Slayer‘s two remaining founding members, Kerry King and Tom Araya reportedly are working on new material and planning on re-entering the studio soon, according to Blabbermouth. The studio time is hoped for prior to kicking off the just-announced North American tour this fall (confirmed dates below), which will be supported by Gojira and 4Arm.
A new Slayer album would be the first since the death of Jeff Hanneman and the departure of original drummer Dave Lombardo, possibly seeing current replacements drummer Paul Bostaph and guitarist Gary Holt filling in. I have mixed feelings about the possibility of a new Slayer album. First, a new studio album would be their 12th, and considering how long the band has been around I don’t really feel a new album is necessary. Given their troubles and losses this last year, it would be noble of them to retire. Not that I don’t think they can perform any more. Stepping down would be more of a respect thing in my opinion. Then again, they’re a fucking band, artists, and musicians. Just because you lose soldiers along the way, or you reach a certain age, doesn’t mean you give up on the war (or art).
OK, I convinced myself… bring on the new Slayer! Metal for life!
By the way, tickets for the upcoming North American Slayer tour start selling on September 6th
North American 2013 Slayer tour dates:
Oct. 22 – Sullivan Sports Arena, Anchorage, AK
Oct. 25 – The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV
Oct. 28 – Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, CA
Oct. 30 – Events Center @ San Jose State, San Jose, CA
Nov. 08 – Myth, Minneapolis, MN
Nov. 10 – FunFunFun Fest, Austin, TX
Nov. 12 – Bayou Music Center, Houston, TX
Nov. 13 – South Side Ballroom, Dallas, TX
Nov. 15 – Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL
Nov. 16 – The Fillmore, Detroit, MI
Nov. 17 – LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH
Nov. 19 – The Fillmore, Washington, D.C.
Nov. 20 – Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
Nov. 26 – Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, CT
Nov. 27 – Theatre @ MSG, New York, NY
Nov. 29 – Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
Nov. 30 – Tsongas Arena, Boston, MA
Rock Hard \m/