New Slayer Album Finished 'Song-Wise,' Gary Holt Explains

Guitarist also very excited about new Exodus, calls it "f--king crushing."

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Exodus/Slayer axeman Gary Holt gave an update regarding the new material of both bands, dubbing fresh Exodus "f--king crushing" and confirming that the new Slayer record is complete, "song-wise."

"Song-wise, to the best of my knowledge, the Slayer album is complete," Gary told Brave Words. "I know Kerry is continuing to write, so I think he's got a lot of stuff. I think they're just waiting for the right time to begin."

Asked on whether he'll be contributing any material in Slayer, the guitarist replied, "No, it's all them. That's their game, their thing. If in the future they want some additional help, I've got no shortage of riffs. But right now, they're all dedicated to this record."

As far as Exodus goes, Holt showed a great deal of excitement about the fresh stuff. "It's f--king crushing," he enthusiastically said. "I put it like this, everybody is usually patting themselves on the back - 'This new album is the new 'Master of Puppets,' or the new 'Bonded by Blood,' or the new 'Back in Black.'' It's f--king killer. I'll let everyone else make comparisons, but it's amazing."

Finally, Gary made sure to point out that Slayer won't affect new Exodus songs whatsoever. "No, because I write the way I write," he explained. "I'm flexible - I could write for f--kin' Bon Jovi if I had to. Not that I want to, although the publishing check would be good, but it's like I do things my own way and I always have. And I still write the same way I did in 1985."

37 comments sorted by best / new / date

    metalme31
    I'm very interested to hear what Kerry and Tom have been able to write for this album. This should be the last album to feature Jeff as a prominent contributor to the Slayer catalogue and it's a sad thought to comprehend. There hasn't been a bigger "make or break" album in Slayer history since their very first album in 1983. I have very strong hopes for the two soul surviving members, however, that must be proven by them only now.
    bit64
    i figure from Tom's words that it is pretty much a Kerry-only album.He has mentioned that King is not working with him as Jeff did.So practically...the game is over since Jeff left us.
    Abacus11
    I'm looking forward to this album as well. I'm a little disappointed that Holt isn't contributing to the writing but King, Bostaph and Araya have worked well together in the past (I'm hoping for a little more Divine Intervention and a lot less Diabolus in Musica ).
    zalant
    Diabolus gets a bad rap. I listen to it fairly often and many of the songs (e.g. Bitter Peace, Stain of Mind, Perversions of Pain) stand up well to some of the older stuff. I'm also very curious about the forthcoming album. To say that I hope it's great is a given, of course. Hopefully, they can mine the last great nuggets of music Jeff wrote and come up with some killer new stuff, as well. (What's also funny about the much-maligned Diabolus is that Jeff wrote much of that album, yet, Kerry is largely credited for writing "the crappy Slayer stuff".)
    Oh_My_Goth
    It's understandable that Gary won't join in in the writing and it's understandable that they, after the loss of Jeff don't want a new guy to come in and do stuff....but I just think that riffs written by Kerry AND Gary would have a better outcome than the Kerry King Show right now.
    Wisthler
    On a side note, Its quite funny that half of us here got more hooked by Gary talking about exodus than slayer in a slayer news article XD
    qrEE
    Gary Holt has no haters... Kerry King only has haters. Thus, Gary Holt should write the Slayer album for them.
    Wisthler
    'This new album is the new 'Master of Puppets,' or the new 'Bonded by Blood,' or the new 'Back in Black.'' It's f--king killer.If this guy is not exagerating.... dear god....
    qrEE
    FYI he was saying that this new record is not supposed to be compared to those. He's saying "bands like to say that their next album is going to be the next "Master of Puppets", and I don't know what to say about this new album other than it's going to be great"
    morbidguitar
    Or the new St Anger. haha yea I know... But really I haven't bought an album from them after spending $25 on God hates us all. What a terrible waste of money that was.
    Asterix_13
    I'm much more excited for new Exodus than Slayer. I thought Exhibit B: The Human Condition was a great album.
    GenerationKILL
    It's not Slayer without Jeff. Now it's just Kerry King and his greed. I will NOT be buying or listening to this album. Slayer without Dave or Jeff is an insult. I've been a HUGE Slayer fan since I was a teenager. They were one of the first bands I ever saw live. I wore a Slayer hoodie with pride and introduced many friends and even my younger brothers to them. Since Jeff died and the band decided to ignorantly plow ahead despite the fact none of them seemed into it anymore, they have not been Slayer to me. Breaks my heart actually.
    Blitzkriegslap
    Yes i miss Jeff but i am really happy to know there is a new Slayer and Exodus lp coming hopefully it wont take to much longer to hear it
    Wulfram
    Of those albums, "Bonded by Blood" isn't on the same level as Master of Puppets or Back in Black...
    Abacus11
    It depends on how you look at it - Musically, Bonded By Blood is an amazing thrash metal record. Commercially it's nowhere near Master or Puppets or Back in Black but as far as quality goes... it's right up there.
    Freddiez79
    I'll take bonded by blood over master of puppets any day and as much as I like ac/dc I would take it over back in black. Then again I love thrash metal and bonded by blood one of the best examples of thrash.
    Freddiez79
    I'll take bonded by blood over master of puppets any day and as much as I like ac/dc I would take it over back in black. Then again I live thrash metal and bonded by blood one of the best examples of thrash.
    PiercedBand
    If it's a mix of South Of Heaven, Divine Intervention, Diabolus In Musical (Best Slayer album actually), and God Hates Us All I'm in
    Cazman
    Always these articles with one sentence of actual news and then paragraph after paragraph of rehashed stuff from old articles...
    Cazman
    "I put it like this, everybody is usually patting themselves on the back - 'This new album is the new 'Master of Puppets,' or the new 'Bonded by Blood,' or the new 'Back in Black.'" Who actually ever said that? Edit: Doublepost, my bad.