Slayer have announced that they will not be recording any new material until guitarist Jeff Hanneman recovers from his current illness.
Speaking to Billboard, vocalist Tom Araya declared: “There’s no way we’d go into a studio without him. As a band we’re not going to do something 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 percent and can join that process and be part of it.”
Araya went on to explain that Hanneman has had “skin grafts” and that “he’s got to rehabilitate his arm and get it back in shape again. It’s going to require a lot of time. It’s pretty severe what he’s going through.”
Hanneman made a brief appearance on stage for two songs during Slayer‘s recent Big Four tour with Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax, but it is unsure as to whether he will have recovered in time for the band’s upcoming UK Sonisphere Festival date. “It was a big deal for him to play – for us it was, too,” said Araya. “We thought that would be a nice surprise for everybody and also make everybody aware that he’s still there.”