Gary Holt on new Slayer: “…it’s crushing heavy and it’s dark and sinister”


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Gary Holt recently sat down with Liquid Metal’s Jose Mangin for an interview where he commented on the new Slayer record. Here’s what he had to say about it:

“It’s crushing. ‘Implode’ is a great song. I really love it, it’s a lot a fun to play. Compared to the other stuff Kerry [King] has written it’s nothing, doesn’t even touch it. There’s some really great stuff. I got the call and I went down to do solos and I did nine leads in one day and I went home. Everybody was like damn that was crazy, and what I did was I blew my left wrist out. I was shredding so long and hard and I just wanted to get through them and I felt some pain halfway through it and I just kept going and the next day I couldn’t even move my hand.”

Holt then commented on what to expect from the album:

“There’s a little bit of everything but everything I’d reference to is 100% Slayer. I mean it’s crushing heavy and it’s dark and sinister and it’s everything you hope a Slayer album should be. There’s no ballads!”

The interview also touches on his upcoming performance with Metal Allegiance, future plans with Exodus, and the possibility of a book. You can read the entire interview here.