During a recent conversation with Metal Hammer, ex-Slayer guitarist Kerry King revealed that he felt “angry” when the band first started talking about calling it quits.
Having formed in 1981, Slayer would go on to become one of the biggest bands in all of metal history. Prior to the band calling it quits in 2019, they had released 12 studio albums, with their last record being 2015’s Repentless.
At one point during this new interview, Kerry King talks about how the band called it quits too early, saying that the decision to end Slayer’s career was “premature.”
When asked how he felt upon first hearing talks of the band’s end, this is what the ex-Slayer guitarist had to say:
“Anger… what else? It was premature. The reason I say ‘premature’ is because my heroes from my childhood are still playing! I can still play, I still want to play, but that livelihood got taken away from me.
“But, anyway, on to the next chapter, I guess. We were on top of the world, and there’s nothing wrong with going out on top of the world, it’s a good way to go out. So, bravo for that. But do I miss playing? Yeah, absolutely.”
Do you think Slayer should have kept going for longer? Did you have a chance to see the band before they retired? What is your favorite Slayer album?
When it comes to other stories involving the guitarist, King says his new band will sound like Slayer! Here is hoping we will finally hear music from Kerry’s new band soon.
Also, have you ever been curious to know what Kerry’s favorite Metallica album is, or what he thinks of the band Ghost? Or perhaps you want to find out how he feels about the Beastie Boys? Links to all these stories can be found below.