Slayer’s Kerry King Says Late Guitarist Jeff Hanneman Is “Worm Food”


Slayer guitarist Kerry King has long had a blunt assessment of things and his opinions on the passing of band guitarist Jeff Hanneman are no different. The Village Voice recently had a chat with him regarding the bands forthcoming album “Repentless“, out September 11th. When the topic shifted to Hanneman, King doesn’t indulge in any mysticism about his late bandmate being there in spirit:

Jeff is worm food. When you die you go in the dirt. There is no doubt. Doubt’s called agnostic. I’m not agnostic.”

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Lest you think he is heartless in regards to the loss of Hanneman, he did later refer to the title track as being a “HanneAnthem”, stating:

“I went with it based on Slayer. Slayer is repentless; Slayer’s always been repentless. I said, ‘You know what, I should write something about how I think Jeff looked at the world, because he looked at the world exactly how Slayer looked at the world.’ Plus little ‘Jeff-isms.’ It was both easy and difficult. The difficult part was doing it justice; I didn’t want to just throw it together. I wanted it to be solid, as deep as it could be without getting personal.”

Meanwhile, speaking on whether or not the band had any issues continuing on without Hanneman (who is now replaced by ExodusGary Holt) and to a lesser extent, former drummer Dave Lombardo (Paul Bostaph has once again taken his place,) King stated:

“I’m not a social media guy, because I don’t have time for that nonsense; I mean the people who speak nonsense on social media. I’m sure, that when the record comes out, someone will say, ‘Oh, it’s only half of Slayer. They should have hung it up when Jeff died.’ My answer to them is, ‘What if AC/DC had hung it up when Bon Scott died?’ How much awesomeness would we have missed out on?”

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