After losing founding member, Jeff Hanneman in May, fans assumed the rest of the year could only be on the upswing. They recently announced a severing of ties with longtime drummer, Dave Lombardo. Now, the California natives have parted way with pivotal Def Jam producer, Rick Rubin. Rubin, the seven time Grammy winner, helped mold Slayer into the force of nature they are today, producing the wildly popular records, Reign in Blood, South of Heaven, and Seasons in the Abyss. He remained in the camp as an executive producer for all these years, watching Slayer shift and change into the band before us.
Kerry was quoted in an interview with FUSE, stating:
“I asked our manager to reach out to [Rick Rubin],” says frontman Tom Araya, “but [we got] no response or reply. Yeah, so that’s kinda sad.”
Fans continue to wonder about the future of Slayer since Frontman, Araya, still carries a grudge against Metal Blade Records.
King assures us that 2014 will see new Slayer. Next year is sounding great already.