Slayer's Kerry King

Slayer’s Kerry King Recalls Being Offended By Green Day & The Offspring Being Called Punk Bands


Slayer guitarist Kerry King appears on the latest episode of Metal Hammer‘s monthly Spotify series, ‘Metal Hammer: In Residence‘. During his conversation he commented on how he and the band’s late guitarist Jeff Hanneman didn’t appreciate the mainstream appeal of ‘punk’ music during the 90’s:

“In particular didn’t like where music was going and I let it get to me for the only time in my career – and that was basically the 90s. I couldn’t understand why things were popular and it just bummed me out completely and I had to forget about it and refocus because it was just bringing me down. I’m not talking about pop and stuff like that. Heavy music – I didn’t like where heavy music was going.

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I remember in particular when we did ‘Undisputed Attitude‘ in 1996, we did that in rebellion to Green Day and The Offspring. It’s not their fault but everyone called them punk bands and me and Jeff were, ‘This isn’t punk, guys.’ We just took offense to it and ‘Undisputed Attitude‘ was that coming out.

Also exploding in popularity amid the late 90’s was the nü-metal scene, which many felt Slayer themselves waded into with their 1998 release, “Diabolus In Musica“. King said of that:

“For me especially, it took 1998’s ‘Diabolus In Musica‘ to come out and get past that and then say, ‘This ain’t what Slayer’s about, we gotta redefine and show everybody that Slayer’s still here and not trying to be somebody we’re not.’ I think that’s what ‘God Hates Us All‘ was.”

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