THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2014|
Posted by: Anthony Toto
Slayer released the first post-Jeff Hanneman track of the band's career, "Implode", after debuting the song during a surprise performance at yesterday's Golden God Awards. With the one-year anniversary of Hanneman's death approaching on May 2nd, the remaining members released a free download of "Implode" as a showcase of appreciation for its loyal fanbase.
"Implode" features the undeniable attitude and religious questioning of vintage Slayer, yet between the production and guitar tuning, the track sounds like a leftover b-side from 2001's God Hates Us All. The thrash titans last LP World Painted Blood saw a return-to-form as a majority of Hanneman's compositions were played in the band's signature E-Flat guitar tuning that defied its greatest work. After hearing "Implode," my fear of Kerry King down-tuning for the sake of sounding modern came to fruition as the guitar punch just doesn't match the power of its last LP.
Tom Araya and Kerry King even pulled a KISS-type move by firing original drummer Dave Lombardo last year after he questioned the band's business practices. As a result, "Implode" desperately misses the loose cannon backbeat of his drumkit. With legendary metal producer Terry Date helming the next LP's production, hopefully he could invigorate the remaining members to write a befitting tribute in the memory of Hanneman.