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Slayer: We’ve Already Recorded Another Six Songs Beyond Our Upcoming Album ‘Repentless’

The mighty  will be unleashing their latest album Repentless in September. Frontman Tom Araya and guitarist  sat down for an interview with Metal Hammer that you can watch above. Some of the topics covered include the making of the new album, whether they ever considered ending the band, the future of Slayer and more.

When asked what the most difficult part of making Repentless was, King says, “I think moving forward, with the passing of Jeff [Hanneman], that was the hardest thing. I mean, we had a lot of adversity since the last record by all means. I think, at the end of day, we had to learn how to be Slayer again, in just a different circumstance.”

King continues, “The first tour… I mean, yeah, we had been playing with Gary Holt, but that was under the assumption that, at some point, Jeff would probably come back. And with the finality of Jeff not coming back, we had to see what it was like moving forward, because we never had to do that.”

Araya adds, “In this band, the relationships between me and Jeff was very different than me and Kerry. It was very easy to have communication and dialog with Jeff, and not so easy with Kerry; at least between me and Kerry. And I think that has a lot to do with personalities, how we are as people. We’re very black and white, when you compare the two of us.”

The two also talked about whether they ever considered calling it a day. “We let each other know how we felt and where we stood about certain things, and we agreed that we should keep the line of communication open between us, too,  and that’s how it’s been,” Araya says. “But, I mean, we decided that, ‘All right. If things can change, if things can get better between the two of us, then let’s move forward, let’s go ahead and do this record.”

As for future Slayer albums, King says, “I’m not done by any means. I haven’t really talked to Tom about it, but this recording cycle, we had so much material, we’ve recorded probably another six songs beyond this record. And the reason they’re not done, we didn’t write lyrics for ’em yet. In my eyes, we’re halfway towards another record, so I would love to have one, if not two more, after this.”

Slayer are preparing to hit the road later this month as the headliners for the 2015 edition of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. The tour also includes King Diamond, Hellyeah, The Devil Wears Prada, Whitechapel, Thy Art Is Murder, Jungle Rot, Sister Sin, Sworn In, Shattered Sun, Feed Her to the Sharks, Code Orange and Kissing Candice. It kicks off June 26 in Chula Vista, Calif.

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