It’s been nine months since we first heard “Implode,” our first taste of new Slayer. And there will be a new album from the band, their first in six years, coming this year. Recently, Jose Mangin from SiriusXM chatted with the band’s newest guitarist, Exodus’ Gary Holt, about both of his bands. Regarding “Implode,” he says that the song “doesn’t even touch” the rest of the album:
There’s some really great stuff. I got the call and I went down to do solos and I did nine leads in one day and I went home. Everybody was like damn that was crazy, and what I did was I blew my left wrist out. I was shredding so long and hard and I just wanted to get through them and I felt some pain halfway through it and I just kept going and the next day I couldn’t even move my hand.
Holt says he’s gone back and listened to the songs, not remembering what he did, and impressed himself with the way he shredded. As for what the album sounds like, you won’t be surprised. He calls it “crushing heavy and dark and sinister and everything you hope a Slayer album should be.” We’ll find out soon enough. In the meantime, if you’re looking to get your Gary Holt fix, he’ll be performing at Metal Allegiance this coming Wednesday (21) in Los Angeles.