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Kerry King says the thrash metal legends are “firing on all cylinders” as they plot a Repentless return.

One of metal’s most reliably bellicose collectives, Slayer have endured a tumultuous couple of years since the passing, in May 2013, of founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman.

Indeed, there was speculation that the LA group might disband, bringing the curtain down upon a three decades-old career which has defined thrash metal. The promised release of the quartet’s eleventh album, Repentless, has put paid to such talk.Recorded with Terry Date (Pantera/Soundgarden), the 12-track set is the band’s first album since 2009’s World Painted Blood, and guitarist Kerry King says that his band have been “blown away” by the “giddy” reactions of those who’ve heard advance copies.

Repentless is out on September 11 via Nuclear Blast

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