During a new interview with Music Radar, new Slayer tour guitarist Phil Demmel has shared some details about his experience with Slayer.

He talked on hardest Slayer song, and said:

“Well, there were some songs I wasn’t all that familiar with, some of the newer stuff I’d never heard before. But those songs were about three minutes and I managed to map them out. From a speed standpoint, it was ‘Dittohead.’ That’s one fast tune!

He also talked about how Slayer saved his musical career, and said:

I think Slayer saved my musical career in some way. In under 24 hours, I went from the last day of a tour wondering whether I was even good enough to be bands any more to this mind-blowing text from Kerry King asking if I could play in Slayer.

I guess the reason I’m in this position now is because of the people I had met, almost from a networking standpoint. I knew the guys in Slayer before I got that text.

If being a session player is the route you want to go down, I would say avoid getting too centrally focused on one style.

Watch that Netflix movie ‘Hired Gun.’ Everyone they talk to explains how session players are there to do whatever the artist wants – you have to play what you are expected to…”

Click here for the entire interview.