SLAYER Pulls Out Of Mexico's MONTERREY METAL FEST Due To 'Personal Reasons'

Los Angeles thrashers SLAYER have cancelled their previously announced appearance at the third edition of the Monterrey Metal Fest, set to take place Saturday, September 23, 2006 at the Coca Cola Auditorium in the city of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. SLAYER, who were scheduled to headline the event, cited "personal reasons" as the cause of the cancellation. This year's Monterrey Metal Fest is being billed as "Hell and Heaven United" due to the fact that the festival will include appearances by reunited Christian hard rockers STRYPER and Satanic death metallers DEICIDE. The concert, which promises to be the "biggest and baddest version yet," will feature eight of the biggest names in heavy metal music from all over the world on the main stage and 12 up-and-coming international and Mexican bands on the second stage. In other news, SLAYER's latest album, "Christ Illusion", entered the Swedish national chart at position No. 4. View the whole chart at this location. "Christ Illusion" first-week chart positions: Germany: #2 Finland: #2 Canada: #3 Sweden: #4 USA: #5 Austria: #6 Holland: #8 Australia: #9 Norway: #10 "Christ Illusion" is SLAYER's first new studio album since 2001, and the first recorded by the group's original line-up — Kerry King (guitar), Tom Araya (bass, vocals), Jeff Hanneman (guitars), Dave Lombardo (drums) — since 1990's "Seasons In The Abyss". The CD was produced by Josh Abraham and executive-produced by Rick Rubin. SLAYER filmed a war-themed video for the song "Eyes of the Insane" on August 13 with director Tony Petrossian (KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, SLIPKNOT, STONE SOUR) in the Los Angeles area.