Slayer Manager Addresses Band's Current Label Situation

12/18/2013
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Slayer manager Rick Sales has issued a statement to reassure fans after Tom Araya and Kerry King mentioned in a recent interview that the band is without a record contract after fulfilling their obligations with their long-time label American Recordings, which is run by Rick Rubin.

Here is what Sales had to say, "With Jeff's [Hanneman] tragic passing and Slayer's eventual hectic touring schedule over the past several months, there has been a bit of mutual 'holding off' on jumping into any new long-term recording commitment, but we would like to clarify the comments that Tom and Kerry made in [a recent] interview.

"It is true that Slayer is currently out of contract, as they delivered their final required album to American Recordings some time ago. Rick Rubin began a new distribution agreement with Universal last year and American/Universal absolutely has made a significant proposal to re-sign the band.

"Both parties had been in substantial negotiation over that proposal at the time of Jeff's passing; and in fairness to everyone, a little space has been given on all sides in terms of closing any new deal.

"We are excited about the possibility of re-signing with Rick Rubin's venture, and are also considering several other options that have been presented since the previous long-term contract with American expired.

"The band has been taking much needed time to regroup and consider their various options for the future, and looks forward to a new beginning, wherever that may be."

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