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Slayer’s Kerry King Says Jeff Hanneman’s Recovery Isn’t Delaying New Album

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Slayer are moving full steam ahead with a new album, and guitarist Kerry King says the fact that fellow guitarist Jeff Hanneman is still recovering from necrotizing fasciitis will not delay the new album moving forward.

In a new video interview with Artisan News (watch below), King says, “We’ve recorded very little. We got a little bit done. We had a 12-day window where we hijacked [music engineer] Greg Fidelman from Metallica and worked with him a little bit. So we’ve got two [new songs] done. They’ve gotta be mixed. We’ve got two other ones that need vocals and leads. [There are] three other demos and three other [tracks] we still have to demo, but [the Mayhem Tour] is the last thing we’re doing, so hopefully we’ll get [the rest of the album] done before we pick up and tour again in October.”

King revealed that Hanneman was not part of the recent sessions, but he also added that he was able to take over the basic guitar parts himself. The guitarist says the rare spider bite that caused Hanneman’s condition is something he never even considered. He adds, “That flesh-eating stuff, you know, you can get scratched by a nail, you can get scratched by anything, and if you don’t take care of it, it’s gonna turn into something like that. But whatever got him, that is what happened – he had had the disease.”

During Hanneman’s absence, the group has been working with Exodus guitarist Gary Holt for a majority of their touring.

Watch Kerry King Talk About the Next Album and Jeff Hanneman

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