Slayer's Kerry King

Ex-Slayer Guitarist Kerry King’s New Band Have Begun Rehearsing


While still light on details overall, the long-awaited new project from ex-Slayer guitarist Kerry King is being readied for a proper introduction to the world. While fellow Slayer veteran, drummer Paul Bostaph will also be taking part in the project, it’s unclear who else will be involved. At one point Phil Anselmo of Pantera, Down, etc. fame had been rumored, but that is reportedly no longer the case.

In a new chat with Metal Hammer, King revealed that he ‘won’t be dragging his feet much longer’ when it comes to unveiling the project. Speaking of it, he offered:

“You know me, so you know what it’s going to sound like. I played this new song for a buddy, and I said to him, ‘If there’s anything I’ve written in the last few years that sounds like Slayer, it’s this.’ And he said, ‘That sounds like you could have pulled it off of any Slayer record.’ I actually made that riff up backstage at a Slayer show.

We were walking to the stage and I got my phone out and recorded it so I wouldn’t forget it. That actually ended up being one of the last songs that I finished for the sessions, so when that hits the air, or stores, or Apple, or wherever it is that people buy music from these days, you can all play the guessing game discussion about which one it is.”

According to King in the past, roughly two albums of material have been in the works from the project. As part of this latest interview, he revealed that rehearsals began this past March. He had planned to launch the project in 2020 until the pandemic threw a wrench into everything:

“Had it have been up to me then I’d have been out in 2020. But that thing called the pandemic fucked everything up for everyone. You know, I waited on that, because it had to run its course. I didn’t want to be the guinea pig, I didn’t want to learn how to tour again.

I already did my dues; I don’t want to have to prove myself again. Have I been dragging my feet? Yeah, because I wanted this [pandemic] shit to get sorted. I won’t be dragging my feet much longer.”

You can find more from King on the project over at Metal Hammer.

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