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Slayer’s Kerry King Details New Album Progress And Jeff Hanneman’s Recovery


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Slayer‘s Kerry King has told Rollingstone.com that he hopes to have the bands new album finished up by September and in stores in early 2013. The group finished up tracking two new songs prior to embarking on this years ongoing “Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival“, though they have yet to be mixed.

According to King, initial tracks were laid down for two other songs with another two having been demoed with producer Greg Fidelman (Metallica, High On Fire).

King had the following to say on the upcoming sessions:

“If I get off my ass and start writing again on the road – since we’ve been in Europe, I keep trying to work on lyric ideas, maybe some leads, and fixing songs that didn’t work correctly – it should be a real quick process.”

Unsurprisingly, guitarist Jeff Hanneman hasn’t been taking part in the sessions. Instead he continues to recover from a spider bite incuded bout of necrotizing fasciitis on his right arm. King has been picking up the slack while Gary Holt of Exodus has of course been filling in for Hanneman live.

Speaking on Hanneman‘s recovery, King offered:

“After Mayhem we’ll reevaluate and see if he’s any closer. We’re planning for him to come back and the door is open, because it’s his fucking gig. If he can play, Jeff Hanneman is going to fucking be here, and I’m stoked about that. I love playing with Gary, and he’s doing a killer job, but if Jeff came back and said ‘I’m ready,’ I’ll check him out to see that he’s ready, and off we go.”

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