EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt, who has been touring with SLAYER for the past five years as the replacement for Jeff Hanneman, says that SLAYER‘s forthcoming album has a “dark and sinister” vibe and is “everything you hope a SLAYER album should be.”
SLAYER is currently putting the finishing touches on its new CD with producer Terry Date, who previously worked with the band on “Implode”, a song that was made available as a free download following SLAYER‘s surprise performance at last April’s Revolver Golden Gods awards in Los Angeles.
During an interview with SiriusXM‘s Jose Mangin on this week’s edition of Liquid Metal‘s “666-LIVE” call-in show, Holt stated about “Implode” and how it stacks up against some of the other songs on SLAYER‘s upcoming album: “‘Implode’ is a great song. I really love it, [and] it’s a lot a fun to play. [But] compared to the other stuff Kerry [King, SLAYER guitarist] has written, it’s nothing; [it] doesn’t even touch it.”
Holt went on to describe the new material as “a little bit of everything, but everything I’d reference to is 100 percent SLAYER. I mean, it’s crushingly heavy and it’s dark and sinister, and it’s everything you hope a SLAYER album should be. There’s no ballads!”
Gary also spoke about his contribution to the recording process, explaining: “I got the call [to go down to the studio] and I went down to do solos and I did nine leads in one day and I went home. Everybody was, like, ‘Damn, that was crazy,’ and what I did was I blew my left wrist out. I was shredding so long and hard and I just wanted to get through them. I felt some pain halfway through it, and I just kept going, and the next day I couldn’t even move my hand.”
Holt added: “Kerry asked me if I wanted to revisit any of them this week and go down and do any more tracking, and I hadn’t listened to the leads since a couple days after I did them, which was probably a while ago. I listened back to them, not even remembering what I did, and I was just shredding, man. [So I’m] not even gonna mess with them.”