SLAYER Frontman Blows Out Voice Prior To Melbourne Concert; Show Goes On

According to, SLAYER bassist/vocalist Tom Araya blew out his voice prior to last night's (Friday, October 9) concert in Melbourne, Australia, forcing the band to play some its songs as instrumentals or with members of other groups helping out on lead vocals.

Fan-filmed video footage of Tom's announcement from the stage and various other songs from the SLAYER's set can be viewed below.

SLAYER and MEGADETH kicked off their seven-date tour of New Zealand and Australia on Monday, October 5 at Logan Campbell Centre in Auckland, New Zealand. The two bands will next perform Sunday night (October 11) in Adelaide, Australia.

A strictly limited-edition SLAYER "Hate Worldwide" one-track CD will be released in the U.K. on October 19. Only 1,000 of these will be released and will be made available exclusively through independent record shops.

For a complete list of stores that will carry the CD, go to this location.

The official CD-release and listening party for SLAYER's new album, "World Painted Blood", will be held on Friday, October 30 at Duff's Brooklyn in Williamsburg, New York beginning at 9:00 p.m. Free "World Painted Blood" merchandise and autographed copies of the best-selling Decibel magazine to date — the SLAYER issue — will be given away at the 21-and-over event, for which there is no cover.

The address is:

Duff's Brooklyn
168 Marcy Avenue (between S 5th & Broadway)
Williamsburg, New York

For more information, visit

"World Painted Blood" is scheduled for release on November 3 via American Recordings. The CD will initially ship with four special collector's edition covers. Each of the four covers will display one-fourth of a provocative continental map illustrated with human skulls and bones; when placed together, the four images form a complete and grisly map of the world.

All four of the initial CD packages will include a special blood-red, see-through top panel with the map displayed beneath it.

The "World Painted Blood Deluxe Edition" will have its own special layout of the map cover art and will be in a double-digipak housed in a blood-red, see-through plastic sleeve. The "Deluxe Edition" will include the "World Painted Blood" CD, the "Playing With Dolls" DVD, a 20-minute animated graphic novel featuring music from the album (including part of a new non-album song), and an expanded booklet.

"World Painted Blood" was recorded in Los Angeles over two time periods, during October 2008 and then between late January and March 2009. The CD was produced by Greg Fidelman, who's spent time in the studio with METALLICA, THE GOSSIP, THE (INTERNATIONAL) NOISE CONSPIRACY, SLIPKNOT and others, and executive-produced by longtime SLAYER colleague Rick Rubin, who suggested Fidelman for the project.

Intro + "World Painted Blood":

Tom's announcement:


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