Jeff Hanneman & Paul Bostaph Interview
www.rockmetal.pl, May 2001
rockmetal.pl: Lets begin with the case. Which one of you most interests in Polish fans? We recently got information that you are starting a European tour, around small clubs. This time you guys came to Warsaw, to just talk with the press.
Jeff: No it's not like that. It's just a press tour.
rockmetal.pl: When will you hit the road?
Paul: In the middle of June, we're planning to tour the U.S.
Jeff: Yes, exactly. Now we just came to talk to the press in Germany, Poland, and some other places. Normally we start to tour in the summer. First to the states, then later we fly to Japan. We play a couple concerts in Asia, and around September we are suppose to play in Europe.
rockmetal.pl: Will you also go to Poland?
Jeff: I don't know yet. There probably is a chance. I think maybe a pretty big chance. Right now in this very moment I can't promise anything for sure. But it seems like that such capability exists.
rockmetal.pl: You guys recorded actually a new album- "God Hates Us All". The premiere of this what we know, is set for July?
Jeff: (laughs) I don't know for sure.
Paul: Yes, we have different premieres in the states and Europe. We ourselves don't know exactly when this will happen.
rockmetal.pl: Tell us a little about the album, the composition, work in the studio.
Jeff: For good measures, we started on this material 2 years before, and for some time this material has been ready. also we got caught in some side projects, we made a song for the film "Dracula 2000", a tribute album for Black Sabbath, 2 songs for some other movie, then we went on tour with Slipknot, and the work made it difficult for the completetion of the new album.
rockmetal.pl: How many songs will we find on the album?
Jeff: This also depends on the place it is launched. European ones will have an estimate of about 14 songs, American will have less (Here the artist still was translating but a Sony Music airplane flying by near, silenced him) but music in general, it will be a little different, certainly heavy and brutal but different from the old Slayer.
rockmetal.pl: More like a Brooklyn-hardcore style?
Jeff: Also. That kind of music also has a influence. Age is what you could tell. But will see ourselves.
rockmetal.pl: Who got caught with the lyrics?
Jeff: Kerry wrote most of it. Some are done by Tom and I, but the majority is written by Kerry.
rockmetal.pl: On the album "Divine Intervention" the song "213" was found on it. His lyrics concern serial killers like, Jeffrey Dahmer. In some interview Tom said the idea of it came from you. What influenced you with the history of a symphatetic type?
Jeff: Tom wrote the words. The music was mine, lyrics was his. In that time he was reading a lot on different serial killers, I don't know how many books he read about it, I'm convicted, that there was a lot of that. Age had knowledge, and some how it connected, that Damher was a interesting case (laughs) he was a strange guy. I brought the music and I asked Tom to write the lyrics, and he right there found an idea, to have a song about Damher. And that was my part.
rockmetal.pl: But it is sure that lyrics like on "213" then later appear opinions that Slayer inspires violence. You guys are blamed for different crimes, and have become the main motive for murderers in American media. What do you have to say about these opinions?
Jeff: It makes me laugh, really. I don't understand these kind of opinions. Paul might have something more to say about these opinions.
Paul: It looks like to me, that it is problems of awareness or not, certain approaches for tricks. Certain people can't recognize, that it is just a trick but not some kind of agitation urging for bad action. My approach is this- That if parents see there 10 or 15 year old child bring a cd with advisory, he should be able to listen and if they recognize that they are for a fact a dangerous factor, he/she should talk with the child and try to tell them what in his point of view is bad. How he grasps it. And that is rock.
Jeff: This is called "entertainment". (laughs)
Paul: Thats right. Rock is certainly entertainment music. But from time to time appear voices, that the lyrics are dangerous. It is some kind of total ignoring, complete lack of understanding. Maybe they will indicate correctly, what statements are dangerous?
Jeff: Yes... theres a lot of bands in this world, that in their lyrics they describe severe stages. It is unimportant if the situations are authentic, like the situation with Damher, or if they are made up. And does it symbolize that every kid that dress in black, buy a gun and go and kill people? It is funny (Talks louder trying to be heard because of the nearby flying airplane) Can you hear me? (laughs)
rockmetal.pl: And then you have problems with the press.
Jeff: Yes, but it is pointless mainly without the cause of the lyrics. We mostly have problems with the cause of the pictures. This time too we picked out some photography for the album sleeves, and one of them was really heavy. The people in Sony said they would'nt print that (laughs). These kind of problems with the media are in fact unrare. The lyrics are small beer (laughs) but the photos... Uu-uu-uu! (laughs)
rockmetal.pl: Why did you entitle the album "God Hates Us All"?
Jeff: Hmm I don't know. (laughs)
Paul: To me it looks like this, that this title is the look of the person who has authentic bad luck, bad things meet him, death near sickness... and at the right time it gets to his head that God hates him.
rockmetal.pl: You reminded at the beginning of the interview that you are involved in some side projects.
Jeff: Yes, I had this on my head that we made many additional things beyond recording together, like a band. I wasn't talking about a band, or some other work beyond Slayer. We recorded a couple songs, one for WCW, stuff for a soundtrack, cover for Black Sabbath, but thats mostly it.
rockmetal.pl: In fact Kerry King started some band with Dimebag Darrel (Pantera) and the drummer from Slipknot?
Jeff: Fact, but I don't know the details. But surely he is starting something. He in general is always busy, he's always playing somewhere. If not with Slayer, then some other band. That's how he is.
rockmetal.pl: You guys went on tour with Slipknot, now Kerry composes music with one of them... what do you guys think of this so called "nu-metal" with the connection of guitars and hip-hop?
Jeff: Slipknot is not that bad. I like them, they have some pretty good parts. I know that some types of fans accept this kind of playing, but I have nothing against it. On concerts they play with a lot of energy, they are really dynamic. Connection with guitars and hip-hop? Thats not a bad mix. But it needs to be done good. There are a lot of head bands out there, that try to do something like that, that much that the effect is mediocre. I didn't do those kind of experiments, but I have nothing against it.
rockmetal.pl: Apparently you plan to release a boxset?
Paul: Yes, we are waiting till the finish of the new album, we want it to appear right after the recording.
Jeff: This is a sick idea. Which was made up while we were in our tour bus. We were drinking and we made this up. It would be nice to release this for the entire world. (laughs)
rockmetal.pl: From who was this not good idea brought by?
Jeff: From me and Tom, we made it up.
Paul: We made this kind of idea when we were on the road. First came different "covers" and then boxes, and then someone finally came up with the idea of making prints of gun shells. We were pretty drunk, we started planning this, drawing, mixing this record from the inside.
Jeff: Yes, it wasn't that bad. We were sitting drunk in the bus, and did this imprint in a thousand ways (laughs). And then we went to our company with this and said: "We want something like this!" (laughs)
rockmetal.pl: So the problem with the cover we have through our heads. But what's inside?
Jeff: We want there to be all the songs we made, which have been on singles. We were thinking of some "secret" material - unpublished things, we have some funny recordings with drunk sessions, some illegal radio broadcasting, which the next day it was no more... (laughs, a moment of calm, and then total salvo) we'll still see.
rockmetal.pl: You guys played in our country a couple times. What are your memories?
Paul: Hmmm your country is... peculiar... (laughs) but I remember it for miles.
Jeff: Maybe Tom a little less, because in one of our visits he got robbed.
Jeff: Yes, they snatched from him a video camera and some other private stuff. In my luck no one has stolen anything from me yet. (laughs)
rockmetal.pl: Your relation with the internet?
Jeff: I'm not a big fan of computers. I got a computer, I use it, but I treat it like tools. I sometimes look at different pages, musical ones rarely, it don't fascinate me. Paul, you sit there more right?
Paul: Yes, I usually use the network. But Tom is the biggest maniac from the band. (laughs) I surf a little, look at different pages, but the most interesting you can find.
Jeff: Of course, except pornography. (laughs)
Paul: Of course, except (laughs). I'm talking about this, that the most interesting stuff theres a capability of direct fact-finding so in opinion, people in the term of music, find what they think of cds or concerts. It's fun to read different reviews, for completely independent people, who are not connected with companies, editorials, do it only for the love of music.
rockmetal.pl: Thanks for the talk. If you want you could still add something.
Jeff: O, I don't like this a lot (laughs) ... alright I'll say. We're done recording. (laughs)
Paul: Yes, FINALLY we're done the recording. (laughs) Thank you.