Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Slayer Confirmed For Denmark's Roskilde Festival
California-based thrash metal legends Slayer have been confirmed for this year's edition of the Roskilde Festival, set to take place July 3-6 in Roskilde, Denmark.
Also joining SLAYER at Roskilde will be: AT THE GATES, THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS, CLUTCH, ENTER SHIKARI, HOLY FUCK, MY BLOODY VALENTINE, and RADIOHEAD.
Slayer won a Grammy in the "Best Metal Performance" category in the pre-telecast ceremony at the 50th annual Grammy Awards, which was held on February 10 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Slayer was nominated for the track "The Final Six", from the band's 2007 limited-edition "Christ Illusion". The song, written by Araya and guitarist Jeff Hanneman and produced by Josh Abraham, is a chilling look at an hypothesized end of the world. The track made its debut last July as the "Single of the Week" on MySpace where it has since accumulated some 750,000 plays, an astounding number for a song that received no commercial airplay.
"This is awesome," Araya stated backstage. "I guess we're part of the industry now, above ground. None of those tunnel diggings anymore. No, this is our second win actually. It's kind of exciting. We've been fortunate to have been around this long with no radio play. We've gotten support from satellite radio recently, MTV gave us minimal support, but it's all on word of mouth and people liking what we do and passing it on to their friends. We owe a lot of our success to our fans. The industry is great, but the fans are the ones that take the time to look you up to see what you're doing, wait for the record to come out and buy it so..."
posted 10:03 AM