Download 2017: No. 43 - Slayer - 50 bands in 50 days


By Eric Mackinnon



Download Festival

The Zippo Encore Stage

Sunday, June 11, 2017



While most of us in the Download Festival family have welcomed all the many genres, sub-genres and hybrid genres, which have spawned from flavour of the month sounds and trends over the years. The same can't be said for Slayer legend Kerry King.

The founding member of the thrash titans, one of Thrash's famous Big 4, has admitted he thought about chucking in the towel on music when nu-metal exploded into the mainstream.

Bands like Limp Bizkit and Papa Roach became huge in a short matter of time and were dominating the airwaves, something which King couldn't cope with.

“I was really jaded for a while back in the late ’90s. I couldn’t understand why Limp Bizkit was big,” he told uDiscover.

“It affected me – I didn’t want to play music. I thought, ‘If this is the way that music’s going, then fuck this, I hate it.’

“That’s why Jeff Hanneman wrote so much of our 1998 album ‘Diabolus in Musica,’ which is too funky for me.”

Thankfully King rode out the nu-metal storm and Slayer are still going strong. Set to headline the Zippo Encore Stage on Sunday, June 11, at Download, the thrash legends remain a huge draw as they continue to add chapters to their thrash music legacy.

Meanwhile, King has also refused to rule out the possibility of touring guitarist Gary Holt contributing to a new Slayer record.

Holt, remains a member of fellow thrash luminaries Exodus – who are also playing Download this summer – but he has been on the books of Slayer since 2011 as a touring guitarist in place of co-founder Jeff Hanneman after he contracted flesh-eating disease, from a spider bite.

Reportedly Holt did not write any of the music on Slayer's last album, 2015's'Repentless' although he did lay down guitar solos on most of the record's twelve tracks.

But speaking recently in Brazil, King says nobody has shut the door on the idea of Holt writing with the band.

"It's a possibility, for sure," he said. "We haven't really talked about that. I mean, the ideas have come up, but then I know Gary's still full-heartedly into making Exodus records. I think if the opportunity arises, I'm definitely open to it, but I also understand that we've got a band to write music for as well. So I'm not against it. It's just something that we haven't come to that bridge yet."