S.A. SLAYER Featuring MACHINE HEAD Drummer DAVE MCCLAIN: Early Recordings To Be Re-Released
Skol Records will reissue the classic S.A. SLAYER (“San Antonio SLAYER”) album “Go For The Throat” along with the “Prepare To Die” EP, on a “2 on 1” CD compilation.
“Go For The Throat” was recorded in 1984 and released on limited-edition vinyl LP four years later, while the “Prepare To Die” EP was recorded and released in 1983. The Skol Records release is the first-ever official CD reissue of this material, and will include original artwork, and thick booklet with all lyrics and many rare photos of the band. The album will be released on February 28 and will be available in North America via Shadow Kingdom Records. The initial pressing is limited to only 500 copies.
“It’s both honor and pleasure to make this reissue on Skol Records, as not only it’s one of my personal favorites when it comes to U.S. metal, but it’s also an absolutely legendary band,” says Skol Records CEO Bart Gabriel. “Our mission is to bring back from the grave as many cult and classic ’80s and ’90s metal releases as possible, and S.A. SLAYER has always been at the top of the list.”
S.A. SLAYER started as SLAYER, but since there was already another SLAYER around — promoting their debut album “Show No Mercy” — the San Antonio-based act had to modify its name. Both bands played together on November 30, 1984, in San Antonio: bootleg LP from that show titled “Slayer X S.A. Slayer” sometimes show up on eBay, and usually reach prices ranging from $500 to $600.
S.A. SLAYER was active between 1982 and 1984, and featured in its ranks such musicians as Dave McClain (MACHINE HEAD, SACRED REICH), Don Van Stavern (RIOT, EVIL UNITED), Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER), and singer Steve Cooper (known from JUGGERNAUT and NARITA, the project Mark Reale launched in the mid-’80s when RIOT was put on hold).