Slayer sidesteps CD cover controversy.
Anticipating trouble from retail outlets like Walmart and Kmart, Slayer wants to insure that their fans get the cover art to their forthcoming American Recordings release “God Hates Us All”.
According to a statement released by the band’s publicist last week, “The CD will sport two different covers well, one cover, and then a ‘cover of the cover,’” reads the statement. “See, the ‘actual cover’ that the members of Slayer have designed contains artwork deemed ‘unacceptable to display in some major consumer retail outlets.’ Rather than compromise the band¹s CD cover art vision, Slayer agreed to create a cover for the CD’s cover. The ‘cover of the cover’ is a simple design of four gold crosses on a plain white background.”
Fans who want a preview of the actual cover will be able to log onto the band’s official website beginning August 28th and watch daily as the cover is unveiled one piece at a time. The band has dubbed the period from August 28th through September 9th “13 Days to Slayer”. What’s more the band will release a full stream of one of the CD’s tracks each day beginning Aug 28th. The stream will only be available for one day, but fans will be able to preview the entire CD before it’s official release by logging on to Slayer.net each day or they can wait until the eve of the CD release on Monday September 10th when the band plans to host an online CD release party where the entire CD will be streamed.
Fans are also enticed to preorder the CD beginning August 20th. According to a statement from Slayer, “fans can pre-order ‘God Hates Us All’ and with their advance purchase, receive a bonus CD containing three tracks, two of which ‘Addict’ and ‘Scarstruck’ -- will not otherwise be available in the U.S. The third track, ‘God Send Death,’ is on ‘God Hates Us All.’"
Fans wanting to catch Slayer live will
have a chance as they begin a tour of Japan and Australia on August 23rd
before participating in the “Tattoo the Planet” tour in Europe starting
September 13th in Dublin. This fall the band will return to the road in
North America for a headlining tour in support of “God Hates Us All”.