Germany’s Rock Hard magazine recently conducted an interview with SLAYER bassist/vocalist Tom Araya. You can now watch the chat in six parts below.
Asked what he thought when he first heard the final version of SLAYER’s eleventh studio album “Repentless” — the band’s first without both founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman and drummer Dave Lombardo — Araya responded: “When I heard it… After I heard the whole thing, ‘My God, this is SLAYER.’ It’s SLAYER. When someone [asks], ‘How do you feel about the record?’ I say, ‘It’s SLAYER. Well, half of SLAYER, but it still sounds like SLAYER.’ It sounds like a SLAYER record. When you listen to it, you go, ‘This is SLAYER.’ But then you have to sit back and [go], ‘Well, part of SLAYER… It’s half of SLAYER.’ You know what I mean? Because of what we’ve gone through. I listen to it and… Inside, yeah, I feel like, ‘Okay, well this is…’ Because of my perspective, it’s half of SLAYER. But when I listen to it, it’s SLAYER; it’s identifiable.”
He continued: “I think it’s really good for half of SLAYER. That’s what I’m saying. When you listen to it, [you go], ‘Oh my God, this is SLAYER.’ I said that without the thought that it’s just me and [guitarist] Kerry [King from the original lineup]. I said it with, ‘Oh my God. this is SLAYER.’ ‘Cause I’m a fan. You know what I mean? And my concern is, ‘What are people gonna think?’ ‘What am I gonna think?’ And so when I heard it, I was, like, ‘Oh my God, this is SLAYER.’ But deep inside, I know… I know that Jeff’s not here, and that we were lucky enough to have a song of his on the record. So that, to me, was… ‘Oh my God, this is SLAYER.’ But inside I correct myself. I go, ‘Well, half of SLAYER, but this is SLAYER.’ As a fan, I can sit back and go, ‘My God…’ And it sounded awesome.”
“Repentless” was released on September 11 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2009’s critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated “World Painted Blood” was produced by Terry Date, who has previously worked with PANTERA, DEFTONES and SOUNDGARDEN.
The artwork was created by Brazilian artist Marcelo Vasco in collaboration with the band’s Tom Araya and Kerry King.