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KERRY KING says TOM ARAYA didn't tell PAUL BOSTAPH and GARY HOLT he was done for four to six months


In a new interview with Francisco Zamudio of KNAC.COMSLAYER guitarist Kerry King was asked if putting out a solo album has been on his mind for a while prior to last month’s arrival of “From Hell I Rise”. He responded: “It never occurred to me until Tom (ArayaSLAYER bassist/vocalist) said he was done touring. And when he was done touring, I’m, like, ‘Well, I’m not gonna try to talk you out of it because it’s not cool to talk somebody into it when their heart’s not into it.’ So I said, ‘Well, now I’ve gotta put my band together and continue.'”

Asked if the riffs and musical ideas on “From Hell I Rise” were things that he came up with specifically for this project or if they were something that he had been playing around for a long time, Kerry said: “There’s a little bit of everything. Like the song ‘Residue’, for instance, I think I had the body of that song the last time Paul (BostaphSLAYER and KERRY KING drummer) was in (SLAYER). And it just never had a beginning or an end — it just never had all the parts it needed — but I knew I liked the song. So I just kept it. And then this time, during the pandemic, I made up the intro and the outro and put a little glue in it. And I’m, like, ‘That’s what I was looking for.’ So you’ve got stuff like that. You’ve got stuff left over from (SLAYER‘s final album, 2015’s) ‘Repentless’. You’ve got a lot of stuff I wrote during the pandemic. And now, for instance, record two still has stuff from ‘Repentless’, has leftover stuff from ‘From Hell I Rise’ and stuff I’ve written since then. So there’s tons of stuff I’ve gotta get to.”

King confirmed that he has already started work on his second solo album. “I’ve got demos of a lot of songs,” he explained. “I don’t have any lyrics yet. I’ve got some titles, but I’ve got a lot of music.”

Asked how the conversation with Paul went when he asked the longtime SLAYER drummer to join him in his solo project, Kerry said: “It was super easy. I knew that Tom was done probably four to six months before the other guys (Bostaph and guitarist Gary Holt) did. ‘Cause, for whatever reason, he just never told them. And we were getting ready to go do a photo session with the guys. And I said, ‘Listen…’ I told my manager, I said, ‘I’m not going unless Tom tells these poor guys what’s up, ’cause they deserve to know.’ So he did. And the next day, we do the photos and I went right to Paul and said, ‘Dude, don’t worry for a second because I’m continuing. And I assume you wanna continue with me.'”

SLAYER guitarist Kerry King‘s solo band played its first show ever on May 7 at Reggies in Chicago, Illinois. He displayed 9 songs that had not been released at that stage.

The group’s 17-song setlist included six SLAYER tracks as well as 11 of the 13 songs that appear on King‘s debut solo album, “From Hell I Rise”, out since May 17 via Reigning Phoenix Music.

The setlist for the concert was as follows:
01. Where I Reign(live debut)
02. Toxic (live debut)
03. Rage (live debut)
04. Repentless (SLAYER song)
05. Two Fists (live debut)
06. Residue (live debut)
07. Hate Worldwide (SLAYER song)
08. Idle Hands (live debut)
09. Trophies Of The Tyrant (live debut)
10. Chemical Warfare (SLAYER song)
11. Everything I Hate About You (live debut)
12. Disciple (SLAYER song)
13. Shrapnel (live debut)
14. Crucifixation (live debut)
15. Raining Blood (SLAYER song)
16. Black Magic (SLAYER song)
17. From Hell I Rise (live debut)

In a recent interview with Metal Hammer magazine, King stated about the setlist for his solo band’s shows: “For this coming summer in Europe, we’re gonna do like nine or 10 tracks from the album and, depending on set length, fill it with stuff I’ve done — something I wrote in SLAYER or co-wrote. So nobody can say ‘he’s playing Jeff (Hanneman, late SLAYER guitarist) songs,’ because although I love Jeff songs and he was such a big part of my life, I don’t want to rely on it this year, this album cycle. At some point, I will play ‘Angel Of Death’, but there’s so many fucking faceless haters on the Internet, I don’t want to give them ammunition.”

All material for “From Hell I Rise” was written by the 59-year-old SLAYER guitarist, who was accompanied during the recording sessions by the rest of his solo band, consisting of drummer Paul Bostaph (SLAYER),bassist Kyle Sanders (HELLYEAH),guitarist Phil Demmel (formerly of MACHINE HEAD) and Mark Osegueda (DEATH ANGEL) on vocals. Helming the sessions at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles last year was producer Josh Wilbur, who has previously worked with KORNLAMB OF GODAVENGED SEVENFOLD and BAD RELIGION, among others.

King‘s debut solo album, “From Hell I Rise”, will be released on May 17 via Reigning Phoenix Music. All material for the LP was written by the 59-year-old musician, who was accompanied during the recording sessions by guitarist Demmel, drummer Paul Bostaph (SLAYER), bassist Kyle Sanders (HELLYEAH) and vocalist Mark Osegueda (DEATH ANGEL). Helming the sessions at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles last year was producer Josh Wilbur, who has previously worked with KORNLAMB OF GODAVENGED SEVENFOLD and BAD RELIGION, among others.

KERRY KING will be special guest on the upcoming LAMB OF GOD/MASTODON North American “Ashes Of Leviathan” co-headline tour. The six-week run will launch on July 19 in Grand Prairie, Texas and will wrap on August 31 in Omaha, Nebraska. KERRY KING will make the band’s 2024 concert debut in May, first at the Welcome To Rockville festival (May 9), followed by Sonic Temple Arts & Music Festival (May 16). They are also confirmed for Hellfest, in France, this Summer. 

This past December, it was announced that VIO-LENCE will return to the stage in April 2024 for a special eight-date headlining tour during which they will perform their classic 1988 debut album, “Eternal Nightmare”, in its entirety. The trek runs from April 5 in Cambridge, Massachusetts through April 13 in Chicago, Illinois. Support at the dates will come from EXHORDERDECEASED and MORTAL WOUND.

At some of VIO-LENCE‘s recent shows, the band’s touring lineup consisted of classic-era vocalist Killian alongside more recent additions, drummer Adrian Aguilar (EXMORTUS),guitarist Miles Dimitri Baker (VOIDBRINGERINTERLOPER, ex-RINGS OF SATURN),bassist Christian Olde Wolbers and guitarist Ira Black (VICIOUS RUMORSHEATHENMETAL CHURCH). Notably, those dates featured only Killian from the VIO-LENCE lineup that played its first comeback gig in April 2019 at the Oakland Metro in Oakland, California.

VIO-LENCE played its first show with Aguilar in February 2023 at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California. Aguilar joined VIO-LENCE following the departure of Strickland.

Although MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn was part of VIO-LENCE‘s classic incarnation and played on “Eternal Nightmare”, he wasn’t approached about taking part in the band’s reunion.

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