Ex-Slayer Guitarist Kerry King Dumps On Nü-Metal & “Diabolus In Musica”: “That’s Probably My Least Favorite Record Of Our History. That’s Our ‘Turbo’.”


Former Slayer guitarist Kerry King‘s thoughts on the nü-metal genre have long been known. A vehement detractor of the genre, King has once again seen fit to dump on nü-metal kingpins Limp Bizkit. His latest comments on the matter were shared recently to Metal Hammer.

Of course, the thrash metal legends themselves dipped their toes into nü-metal on 1998’s “Diabolus In Musica“, an album which was widely criticized for doing so. Once again reflecting on that timeframe, King offered:

“I was really jaded for a while back in the late 90s. I couldn’t understand why Limp Bizkit was big. It affected me – I didn’t want to play music. I thought, ‘If this is the way that music’s going, then fuck this, I hate it’. That’s why Jeff Hanneman wrote so much of our 1998 album ‘Diabolus In Musica‘, which is too funky for me.”

He continued:

“That’s the one record that I really paid not enough attention to because I was really bitter about what kind of music was popular. I thought it was, was very frat boy stuff, and maybe that’s why it was popular, I don’t know. So Diabolus didn’t get as much attention from me because, you know, we didn’t stay in focus. Looking back we were just saying, ‘alright, how do we make Slayer fit into today’s society?’ But, that’s probably my least favorite record of our history. That’s our ‘Turbo‘ [a reference to Judas Priest‘s commercially friendly 1986 album of the same name.]”

King would also go on to publicly feud with Machine Head‘s Robb Flynn in the early 2000s as well, seemingly incensed by that band’s own nü-metal turn with their 1999 album “The Burning Red“.

With Slayer now years into their retirement, King is currently preparing to launch his new musical venture, which will feature his former Slayer bandmate Paul Bostaph and further participants yet to be revealed.

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