Slayer's New Album to Include Song Recorded Before Jeff Hanneman's Death

Tim Tronckoe
Slayer's Gary Holt (guitarist), Tom Araya (bassist/vocalist), Kerry King (guitarist) and Paul Bostaph (drummer)

Slayer's follow up to 2009's World Painted Blood is due out later this year, and the band's bassist and Tom Araya has revealed it will included a song recorded before the late co-founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman's death

Hanneman passed away in May 2013 from alcohol-related cirrhosis of the liver, but Araya told Revolver his bandmate was there at the beginning of this LP's recording and will be included on one unnamed song on the album. 

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"The whole process of this album started three years ago, when Jeff was still a part of it," said Araya. "There is one track on there that we recorded with him, that he did play on, which was completely done except we hadn't finalized the vocals for it. So we were fortunate to have something that he had participated in."

Araya talked more about his bandmate's death. 

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"Ever since his passing, it's been like that—just odd and strange, because he's never gonna be there again, you know?” he said. "Even when we were doing stuff without him while he was still alive, that felt strange. Yeah, I missed him during the process. But the way things turned out, I think he was definitely a part of it, even if he wasn’t there physically."

The new album will be the legendary thrash band's 11th studio LP and their first since parting ways with longtime producer Rick Rubin and his label, American Recordings. Rubin first produced the band's 1986 album, Reign in Blood, and had worked on every album since. 

Terry Date (Slipknot, Pantera, White Zombie) produced this new set and it will be released on Slayer's own Nuclear Blast imprint. Exodus guitarist Gary Holt, who filled in for Hanneman during his illness and following his death, recorded many of the album's solos.


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