KERRY KING On Launching Solo Project 40 Years Into His Career: ‘It Is A Lot More Difficult Than I Thought’

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In a recent conversation with France’s Loud TV, Kerry King of SLAYER fame shared details about his upcoming debut solo album set to drop on May 17 under the banner of Reigning Phoenix Music. Titled “From Hell I Rise,” the album boasts exclusively original material penned by the seasoned 59-year-old guitarist. Joining King in the recording sessions were an illustrious ensemble featuring drummer Paul Bostaph (SLAYER), bassist Kyle Sanders (HELLYEAH), guitarist Phil Demmel (formerly of MACHINE HEAD), and Mark Osegueda (DEATH ANGEL) lending his vocals.

Overseeing the production at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles was none other than esteemed producer Josh Wilbur, renowned for his work with luminaries like KORN, LAMB OF GOD, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, and BAD RELIGION.

Reflecting on this new venture, King expressed a mix of amusement and gratitude at embarking on a solo career after four decades in the industry, noting the irony of his European debut coinciding with his 60th birthday at a venue that holds a unique significance in his history. Despite SLAYER’s hiatus from new studio releases since 2015 and live performances since 2019, King affirmed his unwavering commitment to his craft, asserting, “I’m obviously not done.” He emphasized his eagerness to continue creating music and engaging with audiences, even venturing into uncharted territory with a solo project.

Acknowledging the challenges of starting anew, especially after enjoying the comforts of established success, King admitted to the complexities of navigating the music business landscape afresh. However, his resolve remains unshaken, fueled by a sense of urgency to seize each opportunity and make the most of his artistic journey.

Regarding the lineup for his solo endeavor, King underscored the importance of camaraderie and familiarity, emphasizing his decision to collaborate with friends rather than merely seeking out renowned professionals. He expressed anticipation for the camaraderie and shared experiences that come with touring alongside trusted companions.

Reflecting on the recruitment process, King recounted the moment when he extended the offer to Osegueda, highlighting the genuine excitement and mutual respect that characterized their interaction. He marveled at Osegueda’s vocal prowess, noting his remarkable growth and adaptability during the recording process.

As anticipation mounts for “From Hell I Rise,” King provided insights into the album’s thematic elements, ranging from religious motifs to reflections on war, punctuated by an eclectic mix of punk, doom, and metal influences. With a plethora of unreleased material waiting in the wings, King assured fans that this solo endeavor is just the beginning of an ongoing creative odyssey.

Additionally, King announced his involvement as a special guest on the forthcoming LAMB OF GOD/MASTODON North American “Ashes Of Leviathan” co-headline tour, set to kick off in July. The tour will offer audiences a taste of King’s solo repertoire alongside performances by two heavy-hitting metal acts. King’s solo band will make its live debut with a club show at Reggie’s in Chicago on May 7, followed by appearances at the Welcome To Rockville and Sonic Temple festivals in May.

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