Focusing on the band's new material, Slayer guitarist Kerry King expressed great pride about the work he's done so far, confirming the group will stay on the same course as with previous three efforts. "I don't wanna tell anybody 'Yeah, we're trying this new progression and after doing this for 30 years we're gonna try something different,' that's just not how it is," King kicked off during a WVOX.com chat (via Brave Words), also noting that he's much more prepared in terms of finished material than during "World Painted Blood" sessions. "I wanted to be prepared," Kerry said. "I didn't know when Jeff [Hanneman] was alive if he was gonna come to the party at all so I just took it upon myself to finish tons of stuff, tons of good stuff, not just adequate filler. I'm stoked about everything we've got, whether it's mine or whether something we resurrect from Jeff." During a separate interview with the Star, King once again named January as a potential studio entrance date, confirming between 11 and 15 complete songs. Regarding the album's sound, he explained: "The most offensive question is 'How is your next record going to differ from your last one?' "It's not," the axeman continued. "That doesn't mean that the next 10 songs are gonna sound just like those songs, but that's not really why you like us, anyway - we're not that band that has to be the chameleon and change every couple of years and do a complete left turn. I don't listen to metal for that. I listen to metal because I like what bands sound like. I don't want them to sound different than they sound. Our new stuff, people are going to s--t. I'm proud." "World Painted Blood" saw its release in November 2009 via Columbia records.