Slayer frontman Tom Araya has hinted at an uncertain future for the thrash metal titans.
Araya, now 47 years old, was asked about the band's future plans in a recent interview with rock and metal website Thrash Hits.
Tellingly, Araya commented: "Seeing a 50-year-old man headbanging on stage would make me cringe. If I was watching that, I'd think, Dude, you're a little too old for that, aren't you? You're gonna fall off!"
It's not all bleak for Slayer fans though – although maybe that's how they like it – as the band will deliver at least one more album as part of the deal they signed with Rick Rubin's Def Jam label back in 1986.
Araya: "Let's put it this way, this is the final record of our commitment with Rick Rubin…we're working on new ideas now just so that people can have a taste of what's coming. Kerry and Jeff are putting together ideas, so what the end result of this next two and a half months is, I don't know. Once we've put together new material, we can get together and discuss our future plans."
What does a thrash star do when retirement beckons? Araya's band mate Kerry King already seems to have a nice sideline signing autographs for fans at trade shows, but what next for the Slayer frontman? Perhaps he could endorse a food product or open a restaurant?
We can see it now – Tom's Steakhouse: Prime beef, slaughtered mercilessly and bloody as hell.