Slayer Start On Diabolus Follow-Up

Speed-metal band's ninth album due by end of summer.

Musical devils incarnate Slayer were scheduled to begin recording their ninth album on Sunday, and they took a camera with them.

The as-yet-untitled follow-up to 1998's Diabolus in Musica (Latin for "Devil's Music) is expected to be released by the end of summer, though it's not on Columbia Records' current release schedule. It will be produced by Matt Hyde, who has worked with Monster Magnet and Porno for Pyros as well as manning the controls for "Bloodline," a new Slayer tune released in December on the Dracula 2000 soundtrack.

While in the studio recording "Bloodline," the speed-metal quartet also cut the song "War Zone" for an upcoming WWF-related compilation, according to a spokesperson for Slayer's management company. "War Zone" could also wind up on the new album, the spokesperson said.

For a peek at the current recording sessions in Vancouver, British Columbia, fans can visit (www.slayer.net) for periodic in-studio updates, either via a live webcam or still photos accompanied by diary-like captions.