The first in a three-part series of clips featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the recording sessions for a new song from thrash metal legends SLAYER at Henson Recording Studios in Hollywood, California can be seen below. The track will be made available exclusively through Scion Audio/Visual (a.k.a. Scion AV), the in-house record label and lifestyle marketing division of the Scion marque produced by Toyota Motor Corporation for the North American market.
Speaking about SLAYER's longevity, King said: "There's no formula, man. When you think about it, how many people get to do this for 10 years. There's so many that don't. And we're lucky enough to be one of the 30-year groups. Ther's not very many of those at all. We're still rocking. I know 35 is within reach, and then we'll see about 40."
On the subject of the recording process, King said: "It's definitely kind of a drug, because we finished that song that we're sending to Scion. Until it's done, we don't know what it's gonna sound like. So when you hear it done, you're, like, this is pretty fucking awesome."
SLAYER is currently recording its new album for an early 2015 release. The 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.
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).