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In the latest issue of Sweden Rock magazine Slayer is interviewd about their new album "Repentless" that will be released 9/11 2015. Read also when Tom Araya talks about the story behind making Slayer Reign In Blood wine and how come they did the Slayer 666 Red Ale together with Nils Oscar Brewery.

”I’m the beer drinker in the band” Tom Araya, tell us about Slayer 666 Red Ale.

– When Brands For Fans reached out the first time and suggested we ought to make the Reign in Blood Red wine, I wasn’t too sure. I’m smart enough to realise that a lot of people want to use a famous band’s name to sell a substandard product. But they persisted and it turned out they had actually made a proper Cabernet Sauvignon in collaboration with a vineyard in California.

–  They also wanted to do a beer with us and managed to find a master brewer who not only had won lots of awards, but was also a huge Slayer fan. He’d been experimenting with different types of malts to achieve a really special flavour, and tried to explain it with all these chemical descriptions. I didn’t understand a word, but thought the beer tasted amazing.

Unlike Kerry King, I’m a big beer drinker and can tell a good bitterness from a bad. Our beer has a long, fresh aftertaste. It’s perfect for a beverage that should be savoured rather than knocked back.

What do you feel the label on the bottle expresses?
– Precisely what I want it to express: This is the band Slayer’s own beer. Nobody could ever be mistaken when they see the eagle that probably is more associated with us than the band logo itself. I actually contributed to the design by loading the artwork into Photoshop and suggesting a few tweaks.

What’s your position on which alcoholic products you attach the name Slayer to?
– It has to be about drinks we think are worth buying ourselves. There are many products with Slayer’s name on that we’ve vetoed. For example, we’d never allow anyone to sell a beer in Slayer’s name without trying it ourselves first. That I was given the honour to judge the taste on this one is because I’m the beer drinker in the band. If we’d produce a vodka or a tequila after the beer, it would be Kerry who’d be trying and tasting. He’s as picky with liquor as I am with beer and wine.

Can a beer taste like Slayer?
– It can taste authentic. So, yes, a beer can taste like Slayer.

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Slayer announces the launch of Slayer 666 Red Ale, brewed by world famous Nils Oscar Brewery in Sweden. Slayer 666 Red Ale will be released in Sweden 2nd May and internationally later this spring. 

Picture taken by Fredrik Olofsson (Gary Holt, Yvonne Wener, Chris Kirk, Patrick Holmqvist, Paul Bostaph, Sari H Wilholm, Tom Araya and Kerry King)

Working with head brewer Patrick Holmqvist, the band now offers a unique, high-quality red ale that packs a potent punch, much in the way as does the band’s repertoire of albums. “The Slayer wine we had was really good and did really well, so this sounded interesting to us,” said Slayer’s Tom Araya. " When we were first approached about the idea for a beer, my concern was that it had to taste good! We really like the way that Patrick works; he’s dedicated, has a lot of integrity and really cares about making a high-quality product. He didn't disappoint, the Ale taste great! We hope our fans will enjoy Slayer’s Red Ale."

Patrick Holmqvist, Head Brewer at The Nils Oscar Company AB says: – Anyone who knows me will realise what a huge compliment it is to be brewing a beer for Slayer. Since the early days of Reign in Blood via Diabolicus in Musica to modern releases as World Painted Blood, I have always loved the ground breaking music. With the Slayer 666 Red Ale, I have tried to compile all those hours of listening into one great beer.

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