Slayer announce farewell tour

2018-01-22 by Jom STAFF | 62 Comments
Slayer, one of thrash's Big Four, are calling it quits after a 30+ year career.

Although founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman passed away due to complications from liver cirrhosis in 2013 and talks of dissolution initially transpired, the band persevered, releasing one more studio album (Repentless, 2015).

In a :30 clip [1] on Slayer's official Facebook page comprised of archived photographs, press clippings, and iconography taken over the course of their history, the band announce that their final North American dates will be released soon. The video is also captioned with the following: "The End is Near...Slayer to tour the world one more time..."

In recent months, there has been some tension between bassist/vocalist Tom Araya and guitarist Kerry King in regards to the band's future. In a 2016 interview [2], Araya said, "After 35 years, it’s time to like, collect my pension [laughs]. This is a career move. I'm grateful that we've been around for 35 years... it just gets harder and harder to come back out on the road. 35 years is a long time." Meanwhile, King stated that he had hoped to to continue performing in Slayer [3].

The band also released a follow-up poster indicating that Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth, and Testament will join them on the tour.

[1] https://www.facebook.com/slayer/videos/10155906076635390

[2] http://loudwire.com/slayer-tom-araya-pros-and-cons-of-touring-exclusive-video/

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Tagged: Slayer

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CrimsonFireCF
January 22nd 2018
108 Comments


Thank God, they need to just let it go already.

RippingCorpse1986
January 22nd 2018
3045 Comments


Slayer announce farewell tour, Tom Angelripper announces a new Sodom lineup and Kreator's Mille Petrozza declares himself a Lana del Rey fan...

2018 is becoming a weird year.

BlackwaterPork
January 22nd 2018
4390 Comments


They needed to pack it in tbh

Darius the Great
January 22nd 2018
19893 Comments


Good to hear. It's about time. They've run their course.

ChaoticVortex
January 23rd 2018
752 Comments


Good to hear. It's about time. They've run their course. [2]

Every band runs their course after a time but with their case Hanemann's death accelerated it even more.


coldheaven
January 23rd 2018
4635 Comments


I'd say 20 years too late.

vermillionZ
January 23rd 2018
198 Comments


Would've loved to see what they'd come up with if Gary joined in with the songwriting.

Ninjahague
January 23rd 2018
1108 Comments


No seattle date. Sweet.

"Good to hear. It's about time. They've run their course."

Whats wrong with nu-slayer? they haven't released a bad album in awhile if im not mistaken.

xfearbefore
January 23rd 2018
1844 Comments


I enjoyed Repentless but yeah it's probably about time for them.

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bloc
January 23rd 2018
54682 Comments


Fuckin finally

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EyesWideShut
January 23rd 2018
4884 Comments


Kerry looks and seems like such a dickhead

coldheaven
January 23rd 2018
4635 Comments


You're not wrong

AdolfChrist
January 23rd 2018
20301 Comments


Im not a huge Slayer fan and Reign In Blood is the latest Slayer album i ever listen to anymore, but this is still kind of a bummer. Feels like an era is coming to an end.

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Ikarus14
January 23rd 2018
1258 Comments


Oh man, that sucks that they're disbanding. I guess it was inevitable at some point over the last few years though.

Hellscythe
January 23rd 2018
3398 Comments


first blackfire rejoins sodom, now this. good week for thrash

Maco097
January 23rd 2018
2992 Comments


But Sodom has always been second rate thrash. Unlike early Slayer.

RippingCorpse1986
January 23rd 2018
3045 Comments


first blackfire rejoins sodom, now this. good week for thrash [2]

Looking forward to the upcoming single =)

DominionMM1
January 23rd 2018
17808 Comments


hasn't slayer been done for a few years though?

MO
January 23rd 2018
22525 Comments


yea since 2013

AdolfChrist
January 23rd 2018
20301 Comments


"But Sodom has always been second rate thrash."

lol pleb

Hellscythe
January 24th 2018
3398 Comments


sodom is the good version of slayer.

DatsNotDaMetulz
January 24th 2018
3809 Comments


I feel like Repentless, with hindsight, is just Slayer saying "we're going to do this album because we want to go out on our own terms, rather than be forced into it". But yeah, definitely the right time to call it before they really do descend into self parody.

rodrigo90
January 24th 2018
5160 Comments


I think I went late into slayer...I just started to listen to them last year.

xfearbefore
January 24th 2018
1844 Comments


Never too late rodrigo, never too late man. Everybody discovers different music at different stages.

That said, yeah, probably too late if you had any interest in seein' em live. I was lucky enough to catch 'em at Mayhem Fest five years back while Jeff was still alive. Craziest pit I've ever seen in my life.

InFlamesWeThrash666
January 24th 2018
8778 Comments


sodom is the good version of slayer

Hahaha

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RippingCorpse1986
January 24th 2018
3045 Comments


Black Shepherd >>> tho.

AdolfChrist
January 24th 2018
20301 Comments


Persecution Mania beats the shit out of any Slayer album.

TheNotrap
January 24th 2018
9833 Comments


I have the feeling this will be the first of many farewell tours.

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Jom
Staff Reviewer
January 24th 2018
3145 Comments


That could be true given that Ozzy's No More Tours wrapped up in 1982.

Aerisavion
January 24th 2018
1533 Comments


*head bangs*

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
January 24th 2018
9381 Comments


No more slayer prog?

Maco097
January 24th 2018
2992 Comments


Persecution Mania beats the shit out of any Slayer album.

Hahahahahaha

AdolfChrist
January 24th 2018
20301 Comments


Its no laughing matter, young one.

Maco097
January 24th 2018
2992 Comments


It's funny cuz it's falseeee

BigBlob
January 24th 2018
4593 Comments


lol at everyone saying they should have given up ages ago. dunno but maybe the reason they carried on is because its a job? im sure Kerry still has bills to pay. not like he has Metallica levels of money.

zaruyache
January 24th 2018
20500 Comments


Lineup looks great and I hope to score tickets soon as I can.

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bloc
January 24th 2018
54682 Comments


Blob my brotha, with the nonstop touring and countless endorsements over the years I can imagine King is already filthy rich

BigBlob
January 24th 2018
4593 Comments


dunno bloc. saw an article last year of how much slayer made in tours. it really wasn't all that much considering the cost of touring touring. also the new album didnt sell all that great. I know he will be minted, but that just means he maybe has more expensive things to pay for

coldheaven
January 24th 2018
4635 Comments


I'm sure Hot Topic cuts a hefty check to them for all that merch

Darius the Great
January 24th 2018
19893 Comments


"sodom is the good version of slayer"
Hahaha [2]

"Persecution Mania beats the shit out of any Slayer album"

Hahahahahaha [2]

Friday13th
January 24th 2018
6670 Comments


Looks like the Big Four North American Tour is a dead dream. Probably for the best. Glad Tom and Kerry aren't gonna ride Slayer to the ground. Thrash saw a revival a few years ago, but that's over so good time to pack up.

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AdolfChrist
January 24th 2018
20301 Comments


well i wouldnt worry about their financial situation after this tour. everyone will be coming out to see them for the last time.

SweeneyTodd
January 24th 2018
2100 Comments


my mum named her vaccum slayer because its been around since 1981 and has FUCKING SUCKED the entire time

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WatchItExplode
January 24th 2018
6425 Comments


Saw them last summer and it is incredible that these dudes can still just rip for an hour and a half straight at their age.

InFlamesWeThrash666
January 24th 2018
8778 Comments


saw them 2 years ago and they were great yeah

SpiritCrusher2
January 24th 2018
6112 Comments


saw them twice 5, 6 years ago, I was moshing non-stop, it was too much fun

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
January 24th 2018
14609 Comments


Finally

coldheaven
January 24th 2018
4635 Comments


"my mum named her vaccum slayer because its been around since 1981 and has FUCKING SUCKED the entire time"

classic

Darius the Great
January 24th 2018
19893 Comments


Gotem

RunOfTheMill
January 24th 2018
3937 Comments


I think you mean '92, Jom ;)

Sad to see them go, I don't care much for their new material, but their shows were always insanely fun to go to

cvlts
January 24th 2018
9521 Comments


No Seattle date.

Well, fuck you too then...

someguest
January 24th 2018
29892 Comments


25 years too late on that retirement, boys.

RunOfTheMill
January 24th 2018
3937 Comments


Idk man anyone who's been to one of their concerts in the past 25 years understands why they're only doing it now, and even then I'd be pretty happy to see them just tour at this point

someguest
January 24th 2018
29892 Comments


The problem being they've been putting out albums during those 25 years too.

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
January 24th 2018
14990 Comments


I saw them twice, both great shows, but yeah, better choose to call it quits than to be forced due to health problems or whatever.

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DatsNotDaMetulz
January 25th 2018
3809 Comments


Slayer are just a watered down Possessed.

SpiritCrusher2
January 25th 2018
6112 Comments


^ now that's just dumb

AcidCaravan
January 25th 2018
442 Comments


Grew up listening to the amazing triplet "Reign in Blood", "South of Heaven" and "Seasons in the Abyss". But honestly, it's time to pack up and leave. And sincerely, in terms of inspiration, they should already have split-up some 10 or 15 years ago...

Darius the Great
January 25th 2018
19893 Comments


^ now that's just dumb [10]

TheSonomaDude
January 25th 2018
6748 Comments


I thought they were almost done with their next album set for later this year?

DatsNotDaMetulz
January 25th 2018
3809 Comments


Maybe that'll be their final album to coincide with the tour, or Tom wasn't into it and Kerry's taking it to release under a new name.

rodrigo90
January 25th 2018
5160 Comments


I'm not sure if it's a good idea to release another album, the reception to repentless was bad, REALLY BAD



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