Just over four years since he stood onstage for the last time with his bandmates in Slayer, guitarist Kerry King has finally made his return with his first solo music in the form of the new single “Idle Hands.”
With enough new material for two full albums, all written by King, the COVID pandemic put the brakes on his long-awaited solo project but now King is ready to unleash his debut album, From Hell I Rise, on May 17th, 2024, through Reigning Phoenix Music. Comments King:
“I knew early on that I wasn’t done, and I had no intention of not continuing to play.”
Assembling a band which includes drummer Paul Bostaph (Slayer), bassist Kyle Sanders (Hellyeah), Phil Demmel (formerly of Machine Head) on guitar, and vocalist Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), King worked with producer Josh Wilbur (Korn, Lamb of God, Avenged Sevenfold, Bad Religion), the vast bulk of the solo album was recorded at Henson Studios in Los Angeles in about two weeks and was finished this past June.
According to King, the new music consists of “various religious topics, some war entries, heavy stuff, punky stuff, doomy stuff, and spooky stuff, with Herculean speeds achieved. If you’ve ever liked any SLAYER throughout any part of our history,” he adds, “there’s something on this record that you’ll get into, be it classic punk, fast punk, thrash, or just plain heavy metal!”
Kerry King releases From Hell I Rise on May 17th through Reigning Phoenix Music, and you can pre-order your copy here.