It was announced earlier this week that Slayer would be taking their final bow as a touring act, but nothing was officially said about albums. It’s well known that guitarist Gary Holt has been compiling ideas for a while, but in a new interview at the 2018 Heavy Metal Hall of History ceremony, Holt gives a definitive “no” on a new Slayer album.

Last summer, we caught up with Slayer frontman Tom Araya. Though he hadn’t been penning new material, he spoke about Holt’s tenacity for getting new ideas on the table. Araya compared Holt to a little kid prodding an adult for attention, feeling out the Slayer guys for when a new album process may start. However, it looks like Slayer won’t be making a 13th studio album.

"No. No, there's no new album. I'd say it's a no. But my name is Gary 'No Comment' Holt today. I don't know nothing,” Holt tells The Metal Voice. “You've seen the dates, you saw the press releases. And come out and celebrate the mighty history of Slayer, which I'm lucky to have been part of for the last seven years now. It's been a ride, it's been remarkable, and we're gonna end it in gloriously violent fashion."

As for the next Exodus album, Holt wasn’t shy to hype it up. "I'm taking my time," he explains. "I'm super proud of it. It's heavy, of course. It's crushing. It's brutal. But it's something else — it's something altogether different."

Slayer’s final North American dates will offer the incredible lineup of Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth and Testament. For the full list of shows, click here.

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