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Song review: Slayer – Implode

| 2 May 2014 | Reply

Song review: Slayer – Implode
early 2014
Reviewed by Shayne McGowan

Slayer - Implode

At the beginning of 2013, Slayer was marred by the controversy surrounding Dave Lombardos exit from the band. Couple that with the fact that Jeff Hanneman was still battling the necrotizing fasciitis, that had kept him on the sidelines of Slayer since 2011, and many would have to have been questioning the future of the band.

Only a little over 2 months after Lombardos departure, the tragic news of founding guitarist Jeff Hannemans death hit the band, and the greater heavy metal community hard. I’m sure for many, there was nothing left to question. Jeff Hanneman was a key songwriter within the band, and without him Slayer had to be over.

Alas, the remaining members, Kerry King and Tom Araya vowed to continue on, and brought drummer Paul Bostaph back in to the Slayer fold. The logical replacement for Hanneman was Exodus guitarist Gary Holt, who had been filling Hannemans shoes for the better part of four years already. With a new line up, the future of Slayer was set.

Fast forward to April 23rd, 2014, and Slayer surprised the world with a three song set at the Revolver Golden Gods awards. A three song set which included new track “Implode”. A studio version of the song has since been released online, and although I have always had a bit of a love/hate relationship with Slayer, it certainly has me chomping at the bit for the new album.

Opening with a huge slab of a riff that would be right at home on South of Heaven, and then moving into a circle pit inducing bit of speed metal fury that will have Slayer fans ruining their underwear, “Implode” is certainly a welcome addition to Slayers arsenal.

There is definitely a bit of age to Tom Arayas voice now, not enough to make it unrecognizable, but just enough to add a new element to the bands sound. I’m interested to hear how it works with the Slayer back catalogue.

Implode also features some stunning guitar work from King and Holt, and the drumming from Paul Bostaph is flawless. It seems to me, that with all the crap that has hit them in the last twelve months, Slayer will be looking to make a statement on the upcoming album, and Implode is just the beginning.

The song is expected to appear on a new studio album from Slayer, which is tentatively due at the end of 2014, and will be released via an as yet undisclosed record label after Slayers departure from Rick Rubins American Recordings label.


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