During a recent interview with Riff Crew, Paul Bostaph confirmed that he is involved in Kerry King’s new project. The drummer also said that the band is “gonna sound like Slayer without it being Slayer.”
Bostaph said the following when asked about the project’s musical direction:
“I guess the best way to put it is Kerry writes what he writes. Is this gonna be a rock and roll record? No. Is it gonna be what you want it to be? Yes. Is it gonna be what you expect it to be? Yes. It’s not gonna be some rehashed stuff… It’s gonna sound like SLAYER without it being SLAYER — but not intentionally so. I mean, Kerry’s been writing songs in SLAYER his entire career, and he has a style. And that style, as a songwriter, you just don’t change your style because your band is done. But that’s what you love to write.
Are things gonna maybe morph over time? Yeah. I would imagine so. I don’t think the first song Kerry wrote as a kid is the same as the last song he wrote for ‘Repentless’. Songwriters do change over time based on their influences and how they feel at the time.
Kerry’s on fire right now. So, all I can say is if you like heavy music and you like SLAYER, you’ll like this. Is it gonna be SLAYER? It’s not gonna be SLAYER — SLAYER is done; they retired…
The thing about it is that we don’t wanna sound like ‘Baby SLAYER,’ you know what I mean? There is SLAYER. But it’s gonna be good — it’s gonna be really good. I’ve been listening to the music and I just cannot wait to get into the room and start jamming with Kerry.
Part of it for me is that I don’t have to… And this is not an insult; it’s definitely a compliment… I don’t have to drum under the show of Dave [Lombardo]’s drumming badassery. That’s a good thing to do, but I might be able to stretch out a little bit and do some things that I like to do and still make it fit within the framework of what we’re doing. I’m looking forward to trying some things that I’ve wanted to try within SLAYER but couldn’t, just because I didn’t have it developed well enough. And we’ll see if I can make some of that stick in some of the new music.”
He also added the following when asked if the songwriting approach is different than it was with Slayer:
“Right now, the formula’s gonna be the same. I know how Kerry writes.
When I first joined SLAYER, before we did [1994’s] ‘Divine Intervention’, Kerry and I were roommates, and we barely knew each other. And we spent a lot of time together, on a friendship level and jamming musically. I know what he wants out of a song, and we have that formula, and it’s a good formula that works, and we’re not gonna change it. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it. You know what I mean?”
This news comes after King recently said that he currently has “more than two records worth of music” for the project.