Slayer considering retirement
It seems just moments ago that we finally accepted there wasn’t going to be a Big Four thrash tour starring Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax. Next we had to accept we could be facing a future without Megadeth. And now Slayer might be on the way out too.
The band will take over the Myspace music and video homepages for Halloween tomorrow, streaming new album World Painted Blood and movie Playing With Dolls.
In an interview with the Guardian, frontman Tom Araya illustrates how the band are genuinely undecided on whether to continue after touring to support the album.
It’s the last release they’re contracted for, and, like Megadeth – who have one more album to deliver on their deal – they’re not sure whether continuing as a band is for the best.
Araya says: “We don’t know yet. I know this: being away from your family so much doesn’t get any easier.
“I’ve been married 15 years. I have a 13-year-old daughter and a 10-year old son and I want to make up for all the time I wasn’t there. This life demands so much of you, personally and physically.
“I honestly don’t know how I did the first 15 years of Slayer. How did I get so wasted then play every night – then do it all over again?
“It’s not so much ‘Do you still want it’ as ‘How much more are you willing to take’? There’s so much shit that goes on behind the scenes. It’s not just the shit with the label or touring – it’s the four different personalities in the band trying to get along.
“Sometimes we clash. That’s normal – but after 28 years you do wonder if you’ve grown together or apart.”
World Painted Blood is released on Monday and Slayer tour the UK in the middle of November:
18/11 Nottingham Rock City
19/11 Birmingham Academy
20/11 Manchester Academy
22/11 Glasgow Barrowland
23/11 Leeds Academy
25/11 London Forum
26/11 London Forum