Slayer: It 'Should Be A Real Quick Process' To Complete Songwriting

Steve Appleford of RollingStone.com conducted an interview with Slayer guitarist Kerry King.

Slayer: It 'Should Be A Real Quick Process' To Complete Songwriting
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Steve Appleford of RollingStone.com conducted an interview with Slayer guitarist Kerry King at the opening show of this year's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival on June 30 at San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California. A couple of Blabbermouth.net excerpts from the chat follow below. On returning to the studio in August to complete the songwriting process for Slayer's next studio album, for which two songs have already been recorded: Kerry: "If I get off my ass and start writing again on the road - since we've been in Europe, I keep trying to work on lyric ideas, maybe some leads, and fixing songs that didn't work correctly - it should be a real quick process." On whether guitarist Jeff Hanneman - who in January 2011 contracted necrotizing fasciitis, likely caused by a spider bite, and has been undergoing surgeries, skin grafts and intense rehab since - will rejoin Slayer on stage and in the studio in the near future: Kerry: "He's rehearsed with us a number of times. He tried to do the Fun Fun Fun Fest [in Austin in November]. That's the last time he tried to get out and do a show, and he's just not there. It's no secret we're very intricate, especially rhythmically. But he can't do that yet... After Mayhem, we'll re-evaluate and see if he's any closer. We're planning for him to come back and the door is open, because it's his f--king gig. If he can play, Jeff Hanneman is going to f--king be here, and I'm stoked about that. I love playing with [Jeff's temporary replacement] Gary [Holt from Exodus], and he's doing a killer job, but if Jeff came back and said 'I'm ready,' I'll check him out to see that he's ready, and off we go." Read the entire interview from RollingStone.com.

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    Megadethfan245
    I just hope that they don't make it too quick and release an album full of filler. Here's to the hopes of an awesome new Slayer album (like the rest before have already been), and a fast recovery for Jeff!
    metallica-#1
    work on some leads
    "should i pull up on the whammy bar? ..or down? ... up? ... down? ... up?"
    dewitt
    mmkat wrote: alright, i mean, i love slayer and all.. but, he works on leads? like, seriously, he WORKS ON LEADS..? i'm kinda sad to read that, i always hoped he just kind of.. well, wiggled away. killing the illusion there
    That would seem to be an extremely embarrassing thing for him to admit -- that he actually puts some thought into them.
    Abacus11
    I know it's "cool" to rip on Slayer but I've loved these guys since I picked up Seasons In the Abyss on cassette when I was 12 years old. I hope Jeff is back soon and I'm looking forward to the new album!
    mmkat
    alright, i mean, i love slayer and all.. but, he works on leads? like, seriously, he WORKS ON LEADS..? i'm kinda sad to read that, i always hoped he just kind of.. well, wiggled away. killing the illusion there
    metallica-#1
    jackson_kingv wrote: I can't picture carry writing any leads I figured he just got wasted everytime he played guitar and just hit a bunch of random notes
    Kind of like how you get wasted and just hit a bunch of keys while writing comments. "carry"? Really?
    bustapr
    never thought a spider bite could screw someone up so bad. Australia's a damn scary place.
    umbrella666
    bustapr wrote: never thought a spider bite could screw someone up so bad. Australia's a damn scary place.
    It was probably a brown recluse. Those things can f**k you up
    guitarist41
    They're the best at what they do, but given how little variation there is in their work, who would be surprised to find out that their songwriting process is quick?
    GibsonMan321
    brokndwn06 wrote: SLAYER ROCKS! i can listen to that CRUNCH all day...0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 is pretty ****ing awesome. those who cant play that r pussies and wine about their hand hurting... or its to fast... awww lil babys...
    Lol dude, come on. Anyone can play that. It's really surprising to me that Kerry King has been playing guitar for 25+ years and doesn't seem to have gotten any better technique-wise since their first release. I gotta believe that you should just naturally improve with that much amount of time put in.
    NoInnerKind
    Kerry King....works....on leads? I figured he sat down, bent his whammy in every direction and called it a day.
    6-String_Madman
    Common criticisms on Metallica and Slayer Metallica - too many riffs. some are repetitive Slayer - too few riffs.. that mainly sounds like this Eb - 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0
    slipknot836
    mmkat wrote: alright, i mean, i love slayer and all.. but, he works on leads? like, seriously, he WORKS ON LEADS..? i'm kinda sad to read that, i always hoped he just kind of.. well, wiggled away. killing the illusion there
    Music takes effort and work. Obviously he's going to know the scale and sound he wants, just not the pattern.
    Mootallica
    It's generally a fast songwriting process for Slayer mainly due to the fact that each song on an album sounds the same as the one before and after it. Do they just decide on 8 riffs and play them in random orders with lyrics? Not hating on Slayer, I've seen em three times live now and enjoyed them each time, but I cant listen to them alone for more than 20 minutes without getting bored.
    MetalMike676
    As sad as I am that Jeff won't be playing at mayhem, I'm still happy that Gary Holt will be. Can't wait!
    megaluisdeth
    Does anyone else think that Kerry King doesn't look fat in the picture? Anyway, I hope the new record kicks ass.
    jackson_kingv
    I can't picture carry writing any leads I figured he just got wasted everytime he played guitar and just hit a bunch of random notes
    SOADriff
    Hang on a second, jeff didn't even make it to soundwave so how was he bitten in Australia?
    Thatguy89
    Lesson learnt,dont go to australia,go to new zealand we are better and our spiders are less dangerous
    Chronomancer
    Man, fu*k all you slayer haters! Kerry King is probably the coolest fuc*ker I've ever seen. I wish I could drink beer with this guy.
    danresn
    bustapr wrote: never thought a spider bite could screw someone up so bad. Australia's a damn scary place. It was probably a brown recluse. Those things can f**k you up
    People die from spider bites in Australia. Everyone is taught as a kid to avoid spiders, and theres only one or two that can actually kill a full grown adult. But quite a few are capable of killing the young and elderly. At least we only don't have lions, only spiders, snakes and drop bears
    MarkSlayer2009
    umbrella666 wrote: bustapr wrote: never thought a spider bite could screw someone up so bad. Australia's a damn scary place. It was probably a brown recluse. Those things can f**k you up
    I dropped a brown recluse down the bog this morning.... That hurt a bit too!
    noahi9
    Slayer is finally back in the studio once again! I can't wait to hear the new album once it's released this fall. World Painted Blood may not have been their best album, but still it was a huge success in the band's catalogue. I really enjoyed it and look forwards to their future endeavors in this next release! Get ready for some pulse pounding, old school thrash metal back at the front, ladies and gentlemen! You're in for a wild ride! Fuckin' Slayer dominates and destroys everything in sight once again!
    gquady09
    I'm not a huge Slayer fan, but seeing them with Gary Holt was pretty cool. Gary's blood-splattered guitar is totally kickass!
    jackson_kingv
    metallica-#1 wrote on 07/09/2012 - 04:46 pm / quote | jackson_kingv wrote: I can't picture carry writing any leads I figured he just got wasted everytime he played guitar and just hit a bunch of random notes Kind of like how you get wasted and just hit a bunch of keys while writing comments. "Carry"? Really? Yes really I didn't know my english teacher had a ug account
    ds24601
    GibsonMan321 wrote: brokndwn06 wrote: SLAYER ROCKS! i can listen to that CRUNCH all day...0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 is pretty ****ing awesome. those who cant play that r pussies and wine about their hand hurting... or its to fast... awww lil babys... Lol dude, come on. Anyone can play that. It's really surprising to me that Kerry King has been playing guitar for 25+ years and doesn't seem to have gotten any better technique-wise since their first release. I gotta believe that you should just naturally improve with that much amount of time put in.
    I think he was being sarcastic. At least I hope he was...