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Gary Holt Is Ready To Write Some New SLAYER Music

Posted by on June 14, 2017 at 1:10 pm

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The future of Slayer is a bit of a confusing one, given bassist and vocalist Tom Araya isn't too sure if he wants to do another album, while guitarist Kerry King says he'd like to do a new one in 2018. Now guitarist Gary Holt, who the band recruited from the legendary Bay Area thrash band Exodus, told Ultimate Guitar that he's "ready to go" if and when the time comes to write another Slayer album.

Holt has only been in the band since 2011, though he did not contribute to 2015's Repentless.

"I'm certainly well prepared to do it. I get a lot of people saying, 'Oh yeah he plays for Exodus, but can he write a Slayer song?' You know, quite often the difference between an Exodus song and a Slayer song is just note selection. It's all thrash metal. You can differentiate the subtleties like Kreator is more melodic than Exodus and Slayer is more chromatic.

"I've played in the band long enough to where I think I have a good enough insight into how a Slayer song goes versus an Exodus song. So I'm ready to go if and when the time arrives."

At this point, I think it'd be interesting to hear Holt's contributions to Slayer. Dude's been around long enough to know how to write a solid metal song, and on the flip side, what does Slayer really have to lose at this point? It's not like they're going to become less world renown than they already are.

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