New Songs, Bonus DVD Will Coincide with Slayer/Manson Summer Co-Headline North American Tour
A special limited edition of Slayer's 2006
album, "Christ Illusion," will have a July 24 simultaneous global
release (American Recordings), and will feature new songs, a bonus DVD and
stunning new cover art - a lenticular image of a hand bleeding from a
crucifixion wound. The special limited edition "Christ Illusion" is
being released in tandem with the band's co-headline summer trek with Marilyn
Manson, kicking off July 25 in West Palm Beach, FL (tour dates below).
The "Christ Illusion" limited edition will be a two-disc package
featuring an alternate version of the track "Black Serenade" and a
brand new song, "The Final six," a chilling look at the end of the
world, that was written by Slayer bassist/vocalist Tom Araya and guitarist Jeff
Hanneman, and produced by Josh Abraham.
The bonus DD features the captivating video for the track "Eyes of the
Insane," which was directed by Iranian filmmaker Tony Petrossian and won
Slayer their first-ever Grammy award as "Best Metal Performance." The
video is a first-person narrative about the horrors leading up to the final
moments of a soldier at war. The entire video is a single, long and tight
close-up of a soldier's eye with images clearly reflected within his pupil and
iris, perfectly choreographed with the rhythm of the music. In addition, a live
performance of the 1988 Slayer classic "South of Heaven," filmed in
Vancouver on last year's "Unholy Alliance Tour," and "Slayer on
Tour '07," a five-minute live-and-behind-the-scenes, all-hand-held
documentary-style montage of footage shot when the band was on tour earlier this
year in the U.S. and Australia, are included on the DVD.
"Christ Illusion" was originally released on August 8, 2006 and became
Slayer's highest-ever Billboard chart debut, entering at #5 on the trade
magazine's Top 200 Albums Charts. In addition, it was a Top 10 album around the
world in its first week of release. "Christ Illusion" was produced by
Josh Abraham and executive produced by Rick Rubin, and marked the long-awaited
return to the studio of Slayer's legendary original line-up - Araya, Hanneman,
guitarist Kerry King and the once-and-future drummer, Dave Lombardo.
On "Christ Illusion" - both the original and special limited edition
-the unabashedly controversial Slayer takes on Government and God, looking at
the World Trade Center disaster from the terrorists' point of view, and
repeatedly committing lyrical blasphemy, which caused the Washington Post to
note "...Slayer consistently beats Christianity with an ugly stick."
One major daily reviewer hypothesized, "If Thomas Jefferson were alive
today, he undoubtedly would be listening to Slayer...beneath this aggressive
veneer is a social, political and interpersonal message that would put proud
smiles on our nation's founders.