Slayer Giving Away New Song, Part Ways With Rick Rubin After 28 Years

Slayer are offering fans a free download of "Implode," their first new studio recording in five years as they also reveal that they have ended their relationship with Rick Rubin and his American Recordings after 28 years.

The band premiered the new song during a surprise performance at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles during the Golden Gods Awards on Wednesday.

Slayer recorded the new song earlier this month with producers Terry Date and Greg Fidelman at the Henson Studios in Los Angeles and on Thursday they posted a free download of the track at www.slayer.net. Kerry King had this to say about the free track "you have been waiting for us, now we are delivering for you."

The legendary thrash group also announced that they have signed a deal with Nuclear Blast Records to launch their own imprint label. The move ends the band's 28 year relationship with Rick Rubin's American Recordings.

"Rick has played a huge role in our career, we've made some great albums with him," said Tom Araya. "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."

The band plans to begin recording their new album later this year and they are expecting that it will be released early in 2015 under their new worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast.

Nuclear Blast label manager Gerardo Martinez had this to say, "The prospect of helping Slayer take a leading role in the creative process surrounding their releases, projects and other cross-promotional opportunities is the ultimate honor for me, a metalhead who grew up in Los Angeles listening to Slayer. Nowhere in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that Nuclear Blast."

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