Slayer's Kerry King Explains Split With Rick Rubin

(Classic Rock) Slayer's split with producer Rick Rubin came after his label offered an "insulting" deal for their 11th album, says Kerry King. Repentless, due via Nuclear Blast on September 11, is their first without Rubin since 1985's Hell Awaits.

And Tom Araya says that, despite the perception that the band made the split, it was the producer who cut the connection with his label American Records.

Slayer previously said the switch took place because the band wanted to foster a more direct connection with fans. But King tells The Metal Hammer Magazine Show's Alexander Milas: "Solidarity is far stronger than jumping ship and going somewhere else. I thought we'd still be on American - but when we got the offer from American, I was insulted.

"That to me just said, 'Good luck, you're not gonna have good luck here anymore.' So we found our new friends at Nuclear Blast." Repentless was helmed by Terry Date, who's previously worked with Slipknot, Pantera and Deftones, among others. King says: "I think this is gonna be a nice little progression going forward. However many records we do in the future, I hope Terry's free." Read more here.

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