SLAYER Isn’t Planning New Music Or Tours, According To KERRY KING

The news of Slayer making a comeback for a few festivals this year surprised and thrilled many fans. It’s been five years since their supposed farewell tour, so this announcement was unexpected.

In an interview with Metal Hammer magazine about his solo album From Hell I Rise, Slayer’s guitarist Kerry King clarified that these shows are more of a tribute than a revival of the band. He mentioned that these performances won’t lead to new recordings or tours, echoing what was initially said by Pantera in a similar situation.

King expressed mixed emotions about Slayer’s return, noting the timing isn’t ideal. “These shows won’t lead to recording or touring,” he emphasized. “For me, it’s a way to mark five years since our last shows, a fun celebration to remind people of us before the pandemic.

Regarding his relationship with bassist/vocalist Tom Araya, King admitted to a lack of communication. They’ve evolved into business partners with differing interests and outlooks. “We’re different people, but that doesn’t mean I dislike him. We’re professionals,” King stated.

Talking about his new album, King said, “I still write riffs that excite me. There’s a new energy and excitement, but I’m still me. If you like what I do, you won’t be disappointed.”

Slayer, with Tom Araya, Kerry King, Gary Holt, and Paul Bostaph, will play three festivals later this year:

  • 9/22 Riot Fest in Chicago, IL
  • 9/27 Louder Than Life in Louisville, KY
  • 10/10 Aftershock in Sacramento, CA

King’s solo album, From Hell I Rise, releases on May 17. He’ll also tour with Lamb Of God and Mastodon, playing their 2004 albums in full, with Malevolence on select dates.

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