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Slayer To Split
Dean Samways , July 23rd, 2008 15:03

Tom Araya

Thrash-metal's forefather Tom Araya has hinted that Slayer may split after they have finished recording a new album.

Araya spoke exclusively to the Quietus’ moshier sibling Thrash Hits declaring there may not be a future for Slayer after the band complete their recording commitments with American Recordings.

In the interview Araya said: “Let's put it this way, this is the final record of our commitment with Rick Rubin. When we first signed a deal with him back in 1986, we never sat down and said, ‘How long do you guys want to keep this together?’

“We signed the deal and we've just been doing records since. Then, by the time we did Seasons In The Abyss, our third record with Rubin, we had a manager (Rick Sales) who did a really good job of renegotiating an entire new deal for ten records.

“We just continued making records with no game plan other than ‘We're gonna do a record and then tour’, ‘We're gonna do another record after the tour’ and so on.”

The end isn’t as close as fans might fear though with plans continuing for what may be the band’s final album.

“We're working on new ideas now just so that people can have a taste of what's coming. Kerry (King) and Jeff (Hanneman) are putting together ideas, so what the end result of this next two and a half months is, I don't know. Once we've put together new material, we can get together and discuss our future plans.

“Seeing a 50 year old man headbanging on stage would make me cringe. If I was watching that, I'd think, ‘Dude, you're a little too old for that, aren't you? You're gonna fall off!’”

A live performance of 'Eyes Of The Insane' by Slayer is available below:

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