Kerry King is obviously in on the joke, telling an interviewer for theToneKing that Slayer’s new album is going to stick to the band’s usual pattern.

“They can expect the same record we’ve been giving them for the last 20 years. That’s basically what it is,” he said. “It’s the AC/DC of thrash metal. You know what you’re gonna get.”

He goes onto add that “the unpredictableness is the predictable part of it. We keep the train on the tracks, but we experiment with anything we can think of on the way,” perhaps forgetting some of the bands less than favourable experiments.

Most importantly, King’s admission glosses over the fact that Jeff Hanneman, who some would say is the band’s best songwriter, is still virtually unable to play after suffering from a pretty devastating flesh eating virus in his right arm. He suffered some pretty severe nerve damage, and as a result is still struggling to play guitar for more than small spurts.

While Kerry King has always handled much of the recording duties, his quotes beg the question of just how involved Hanneman will be on their next release. Though it’s easy to assume Slayer’s sound won’t change much, those variations King speaks of can sometimes be deadly. On one hand, Hanneman is responsible for much of Diabolus in Musica, Slayer’s worst album. On the other, King gets the blame for the equally porous God Hates Us All. In the end, it’s the combo that makes for success. [via Blabbermouth]

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