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Slayer Returns to the Studio

SlayerSlayer is once again working on a new album, to be the follow-up to 2009’s World Painted Blood. The news was broken by drummer Dave Lombardo via Twitter.

Fronted by bassist/vocalist Tom Araya, the metal giants had begun preliminary work on a new record earlier this year when guitarist Jeff Hanneman suffered from a flesh-eating virus in his arm, reportedly caused by a spider bite. As such, the group held off the effort.

“As a band we’re not going to do something without [Hanneman],” Araya told Billboard this summer. “He’s an integral part of the band. We require his musical skills, his writing skills. He’s an integral part of the band. So we’re going to hold off until he’s at 100 percent and can join that process and be part of it.”

There’s no word yet on an expected release timeframe.