frontman Tom Araya
recently confirmed that the metal titans are planing to unveil two new tracks by late guitarist Jeff Hanneman
on their upcoming new album.
As Araya told Loudwire
, Jeff's posthumous efforts deliver his signature sound and are previously unreleased. The idea is reportedly to use the archived audio footage and deliver Hanneman's actual playing.
"We have two songs,"
he explained. "I haven't had the privilege of going through his audio files at the moment, but that's something I plan to do. Once we get some business squared away, that's something I plan to do; to go through his music and see what he has. I know that he had several ideas together that he had presented to us in the course of the past year."Before he passed away, there was one complete song that he had managed to send to everybody that I listened to and that I thought was really, really good and communicated that to him. There's stuff that I thought would be great to listen to just to see what's there and how we can possibly use what he had done. That's something I have every intention of doing."
After explaining that one of the songs was complete during the "World Painted Blood
" recording sessions, but didn't make the album, Araya began remembering his late bandmate.
"I don't want to use the term 'typical'
[laughs] but it's Jeff, it's obvious who put the song together,"
he said. "It's Jeff music. He created a certain way and he put music together a certain way; it's signature Jeff. It's new, it doesn't sound like anything else that we've done, in my opinion. Jeff usually just wrote songs and a lot of his stuff had certain signature things he would do to songs. That stuff is in there, but I would consider it new."
Tom was then asked to comment on the emotions he faced upon listening to Hanneman's new work after his passing. "Listening to that, and this isn't meant in a bad way, but when I listen to it and I'm thinking about him, it's kind of like, 'F--kin' Jeff!'
[laughs]. That's what crosses my mind; 'F--kin' Jeff!'""Some people wouldn't understand that, but having conversations with Paul
] on these past tours that we've done together, I'll look at him, I'll be onstage playing and then it'll hit me. Then I'll be talking to Paul after the show and I'll look at him and sometimes I'll just be like, 'F--kin' Jeff!' and he'll just smile and say, 'Yeah, I know what you mean.' [Laughs] I do that periodically. When I think about him, that's usually the phrase that'll come to my mind."
Details regarding Slayer's new, 11th studio record are yet to be unveiled. So far, the band's only confirmed writing new music
, stating that new info is to "be revealed in the coming weeks."