Slayer fans are waiting with frayed nerves and high hopes for Repentless, the metal anti-messiahs' first album since the 2013 death of guitarist Jeff Hanneman. It's also their first record in six years, and only the third since 2001's God Hates Us All.
Now we're starting our weekend with the title track. The visual shows Tom Araya laying down vocals in the booth and guitarists Kerry King and Gary Holt recording their solos—effortlessly—in the studio. Exodus founder Holt didn't write riffs for the album, but he did contribute original leads. (He's been touring with Slayer for four years.) Listen to "Repentless" here:
Following "When the Stillness Comes" and "Implode," "Repentless" is the most aggressive taste of the LP so far. From the opening 90 mph single-guitar riff to the moment returning member Paul Bostaph's maniacal drumming slams in, this one never gives you zero moments to breathe.
"If you've ever been a Slayer fan at any point in our career, you will like this record," King said. The title track seems like proof.