After two false alarms, made by band members Kerry King and Tom Araya, manager of the band clarified that the band is staying with American Recordings.
The legendary metal rock band Slayer is currently without a label, so had Kerry King, the guitarist of Slayer, stated in several interviews. Bassist/vocalist Tom Araya also mentioned that the band may want to leave American for good.
Despite its plans performance on Rock am Ring, Sonisphere Norway, Finland, Hamburg, and its plan to play “Old School Slayer”, Tom Araya has repetitively indicating the end of Slayer and Big Four Show.
These statements might have caused a little panic in fans but band manager Rick Sales comes to declare on Blabbermouth that both are only false alarms, and the band is likely to stay.
With Jeff’s [Hanneman, SLAYER’s founding guitarist] 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 the Fuse 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.