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In a recent interview with Noisecreep, Slayer frontman Tom Araya reveals that he no longer enjoys the consistency of touring and finds himself getting through the job by counting the days until he can go home.
Ayala goes on to say that after 30 years of life on the road, the novelty of touring has worn thin, especially after a 2010 injury caused him to stay home longer than usual, giving him time to realize how much he has missed of his family life.
“I hate to disappoint you, but I’ve been doing this for 30 years,” says Ayala. “It’s a long time. I hate leaving home. I’ve missed so much of my family life, my kids growing up. My son turned 13 and I’ve missed almost every birthday he’s ever had. I myself have never really spent a birthday at home.”
Araya, 51, was injured two years ago when a problem with his neck and back led to the insertion of a metal plate, leaving him unable to perform his classic headbanging move on stage.
“When I had my neck injury I was at home for three months,” adds Ayala. “Things have happened to me physically that have put me out, but allowed me to spend time at home. I’m trying to make up the time – it’s a little too late. But when I have to get on a plane to leave, I don’t want to leave. Its part of my life I’ve missed. I get on the plane, and the minute I set foot wherever I am, I’m like, ‘I can’t wait to get home.’ The anticipation of going home is what gets me through. I wake up and I think, ‘Ten more days,’ ‘Eight more days,’ ‘Five more days.’ – and that’s what gets me through.”
Slayer is currently working on their upcoming new album with guitarist and songwriter Kerry King reporting that at least two tracks have been fully penned although work will not be fully completed until co-songwriter Jeff Hanemann has recovered fully from the near-fatal spider bite that’s kept him off the road for over a year.
As a Catholic, Araya says his faith doesn’t prevent the band from writing songs that criticize religion – although he doesn’t write them himself.
"A lot of the anti-religious stuff is written by Kerry,” he explains. “I hate to say this, but some of the stuff he writes, wow, it’s really good. The way I look at it is, ‘This is going to make somebody mad.' There’s no room to judge. I’m not going to be the first one to throw stones. My type of Catholicism allows me to do that.”