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In case you haven’t noticed, that EP Slayer were hoping to have out by the time Mayhem Fest started never materialized. And in case you’re wondering why, it’s because banks are evil, and Kerry King is too smart to fall for their shenanigans. From a new interview with ARTISTdirect:

“I haven’t worked on it as much as I’d like to. I don’t really write on the road. When we’re in Europe, I don’t go out that often. There are still a number of currencies over there, and you get dicked every time you change money [Laughs]. If I don’t have any local money, I’ll probably sit in my room. I wrote some lyrics over there.”

I’m actually not clear what the hell King’s sense of fiscal responsibility has to do with no writing new material; it seems to me that, while he’s sitting in his room, writing lyrics, he could probably, like, pick up a guitar and hammer out a few Slayer riffs, too. I mean, it’s not like it’s hard — he’s been writing the same thing over and over again for going on thirty years now. And even if he did somehow forget how to write “Necrophobic Part 8” or whatever, he could probably get some help from almost every other metal band on the planet, because they‘ve all been writing Slayer riffs, too. I mean, seriously, there should be a new Slayer album every three months, that’s how little excuse there is for this band to take time writing new material.

ANYWAY, in that same interview, King reveals the titles of two new songs, “Chasing Death” and “Implode,” and, hey, you’ll never guess what they’re about:

“For ‘Chasing Death’, as you get older, you’re friends start dropping. You’re having that new sensation. My guitar tech Armand “Butts” Crump III died earlier this year, and he was 35-years-old. Those are the tough ones. Nobody expects a healthy person to just kick off at 35. It’s the idea of dealing with this because that didn’t happen when we were all 20. It’s talking about stuff like that. ‘Chasing Death’ is not directly related to any of my friends dying. It’s like people who drink too much. They don’t help themselves out so they’re chasing death.”

So after years of writing about people he doesn’t know dying, King was inspired by the deaths of his friends to write… a song about people he doesn’t know dying.

Dying from drinking too much.

Okay, I give up. Good night, Gracie.


[via Metal Insider]

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