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Slayer unleash thrashing new single “Repentless”, a tribute to Jeff Hanneman — listen

on June 19, 2015, 11:55am

Slayer will return with Repentlesstheir first studio LP in almost six years, on September 11th via Nuclear Blast Records. That’s the newly revealed album artwork above.

After sharing the album cuts “When the Stillness Comes” and “Implode” in various forms over the last year, the band has delivered the album’s first proper single and title track. As Kerry King told Metal Hammer, “Repentless” is an ode to the band’s late guitarist, Jeff Hanneman, who passed away in 2013. “I call it the Hannemanthem!” King said of the track. “I wrote that for Jeff. Oh, dude, it’s fast as fuck. You don’t know what the fuck’s coming!”

The song is indeed “fast as fuck,” with spitfire lyrics shot out over smoking guitar riffs and stampeding drums. On the chorus, Tom Araya bellows a series of phrases that read like a manifesto of Hanneman’s life: “Live fast/ On high/ Repentless/ Let it ride!” Check out the song below via a “visualizer” video that sees the band on stage and in studio.

In other Slayer news, at a recent gig on Long Island, the band’s new guitarist and Hanneman’s replacement, Gary Holt, rocked a black shirt with simple white lettering that read, “Kill the Kardashians.” It’s hard to imagine he was the only individual in the venue that shared those sentiments. Wonder what Kourtney thinks of “Repentless”…