PHIL ANSELMO On SLAYER Retirement: ‘I Don’t Think You Can Walk Away From SLAYER Forever’

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Phil Anselmo recently spoke on his thought on SLAYER‘s upcoming retirement and also what SLAYER means to him as a fan.

“I remember when I was younger, there was always this saying that nobody — nobody — plays with SLAYER,” Anselmo told Chile’s Humo Negro. “Whether you are opening or closing, SLAYER was the band that everybody was terrified of. Opening bands would get sh*t thrown at ’em and stuff. [The crowd would chant] ‘SLAYERSLAYER!’

“All of that energy, that attitude — great attitude; f*cking awesome attitude — it’s in me. Definitely SLAYER spoke to me as a young man,” he continued. And they still speak to me. When I watched them live — I just watched a set of theirs earlier this year — they’re f*cking great, man. And the setlist that they’re playing is amazing. So it takes me through great memories of being a young man and just being knocked out by this f*cking band.”

Speaking about SLAYER‘s decision to call it a day after the ongoing farewell tour, Phil said: “For me, I know they say, ‘Oh, this is the end.’ I don’t think you can walk away from SLAYER forever, man.

“The fact that they end — I say, what more could they do? But also I think that it leaves a new chapter open for them to where if they wanted to come back and do one show a year, one show every two years, it would be f*cking huge. So, hey, more power to SLAYER.”

SLAYER will begin The Final Campaign, the last leg of its Final World Tour on November 2, wrapping its touring career up with two shows at The Forum in Los Angeles on November 29 and 30. Tickets are available here.

After much speculation instigated by two video trailers released earlier this summer, SLAYER – Tom ArayaKerry KingGary Holt and Paul Bostaph – in conjunction with Nuclear Blast Records and Prime Zero Productions, announces “Slayer:  The Repentless Killogy” motion picture and companion LP/CD, “The Repentless Killogy, Live At The Forum in Inglewood, CA.”

Coming November 8, 2019, the narrative short film paired with Slayer’s entire performance of its August 5, 2017 concert at the Los Angeles Forum will be available digitally and on Blu-ray, and the soundtrack from that concert will be released as both a two-disc vinyl and two CD packages. In addition to the standard black vinyl, eight limited-edition colored vinyl configurations will be available:  red, gold and silver vinyl, red/black & orange splatter, red/orange swirl, red/black splatter, yellow/red corona, and black/white corona.  Pre-orders can be placed here. Check out the trailer for this special movie release below.