebec, QC

26       Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, CT

27       Theatre @ MSG, New York, NY

29       Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ

30       Tsongas Arena, Boston, MA



The Chicago Tribune‘s Greg Kot wrote that the five-time-nominated, two-time Grammy winning Slayer is “one of the great American rock bands of the last 30 years, forget about genre.”  Their membership in “The Big Four” – Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax – the four bands that defined the thrash/metal genre – secures their place in music history.  Indeed, few bands come close to matching the intensity that Slayer brings to its live shows, having been named “Best Live Band” by numerous media outlets including RevolverSPIN, and Metal Hammer.  With songs that mirror the turmoil and aberrations of our society – God’s terrifying global genocide, the chaos of our broken political system, chemical warfare, the hideous minds of serial killers, and the way-too-close proximity of world horrors that technology has brought us, Slayer remains crushing and brutal, steadfastly refusing to cater to the Mainstream.