Tom Araya: 'Slayer Music Will Live Forever'

Singer still uncertain about band's future. "I have my thoughts, I need to share them with Kerry," he adds.

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Slayer singer/bassist Tom Araya once again expressed uncertainty regarding the band's future, but pointed out that regardless of what it might hold, Slayer music will live forever. Chatting with Houston Press, Araya was asked to comment on the idea of Slayer without late Jeff Hanneman. "That's something that me and Kerry [King] have to sit down and communicate our thoughts about," he explained. "I have my feelings and my thoughts, and I need to share them with Kerry. That's what's going to happen on this trip. We need to sit down and figure out what we want to do and how to move forward." Asked directly on whether Slayer could be killed off, Tom pointed out that the band's music isn't something that can easily disappear. "I don't know, dude!" the singer said laughing. "I don't know. I don't think Slayer will ever end because our music is going to live forever. Our music will always be accessible to anybody that wants to hear it. When you talk about it like that, I think we'll be around for a really long time." Finally, Araya gave credit where credit is due, revealing the reason for constantly venturing forth for the past three decades. "The fans, man," he said, once again laughing. "That's the best part of what I do, is when I'm out there playing, looking down and seeing all these bright, shining faces. Believe it or not, it's the bright, shining, smiling faces that make it all worthwhile." As far as the group's new material and Hanneman's posthumous tunes go, the bassist commented: "There is definitely music there. Whether we get permission to use it or not is another story! But there is stuff there, and I plan to go through it and listen to it and see what he had, what gems are in there. There is talk of an album. We'll see."

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    In other news: "after 10000 interviews where Kerry and Araya are talking about talking with eachother, they decided not to talk to eachother"
    Just break up, already. Without Jeff around, and Kerry turning into a cheap Gene Simmons, I think we would all be okay with Slayer not being a band anymore.
    I wish they would retire, their best days are done. However, Slayer's music will always kick ass and i am glad that i got to see them twice.
    Why don't they just communicate with each other via interviews? Seems like that is the only thing they do all day anyways.
    3rd fret? Bullshit, Kerry only plays on the first fret.
    Meh, it's not like we'll ever know for certain. Kerry's tone has been garbage for years.
    Holy jesus yes. I can't work out what makes his tone so impossibly woolly and just useless. It's not even a matter of opinion like with old school thrash, his tone is just rubbish. You get this whack of fizzy high end attack and then just...wool. I can't even watch live vids of Slayer now because of him, and the cameraman always seemed to favour him over Hanneman.
    I'm sure I've seen this comment on every single Slayer article on this site
    Too true. It's not just UG either. If I want to look up ANYTHING Slayer related, there's some jackass with the same comment! >
    I want to see all these idiots who post 0-0-0-0's describing Slayers music make a YouTube video showing us how well they play Angel Of Death from start to finish.
    Well to be fair, that was Jeff's song and these comments are usually describing Kerry's riffs. They do get annoying after a while though.
    No one's music will live forever. Sure, you'll still have the older guys listening to old Slayer, Anthrax and the like, but eventually bands stop gaining new fans. Music dies, new music replaces it. I'm pretty happy with the way particularly rock and metal has evolved since the days of Judas Priest and Black Sabbath.
    even if nobody listens to it. it's still there. alive.
    music will live "forever" ...ya i highly doubt that it will be around for literally forever.
    If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?
    Your comment basically contradicts your previous one. Music has lived on ever since people were smart enough to transcribe it
    it does make sound yes, the fact that nobody is around to hear is, doesn't change that. You don't have to hear it to know that there is a sound... I always found that 1 of the most ridiculous philosophic questions out there...
    If you want to get into technicals it actually doesn't make a 'sound' as such but that's a whole new spiel. I wrote a shitty punk song when I was 14, does that mean that song would live forever just like Slayer?
    Sound, noun: mechanical radiant energy that is transmitted by longitudinal pressure waves in a material medium (as air) and is the objective cause of hearing. Yeah, pretty sure that still happens. And yes, I was bored.
    False. Our ears are transducers - they convert mechanical vibrations into what we know as sound. A tree falling causes mechanical vibrations, but if no-one is around to convert one form of energy into another, then a sound is not made - only vibrations
    i think there is a slight difference between one shitty song you wrote when you were 14 and the legacy of Slayer...Anyway,time doesn't kill music.If it did,no one would even know who the hell Bach and Vivaldi were.They were giants of classical music and Slayer are giants of metal.
    couldn't disagree more, new music will not replace old music. People still enjoy music written before the renaissance
    Sure it lives now, but what about in 100 and 200 years? A casual music-listener couldn't tell me about music from 1813.
    The casual listener probably couldnt tell you much about music to begin with, much less anything about Sabbath, Priest, or Slayer.
    Not all the time. I would describe a few of my good friends as casual music-listeners that acknowledge the Prince of Darkness but are just not fans of the majority of what came out of that time period.
    im a casual listener and still mozart, bach, beethoven and a lot more older componist from a time far beyond that of my grandparents is known to me.
    Maybe but if you're into the genre you will know who Slayer are. Forever may be an exaggeration but for the next 100 years they will be remembered & they still provided a lot for the genre
    "Scarborough Fair", man. That song is at least 400 years old and anyone in England can recognize it today. Just an example, of course.
    Dude let me give you an example to help clarify. Classical music is quite dated but I and I'm sure several people still listen to and enjoy it today. Just because it's old doesn't mean that people will no longer listen to it. And your speil about old bands will eventually stop gaining fans, totally not true. Metallica and Maiden had long been out when I started listening to them in 2007 and I'm definitely a new fan.
    Although I do agree with you on what you and others are saying with classical music, I'm saying that they'll stop gaining fans when they're not around anymore. Slayer Metallica and Iron Maiden are still out there making music.
    At least here in Germany, that's stuff taught in elementary and high school. So, a lot of people could indeed tell you about the music of the 19th century.
    Kids still walk around in Sabbath and Zeppelin shirts. If the music is good, it will be timeless. The classic Slayer songs like South of Heaven and Angel of Death are exactly that: timeless.
    Yeah. Because everyone listening to Mozart and Beethoven today, was around when they were active.
    In Music History courses, you'll still learn about Gregorian Chants over a thousand years old. While it's true that not all music will necessarily live forever, some certainly does.
    He clearly gives sings of retiring from the band in every interview he does. Good job Tom.