SLAYER guitarist Kerry King spoke to The Toronto Star about the band's plans for the next studio album, tentatively before the end of 2014."January is the thought [for a possible start for the recording sessions]," King replied. "And I always say 'thought,' because as soon as I say something, it's always later than that. But that's my thought, anyway. Me and Paul [Bostaph, drums] have, like, 11 demos of different songs and I think there's four more that I've still gotta teach him. So that's just my stuff. But with those 11 or 15 songs, we're way ahead of the game." Regarding the musical direction of the new SLAYER material, King said: "The most offensive question is 'How is your next record going to differ from your last one?' It's not. 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 shit. I'm proud." King also spoke about the passing of SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman and whether it feels strange to know Jeff is not coming back. "That was more, to me, February of 2011, when he first stopped playing with us," Kerry explained. "That was weird . . . I was more prepared for it than anybody else. I mean, it's still odd. But that being said, it happened for me in early 2011 when it started happening in the first place." According to King, there was never any doubt that SLAYER was going to continue following Hanneman's death. "It's just my job," Kerry said. "It's a kick-ass job, it's a fun job, but at the end of the day, it is my job. If somebody close to you dies, you don't stop working, you know what I mean? Even if it's a person who worked with you, you've still gotta go make money. So at the end of the day, you suck it up and move forward."
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