KIRK HAMMETT: ‘SLAYER’s KERRY KING Doesn’t Get Enough Credit As A Rhythm Guitar Player’

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In a recent interview with Total Guitar, METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett looked back on band’s 1991 self-titled album (aka The Black Album) speaking about his approach to riff-writing, rhythm playing, and the players who influenced him.

“It was me trying to be fast and heavy… Like SLAYER!“ he said. “Hey, I love SLAYER, what can I say? They’re the greatest. Kerry King has such a smooth technique when he plays. He can move from super heavy to super fast to totally jagged, and he does it effortlessly and fluidly.“

Kerry doesn’t get enough credit as a rhythm guitar player,“ he added. “He’s a great rhythm player and a great lead guitarist, too. He’s always aggressive and I love consistency.“

SLAYER played its final show of their farewell tour in November 2019 at the Forum in Los Angeles. One day later, Kerry King‘s wife, Ayesha King, said that there is “not a chance in hell” that the thrash metal icons will reunite for more shows.

In an interview with Australia’s Riff CrewSLAYER drummer Paul Bostaph has confirmed to be working on a new musical project with Kerry King.

Kerry King‘s post-SLAYER project has been rumored to feature SLAYER drummer Paul BostaphSLAYER/EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt and former PANTERA frontman Philip Anselmo.

Kristen Mulderig, who works with SLAYER‘s management company, Rick Sales Entertainment Group, says there will still be more stuff from the band in the future.

“We’re in legacy mode. which is a lot to do, even though they won’t be making records or on the road. They still have their endorsers, there’s still merch and branding to do — sync licenses and who knows? Maybe coming up with some sort of event that is SLAYER-based. This is all stuff we’re thinking about and talking about. SLAYER lives on, absolutely.”