SLAYER Guitarist Says New Bands ‘Have A Huge Sense Of Entitlement’
January 28, 2013
Monster conducted an interview with SLAYER guitarist Kerry King at this year’s NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show, a massive music-products convention that is taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked if there was ever a moment when he first felt that his band had “made it,” King said: “Probably the first time we got a tour bus. One thing that I notice a lot… I can’t say all the new bands, but a lot of the younger generation, they seem to expect things. They expect to go on tour and have the tour bus that their heroes have. When we came up, we had a Camaro and a U-Haul. And then when we got ‘big,’ we had a van and a u-Haul. So when you got the tour bus, it was, like, ‘Alright, something’s gotta be working,’ you know. But I never expected it. It was just, like, ‘Alright, if we deserve it, when our time comes, fuck yeah, we got a tour bus. That’s awesome.’ And then you get a different perspective. But people…. I see it a lot at these NAMM shows, people come in and present themselves like, ‘Don’t you wanna give me some?’ without being anybody, without earning shit. And it wasn’t like that when I grew up … I think they have a huge sense of entitlement.”
Regarding what keeps him going more than 30 years since SLAYER‘s inception, King said: “Shows are awesome; I love shows. And you know, when you make up new stuff, you’re in quest of the perfect riff. I don’t know if it’s been written yet, and I may never know, but you’re always making up new stuff and re-impressing yourself and re-energizing yourself, making up things that are, for myself, so SLAYER. And it’s, like, ‘How did we never write this before?’ And that’s fun.”
King, Chilean-born bassist/vocalist Tom Araya and drummer Dave Lombardo are continuing to play shows with EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt, who has been filling in for SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman for two years while Jeff recovers from contracting necrotizing fasciitis, likely caused by a spider bite.
SLAYER last year entered the studio to record two new songs with producer Greg Fidelman for a possible EP release.
In a summer 2012 interview with “Metal Zone” host Nikki Blakk of the San Francisco, California radio station 107.7 The Bone, King was asked whether Hanneman is contributing to the songwriting process for the new album. “On the last record [2009’s ‘World Painted Blood’], it was kind of, like, [split] down the middle [between me and Jeff]. On the records prior, it was mostly me. This one’s been all me so far,” he said. “He’s welcome to contribute. It’s just a matter of him [putting] something [together] and getting it to us.”
A playthrough video of the song “Trespass” featuring THE HAUNTEDguitarists Patrik Jensen and Ola Englund can be seen below.
THE HAUNTED recently returned to the spotlight after almost a year without public activity and restructuring behind closed doors, following a major switch of lineups around fall of 2012.
THE HAUNTED’s 2013 lineup (from left to right in photo below):
* Patrik Jensen – Guitar
* Ola Englund (SIX FEET UNDER, FEARED) – Guitar
* Marco Aro (THE RESISTANCE, FACE DOWN) – Vocals
* Jonas Björler – Bass
* Adrian Erlandsson (AT THE GATES, PARADISE LOST) – Drums
A video introduction to the new lineup with interviews and fresh rehearsal room footage can be seen below.
THE HAUNTED’s founding member and guitarist Patrik Jensen checked in to comment on the recent developments as follows: “THE HAUNTED went through some difficult times
German metallers PRIMAL FEAR have begun laying down drums for their next studio album for an early 2014 release via Frontiers Records.
After collecting more than 30 song ideas, the band finally stripped the list down to 12 tracks.
Frontiers and PRIMAL FEAR in January announced that they have renewed their partnership for another multi-album deal, which will include two more studio releases and one live CD and DVD.
PRIMAL FEAR’s latest album, “Unbreakable”, sold around 600 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 44 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the