A three-and-a-half-minute video clip in which the members of SLAYER talk about working with producer Terry Date on their new album, “Repentless”, can be seen below.
Asked what has been his biggest frustration throughout the process of making “Repentless”, SLAYER guitarist Kerry King told the Phoenix New Times: “Probably the time it took to get a record deal done. And once that was done, the time it took to get into the studio. When you’re ready, you’re ready, and not being in is, is, basically wasting time to me. And I don’t like to waste time, and I don’t like people wasting my time. But the end result, I get it. Terry Date, you know, helped SLAYER, and SLAYER helped Terry Date. It seemed to me like he hadn’t had a big record recently. He’s had a ton of amazing records in the past, but it seemed to me like he needed a big record right now, just like we did.”
He continued: “I knew [Terry‘s] name. I’m not a producer geek, I don’t freak out on who produces albums and stuff, but I knew Terry‘s name because of the PANTERA boys. And I didn’t know him back then. Once we started working and stuff he told me he did ‘Louder Than Love’  by SOUNDGARDEN, which is one of my favorite albums. And I’m, like, ‘Jesus!’ I had no idea. That just added more to his credibility in my book.”
“Repentless” will be released on September 11 via Nuclear Blast.
The “Repentless” title track is an ode to SLAYER‘s late guitarist, Jeff Hanneman, who passed away in 2013. “I call it the Hannemanthem!” King said of the song. “I wrote that for Jeff. Oh, dude, it’s fast as fuck. You don’t know what the fuck’s coming!”
He added: “It’s my perspective of Jeff‘s perspective. It’s what I think… If Jeff wrote a song for himself, ‘Repentless’ would be it.”