SLAYER Guitarist: New Songs Are 'Very Intense And Very Insane'

SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman recently spoke to Music Mania Magazine about the group's upcoming studio album and the group's future plans, among other topics. Several excerpts from the interview follow: Last time I checked in with you guys you had like 10 songs for [the new CD].

Jeff Hanneman: "We have tons of ideas. We don't have any working titles, we have dumb names that we call the songs so we know what we are talking about but we don't have any real titles for it. We have tons of music to work with." What is it sounding like so far?

Jeff Hanneman: "To me it sound's like the first three songs on the last record. It's very intense and very insane." Your last two records where very similar in lyrical styles, are you going to continue writing about the same shit?

Jeff Hanneman: "I don't know. Lyrics are always the last thing to get done. We will finish up a song and we will have it where lyrics with a bridge the cords the solos what ever. Every now and then we will change the song to the lyrics. But we don't really plan out our records ahead of time. Whatever riff we are doing at the time we see what the lyrics are like, but they're not going to be wimpy." SLAYER is going into the studio on January 5th. Is it to early too tell when we are going to see a finished product?

Jeff Hanneman: "Well we are not actually going in the 5th. We are just going to get together start hanging out at our practice space and get some ideas together. We are a band that does not like to go into the studio. We like to have things done before we go in so we don't waste time and money. We like to hang out at rehearsal space and work with songs. When we think they are close to done we go into the studio." SLAYER likes to work separately. Don't you have a drum machine that you work on tracks with?

Jeff Hanneman: "Yahh I have a drum machine I work with at home so if I get an idea at home that's where I can start the writing process. I can just jump in and record some drums, if I can finish it I try. I take it as far as I can and give it to Kerry [King]. Usually when he gets an idea going he will meet up with Dave [Lombardo] and they will work on it for a bit. I will come in and see how everything is going and after that we all jump on in."

Read Jeff Hanneman's entire interview with at this location.


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