This years Metal Masters 3 Clinic saw Slayer guitarist Kerry
King join members of Anthrax, Megadeth, Pantera and Black Sabbath
onstage for the annual technique demonstation jam. You can watch
the full concert below.
Kerry took time out to speak with
Loudwire about the Metal Masters experience for him, Slayer's
new album, this years Mayhem Festival and much more. Read an
excerpt from the interview below, you can read the full interview
What does being part of Metal Masters mean to
It's a blast, it's cool to play with guys who aren't the same
guys you been playing with for 30 years, it's fun. I been playing
with Phil [Anselmo] since before 'Cowboys From Hell' - everybody
else I've known longer so it's cool.
When you were first approached to join Metal Masters,
what went through your head?
It depended who was in for one thing. Once they told me Phil
signed on, I'm like, "Alright, lets resurrect Phil and let people
see him do heavy metal that he hasn't done in 12 years." He's still
a metal force so we're onstage with him and there's some fury going
on. It's awesome.
Part of Metal Masters is about sharing techniques with
the fans. If you could get a lesson from a musician, dead or alive,
who would it be and why?
Probably Randy Rhoads, I'd say Dime [Dimebag Darrell] but we
were friends - I'd like to have another night with him sure, not so
sure about a lesson. You can't go wrong with Randy Rhoads.
How would you describe the Metal Masters experience for
someone who may not be familiar with it?
It's really cool man, the stage we have is far too cramped for
as many people that are up there. I don't even think I'm gonna go
on stage right, you'll see a mess of stuck guitar players in
different parts of the stage not able to get to their pedals. It's
gonna be cool, we're playing fun songs, Phil rehearsed for this, I
know he sounds great so I'm looking forward to that.
There are some really young kids here who are musicians
themselves looking at their idols onstage, what advice would you
Good or bad advice? [Laughs]
Let's go with good first.
If you're gonna try this f-in' whirlwind, you better do
something you like or the fans are gonna see right through it.
And bad advice?
Well Slayer fans aren't giving up, you guys are headed
back into the studio, can you tell us about what fans can expect
and the progression of the album so far?
We've only been working on it for a couple of weeks right now,
since our producer from the last record had a small window and me
and Dave [Lombardo] are working on nine songs so we thought we
could get in and finish two or three and demo everything else so
that's what we're trying to do now. I don't know if anything will
come out by Mayhem or not, hopefully we'll get two done and we can
get it out to Mayhem.
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