Slayer’s Kerry King recently updated fans on guitarist Jeff Hanneman’s rehabilitation progress, the rumored two-song EP and a possible new Slayer album.
The band is currently on tour overseas in advance of their stint on this year’s Rockstar Mayhem Festival.
Those dates however are being performed without Hanneman, who is currently recovering from necrosisthat threatened his life as well as his arm. Even though the incident occurred back in 2011 it still affects the guitarist and has left him off the stage.
“If you look at him, he looks fine. But playing the intricate things that we do, he’s not ready to do that,” King tells MTV of the band’s decision to tour with Exodus guitarist Gary Holt. “He doesn’t know if he has the stamina for an hour-and-fifteen-minute set. He can play any of the slower stuff and do it just like the record. But we made a name for ourselves, historically, for being good live, so we had to make the decision and say, ‘You’ve gotta get better before you try to come back. If you come back, make it a special thing, not just an adequate thing.’”
The band has been moving forward in the studio however as they have been working on material for a new album and just finished two songs that they’re unsure of what to do with. “It’s [like], do you put them out now or do you just wait for the [full-length] record to be done?” says King. “We’re gonna finish the record September-October. So I, myself, would rather wait, because I don’t like to put those two songs out and then include them on the record … We’ll see what the record company proposes. I think they’ve been talking about an EP, which is kind of a throwback to the ’80s, which is really cool, I think. But we’ll just have to see.”
Slayer will soon return to the U.S. to make the rounds with Slipknot, Anthrax, Motorhead and others for Mayhem Fest, which kicks off June 30 in San Bernardino, Calif.
Click below to watch Slayer’s Classic ‘Raining Blood’.
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