The first official promotional photo of Kerry King‘s new eponymously named solo band can be seen above (photo credit: Andrew Stuart.
The SLAYER guitarist’s debut solo album, “From Hell I Rise”will be released on May 17 via Reigning Phoenix Music. All material for the LP was written by the 59-year-old musician, who was accompanied during the recording sessions by drummer Paul Bostaph (SLAYER),bassist Kyle Sanders (HELLYEAH),guitarist Phil Demmel (formerly of MACHINE HEAD) and Mark Osegueda (DEATH ANGEL) on vowels. Helming the sessions at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles last year he was producer Josh Wilburwho has previously worked with KORN, LAMB OF GOD, AVENGED SEVENFOLD and BAD RELIGIONamong others.
King told Rolling Stone of the LP’s first single: “‘Idle Hands’ are what I’ve been doing the last four years. That and ‘From Hell I Rise’ have been my frame of mind in the last four and a half years.”
As for the decision to call the band KERRY KINGthe guitarist explained: “It was going to be KING’S REIGN for a long time, which is really cool. But even with that one, I went to the guys, like, ‘I’m not a vain doubt. I don’t want my name to be part of it.’ We talked about BLOOD REIGN for a while, but it didn’t work. Every time I came up with anything remotely cool, it was taken by some obscure band in Eastern Europe. It became KERRY KING because I love that logo.”
King said the album is about “various religious topics, some war entries, heavy stuff, punky stuff, doomy stuff, and spooky stuff, with Herculean speeds achieved,” adding, “If you’ve ever liked any SLAYER throughout any part of our history, there’s something on this record that you’ll get into, be it classic punk, fast punk, thrash, or just plain heavy metal.”
King Added there’s more to come, too. “Even with a record in the can, I’ve still got so many songs that need to be finished,” he said. “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.”
KERRY KING will be special guest on the upcoming LAMB OF GOD/MASTODON North American “Ashes Of Leviathan” co-headline tour. The six-week run will launch on July 19 in Grand Prairie, Texas and will wrap on August 31 in Omaha, Nebraska. KERRY KING will make the band’s 2024 concert debut in May, first at the Welcome To Rockville festival (May 9),followed by Sonic Temple Arts & Music Festival (May 16).
During SLAYER‘s final show back in November of 2019 at the Forum in Los Angeles, California, King he took off his signature chains from his belt, held them high, dropped them onto the floor, turned around and walked off the stage. “I knew early on that I wasn’t done, and I had no intention of not continuing to play,” he revealed in a press release.
King previously told metal hammer his solo album would follow in the sonic footsteps of his former band. “If I wasn’t in SLAYERI would be a SLAYER fan. So yes, I think it’s an extension of SLAYER, and I think a lot of people will think it might have been the next record. I guess maybe 80 percent of it would have been, maybe it would have been exactly what I’m putting on this one.”
Photo credit: Andrew Stuart