Kerry King plans to cover classics from Motörhead, Iron Maiden and Metallica as part of his solo project

Kerry King plans to cover classics from Motörhead, Iron Maiden and Metallica as part of his solo project
Kerry King plans to cover classics from Motörhead, Iron Maiden and Metallica as part of his solo project

Slayer guitarist Kerry King is exploring new territory with his solo band, which recently performed its first concert. During an interview with American Musical Supply at the Welcome To Rockville festival in Daytona Beach, Florida, King discussed the musical direction of his solo project and hinted at potential covers for upcoming concerts.

Regarding the style of his solo project compared to that of Slayer, King said: “It’s definitely similar. I’ve often been asked in the press how I felt about being compared to Slayer… I tell myself I was in Slayer. I think it’s pretty cool.” He added that his new project allows him to explore influences he might not have incorporated into Slayer’s music, such as punk, which is evident in the song Two Fists from his debut solo album, From Hell I Rise.

King’s new band, which includes drummer Paul Bostaph (Slayer), bassist Kyle Sanders (Hellyeah), guitarist Phil Demmel (formerly of Machine Head) and singer Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), combines Slayer classics with new songs on stage. However, King emphasized that he doesn’t plan to play many of the Slayer songs written by the late Jeff Hanneman. “Will I ever play Angel Of Death? Absolutely. Will I ever play War Ensemble? Absolutely. But for this year, I don’t want to give anyone any ammunition to say, ‘Oh, he’s playing Jeff Hanneman songs.’ I don’t do it, because I don’t want to hear that.”

Instead, King plans to include covers in their setlist, focusing on tracks that fans may no longer have the opportunity to hear in concert. “I want to include a cover at every show… I want to play songs that people can’t see or hear anymore”, King said. He cited Ace Of Spades by Motörhead, Killers by Iron Maiden and Damage, Inc. by Metallica as examples. “I want it to be fun for the fans, to be the only place they can experience that.”

From Hell I Rise was released on May 17 via Reigning Phoenix Music, featuring all songs written by King. The album was produced by Josh Wilbur, known for his work with Korn, Lamb Of God, Avenged Sevenfold and Bad Religion.

King’s new band will embark on a European tour starting June 3, which will coincide with King’s 60th birthday. The tour will include headlining concerts in the UK, Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Spain, as well as appearances at Rock Am Ring, Hellfest, Tuska, Download, Sweden Rock Festival, etc. .

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