In a recent interview with Metal Hammer magazine, Kerry King, the iconic guitarist of SLAYER, shared exciting details about the completion of his solo project’s debut album, which has been wrapped up since June 2023. In discussing the musical direction of his solo work, the 59-year-old musician expressed a commitment to staying true to SLAYER’s legacy, stating that if he were to explore something different, now would be the time.
However, he emphasized his lack of desire for a radical departure, asserting that his solo material serves as a natural extension of SLAYER’s sound, with a significant portion feeling like it could have been the next SLAYER record after ‘Repentless’ in 2015.
King elaborated on the diverse elements present in his upcoming album, revealing a spectrum that includes fast-paced tracks, heavy compositions, punk influences, and even some doom-like atmospheres. Drawing parallels with SLAYER’s previous works, he described the slowest song as reminiscent of the ‘When The Stillness Comes’ vibe from ‘Repentless.’ Moreover, he provided insights into specific inspirations, such as a song blending the styles of SCORPIONS’ ‘Animal Magnetism’ and the ‘chug’ of ‘Hell Awaits,’ offering fans a glimpse into the sonic variety they can anticipate.
While remaining tight-lipped about his fellow musicians on the upcoming LP, King expressed his intention for the album’s contributors to form a lasting band. Three years ago, SLAYER drummer Paul Bostaph hinted at his involvement in Kerry’s new project, assuring fans that the music would embody the essence of SLAYER while introducing fresh elements.
Under the moniker, KERRY KING, the new band has already announced two U.S. shows, scheduled for May 9, 2024, at the Welcome To Rockville festival in Daytona Beach, Florida, and May 16, 2024, at the Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival in Columbus, Ohio.
Reflecting on SLAYER’s decision to disband, Kerry King expressed initial anger, considering it premature, especially given that many of his childhood heroes continue to perform. However, he acknowledged the inevitability of moving on to the next chapter and expressed eagerness to continue playing. Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, King emphasized that his new band would not be confined to larger venues and would gradually build its presence, with plans to hit the stage soon.
As anticipation builds, King’s wife, Ayesha King, affirmed that there is no chance of SLAYER reuniting for live performances. Kerry himself, in previous interviews, hinted at the continuity of his signature sound in his post-SLAYER endeavors. With more than two records’ worth of music already written, Kerry King’s solo venture promises an exciting and familiar yet fresh chapter for fans eagerly awaiting the guitarist’s next musical journey.