Gary Holt: I'm Ready to Write Music for New Slayer Album!

UG exclusive: "I've played in the band long enough to where I think I have a good enough insight into how a Slayer song goes versus an Exodus song."

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Gary Holt: I'm Ready to Write Music for New Slayer Album!

Gary Holt said he feels prepared to give his contributions to Slayer's songwriting process, telling UG interviewer Justin Beckner:

"I'm certainly well prepared to do it.

"I get a lot of people saying, 'Oh yeah he plays for Exodus, but can he write a Slayer song?'

"You know, quite often the difference between an Exodus song and a Slayer song is just note selection. It's all thrash metal.

"You can differentiate the subtleties like Kreator is more melodic than Exodus and Slayer is more chromatic.

"I've played in the band long enough to where I think I have a good enough insight into how a slayer song goes versus an Exodus song.

"So I'm ready to go if and when the time arrives."

Asked about the stage setup differences between Slayer and Exodus, Gary replied:

"It's two totally different things.

"I have a primary Exodus rig which is all Engl Savage 120s hardwired into GCX ground control unit with some various pedals that change all the time and I have TC Electronics G Major and a bunch of stuff. It's quite large.

"So sometimes with Exodus I just use my Kemper rig which is a stereo 100-watt a side Marshall tube power amp and the Kemper. Then I use the FXconnectx wireless pedal board system which is fucking awesome - it works flawlessly and I can have a few boards scattered around the stage.

"It's a tiny little rack too. So if were out with a band that carries a ton of production and they're going to eat up shit tons of stage space, I'll just take the Kemper rig because its so much smaller. But if were headlining I'll take the big amp rack."

Slayer's latest studio album, 2015's "Repentless," was pretty much entirely written by Kerry King and features zero songwriting credits from Holt.

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    Im up for this.. Please make the next Slayer album the most disgusting, vile, heavy disturbing album there is..  The last one i can think of that was like this is "God Hates Us All"... Of course a lot of people wont agree.. but thats my opinion and my wish
    I think Christ Illusion was pretty brutal as well, but I agree that God Hates Us All quite disgusting, vile, and heavy like you put it. 
    make it as Reign in Blood + God Hates Us all + World Painted Blood. 
    Mountain Trash
    God Hates Us All is a beast of an album. It holds up to Seasons and Reign in Blood, in my opinion those are the top 3.   Id say get Gary writing, why not? he's wired for it. Slayer always had two writers with Jeff and Kerry, two different styles completely. If anything I think with Holt adding riffs it would bring back some of that straight ahead heavy thrash. 
    This is exactly what Slayer needs. It's whether Kerry will let him, because I think there's a risk of Holt's songs being the best on the album.
    For god's sake, don't forget Exodus. I'm tired of hearing about Exodus tours without Gary playing.
    I saw Slayer at Download fest last weekend. I sincerely hope they are writing a new album cos then i'd have new wanking material. 
    If he's lucky Kerry will let him squeeze a solo onto the next album. 
    Gary Holt -yea lets write music guys! (10 seconds later) 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0