It’s been three years since we’ve gotten any new music from Slayer, but that’s all about to change. Guitarist Kerry King says that the band has been hard at work on a new studio album and that he’s looking forward to continuing the process when the band finishes touring with Slipknot and Motörhead on the Rockstar Mayhem Festival.
"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," King tells Rolling Stone.
King added that he hopes to include guitarist Jeff Hanneman in the upcoming recording sessions. Hanneman, who dropped out of the band's recent world tour, has been at home recovering from necrotising fasciitis, a flesh-eating condition he contracted from a spider bite more than a year ago.
"After Mayhem we'll reevaluate and see if he's any closer," explains King. "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.”
The guitarist noted that he expects that the band will be finished recording in September and that they hope to release the new album early next year.
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