Ex-SLAYER guitarist Kerry King recently shared his thoughts on the nü-metal genre and his least favorite album from his former band
In a recent talk with Metal Hammer, Kerry addressed his negative feelings toward the genre, as well as his disdain for SLAYER‘s 1998 release “Diabolus In Musica“, an album that went on to be widely criticized for seeming to attempt to fit into the burgeoning new sound at the time.
King said: “I was really jaded for a while back in the late 90s. I couldn’t understand why Limp Bizkit was big. 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.”
He continued: “That’s the one record that I really paid not enough attention to because I was really bitter about what kind of music was popular. I thought it was, was very frat boy stuff, and maybe that’s why it was popular, I don’t know. So Diabolus didn’t get as much attention from me because, you know, we didn’t stay in focus. Looking back we were just saying, ‘alright, how do we make Slayer fit into today’s society?’ But, that’s probably my least favorite record of our history. That’s our ‘Turbo‘ [a reference to the 1986 JUDAS PRIEST album which has been widely panned by fans of the band.]”
King is currently preparing to launch his new musical project, which is set to also feature his former SLAYER bandmate Paul Bostaph behind the drum kit.