Slayer to join forces with Megadeth

Updated: Aug 05, 2010, 13:13 PM IST

Detroit: After storming through Europe on the Big Four tour with fellow thrashers Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax, the members of Slayer are ready to do it again.

Guitarist Kerry King was heartened by Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich`s recent prediction that the four bands could join forces again in 2011 and 2012 to tour other parts of the globe.

"When we were out there, any time I got a chance to talk to Lars I was like, `Dude, we`ve got to do this more. We`ve got to go everywhere! It`s so cool, everybody deserves to see it," King says. "The toughest thing is the logistics of it all; if everybody is on board, I think it`ll happen."

Slayer is hardly wanting for things to do in the interim, however. The quartet is currently in Europe before launching its 10-week American Carnage Tour with Megadeth and Testament on August 11 in Glens Falls, N.Y.

As on its recent Canadian Carnage run, the group will play the entirety of its 1990 "Seasons in the Abyss" album which, combined with Megadeth playing its entire "Rust in Peace" album hearkens back to the original 1990-91 Clash of the Titans tour featuring both bands.

King says Slayer is starting to think about a follow-up to 2009`s Grammy-nominated "World Painted Blood," although no formal plans have been made yet for recording.

"I`ve got some titles left over from the last time we were writing and ... some very beginning ideas, musically," he reports. "When we were off for six, seven months earlier this year (when singer Tom Araya was recovering from back surgery) and had nothing else to do, I said, `I should take this time and do something,` but sure as s--- I didn`t pick up a guitar for four weeks! But I think about (the next album) all the time, so we`ll get into it soon enough."

Bureau Report