Slayer Confirm Working on New Album

"More things will be revealed in the coming weeks," says booking agent Scott Sokol.

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Slayer's booking agent Scott Sokol recently took some time to discuss what the band's currently up to, noting that new music is cooking up as we speak. "They’re definitely working on new music," he confidently stated. "More things will be revealed in the coming weeks." During the rest of the Billboard chat, Scott also talked about the loss of guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who passed away in May from alcohol-related liver cirrhosis. "It wasn't going to help anybody to cancel what they were doing," Sokol explained. "The band likes to go out there and play. Not that I'm a counselor, or anything, but I think part of the way they deal with things is to do what they love. And they love to go out there and do their thing." The agent also noted that Hanneman's stage absence prior to his death did make a difference, stating that "if it happened while they were on tour it might have been different." Scott then went on to draw a parallel between Slayer and AC/DC. "I don't think they've really missed a beat there," he said regarding the addition of Exodus guitarist Gary Holt. "There's no replacement for Jeff. Gary doesn't replace Jeff, who is a legend unto himself. But Gary Holt, to a degree, is also that. He's just a little different stylistically. Brian Johnson and Bon Scott are different frontmen for AC/DC, but both are legendary in their own right. So in some way you could look at it like that." In one of the interview's highlight moments, Sokol named a Slayer show as one of top 10 life-changing experiences. "Maybe even top three," he added. "Marriage, birth of children and going to a Slayer show. You've never seen anything like it; nobody has. That's why they've been around doing what they do for as long as they have. Heavy metal was born with Black Sabbath. Then you had Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. But Slayer perfected it." Slayer are currently preparing to hit the US road with Gojira and 4Arm starting with Anchorage performance on October 22.

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    Crousah
    if they have to keep on going, gary holt should be involved in the songwriting-process but we all know that holt wants to keep his stuff for exodus, king wants to write everything by himself and we know what that means...
    Mind_Reader7
    Tom, Kerry, And Friends Confirmed Working On New Album *Fixed that for ya UG.
    Abacus11
    Wow! I'll bet Tom Araya and Kerry King are grateful that some pointless, annoying troll in the internet is deciding who Slayer is for them!
    stondagain
    Gary Holt: "What about this?" ((plays ****ing killer riff)) Tom Araya: "That's ****ing badass, man!" Kerry "Burger" King: "that sucks. Everyone shut up and play this" ((galloping E string, hits F & B# every couple of seconds)) Tom Araya: "OK, whatever. I'm still getting paid, right?" Gary Holt: (To himself) "Just pay me so I can take this riff to Exodus."
    howyjr
    B#?
    mop10893
    I think he meant Bb since E and Bb are a tri-tone. But since Slayer play tuned down a half step it would really be Eb, Fb (E but in the key signature it would be Fb) and Bbb (A. Read first parenthesis).
    ronmcr14
    0-----0----0----0----0----0----0---1-2-3-0-----0----0---0--0 -0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--0-0-0-0-0--0--0-65-45-64564645654643 625255325520-0-0-0-0--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-67-6-567-57-567-567-56 7-567-57-56-0-0-0-0-0-0
    EnemyofGod
    2 years ago they said they wouldnt release another album without Jeff..
    java8
    Thats probably because at that moment they were waiting for Jeff to heal and get back.
    unclejemima394
    Hanneman wrote the classic songs everyone loves, King wrote the fillers. He barely did that at times. If you check the writing credits on recent albums, you'll see King started to contribute more but if you listen to them, you'll hear the same f**king riffs as a different song because he writes the same sh!t. I knew they weren't going to stop making music, but I'm fully expecting this whole new album to be crap. Just like every album afterwards as well.
    qrEE
    Gary Holt can write for Slayer. I think that song proves it. Personally while I respect Jeff, if Gary Holt contributes to the writing of this next album this might be the first Slayer album in my lifetime that I'll be excited for.
    Doomzdayxx
    I see your point but I disagree and I doubt that King will let him write anything in the first place
    bit64
    no,it is not like AC/DC.It is like what AC/DC would be without the Young brothers.
    qrEE
    If Gary writes for Slayer, the next Slayer album might be their best. Because there's no competition, Exodus destroys Slayer. And yes, I'll add onto the end of that, that it is, in fact, my opinion.
    dial-a-death
    This guy's an idiot. I saw Slayer live, with Jeff and Dave on the WPB tour, and they weren't that great. I enjoyed it, but wouldn't describe it as a "life changing experience". I don't think any gig I've been to has been "life changing" except maybe the first one. And I'd rather have a new Exodus album than a new "Slayer" album.
    Mrguitare555
    My first concert was A festival which included Slayer. So far best band I've seen to this day , really really awesome
    iommi600
    Oh boy, now Kerry is writing everything. Behold the supremacy of Eb|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-|. I hope Gary Holt can save this...
    iommi600
    Btw, what's happening with the paragraphs, UG? I swear I put the last sentence on a separate paragraph while writing that comment.
    Jazz1992
    "...different frontmen (...), but both are legendary in their own right." So many "fans" of so many bands need to understand this.
    henrihell
    The difference here is that Holt is hardly legendary. He's a great guitarist for sure, but I fail to see what would make him legendary.
    qrEE
    He is one of the first Thrash Metal guitarists ever? Exodus's "Tempo of the Damned" signified the return to Thrash Metal that wouldn't catch on for another 5 or so years? Exodus is one of the most consistently great Thrash bands that's ever existed, to the point where their most iconic album happens to also be one of the less great works in their catalog? The simple fact that Exodus has never devolved into monotony? Really I don't think it can be disputed, Gary Holt's a legend. The big 4 isn't Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer... it's Dave Mustaine, James Hetfield, Gary Holt, and Jeff Hanneman. Those are the guys who shaped Thrash Metal's sound to what it is today, as well as what it was in it's golden era.
    cmonkey81
    Gary fn Holt.....if you dont know him u should stick to reading Korn n miley cyrus reports
    Downfault
    I have seen Slayer a couple of times now, once with Jeff and once with Gary. All I can say is that seeing them was not life changing for me at all. Aside from the impressive stage setup, they were really boring to watch. It looked like no one wanted to be there besides Jeff when I did see the show with him.
    mop10893
    I saw them twice as well. Once at Mayhem Festival in 2009 with Jeff and once at the Big 4 show at Yankee Stadium with Gary. They were incredible with Jeff, but watching Kerry try to play Jeff's far superior solos was a very sad thing to watch.
    Patres87
    King has written most of God Hates Us All which is my favourite out of the last three album releases. The band is just keeping their brand alive
    Wylde@Heart
    To be honest, nothing Slayer's done since "Seasons in the Abyss" has really grabbed me. Sure, there've been some good tracks on other albums (Dittohead, Death's Head, Disciple, Eyes of the Insane), but largely, no album they've put out has impressed me the way "Hell Awaits", "Haunting the Chapel", "Reign In Blood", "South of Heaven" and "Seasons in the Abyss" have. To be honest, while I'm not saying it was a bad album by any means, I didn't really get into World Painted Blood, while I have a lot of friends who love that album. Nothing about it really stood out to me. So, overall, even putting aside the whole Kerry King and Dave Lombardo situation, I can't say that I'm that excited for a new Slayer album. I'd really much rather see Gary go back and work on a new album with Exodus. "Exhibit B: The Human Condition" is probably my favorite thrash album to come out in the last few years, and I would love a follow up.
    Vermintide
    I can scarcely contain my excitement. This album will surely revitalise the band's flagging career and propel them to a second era of unprecedented success and popularity.
    BogWraith
    Dead but won't lie down, these guys really need to give up. They're not doing anything creative... I really can't wait to hear more bland Kerry King signature solos. Slayer have always sounded like a 500bpm train crash.
    stondagain
    "Dead but won't lie down" - new Slayer album title You know Kerry "Burger" King won't give you credit for it.
    CrumbBeard
    FINALLY! Very excited to hear, its been a while and I had started to doubt it. RIP Jeff!
    MthrfknBrkdwN
    Well if it's still in the same vein as the last two albums I can settle with that. But seriously, without at least Dave involved it will not be the same. Not just saying this but Dave and Jeff were the the ones that really stood out in this band for me.
    Minivirus2
    I don't think I can get behind another "Slayer" album. It's just too far gone from what Slayer was.
    Agent 00Awesome
    Jeff wouldn't have wanted Slayer to quit. I don't really get everyone's hate. King is an *****, but saying they should quit just cause of Jeff's death is a little extreme. And the whole Dave situation sucks, but Paul was already in Slayer once upon a time.
    zn-1
    Thought I'd throw in that Slayer's touring with Gojira, not Ghost.
    Shametome
    I don't get these comments. If you don't know the band, why say "Who?" like some blithering idiot?
    NathanCruz
    I'm seeing all of these comments, and I think, "Slayer fans are no longer one anymore. a band member dies and simply replaced (by the way, this is what happened to Metallica)and everybody's attacking one another. At least their more metal than Blood On The Dance Floor".
    R-Dude
    Considering I have Queens of the Stone Age playing right now I can't bitch about this. I kind of think they should/could continue as Slayer, if they want and people are still really into it (which they appear to be), I just wish they'd sort things out with Dave. Even if he doesn't rejoin the band, it would just be nice if they were buddies again.
    bit64
    it is not just quality-of course Gary is awesome and his work in Exodus is thrash at its best.However,the sound of Exodus and Slayer differ.So i prefer it if Gary keeps his stuff for Exodus.
    Doomzdayxx
    That's not Slayer. Just Kerry King and Tom Aray. I'm missing the joke here guys, someone fill me in please...
    zalant
    It's funny. I don't hear nearly as much vitriol thrown toward Queen, even though it's (similarly) just two of the original band members.
    Dannym95
    That's probably because Queen aren't a regular touring and recording outfit these days, and when they do play shows it's as "Queen + (insert fill in singer's name here)" and not just "Queen".
    Doomzdayxx
    Oh I'm so sorry. I will keep consistent then in that case, and comment (in a vitriol manner) on Queen, a band that I do not even listen to in the first place, nor care about.
    xeho
    the world always needs more slayer !!
    Gantz92
    You consider this band Slayer?
    ScottStewart1
    If Lombardo was still in the band I'd argue 3/4 still counts, but only half of this band is Slayer. Don't get me wrong, I love Gary Holt - but I'd rather see him melting my face off in Exodus
    metalderock1
    They may be missing Lombardo, but at least they brought Paul Bostaph back. He was in Slayer for close to ten years total, and for me that's as close as we can get for a good replacement. Honestly, Divine Intervention was a really good album, and even the other Bostaph albums had some good songs. But then again, Hanneman was still living...
    Abacus11
    Of course it's Slayer. I think that Tom Araya and Kerry King are more qualified to take in new band members and define what Slayer is better than some pointless trolls on the f**king internet. I get it... Some people want to draw attention to themselves by declaring that a band is no longer because of the passing or departure of a member or members. But guess what? YOU'RE NOT IN THE BAND and if you don't like it, fine, GO AWAY. This trend is so annoying. Let the people that are actually involved make decisions and quit acting like things that you have NOTHING to do with revolve around you.
    EpsilonX
    Yeah but we won't be getting another "Slayer" album, only a lame imitation.
    itsonlyauser
    Your judging an album that hasn't come out yet...
    EpsilonX
    If a TV show has two writers...one is really good, and the other one pretends to be good and steals the spotlight, and the one who's actually good dies, do you think the TV show will continue to be good?
    Anjohl
    Whoa, Dave is back, and Zombie Jeff is back on stage right? Oh, the Kerry King Project (tm) is releasing an album. Meh.
    haifisch234
    F**k this. I ain't buying this thing. Slayer's discography ends on World Painted Blood. Period. I wish Tom Araya confirmed quitting "Slayer". Now you can downvote me all night long.
    headbanger987
    If the band didn't take in a new member what would they do end the band NOOO what if AC/DC did that huh you can't just end it because one member is no longer there, Slipknot didn't do that Avenged Sevenfold didn't do that come on guys Jeff's loss was tragic for us all but he would want the band to keep going Slayer didn't make it this far for nothing!
    mop10893
    It's more because of Dave not being there. The right thing for Kerry to do after Jeff's passing was to ask Dave to join them to keep the music alive. But Kerry was too much of an egotistical jackass to do that, so now it's only half of Slayer, and the two weakest members at that (with all due respect to Tom. I respect him as a person, but he's not the greatest bassist in the world).
    HUNDuffman
    Not to be a hypocrite (as ive never seen him live) (did see the Holt version though) but i miss Jeff, but guess what? i am happy they got their shit together and keep going on with the metal, and i dont understand what the sacred **** is your problem with them not falling apart and drowning to death in their grief... Jeff wouldnt want them to stop, just like Cliff wouldnt have wanted Metallica to stop (to name the most widely known example)
    HeavyMetalSonic
    The only way I'd go anywhere near this is if Rubin and Fildeman weren't involved. Since Gary is in the band, it would be awesome if he talked some sense into them and got Andy Sneap.
    metal_swayne
    Jeff was the major lyric and riff writer, so it will be interesting what they come up with without him.
    Skuzzmo
    Slayer, will release their new album, sell a crap load of copies of said album and then play hundreds of shows across the globe to thousands upon thousands of fans.... The hundred or so bitching here about it not being Slayer can keep on being obstinate and not listen to the new album or go watch them on the tour.... I doubt you'll be missed.
    Asterix_13
    I can deal with Slayer without Hanneman because Gary Holt is a beast. No Lombardo is just ridiculous though.
    howyjr
    Paul Bostaph is also a beast. "War Zone" from God Hates Us All will give you a taste of that
    Wylde@Heart
    I agree with you there. While Dave Lombardo is my favorite drummer, that's not to take anything away from Bostaph. I particularly loved his work on both Testament's "The Formation of Damnation" as well as Exodus' "Shovel Headed Kill Machine", both fantastic modern thrash albums.
    repoman2112
    I'll give it a chance, even though I haven't been a fan of their last couple of albums.
    christianonbass
    I saw Slayer 3 times. The last time was in 91. Alice in Chains opened. Wow I am getting old, but I've sure seen some face-melting shows!
    VoXBOss2011
    Shit happens, life goes on. I'm skeptical about what the new record will sound like, but at the ame time eager to hear it. Yeah, Jeff and Dave are out of the band but lineups do change and that's just that
    slaygod666
    tom araya is the voice that all love as long as that voice is still there then it is...mother ****ing slayer mother ****ers...enough said over finished done gone out...anthrax words there lol