Slayer to use Hanneman’s last work on new album
Slayer are planning to make use of late guitarist Jeff Hanneman’s last work in their next album.
Hanneman died in May, aged 49, after suffering liver failure. He had been unwell for two years, during which time Exodus axeman Gary Holt had stood in for him at live shows. Holt remains with the band, alongside returned drummer Paul Bostaph who replaced Dave Lombardo earlier this year.
Hanneman had been working on new material, and Slayer plan to include some of it on what will be their eleventh studio album.
Frontman Tom Araya tells Loudwire: “I haven’t had the privilege of going through his audio files at the moment, but that’s something I plan to do.
“He had several ideas together that he’d presented to us in the course of the past year. There was one complete song that he’d managed to send to everybody, that I thought was really, really good and communicated that to him.
“There’s stuff that would be great to listen to, just to see what’s there and how we can possibly use what he had done.”
Araya says the band currently have two songs written for next year’s release, and there’s a third piece which was completed but not used for 2009′s World Painted Blood.
“I don’t want to use the term ‘typical’, but it’s Jeff – it’s obvious who put the song together,” says the bassist/vocalist. “He created a certain way and he put music together a certain way; it’s signature Jeff. It’s new, it doesn’t sound like anything else that we’ve done, in my opinion.”
Slayer kick off a US tour on October 22.