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Kerry King Says Slayer “Quit Too Early”


It was quite clear that Slayer‘s decision to hang it up following a farewell tour in 2019 was not guitarist Kerry King‘s decision. Vocalist/bassist Tom Araya has long been seen to be the proponent for the end of the legendary thrash metal band and King recently commented on that decision some two years later.

Appearing in the below tribute video to Machine Head for their 30th anniversary that was released this past Monday, October 11th, King offhandedly revealed that he feels Slayer “quit too early.”

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He said in that video, which you can see below:

“So I hear congratulations are in order for my friends in Machine Head. Apparently it’s 30 years, which is quite an achievement, not a lot of bands get there. We did, but then we quit too early, fuck us. I know, fuck me. I hate fucking not playing.

But besides the point, this is a Machine Head celebration and I gotta say, I’m not sure Robb knows this—I think Robb knows this, but if he don’t, here ya go—the only band I ever demanded open for Slayer was Machine Head. 1994, “Burn My Eyes“, greatest thing I ever did. Cheers to my friends, you guys deserve it, have a good one.”

Prior to Slayer‘s disbandment King himself was vocal about continuing on with a new project afterwards. Rumors of it have emerged over the years with ex-Slayer drummer Paul Bostaph having confirmed his involvement in that project. Rumors of Phil Anselmo of Down, ex-Pantera, etc. fame also being involved emerged back in early 2020.

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