Slayer, one of the veterans in metal that gave the proper hint to many youngsters around the world that there was something more encrypted in the strings of a guitar, has finished the recording of their latest album. You may like they old stuff, you may believe that without Hanneman there is a vital part of the band gone with the wind, but something is clear for us all, they are not going to stop just yet.
After the commercial success of ‘World Painted Blood’ in 2011, and the death of Jeff Hanneman for most of Slayer's fans are impatient and uncertain about the final product after a long year of work for Slayer and two songs released in: ’Implode’ in 2014 and ‘When Stillness Comes’ last week during Record Store Day. From both songs, Slayer sound comes as heavy as it has ever been, but with a twist into it. Regarding the possibility of hearing something from Jeff Hanneman in this new record Tom Araya stated that there will be a song written by Hanneman.
Jeff had always been writing and demoing songs, even up until shortly before he passed. You can tell by the quality of his songwriting that this was his passion. There will be a song written by Jeff on the new album. Everything but the vocals had been completed, so we did the vocals and it’s done. And there are a few more of Jeff’s songs that we might record and release in the future. Commented Slayer's bassist, Tom Araya
Perhaps they would like the feeling of Jeff Hanneman to last a little bit longer. As for the recording, the main penmanship was between Kerry King, Tom Araya, and Paul Bostaph. As a producer, Slayer is working with Terry Date, who has worked with Slipknot, Deftones, White Zombie, and Pantera, among others. The execution of all the tracks was done by the current lineup of Slayer with Gary Holt playing lead guitar in most of the tracks of this new album.
I wanted that to be Gary's introduction as playing in Slayer, you can't have a two-guitar attack without two guitars. When I hit him up [to play in Slayer], if he said no, I don't know who I would've called next, 'cause he's the obvious slam dunk, I hope I never have to replace him. Commented Slayer's guitarist, Kerry King
Now that the recording is done, it’s time for Slayer to hit the road again. Since the album would be still in progress, and touring will begin as early as April 24th in Birmingham, Alabama; fans that can attend to see them live would be receiving a full blast of Slayer repertoire but not any new material from the latest album.
I don't like to play stuff that people don't know, it's just not fun. The audience is trying to decide if it likes it or not. Commented _Slayer's guitarist,Kerry King
The yet-to-be-named Slayer album is expected to be released at some time at the end of this year through Slayer’s unnamed label in association with Nuclear Blast.
Paradise Lost, with its new approach to music makes many metallers around the world to take a look to whatever they post online. Those of you who are more loyal to the old school death metal look upon the latest work with certain caution and even disdain. For those who are more attracted to the more melodic vibe almost reaching Goth shades, works like 'Gothic' and 'In Requiem' represents the very essence of their taste in both music and style. With ‘The Plague Within’, Paradise Lost is reaching new depths in the way they approach their own music and topics which are illustrated in the lyric video ‘No Hope In Sight’ that you can see below.