Slayer: New Songs Are Sounding 'Really Refreshing And Energetic'

Slayer guitarist Kerry King recently spoke to U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the band's next album.

Slayer: New Songs Are Sounding 'Really Refreshing And Energetic'
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According to Blabbermouth.net, guitarist Kerry King of California thrash metal legends Slayer recently spoke to U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the band's next album, which they hope to begin recording within the next few weeks. "Currently, we're taking a break, but I am very excited by the way it's all turning out so far," King said. "I've worked up three songs with Dave [Lombardo, drums], and they're sounding really refreshing and energetic. I'm certain that I'll have three more ready to go when we return to action. And then there's the stuff that Jeff [Hanneman, guitar] will also bring to the table." He added, "One thing I can tell you is that the songs are shaping up in the classic Slayer style. You won't be hearing us doing acoustic stuff. [laughs]" Kerry is hoping that Greg Fidelman, who co-produced 2009's "World Painted Blood" with Rick Rubin, will be at the helm for the new album. "That's the idea, anyway," Kerry said. "But it all depends on his availability... I don't think we'll spend long in the studio this time, either. We're gonna do it old-school style and get things done fast. In fact, we are already ahead of schedule. The album will be ready for a summer release. But whether it's put out at that time is down to the record label [American]. They might have other plans. But we want it with the fans during the summer." King also spoke about Hanneman's current state of health. Jeff in January 2011 contracted necrotizing fasciitis, likely caused by a spider bite, and has been undergoing surgeries, skin grafts and intense rehab since. Not only did this effectively put him out of action for the whole year, it came close to killing him, Thankfully, he's making a good recovery. "Yeah, we could go onstage right now with him and do 'Mandatory Suicide'," Kerry said. "If that was the only song in our set, Jeff would be fine. But he's slowly getting back to full fitness and by the time we're ready to tour, he'll be right back onstage with us." He added, "We always said we'd never entertain the idea of doing an album without [Jeff]. But there he is, getting those riffs ready!" Slayer will perform its classic 1986 album "Reign In Blood" in its entirety at All Tomorrow's Parties' second U.K. "I'll Be Your Mirror" event, which is scheduled to take place n the weekend of May 25-27 at Alexandra Palace, London, England. A strange move, considering they've done this several times before. "The organizers asked us to do it! If it were left up to me, then I'd have turned it down, simply because it's been done, so why repeat it?" King said. "But it's such a classic album that people always ask us to do it." Slayer's latest album, "World Painted Blood", sold 41,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 12 on The Billboard 200 chart.

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    raoooos
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    smittyanthrax
    sim_1113 wrote: WPB had some good songs but horrible production quality in my opinion. Same thing with Death Magnetic from metallica. Can't wait for the new album! Hail Satan!
    Hahaha Hail Satan.Are you like Ten years old or something?
    HarvesterofPain
    raoooos wrote: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0- 4-0-0
    LOL... Never before has so much been said by so little.
    74SLIP26KNOT
    Finnferno wrote: As long as it isn't as poor as World Painted Blood Slayer can release anything they want.
    I actually liked World Painted Blood although it's not as briliant as the 80's-94 albums but It's definitely not bad. I don't believe they're going to put out as good albums as those again anyway...
    Kreuger
    I liked Christ Illusion better. So these songs are refreshing, does that mean he figured out how to solo without his wah? lol
    Thrasher117
    Everyone hatin' on Slayer can die man. Slayer kicks ass, try and tell me "Beauty Through Order" or any of WPB for that matter sounds like anything they've done before and you're totally deaf. They've obviously progressed musically, if they never changed they'd still be writing songs with clear Maiden and Venom influence, but now when you hear Slayer, you know it's Slayer. If they were to do something radically different they would be hated on. Slayer is Slayer, in the end it was a hell of a lot better than anything Metallica has done in the past 10 years. Period man.
    zn-1
    World Painted Blood had tons better quality than Death Magnetic - that's for damn sure.
    sim_1113
    WPB had some good songs but horrible production quality in my opinion. Same thing with Death Magnetic from metallica. Can't wait for the new album! Hail Satan!
    36mikeyb36
    I thought WPB was a solid record, a highlight being Beauty Through Order. Sounded straight out of the late 80's, so I'm stoked to hear what the new shit will sound like.
    Finnferno
    As long as it isn't as poor as World Painted Blood Slayer can release anything they want.
    conner 147
    whoever is making jokes about the new album being the same as the others **** you,lol
    BionicRooster
    The next album will have the lyrics "F**** god" at least more than several times, otherwise it isn't by Slayer album
    DaniArrow
    i bet it's gonna sound really different and fresh, with loads of new ideas and inventions! ...not