Las Vegas Raiders House Band Covered Slayer’s “South Of Heaven” During Recent Game

During the Las Vegas Raiders’ January 7 game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Allegiant Stadium, the team’s house band performed an orchestral cover of Slayer’s “South Of Heaven.” You can see fan-filmed footage of that below. The Raiders, who have a fan in Slayer’s Kerry King, ended up losing the game 31-13.

[via Loudwire]

Kerry King Was Angry About Slayer’s Retirement: “It Was Premature”

During a recent interview with Metal Hammer, Slayer’s Kerry King further opened up about the band’s retirement. The guitarist says he was angry about the whole situation and that he feels “it was premature.”

King said the following when asked how he reacted to talk of retirement:

“Anger… what else? It was premature. The reason I say ‘premature’ is because my heroes from my childhood are still playing! I can still play, I still want to play, but that livelihood got taken away from me.”

He continued:

“But, anyway, on to the next chapter, I guess. We were on top of the world, and there’s nothing wrong with going out on top of the world, it’s a good way to go out. So, bravo for that. But do I miss playing? Yeah, absolutely.”

King also added the following about the musical direction of his new project, which is rumored to be called Blood Reign:

“If you know my work, you know what it’s going to sound like.”

Slayer’s Paul Bostaph Shares Drum-Cam Footage Of “Raining Blood” From 2018 London, UK Show

Slayer’s Paul Bostaph has shared some drum-cam footage of “Raining Blood” from the band’s November 3, 2018 show at Wembley SSE Arena in London, England. You can check that out below:

Super7 To Release Premium Action Figure Based On The Minotaur From Slayer’s “Show No Mercy” Cover Art

Super7 are planning to release a premium Ultimates action figure based on the minotaur from the cover art for Slayer‘s “Show No Mercy.” Pre-orders can be found at super7store.com. Here’s a description of the toy:

“SLAAAAAAAYEER! The latest 7” scale ULTIMATES! Figure immortalizes the iconic heavy metal beast from the cover of Slayer’s game-changing 1983 debut album Show No Mercy! The figure is lavishly detailed and painted and comes packaged in a deluxe slip case-style box and features an epic assortment of interchangeable accessories.”

Kerry King: “I Don’t Think Slayer Are Ever Going To Play Again”

During a recent interview with Metal Hammer, Kerry King was asked if Slayer would be open to reuniting for more “Big Four” shows with Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax. The guitarist responded with the following:

“I would! But the way that I’m moving forward is I don’t think Slayer are ever going to play again. There’s no business of me playing by myself! Ha ha!”

Gary Holt Agrees With Kerry King That Slayer Called It Quits Too Soon: “We Were Totally Killing It”

During a recent interview with Metal Hammer, Gary Holt discussed Kerry King’s recent assertation that Slayer “quit too early.” He said the following:

“I’d have to agree. We were still playing at the top of our game, we were totally killing it. The band had a lot of years left in it, but I guess when it’s time, it’s time. When you decide to walk away from something, walk away. I can’t tell anybody they made the wrong decision. Better to go out on top than go out unable to play your own songs, and this shit isn’t easy. Playing ‘Angel Of Death’ at 70 years old would be fucking hard. But it was time for me to come back [to Exodus], let’s put it that way. I was really missing my first family.”

Gary Holt On The Possibility Of A Slayer Reunion: “To My Knowledge, It’ll Never Happen”

During a recent appearance on the “Scars And Guitars” podcast, Gary Holt was asked about the possibility of a Slayer reunion. He responded with the following:

“I highly doubt it… To my knowledge, it’ll never happen again. To my knowledge, I don’t know at the same time. Maybe someday someone just offers so much money that it changes people’s minds. But the band went out on a fucking super-high note, on top, and why sully that? I mean, we’ve already outlasted MÖTLEY CRÜE’s retirement. [Laughs] Well, theirs has gone a little longer because of the pandemic, but it took them — what? — a year to decide they’d tour again.”

This news comes after Kerry King recently said that the band “quit too early

[via Blabbermouth]

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Kerry King Says Slayer “Quit Too Early”

Slayer’s Kerry King recently reflected on the band’s retirement, saying that he thinks they “quit too early.” The guitarist made the comment in a new video that was released in honor of Machine Head’s 30th anniversary:

“So, I hear congratulations are in order for my friends in Machine Head. Apparently, it’s 30 years, which is quite an achievement. Not a lot of bands get there. We did, and then we quit too early. Fuck us. Fuck me. I hate fucking not playing.”

Dave Lombardo Reflects On The 35th Anniversary Of Slayer’s “Reign In Blood”: “I Look At That Album As A Masterpiece”

During a recent interview with Metal Injection, Dave Lombardo reflected on the 35th anniversary of Slayer’s iconic 1986 album “Reign In Blood.” The drummer says he still regards the effort “as a masterpiece.”

Lombardo said the following:

“I look at that album as a masterpiece. And it’s one of those albums that will stand the test of time. It’s brilliant. The fire, the energy that that album has. I don’t hear that in other records. I don’t know if it’s because I’m listening to a band that I was part of that I have this perspective that’s objective. But you know, it’s brilliant and I’m very appreciative … I think that album will forever be like the epitome of thrash music and part of a historic time in music history.

You know, that energy, I miss that and I miss that style of playing.

Slayer is different. Slayer is different from Mr. Bungle and the other thrash bands I played with. Slayer had a certain energy that’s unlike anything else. And so that definitely is for me one of the greatest metal records ever made.”

Texas Lawyer Runs Into Slayer’s Tom Araya While Dressed As Michael Myers

Here’s a random story for you. Mark A. Metzger III, a lawyer in a Galveston, Texas, ended up running into Slayer frontman Tom Araya while he was walking around in a Michael Myers costume. He shared some photos of the meeting, which you can see below. According to ABC13, Metzger was later detained after police received reports about a masked man with a bloody knife. Authorities ultimately realized that the knife was fake and set Metzger free after citing him for disorderly conduct.