SLAYER's TOM ARAYA Says The Three New Songs 'Kinda Came Together'

The members of SLAYER spent a couple of weeks in a Southern California recording studio last month tracking three new songs, including "Psychopathy Red". The Jeff Hanneman-penned song gives a chilling look into the twisted mind of Andrei Chikatilo, a notorious Russian serial killer.

SLAYER's bassist/vocalist Tom Araya told Decibel magazine that the material that has been recorded for the band's next album so far is "all traditional SLAYER. One of them is a fast, very punkish tune, and another one is excitingly new, you know what I mean? Just what's been done I nthe song. It's kinda new territory — not really — but just a really great melody. Sounds really, really good. I like it, it's very exciting."

He continued, "The three songs kinda came together. Our manager had mentioned the possibility to us, and Jeff said, 'I got three songs. One, a fast one, is new, but I got two older songs too.' When we got together, it just fell into place. We definitely liked the songs initially; they just never made it on the last album. When he presented his new song, I said, 'What about those other songs you had on this disc?' reminding him about the disc he sent everybody. And he said, 'Wow!' He didn't recall one of the songs. The rest he remembered. Two turned out to be two of the three songs we've recorded so far. 'I always wondered what happened to these songs,' I told him. 'I thought they were really good.' The one that got done first, the fastest one, it's a really, really, very strong song."

Fan-filmed video footage of SLAYER performing the new song "Psychopathy Red" last night (Friday, November 21, 2008) at Valby Hallen in Copenhagen, Denmark can be viewed below (clip uploaded by "Solarsdk").

A non-CD-quality version of "Psychopathy Red" has surfaced on YouTube and can be streamed below.

SLAYER kicked off the European "Unholy Alliance Tour: Chapter III" on October 27 at the Manchester Apollo in Manchester, England. The trek is scheduled to wrap in Helsinki, Finland on November 27. The band plans to return to the studio early next year to finish recording the new album.

Fans who attend any of the upcoming European "Unholy Alliance Tour: Chapter III" dates, will receive "Psychopathy Red" via an exclusive download card that will also include special material from the entire tour's lineup — SLAYER, MASTODON, TRIVIUM and AMON AMARTH. The download card, along with a limited edition "Unholy Alliance Tour" clothing patch, will be given away free only to ticket holders when they arrive at their local venue the night of the show.

"Psychopathy Red" live in Copenhagen, Denmark - November 21, 2008:

"Psychopathy Red" stream (studio recording):


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