Slayer is Looking at Working on New Material
Slayer has been dealing with the uncertainty of their future after guitarist, Jeff Hanneman, contracted flesh-eating necrotizing fasciitis. He has been sidelined since last year but now they are becoming more optimistic about the road ahead.
Hanneman is currently recovering from the disease and is going through rehabilitation. As bassist/vocalist Tom Araya explains: "Jeff's had a long ordeal. He's working on his playing ability, and that's something that's gonna take some time. He's working on strengthening his arm and his ability to play. He can play, but it's not for an extended period of time. Like anything else when you have some kind of not only muscle damage but nerve damage, it takes a bit for a lot of your functions to come back. They're not going to come back and easy and quick."
When talking about when they will get back into the studio, Araya says: "We'll probably get together and start writing together and start making a new album" which is entirely possible because of the material that Hanneman and guitarist, Kerry King, have already been working on. Araya continues: "I think after (Mayhem) we'll just go back to the drawing board and take a look at what we've got and start putting it together. These days we're a bit more like, 'Let's see what comes out.' We don't chomp at the bit like we did in the early days. You just sort of have to let it happen and see what the end result is, and hopefully we'll like it...Everything we've done as a band has been like that -- 'Wow, let's do it.' We know the outcome is going to be good."
In the meantime, Araya says that Exodus' Gary Holt has been doing a "fantastic job" filling in for Hanneman while the band is touring but it’s just not the same. The bass player elaborates: "On this trip more than others it's dawned on me that he's not there. The audiences have been very favorable, capacity crowds, really good. I just kind of look out and think, 'Jeff, God, where are you? You worked 30 years for this. You should be here.' He should be enjoying this part of his career. I can't wait for him to (be back)."
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