Slayer's Araya Was Worried About Making Repentless Without Hanneman

(Classic Rock) Tom Araya has admitted he was worried about guitarist Kerry King writing Slayer's 11th album on his own. Repentless was mainly created after the death of co-founder Jeff Hanneman, who'd always co-written the band's material. His replacement, Exodus axeman Gary Holt, did not write for the record.

Araya tells Full Metal Jackie: "Kerry has a different style of writing to Jeff. Kerry's very chaotic - fact, in-your-face stuff. He writes good songs, but I was thinking, 'How is this going to sound?'

"On previous records, Kerry would say, 'This is how I want it done,' and that's how he expects it. Jeff would give you feedback. That's what I like, having someone give me feedback. So that was my concern: how everything was going to sound compared to a record that would have Jeff there."

Araya concluded that he'd have to change his approach to recording, and found an ally in producer Terry Date. Read about that here.

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