In an interview with Revolver, Tom Araya gave Slayer fans some good news. More specifically, good news to those who feel like Slayer is less complete of a band without founding member Jeff Hanneman, who sadly died in 2013. Araya opened up to the magazine about the guitarist’s death, and mentioned that he’s actually going to appear on one of the album’s tracks.
Here’s what Araya shared:
“Ever since his passing, it’s been like that—just odd and strange, because he’s never gonna be there again, you know?” he says, with a noticeable sadness in his voice. “Even when we were doing stuff without him while he was still alive, that felt strange. Yeah, I missed him during the process. But the way things turned out, I think he was definitely a part of it, even if he wasn’t there physically.”
Hanneman is physically present on one unnamed track, however. “The whole process of this album started three years ago, when Jeff was still a part of it,” says Araya. “There is one track on there that we recorded with him, that he did play on, which was completely done except we hadn’t finalized the vocals for it. So we were fortunate to have something that he had participated in.”
The majority of the album will feature Gary Holt on guitars alongside Kerry King. The fact that Hanneman is on a song suggests that former drummer Dave Lombardo wasn’t kidding when he said that most of the new album had already been recorded with him on drums.
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