Slayer guitarist Kerry King recently discussed the idea of posthumously releasing Jeff Hanneman's material as a part of the band's new album, stressing that if the tunes aren't good enough, they'll never see the light of day.
King also noted that he plans on reworking certain parts to make the tracks properly glue together. As far as the rest of the album goes, the guitarist stated working on 11 demos since drummer Paul Bostaph's latest return to Slayer. According to Kerry, there's "an abundance of material" to go around with, as the band will hopefully hit the studio in January 2014.
After revealing that both Hanneman and himself had a leftover song from the latest Slayer effort "World Painted Blood," King focused on Jeff's tune, saying it requires additional work. "Jeff's song he finished right at the end, so it was kind of like an afterthought," he told Revolver. "There's some good stuff on it, but good as a whole, it's gotta be reworked, and I plan on reworking it. I know Jeff wanted to rework it, so it's not like he's not here, so I'm gonna change his song. [laughs] I know he talked about rewriting lyrics for it."
The guitarist explained further, "It's hard, because once a song is finished, it's hard to hear it any other way. You basically have to deconstruct it and start fresh. The verse will be the verse and the chorus will be the chorus, but all the glue in the middle, you've gotta deconstruct it and see what you can do to make it better. And I planned on working on that one; it's just that I've got a couple I'm working on I wanna finish first. And he's got, I think, two other strong ideas that I don't even think were done, so they're gonna need to be helped as well."
Finally, King focused on the entire idea of Jeff's posthumous releases. "My big thing is, if we're gonna put out something that Jeff wrote, I've seen other musicians and bands [release] music [originally written] in the past, and it's generally not good. I don't want it to be perceived like that. If we're gonna put out Jeff's last contribution in Slayer, if it ain't awesome, you're not gonna hear it. So I wanna make it awesome, so you can hear it."
Meanwhile, the group confirmed an exclusive US vinyl reissue of their ten efforts. According to the official website announcement, each of the albums was remastered from original analog flat master tapes. The full list of releases covers every Slayer studio record and a 1991 live album "Decade of Aggression: Live."