Slayer frontman Tom Araya has been speaking with Metal-Rules (via Blabbermouth) about people's reactions to the new Slayer line-up. As Araya notes, he is particularly happy about the return of Paul Bostaph to the fold: "Paul's always been a friend. When he left, it was on his terms, and it was no bad feelings at all. Paul felt he needed to move on and it wasn't on bad terms and to have him back and playing in the band is awesome.
"It's like we're taking up where we left off with Paul and he's amazing. He's full of energy, he's excited to be back and he's excited to be part of Slayer again. So it makes for very energetic shows and very exciting times. This is gonna be good.
"Like I said, everybody is going to be reacquainted with Paul and everybody knows Gary [Holt] has been filling in, now it's just a whole different circumstance knowing that Jeff [Hanneman] has passed. I'm sure everyone will enjoy it. Paul is very energetic and excited, which makes everybody else excited. It'll be good and it will allow closure for everybody." Araya also spoke about whether or not new guitarist Gary Holt will be contributing to the writing of the band’s next album: "Yeah, we're going to have sit down and figure out something. We haven't had a chance to sit down and talk about anything.
"I, for one, didn't really want to, especially at that moment when everything was happening. Now that we've got that behind us and we're going to do this fall tour, once we get finished, I think that will be an opportunity for me and him to sit down and talk Slayer and see how he feels about it, and I can tell him how I feel about it and we'll know before the year is out what the future holds."