Slayer Finished Recording New Album

Thrash legends Slayer have announced that they have completed recording their 11th studio album which they will be releasing later this year on their own record label.

The band has recorded eleven tracks for the new album. The yet-to-be-titled album was produced by Terry Date at the Henson Studios in Los Angeles and is currently being mixed.

The album features founding members Tom Araya (bass/vocals) and guitarist Kerry King, as well as drummer Paul Bostaph and touring guitarist Gary Holt, who is making his first appearance on a Slayer album.

Although Holt is filling the void of late guitarist Jeff Hanneman, the founding guitarist did make a contribution to the new album. Araya explains, "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."

Kerry King adds, "With this new album Tom, Paul and I put all of our ideas out on to the table, working in a more collaborative way toward the ultimate heavy outcome. And I've got to give big props to Gary who played lead on several of the new songs. I think he got all of his leads done in one day - he's a maniac!"

The band also have plans to hit the road for tour plans that include headlining this year's Mayhem Festival, as well as several "An Evening With..." Slayer shows and festival appearances.

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