Slayer Split From Rick Rubin

Band is no longer associated with American Records.

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Slayer have split with producer Rick Rubin for the first time in 28 years, Classic Rock reports.

While Rubin has been involved in every Slayer album since "Reign in Blood," the band will not be working with him on their next album release. Furthermore, they are no longer releasing albums on Rubin's American Recordings label, having announced that their next album will be coming out on Nuclear Blast.

Speaking of the situation, Slayer frontman Tom Araya offered the following comment:

"Rick has played a huge role in our career - we've made some great albums with him.

"But today is a new day. Record companies don't play the kind of role they once did, and we really like the idea of going out on our own, connecting directly with our fans; and Nuclear Blast is fired up about taking on that challenge with us."

Slayer recently debuted Implode, the first new song from the band in five years and the first to feature guitarist Gary Holt.

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    Rick Rubin used to be one of the best producers around. He's produced many great records with a number of talented and gifted musicians in the past. But judging from his work in recent years, I think its safe to say his best days are now behind him. Sadly, he's just another highly overrated producer amongst the pile.
    I've heard from numerous artists that he used to **** them over bad. Like horrible contracts and shit.
    Corey Taylor talked about doing Vol 3 and said he would come in, sleep, eat all the food, then leave the work to his assistants.
    Rubin has a good ear, but I have always preferred his work with the Chili Peppers (for example) over his work with any metal band. On top of that. I was reading all of the comments the other day about how "in the past few years it has been trendy to hate slayer." Which I agree with, people have been hating on Slayer since Gary Holt started replacing Hanneman after the spider bite. All I have to say is that I love every Slayer record . Even World Painted Blood had some good Slayer tracks for sure. All I know is this....When Jeff Hanneman died, slayer should have stopped. Now they are breaking away from the one label they have been with FOREVER. I understand change is a good thing, but I don't think these changes are to protect the integrity of their music, rather than make as much money as possible. It makes me sad.
    Who cares, Slayer sucks now. Kerry King is a douche and sorry, but re-iterations of -0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0- riffs do not interest me.
    Hate to say it, but have to agree. New stuff is simple Slayer formula. Lets see if not using Rubin does anything for it.
    I'm digging this song, but I can tell too easily it's not slayer. When I buy it I'm changing the artist name to "Kerry King and Friends"
    Tom said that they aren't even friends, more like Kerry King and business partners.
    Rubin sent his people to the loudness war for some years now. Metal fans know best metal isn't noise. Keep the loudness war at the radio stations so I can turn them off.
    I guess it's alright if yer "like" 12 or 13. The new tune that is. Hanneman forever, Baldy never !
    When RIB came out, it changed everything. Not just the music, which was honestly pretty straightforward & not very imaginative - it was the PRODUCTION. Listen to Megadeth's KIMB, Metallica's RTL, Slayer's Hell Awaits... all the reverb & general "mushiness". RIB had tight, clean, this-is-what-it-sounds-like-in-the-room production, and it was all Rick Rubin's idea. It changed everything, and he deerves all the kudos for it. But yea, he;s just a fat weirdo now that doesn't give a sh*t like most too-wealthy people in the biz. But ya gotta give credit where credit is due.