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Thrash metal fans – particularly advid followers of the Big Four – have never calmed their appetite for new music, especially when it comes to Slayer. ‘Repentless’ is their most recent album as of this writing and that record hit shelves back in September 2015; fast forward to 2017 and we’ve had great new albums from Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax in that time, but that hasn’t stopped the masses from clamoring for new Slayer material.

Slayer guitarist Kerry King has revealed that there’s more than half a new record’s worth of material leftover from their ‘Repentless’ sessions and that the band will likely revisit those songs for their next record, which could come as soon as 2018.

When the subject of a follow-up to ‘Repentless’ was brought up during an interview with Revolver magazine, Kerry responded: 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.”

He continued: “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.”

Stopping just short of confirming a 2018 release date, Kerry summed up the odds of a new Slayer album hitting shelves next year as probable while saying: “It’s conceivable — but I’m certainly not gonna promise it, because every time I do, I make a liar of myself! (laughs)”

Slayer’s six-week North American tour with Lamb of God and Behemoth will kick off on July 12th in Bemidji, Minnesota and run through August 20th in Phoenix, Arizona.