According to a posting on the SLAYER fan site SlayerSaves.com, SLAYER have officially confirmed that they will be playing two warm-up shows along with MASTODON and THINE EYES BLEED prior to their Unholy Alliance Tour. The warm-up dates are as follows:
Jun. 02 - Sparks, NV @ New Oasis
Jun. 03 - Chico, CA @ Senator Theater
To view the full Unholy Alliance North American tour itinerary — featuring SLAYER alongside LAMB OF GOD, MASTODON and CHILDREN OF BODOM (who will rotate the second and third slots), and THINE EYES BLEED, who will open the shows — click here.
As previously reported, SLAYER — Tom Araya (bass, vocals), Kerry King (guitars), Jeff Hanneman (guitars), and Dave Lombardo (drums) — have finished recording tracks for their as-yet-untitled new album, due out this fall, and have commenced the mixing process. This album is the first new studio album since 1990's "Seasons In The Abyss" that features the entire original SLAYER lineup (drummer Lombardo left the band in 1992 and rejoined in 2003). Rick Rubin, who helped solidify the much-emulated SLAYER sound beginning with their genre-defining 1986 classic "Reign In Blood", is executive-producing, and Josh Abraham (KORN, VELVET REVOLVER, ATREYU) is producing. Working songtitles include "Catalyst", "Cult", "Catatonic", "Jihad", "Eyes of the Insane", "Supremist", and "Consfearacy".