Thrash giants team up with Swedish firm to release devilish brew
Slayer have launched their own brand of beer named 666 Red Ale.

The thrash icons teamed up with the Nils Oscar company in Nykoping, Sweden to produce the 6.5% ABV beverage.

The brew is described as “a unique craft beer based on five different malts” and having “a deep copper colour, often with a deep reddish hue and a malty sweetness.”

And Slayer frontman Tom Araya has given the ale the thumbs up, and says the drink perfectly represents the band.

He tells Sweden Rock Magazine: “It can taste authentic. So, yes, a beer can taste like Slayer.”

Slayer join a lengthy list of artists who have released their own beer brand in recent years, including Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Queen, Metallica, Behemoth and Cannibal Corpse.

The band issued their 11th album Repentless last month and launched a world tour in support of the project with an appearance on Motorhead’s second annual Motorboat cruise.

Slayer will perform a series of UK dates next month with Anthrax.

GRIP INC. Featuring Former SLAYER Drummer Dave Lombardo Is Putting Out A New-ish EP

Grip Inc. was a band between 1993 and 2006 and featured a few notable musicians, though mainly it was Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, Philm, etc.) and multi-instrumentalist Waldemar Sorychta (Enemies of the Sun, ex-Despair, etc.). While the group still isn’t exactly back together, there’s a new EP of previously unheard material on the horizon. The release will be a tribute to late Grip Inc. frontman Gus Chambers. Speaking of the tribute, Lombardo said:

“Grip Inc. is an exceptional band that I am very honored to have co-created.

“Gus Chambers was easily one of the most effective and distinctive vocalists/frontmen in the business. To be able to release music that pays tribute to Gus and his talent, memorializing the unique sound that the four of us created is a gift… not just to us, but also to the fans that always hoped for more.”

“Gus can’t be replaced. Grip Inc. will never be Grip Inc. without him. We could try and replace him, but it would never be the same as the original four. This is the closest thing we have to working with Gus again. This release is without question a tribute to his talent and his legacy.”

According to a press release, the EP titled Hostage to Heaven features three unheard tracks and an alternate version of “Hostage to Heaven” off the Power of Inner Strengthrecord. it’s currently up for pre-order digitally, the only format the EP is available in, and will be out Jun. 9.

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Sonisphere 2014 live review

4th – 6th July
Knebworth UK

By Alex Loach

It has been three long years in the making, but the touring festival behemoth that is Sonisphere has finally returned to its spiritual home – the hallowed grounds of Knebworth house in Hertfordshire. As the organisers have delighted in reminding people in the run-up to the event, this is a celebration weekend, marking forty years of live music at this location. The likes of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and erm… Robbie Williams have all graced (and disgraced) these picturesque grounds at one time or another.

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