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Mayhem's strength is intertwined with the strength of heavy metal music. Electronic dance music may be all the rage in the industry, and pop rules the FM dial, but metal fans are passionate and dedicated consumers. And the Mayhem roster is full of bands that have kept at it for decades. Last year Anthrax released Worship Music to thunderous acclaim, and Slipknot, Slayer, and Motörhead are all readying releases.
"We plan on releasing a two-song single, if that makes sense," Araya says of Slayer's new material. "We're hoping it gets released while we're touring on Mayhem!"
Kilmister says new music is coming along, but he's been keeping busy between tours: "I'm reading Game of Thrones for the second time," but he adds that he's got about six songs worked up for the next Motörhead record.
It's this dedication that keeps fans showing up, and keeps decades-old bands on the stage.
"We'll deal with the heat and suck it up," Araya [laughs]. "And Kerry [King, lead guitarist] will put on a lot of sunscreen. On his head."
"It's going to be one of the few times I can say there's a band closing that people are still going to stay for after seeing Anthrax, Slayer, and Motörhead," says Ian about Slipknot. "There are not many bands that could follow all those acts, and maybe even top it still."