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Kerry Kings' Interview With Blender Magazine

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Blender.com recently conducted an interview with SLAYER guitarist Kerry King. A few excerpts from the chat follow:

Blender.com: What do you think of the current state of metal?

King: "Well, it's actually pretty good for now. Us, METALLICA and ANTHRAX came out a long time ago. Now we're still around, but there's a bunch of new kids starting at that level again and bringing things up. There are a lot of really good bands, like LAMB OF GOD, CHIMAIRA, ARCH ENEMY and IN FLAMES. There were a lot of pretenders when we came out, but they're not around anymore. It's not because they can't get gigs — it's just because kids know what's good and kids know what's phony."

Blender.com: How has the vibe around the scene changed over the years?

King: "I think the first time around, it was probably 99 percent dudes. Now, more chicks can say, 'Fuck you, I can listen to thrash if I want.' Girls realize it's safer than it was back then — they're not going to get gang-raped in the pit or anything."

Blender.com: Is there any place in metal for masks and makeup?

King: "Some people pull that off. SLIPKNOT — I don't mind them because they did masks correctly, if you ask me. Whether you like them or not, it doesn't affect their music. When they come to fuckin' town, they put out and it's a good show. I would go see them, myself. If you're totally behind what you're doing, I can't tell you knock it off."

Blender.com: How talented is Dave Lombardo?

King: "Have you every seen the movie 'The Natural'? That's Dave. He doesn't have to try to be good. He comes into the venue 10 or 15 minutes before we hit the stage and he doesn't warm up. He just goes and does it, after me and Jeff [Hanneman, guitarist] have been warming up for like an hour."

Blender.com: Is there a right way to headbang?

King: "I guess everybody's got their own style, but mine's pretty much forward and backward. Since I have a shaved head, I do the front-to-back and side-to-side thing, like the big 'yes' and the big 'no.'"

Blender.com: You don't need long hair to do it properly?

King: "Oh, no. If I did, I'd be fucked."

Blender.com: Speaking of epic, the artwork for the new record is incredible. We heard that you have the original, and that it's on a huge block of wood.

King: "I arranged to purchase it from the painter. Its like four feet by four feet. It's gigantic. I just found this place called Rosemary's Billygoat in L.A., too. It's like an oddities store. I went there and we found this picture made of wire. It's got some kind of small animal skull on it with a crown of thorns — it's like the wire makes up the Christ figure. We got the new song 'Skeleton Christ', so I had to have it."

Read the entire interview at Blender.com.

Source: blabbermouth

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1. Diamond Oz writes:

I hate to disagree with the mighty Kerry King but I will. I don't think that kids today do know what's fake and what isn't. I know plenty of people that think they're always and right and these are the same people that call bands like Napalm Death and Slayer fake and Poison The Well and The Used, "real metal".

# Aug 8, 2006 @ 4:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. KORNDOGG writes:

NOT TO BASH ON SLAYER...AGAIN, BUT HES TALKING ABOUT BEING FAKE AND THE f***EN SINGER IS A CATHOLIC!
HAHAHA DAMN THAT MAKES ME LAUGH!

# Aug 8, 2006 @ 4:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Diamond Oz writes:

Again, it's an image, not meant to be real. Metal flows through their veins, look at the kids that listen 2 bands like Aiden and try telling me they're not just stuck up rich twats tryin' to be unhappy.

# Aug 8, 2006 @ 5:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. KORNDOGG writes:

LOL!! I LIKE THE WAY YOU PUT THINGS DIAMOND OZ!
I KNOW WHAT UR SAYIN, BUT I JUST DONT UNDERSTAND!
I REALLY DONT EVEN LIKE SLIPKNOT, CUZ OF THEIR MASKS!
I LOVE STONE SOUR, BUT NOT SLIPKNOT BECAUSE I DONT FEEL YOU SHOULD PUT ON AN ACT. JUST GET UR a$$ ON STAGE AND ROCK THE f*** OUT!

# Aug 8, 2006 @ 5:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Diamond Oz writes:

True. I prefer Stone Sour too but purely 'cause I reckon they write better songs. The thing with music is, every now and then to make things a bit more interesting, an image or act is needed. It's like Rob Zombie, goes on stage and rocks out like he rightly should but still has people dressed up like circus freaks and stuff running around on stage doing whatever. Or bands like Gwar and Lordi, we all know those cats don't look like that in reality but still they rock out on stage and have fun doing it.

# Aug 8, 2006 @ 7:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Skript writes:

korndogg did you just turn 12 or something?

# Aug 9, 2006 @ 4:46 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. metalmayhem writes:

true, slipknot is not the best metal band out there, but mr. king was talking about the fact that they put on a kick a$$ show and there is no denying that. seeing those guys in a club setting w/out all the choreographed bullsh** is something all metal fans should behold at least once. not to mention the impact that there music had in 1997 and 98 that paved the way for metal to explode once again....i cant believe i said all that b/c i am really not even a fan, but they deserve respect

# Aug 9, 2006 @ 1:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Leatherface writes:

How in the f*** did this turn in to a conversion about Slipsnot and Stone Suck?!? Don't you clowns know that Slipsh** is just a side project for Corey Taylor?!? Now let's talk about a band that just released the best metal in the past 5 years........f***ING SLAYER!! This album is f***ing nuts I love every song!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't ever stop SLAYER your the only good metal band left........well there's always Metallica, hahahahaha!!!! f*** I must be high to say something that stupid!!!!!!!!!

# Aug 9, 2006 @ 10:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. bradispissed writes:

i love slayer...but honestly


kerry king reminds me of a friends dad who i knew in high school. big stupid bastard that would let me get sh**faced in his garage and tackle the open road from behind the wheel.


that's kerry king

# Aug 10, 2006 @ 12:40 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. slayerdisciple writes:

i disagree with the interviewer bout the artwork, the new cradle of filth album has a cool cover and same with megadeth and iron maiden

# Aug 10, 2006 @ 2:23 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. kerry king rules writes:

i agree with Diamond oz if kids know whats fake why is good charrolette and my chemical romance all over my f@cking T.V.?

# Aug 10, 2006 @ 4:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. SlayerRulz writes:

Because of Britany Spears, Gwen Stephani, Justin Tiberlake, 50 Cent and all those people. They have watered music down to the point that kids don't need or want to take the time or effort to listen and enjoy good music. All they want now is cardboard, cookie-cutter, cheap-ass synthisised (sp?) music that any jackass can punch up on a computer. No one has to take the time to learn to play instruments anymore or learn to keep time with 3 or 4 other people or anything related to being in a real band. No real riffs, no inventive lyrics, just 3 or 4 chords played in succession, sleeved arms and lyrics about why you can't get a girlfriend but you're still a real "man's nerd". It's pathetic.

# Aug 12, 2006 @ 1:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. DeFeAtAbLe PURPOSE writes:

I admit - I am bias due to my loyalty to such an unreal band. I don't care what any of thier personal beliefes are, I could care less if they all get water up thier nose being baptized. As long as I see the relentless show, hear the pulverizing sound, and the SLAYER I have come to admire shows up; I just don't care! They as people could care less about me, thus I don't care if Kerry set Tom's bible on fire before a show-(and Tom's p***ed!) As long as they rip, don't sell out, and uphold the standard of the music I love (the standard they set) who am I to judge? And yes, I would love to hit every fake singing, sloppy playing (if they play at all?), pop exploytating, greed-built industry produced artist with an ax also. So thats why (like them or not, dissapointed in them as people-or not) we as a very ridiculed segment of the music loving culture need to embrace ++SLAYER++

# Aug 12, 2006 @ 7:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Diamond Oz writes:

Well said.

# Aug 12, 2006 @ 8:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. KORNDOGG writes:

SLAYERRULZ, WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?
ITS BECAUSE EVERYBODYS OPINION AND MUSICAL TASTES ARE DIFFERENT!
YOU CANT BLAME OTHER ARTISTS FOR THAT, THE KIDS JUST DONT HAVE ANY GOOD INFLUENCES ANY MORE! WHEN YOUR YOUNG YOU NEED GOOD INFLUENCES LIKE SAY AN "OLDER BROTHER OR OLDER FRIEND" TO TEACH YOU WHAT GOOD f***EN MUSIC IS, OH AND DONT LET UR KIDS WATCH MTV! LOL!!!!!!!!!!!
IT AINT THE ARTISTS FAULT, THEIR JUST MAKING MONEY!

# Aug 13, 2006 @ 7:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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