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Is a new Slayer album on the way? Guitarist Kerry King suggests that a follow-up to the band's 2015 long-player, Repentless, may be in the cards for sometime next year.

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In a new interview with Revolver, King discusses the material left over from the Repentless studio sessions, indicating that “six or eight songs” are already recorded and earmarked for the next record, “if those songs make it.”

Repentless isn't even two years old yet, though it seems like it is,” King recalls of the band's 12th full-length. “But from that session, there are six or eight songs that are recorded—some with vocals, some with leads, but all with keeper guitar, drums and bass. So when those songs get finished lyrically … they'll be ready to be on the next record.”

“So we already have more than half a record complete,” says King. “This is actually the most prepared we've ever been for the next record in our history; there's no reason to not do more work, because it's already more than halfway done. Just write four or five new songs, and give the others some attention, and we'll be good to go.”

When asked of the likelihood that Slayer's new album could come out in 2018, King keeps it realistic. “It's conceivable,” King admits, “but I'm certainly not gonna promise it, because every time I do, I make a liar of myself!”

King's recent remarks a half-completed new set from Slayer follow a period of seeming uncertainity for the band, as the guitarist stated last year that vocalist-bassist Tom Araya saw the group's future as “very unclear.” However, King admitted, “That's just how he is.” (via Metal Injection)

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