SLAYER Frontman Says It Will Be ‘Exciting’ Playing With Drummer JON DETTE Again
February 24, 2013
Heavy music presenter Christina Rowatt of Soundwave TV conducted an interview with SLAYER bassist/vocalist Tom Araya earlier today (Saturday, February 23) at the Brisbane stop of this year’s Soundwavefestival in Australia. You can now watch the chat below.
On the progress of the songwriting sessions for the band’s new album:
Tom: “They’re actually working on new stuff. And I’m hoping… well, now. We’re gonna continue working on stuff. [laughs] No comment! [laughs]”
On how the songwriting process in SLAYER works:
Tom: “Kerry [King, guitar] comes up with ideas, Jeff [Hanneman, guitar] comes up with ideas. They do a lot of home stuff. And then they’ll say, ‘Hey, there’s an idea. What do you think?’ And then we’ll listen to ’em, and if we like how it’s coming along, we keep ’em, and if we don’t,
On the health status of SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who is still recovering from necrotising fasciitis, a flesh-eating disease, which he is believed to have gotten from a spider bite:
Tom: “Jeff‘s just had a rough time coming back. That’s about it. I reach out to him all the time and tell him that everybody misses him. We miss him. I miss him as a bandmember, because he’s such a big focal point in the band. But we’re waiting for him to say, ‘OK, I’m ready.’ He’s actually working on material [for the next SLAYER album], so that’s something we’ve encouraged him to do. We said, ‘Listen, if you’re not gonna come out and perform, at least get your ideas together and we can work them out.'”
On SLAYER‘s current stand-in drummer Jon Dette:
Tom: “He actually played in the band [in the late 1990s] for, like, three years. It’s gonna be good. He’s matured and I’m sure he’s gotten much better on the drums. It’ll be exciting, and I think that’s just gonna pump everything up even more. I can tell you this: Jon‘s gonna have a lot of energy. He’s known to play very fast, and he’s gotten better at that.
On how they decided to hire Jon Dette to fill in for the Soundwavefestival shows:
Tom: “It was just a name that we pulled out of our hat. [laughs] It was a huge fucking hat, and it had one name in it.”
Chicago doom-metal legends TROUBLE will release their first studio album in six years, “The Distortion Field”, in North America on July 16 and in Europe on August 23 via FRW Records. The 12-song follow-up to 2007’s”Simple Mind Condition” is being helmed by veteran producer Bill Metoyer (SLAYER, W.A.S.P., ARMORED SAINT, DARK ANGEL, SACRED REICH, CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER, D.R.I.) and marks the recording debut with TROUBLE of lead singer Kyle Thomas following the departure of the group’s frontman of four years, Kory Clarke (of WARRIOR SOUL fame).
“The Distortion Field” track listing:
01. Sink Or Swim
02. Paranoid Conspiracy
03. Glass Of Lies
04. The Grey Chill Of Autumn