Slayer: Two New Songs Are Fully Recorded

MTV's "Alternative Nation" conducted an interview with Slayer guitarist Kerry King when the band performed in Romania on June 4.

Slayer: Two New Songs Are Fully Recorded
5
MTV's "Alternative Nation" conducted an interview with Slayer guitarist Kerry King when the band performed in Romania on June 4 in front of more than 3,000 people at Arenele Romane in Bucharest, reports Blabbermouth.net. When asked about Slayer guitarist Jeff 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), King said: "Jeff is... If you look at him, he looks fine. But playing the intricate things that we do, he's not ready to do that. He doesn't know if he has the stamina for an hour-and-fifteen-minute set. He can play any of the slower stuff and do it just like the record. But we made a name for ourselves, historically, for being good live, so we had to make the decision and say, 'You've gotta get better before you try to come back. If you come back, make it a special thing, not just an adequate thing.'" King also spoke about Slayer's rumored plans to release a two-song EP this summer, possibly to coincide with the band's appearance at the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. "[The two new Slayer tracks] are done, but they're just not mixed," he said. "It's [like], do you put them out now or do you just wait for the [full-length] record to be done [and include them as part of the final package]? We're gona finish the record September-October. So I, myself, would rather wait, because I don't like to put those two songs out and then include them on the record. In my thinking, if you put those two songs out, then make ten more songs and put those two on that album just as an afterthought. But I feel like I've gotta give people ten new songs. That's why on the last one [2009's 'World Painted Blood'] we did 11, 'cause 'Psychopathy Red' was already out. So [the two new songs are] done. We'll see what the record company proposes. I think they've been talking about an EP, which is kind of a throwback to the '80s, which is really cool, I think. But we'll just have to see."

12 comments sorted by best / new / date

comments policy
    ThrashMetalMan1
    AAAaaayyy! wrote: dont forget to insert the sloppy ass guitar solo
    Ill insert a guitar solo into your sloppy ass
    Minivirus2
    Can't recall it they've touch on this subject (probably), but is Jeff not playing on the new record then? Does he have the stamina to record properly and just not play full shows? Or is he still getting back to 100% in general and the album will only have him in a writing roll?
    AAAaaayyy!
    ThrashMetalMan1 wrote: AAAaaayyy! wrote: dont forget to insert the sloppy ass guitar solo Ill insert a guitar solo into your sloppy ass
    oooh dont be afraid to shove it up there big boy
    vikkyvik
    i would assume, with lack of evidence otherwise, that jeff hanneman is playing on the new album. i can't really see slayer making an album without him or kerry king playing on it.
    fraberjam
    For everyone in question. Kerry, Tom and Dave have all said in several interviews that they would not record an album without Jeff. So it is safe to guess that Jeff is going to be on the new album.
    Soundservant
    vikkyvik wrote: i would assume, with lack of evidence otherwise, that jeff hanneman is playing on the new album. i can't really see slayer making an album without him or kerry king playing on it.
    I would hope that they have Jeff in the studio writing and playing songs for the new album! And hopefully without Greg 'Let's-Compress-This-Shit-A-Bit-More' Fidelman.
    Lightning_Ray
    Minivirus2 wrote: Can't recall it they've touch on this subject (probably), but is Jeff not playing on the new record then? Does he have the stamina to record properly and just not play full shows? Or is he still getting back to 100% in general and the album will only have him in a writing roll?
    Interesting question. I know that he's composing and contributing stuff to the album, after all, he's the main composer in the band, but I have no idea if he's playing on it.
    poisonousmetal
    Minivirus2 wrote: Can't recall it they've touch on this subject (probably), but is Jeff not playing on the new record then? Does he have the stamina to record properly and just not play full shows? Or is he still getting back to 100% in general and the album will only have him in a writing roll?
    I was just gonna ask that, it's been in my mind for weeks.