SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman recently spoke to RiftRock.com about the group's upcoming DVD release, "Reign In Blood Live: Still Reigning", and their next studio album. Several excerpts from the interview follow:
RiftRock.com: The band is putting out yet another live DVD soon that features the album "Reign In Blood" played in its entirety with the original line up. What inspired you guys to film "Reign In Blood Live: Still Reigning"? When and how did the idea come about?
Jeff Hanneman: "The DVD idea was just recent, but the idea to play 'Reign In Blood' in its entirety, we’ve talked about that for years, because its only 28 minutes we thought it would be cool to just throw it in a set, but it really caught fire when [drummer] Dave [Lombardo] got back in the band so it was like 'Dave's back in the band? We should do it.' And since the record label and Rick Rubin were having some problems, he suggested we wait until next year, so we said, 'Fuck it, let's record 'Reign In Blood' live with Dave Lombardo and put it on DVD."
RiftRock.com: Does the band have any other plans to record live CD’s or DVD’s of albums in their entirety?
Jeff Hanneman: "Not after we finish this one, we are going to be done with the live stuff for awhile. We get people asking why don’t you put out 'South of Heaven' in its entirety? (laughs) but I don't know, that's down the road."
RiftRock.com: The band is said to be working on material for a new album, How many songs have you written so far for the album?
Jeff Hanneman: "We've got at least 10 songs musically because we always write material first, I have a handful and Kerry [King] does too, but we haven’t gotten into writing lyrics yet. We have plenty of songs to record when we are done touring, the album should be out pretty quick."
RiftRock.com: Has Dave Lombardo re-entering the fold had any influence on the new material?
Jeff Hanneman: "Oh yeah, anytime you have a drummer like Dave that's an amazing drummer, he's always a big influence, he'll tell us where we should have a pause, where we should stop at parts."
Read Jeff Hanneman's entire interview with RiftRock.com at this location.