KERRY KING On Religion: ‘It’s The Biggest Lie Among Humanity For Centuries’

Kerry King 2024 RPM Interview

SLAYER guitarist Kerry King has released the second installment in a series of interview videos promoting his debut solo album, From Hell I Rise. You can watch it below.

When asked about the lyrical themes on From Hell I Rise, Kerry shared: “Well, just like anything I’ve written in the past, I’m gonna bag on religion, I’m gonna bag on politics, I’m gonna write war-reference songs. And I don’t think I veered too far from any of that. I do dabble in spooky horror movie kind of lyrics. I like to think of ’em as mini-screenplays to where if I write it correctly, you can visualize it. And you don’t even need to see a video; you can visualize what I’m describing.”

Expanding on his contempt for religion, Kerry stated: “Religion hasn’t changed at all. I think it’s the biggest lie among humanity for centuries, not just a couple… I mean, I’ve been here for a few decades, but that’s been here since the dawn of time, essentially. It’s very easy to poke fun at it. It’s very easy to find holes in it. It’s very easy to look at the news and find priests that act inappropriately around young women and young boys. You don’t have to look far for that stuff. And these are the people you’re following.”

King released his debut solo album, From Hell I Rise, on May 17. In addition to King, the album features DEATH ANGEL vocalist Mark Osegueda, longtime SLAYER drummer Paul Bostaph, former HELLYEAH bassist Kyle Sanders, and ex–MACHINE HEAD and ex-VIO-LENCE guitarist Phil Demmel.

According to King, the new music consists of “various religious topics, some war entries, heavy stuff, punky stuff, doomy stuff, and spooky stuff, with Herculean speeds achieved. If you’ve ever liked any SLAYER throughout any part of our history,” he adds, “there’s something on this record that you’ll get into, be it classic punk, fast punk, thrash, or just plain heavy metal!”

As King admits, “Even with a record in the can, I’ve still got so many songs that need to be finished. This is what I know how to do…number one being music, number two being metal. It’s been a part of my life for 40 years, and I’m nowhere near being done.”