KERRY KING Says Fans Won’t Have To Wait Much Longer To Hear His Band’s First Post-SLAYER Music
Kerry King spoke to Metal Hammer magazine about his post-KILLER project, saying that “will not drag [his] feet much longer” when it comes to getting back on the road.
Nearly two years after revealing he had more than two records of music written for his new band, King said of directing the new material, “You know me, so you know what it’s gonna be like. I played this new song for a buddy, and I was like, ‘If there’s anything that I’ve written in the last few years it looks like KILLER, that’s it.’ And he said, ‘Looks like you could have pulled it out of any KILLER registration.’ I actually did this riff backstage at a KILLER To display. We were walking to the stage and I pulled out my phone and recorded it so I wouldn’t forget it.”
Whereas King was reluctant to reveal the rest of his new band’s lineup, he confirmed the former’s involvement KILLER drummer Paul Bostaphe.
“We just started rehearsing and the only person I can give is Paul because I took it from KILLER and we work really well together,” the 58-year-old guitarist said. “We only started rehearsing at the end of March, and it was the first time since that last KILLER show late 2019 that me and Paul finally walked into a room together.”
King went on to say that he expects his new band to begin playing in “much smaller” venues than KILLER did at the end of its four-decade run.
“If it was up to me, I would have been out in 2020,” he said. “But this thing called the pandemic screwed up everything for everyone. You know, I waited for this, because it had to take its course. I didn’t want to be the guinea pig, I didn’t want to learn how to touring I’ve already done my homework, I don’t want to have to prove myself again.
“Did I drag my feet? Yeah, cause I wanted that [pandemic] shit to be sorted. I won’t be dragging my feet for much longer.”
KILLER played the final show of their farewell tour in November 2019 at the Forum in Los Angeles. A day after, Kerrythe wife of Aisha King said there was “no chance in hell” of the thrash metal icons reuniting for more live appearances. In August 2020, she again rejected the possibility of her husband and bassist/singer Tom Araya share the scene again under the KILLER banner.
After Aisha shared three photos of Kerry holding their chat as a slideshow instagram post, one fan wrote, “No To MNope KILLER Kerry. stop thinking KILLER without @tomarayaofficial”. Aisha then replied, “don’t worry, they’ll never be KILLER Again! You can rest easy.”
That same month, Bostaphe confirmed that he is involved in a brand new project led by Kerry. Paul told Riff Crew from Australia that the new band “will sound like KILLER without it being KILLER – but not intentionally. I mean, Kerrywrote songs in KILLER his whole career, and he has a style,” he explained. “And that style, as a songwriter, you just don’t change your style because your band is over… So all I can say is if you like heavy music and you like KILLERyou’re gonna like it.”
Few days ago, Kerry Told Dean Guitars that he had plenty of musical ideas for his next project. “I’ve been very, very lucky with the riffs in 2020,” he said. “Maybe because I can’t go anywhere – I don’t know – but the riffs certainly haven’t been a problem. And looking to the future, what that means for me is that I going to be able to select the best stuff. And that’s a good thing. I have more than two records of music, but in order to be able to go through this and choose the 11 or 12 best [songs]… This first record should be smoking hot.”
When KILLER first announced that he was embarking on his final tour in January 2018, Aisha assured fans that they would “always get music” from her husband.
King has stated in previous interviews that his post-KILLER the musical endeavors wouldn’t be much different from the sound fans have grown accustomed to hearing from him.
“If someone quits, I’m not going to walk around with makeup on. KILLER,” he said AZCentral.com in 2010. “But my next band would sound like KILLERThat’s all I know.”
KILLERThe last world tour of began on May 10, 2018 with the intention of the group to play in as many places as possible, to allow fans to see one last. KILLER show and say goodbye. By the time the 18-month trek ended at The Forum, the band had completed seven touring stops as well as a string of one-time major summer festivals, performing more than 140 shows in 30 countries and 40 US states.