Slayer Start Work On New Album

They're hoping to have the follow-up to 2009's World Painted Blood ready for 2013

Guitarist Kerry King tells Rolling Stone that the band hope to have the new LP finished by September for an early 2013 release.

"If I get off my ass and start writing again on the road – since we've been in Europe, I keep trying to work on lyric ideas, maybe some leads, and fixing songs that didn't work correctly – it should be a real quick process," King told Rolling Stone.

He also says that he doesn't know if guitarist Jeff Hanneman - who is still recovering after suffering from an attack of flesh-eating necrotizing fasciitis in his arm in 2011 - will be able to record with the band.

"We're planning for him to come back and the door is open, because it's his f***ing gig. If he can play, Jeff Hanneman is going to f***ing be here, and I'm stoked about that. I love playing with Gary [Holt - Exodus guitarist who has filled in for Hanneman for the past year], and he's doing a killer job, but if Jeff came back and said 'I'm ready,' I'll check him out to see that he's ready, and off we go."

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