SLAYER guitarist Kerry King says that fans will "dig" the band's next album because it contains much of the same type of material that SLAYER has covered on its previous efforts.
SLAYER's new CD is being produced by Terry Date, who previously worked with the band on the song "Implode", which was made available as a free download as a "thank you" to the band's fans for their continued support following SLAYER's surprise performance at this past April's Revolver Golden Gods awards in Los Angeles.
During an appearance on Scion AV's "The All Purpose Show", King stated about the band's upcoming CD: "By the time this record comes out, it's gonna be six years, almost, since the last one. So you can only beat the old the old material so much, you know, and then you've gotta have some new stuff to infuse in there. It's fun to do that too, though. It's fun to have new material you can play because, you know, at some point you get tired of playing certain songs. But we played 'Raining Blood', 'Angel Of Death', almost every show since '86, so… That goes both ways. There's some [songs] that you're just gonna play 'till you stop playing, and there's some you're, like, 'I'm ready to take four years off on this one.' So we'll have 10-12 new ones to play for everybody next year."
Asked if there is any pressure on SLAYER to come up with a worthy follow-up to 2009's "World Painted Blood", King said: "I think there's more talk about pressure than anything. I mean, I've been making up this music for 30 years — not by myself, but I've been making it up for 30 years. So I think it's business as usual, pretty much. We've got fast material, we've got heavy material, we've got spooky material… So anything you dug about SLAYER historically, you should dig about this record."
SLAYER's next CD will be released on Nuclear Blast Records through the band's own label imprint, closing out a 28-year relationship with Rick Rubin and American Recordings. It will also be SLAYER's first album without the group's co-founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who passed away in May 2013 from alcohol-related cirrhosis of the liver. He is credited for writing many of SLAYER's classic songs, including "Angel Of Death" and "South Of Heaven".
Joining guitarist Kerry King and bassist/vocalist Tom Araya during the sessions for SLAYER's new album are returning drummer Paul Bostaph, who replaced Dave Lombardo last year, and guitarist Gary Holt (also of EXODUS), who stepped in for Jeff Hanneman after Jeff became ill four and a half years ago.
Original SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo was effectively fired from SLAYER after sitting out the band's Australian tour in February/March 2013 due to a contract dispute with the other members of the group. Filling in for him was Jon Dette (TESTAMENT, ANTHRAX).