Tom Araya: 'The Magic Of Slayer Is Slayer Itself'

Slayer bassist/vocalist Tom Araya was interviewed at the Rock 'N India festival in Bangalore.

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Slayer bassist/vocalist Tom Araya was interviewed by Debarun Borthakur of Seven Sisters Post ahead of the band's October appearance at the Rock 'N India festival in Bangalore [via Blabbermouth].

On being accused of being Nazi sympathisers, Satanic preachers and even racists because of their lyrics:

Araya: "Man is pretty evil. Nazism and Satanism reflect Man's dark nature and extreme religious beliefs, good and evil. Kerry [King, guitar] writes all the anti-religious songs. He considers himself an atheist. But Slayer as a band does not preach".

On how even age has failed to mellow down one of the four most influential heavy metal bands of all time:

Araya: "We have maintained our signature intensity, which is the heavy and fast. Age, huh? Slayer has lived up to its signature intense music and crazy lyrics for the last 30 years with every new album that we come out with".

On Slayer's expectations for the India concert:

Araya: "We hear that there are a lot of metal fans out here, particularly Slayer [fans]. We are excited about it. This is the first live Slayer experience for our fans in India. We are expecting to see a great crowd singing and shouting along with us".

"The magic of Slayer is Slayer itself. We will play pure music with great sound and lights. No gimmicks, no acts. Just Slayer".

On Slayer's upcoming 12th studio album:

Araya: "We are working on a new album, aiming for a 2013 release. We are experimenting with a lot of sounds. What we can tell you is that the new album will be very Slayer".

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    I don't know why people get so bent out of shape about lyrics. If you take your morals from music. You need to straighten out your priorities. Can't wait for the new album though.
    Slayer has the potential to be a much better band and put out better records if they would just get away from Rick Rubin and Greg Fildeman. Those two are the worst guys to work with, sound-wise.
    If SLAYER put out a dark doom slow punishing album full of bone ****ing crushing riffs, i wouldn't give 2 shits if they changed from their all-speed style. Like seasons 2.
    Obama FTW
    Cant wait to hear the new album. I hope it does sound like a "very Slayer" album.
    "On how even age has failed to mellow down one of the four most influential heavy metal bands of all time" Um, it did not failed...
    Are you talking about the grammar? Cause I couldnt see it?
    Nah, as much as I hate to admit it, I've seen them live in the 90's and then last year and I could not stop myself from noticing that their performance was somehow uninspired... also, I didn't really liked their last 2 albums. Just my opinion though
    I agree with you on that one mate, uninspired for sure but the energy is still there with a bundle. I even remember not too long ago the Slayer members mention that what they look forward to the most from a tour was the end of it, and this was before they started one. This should explain something about how tired they are of playing the same tempo and intensity for 30 years