New Slayer Album Coming July 7th But What a Tour! – So it has been confirmed that Slayer’s yet untitled new opus will be released here in the States on July 7th. Click the link for all the details as they are known up to this point.

More interestingly to me though is their new tour, which even more amazingly features a second go-round with Marilyn Manson. Several things about that; first, I dig both bands but let’s be honest here, there’s a tremendous difference in sound, presentation and to be blunt, attitude of their respective fans. How these two seemingly unrelated parties can co-exist through another tour together speaks volumes about behind the scenes rapport i.e. they must actually LIKE each other a little. How the slathering throng that comprises a typical Slayer show can be expected to politely tolerate the more Goth oriented (and quite often transgender leaning) bent of a Manson gig – well, it’s a testimony that metalheads can be more tolerant than the media would have you believe. Or perhaps it’s a statement to the power of beer, not sure.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m truly excited to see the two bands tour together again as it keeps me from going to two separate shows. I’m just impressed that the different styles & egos will allow it to happen.

And speaking of the tour, Slayer and Manson ain’t goin’ it alone, no siree. The lineup is quite impressive this time – Cannibal Corpse (!!), Killswitch Engage, Bullet for my Valentine, Behemoth (!!!), Trivium, All That Remains, The Black Dahlia Murder, Job for a Cowboy, God Forbid, Whitechapel. HOLY COW!! Or perhaps I should say UNHOLY COW!?!
So let’s see – do we have thrash metal? Check. Death Metal? Check. Black Metal? Check. Screamcore? Check? Cross-over? Check Check? Other styles too difficult to catalog? Check again. Ok, now CHECK your shorts because THAT is gonna be one hell of a show. No pun. And thanks to Metal Injection for the lineup info.