While Slayer frontman Tom Araya might think the future of Slayer is uncertain, Kerry King is sure talking like there will be another album. In the past, King has said the band would work on new material next year, but now it looks like they actually have the framework for a few songs ready already.
King told Revolver that the band have some leftovers from their last album, Repentless, and that could be the framework for the next album:
Are there any plans in place to begin working on a follow-up to Repentless?
Funny thing is, Repentless isn't even two years old yet, though it seems like it is. But from that session, there are six or eight songs that are recorded — some with vocals, some with leads, but all with keeper guitar, drums and bass. So when those songs get finished lyrically, if the lyrics don't change the songs, they'll be ready to be on the next record. So we already have more than half a record complete, if those songs make it. This is actually the most prepared we've ever been for the next record in our history; there's no reason to not do more work, because it's already more than halfway done. Just write four or five new songs, and give the others some attention, and we'll be good to go. If we get a down period of time, which I know is coming at the end of this year, maybe we'll focus on that and get to it.
So it's conceivable that we could see a new Slayer record next year?
It's conceivable — but I'm certainly not gonna promise it, because every time I do, I make a liar of myself! [Laughs]
I wouldn't hold my breath for a release in the first half of 2018 – late 2018 at best. Plus, as Kerry mentioned, there are no vocals yet. What if Slayer's vocalist doesn't want to record a new album? Araya has made it extremely well-known that he's pretty much over touring at this point, and it doesn't seem like Araya isn't looking too far into Slayer's future. If they do decide to write new music, it will be interesting if they allow Gary Holt to contribute to the writing, something the relatively new Slayer guitarist has expressed interest in doing.
Do you think Slayer will release another album?