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Slayer won’t record for some time due to Hanneman’s illness

By | Published on Wednesday 1 June 2011

Slayer won’t be going back into the studio in the near future, the band’s Tom Araya has confirmed, because guitarist Jeff Hanneman is still recovering from the nasty necrotising fasciitis disease he contracted after being bitten by a spider earlier this year.

As previously reported, Hanneman stood down from the metal outfit’s recent touring activity after contracting the serious infection, which is sometimes dubbed the ‘flesh-eating disease’ – though he did return for a couple of songs during one of the recent Big Four Of Thrash shows. However, Hanneman’s recovery is expected to take some time, and Araya has said that while the band are playing live without their guitar man, they wouldn’t record new material without him.

Speaking to The Quietus, Araya said: “There’s no way we’d go into a studio without him. 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% and can join that process and be part of it”.

On that recovery process, Araya added: “He’s had skin grafts, and he’s got to rehabilitate his arm and get it back in shape again. It’s going to require a lot of time”.