Slayer’s Kerry King On His New Project: “It Will Be Fucking Good”

During a recent interview with Metal Hammer, Slayer’s Kerry King offered an update on his new project. The guitarist says he is “dragging [his] feet” at the moment, but when the band does surface “it will be fucking good.”

King said the following

“I had picks that I threw out at [Slayer‘s final shows] — The Final Campaign — at the end of the show. And in every city, I threw out two that said, ‘Reborn in 2020,’ because that was my plan — I planned on touring in 2020. Then the pandemic came up and we were into 2021.

Because I want everybody to get the bumps out of the road before I go out. Here we are at the end of 2021 and I’m looking at the end of 2022 now. And we’ll see what happens next year because it’s evolving. I don’t want to go out and feel stuff out, I want to go out and have a good time. I’m not being selfish, I don’t mean it like that. I mean that whatever the new rules are, I want them to be smooth before I go out.”

He also added:

“I’m dragging my feet on letting the world know what I’m doing because there’s no rush. I have a tour that I’m considering doing, but I’m not going to announce a band, I’m not going to announce a record, I’m not going to announce anything. But you will see me in the future — it will be fucking good.”

This news comes after King recently said that he thinks Slayer “quit too early.”

Malefic Throne (Morbid Angel, Origin, Etc.) Premiere New Song “Deciding The Hierarchy”

Malefic Throne, the new project featuring Gene Palubicki (Perdition Temple), Steve Tucker (Morbid Angel), and John Longstreth (Origin, Hate Eternal), have premiered a new song titled “Deciding The Hierarchy.” This track is from the band’s upcoming self-titled EP, which will be released through Hells Headbangers. Palubicki said the following about the project:

“Malefic Throne was conceived over conversations and shared ideas among the three of us since around summer of 2020, deep in the early pandemic upheaval, while everyone was — and has been — in limbo for live shows/tours/etc. We hit on the idea of just going for it, writing some furious death metal material with the three of us, and seeing what would happen. Given who the bandmembers are, it is surely clear the nature of what this is all about. We originally considered just doing an independently released demo, but we approached Hells Headbangers to see if they were interested in handling the debut EP release. They agreed, and onward it goes.”

Cameron Losch (Born Of Osiris) Launches New Project Unsolicited

Cameron Losch (Born Of Osiris) has launched a new project called Unsolicited. A playthrough video for the band’s first single, “Requiem Aeternam,“ can be found below. Losch commented:

“Grab your favorite bag of Doritos and prepare for the first chapter of Unsolicited. ‘Requiem Aeternam‘ is one of many tracks from my upcoming full length solo album. A portion of the Unsolicited merch proceeds will be donated to MUSICARES Foundation. If you’d like to donate to them directly then click the second link below. Thanks for watching!”

Ex-As I Lay Dying Guitarist Nick Hipa Launches New Band Mire

Nick Hipa (ex-As I Lay Dying) has teamed up with Ryan Glisan and Benton McKibbern for a new project called Mire. A video for the band’s first single, “Refined,” can be found below. Hipa commented:

“Very stoked to share some new music from my band Mire. Ryan, Benton, and I started this journey together in 2017, with the simple desire to create stylistically unrestrained music based on mutual admiration for riff based songwriting. Our first single ‘Refined‘ is out now. It’s a decently pummeling tune that represents just one facet of what we’ve created together. I really hope you dig it, and look forward to sharing more tunes in the near future.”

Lybica (Killswitch Engage, Gravel Kings) Premiere “Ferment” Video

Killswitch Engage‘s Justin Foley and Gravel Kings’ Doug French and Joey Johnson have launched a new band called Lybica. The group have already signed with Metal Blade Records and a video for their first single, “Ferment,” can be found below. Foley said the following about the project:

“I’d written a bunch of stuff that didn’t quite fit into traditional song structures. And I’ve always been drawn to bands where the instruments provide hooks, rather than relying on a lyric. It seemed like a good time to start something new and see where it could go.”

Ex-Steel Panther Bassist Lexxi Foxx Launches New Project Hollywood Gods N’ Monsters

Travis “Lexxi Foxx” Haley (ex-Steel Panther) has launched a new band called Hollywood Gods N’ Monsters. The “smashup” project finds the bassist joined by singer Dave “Diggity Dave” Aragon (“Pimp My Ride”, “Battleground Earth”), rapper HYPE, singer Kris “7even” Aragon, drummer Daniel Adam Parker, and guitarist Brian Jennings.

Aragon said the following:

“We are not a cover band. This is original stuff we’re creating, and it’s a living, breathing history of music. We equate it to what DJs are doing, but in the form of a full band smashing together the songs every generation has grown up with. What other band is mixing the ’70s band Chic with Queen, Aerosmith, Sugarhill Gang, Blondie and DMX? And that’s just one song by us. Also, kids wanna see rock stars again… larger-than-life entities on stage that mirror the atmosphere. Think of us as a bigass American jukebox… where all the records in it have melted together… except when you press B5…you get that plus B6, B7, B8 and the track you thought you knew is now a stitched-up Frankenstein jam that makes you shake your ass harder than ever.”

Haley continued:

“This generation, the one before it, and the one that’s following are ripe for a band like us. It’s about losing yourself in the music, about dancing, about feeling alive. That’s why the DJ scene has conquered music — because people wanna go to a show and identify and recognize the songs they’re ingesting. They just wanna be enveloped in the music they know, their friends know, and hell… even their parents know.”

He also addressed his departure from Steel Panther:

“I am very proud of what I’ve accomplished with my other band. Nothing can take away the memories and the camaraderie that existed for all those years, but I just felt it was time for something new. When I heard this music, I knew this was the group of friends and the music I wanted to collaborate on.”

Aragon added:

“It’s not like he ever thought he wasn’t challenged by the copious amount of talent that resided within Steel Panther; it’s just that he wanted to explore different kinds of music and was intrigued by some of the music I was sending him.”

“Once we figured it out, we then set out to find the missing pieces that would propel the sonic and sound needed to round out this parade of hooligans. We knew we were in need of two types of talent. A rapper [Hype] extraordinaire that could dismantle any genre of music and reconstruct it into his own image, and a female singer [7even] that could terrorize through the throat but tingle the testicles. We managed to find the perfect purveyors of punched out panic.”

Hype also commented:

“I knew this was a great opportunity to represent legends past and present from all genres of music, while also transforming music for a new generation. It was a no-brainer to team up with these rockstars and ‘Define My Hype’ to the world.”

Foo Fighters And Jane’s Addiction Members Launch New Project NHC

Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction), and Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction) have launched a new project called NHC. The band have already finished the recording process for their debut album and the effort’s first two singles, “Feed The Cruel” and “Better Move On,“ can be found below. Furthermore, the group will also be performing at the “Ohana Encore” festival at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, CA on October 2.

The Lucid (Sponge, Ex-Megadeth, Etc.) Premiere New Song “Maggot Wind”

The Lucid, the new project featuring bassist David Ellefson (ex-Megadeth), vocalist Vinnie Dombroski (Sponge), guitarist Drew Fortier (ex-Bang Tango), and drummer Mike Heller (Fear Factory), have premiered a new song titled “Maggot Wind.” This track is from the band’s self-titled debut album, which will be released on October 15.

“The Lucid” Track Listing:

01. “Maggot Wind”
02. “Deaths Of Despair”
03. “Spoiler Head”
04. “Hair”
05. “Maskronaut”
06. “Damned”
07. “Breech Boy”
08. “Pigs And Sons”
09. “Parade Of Spit”

Ellefson said the following about the new album:

“It’s been a real blast making a record with these guys and I must say that it’s refreshing to explore some new musical avenues….to step out a bit from what each of us have done stylistically in our own careers. There was an effortless synergy that came with creating these songs together which is always amazing when working with new people. I’m looking forward to everyone checking it out!”

Ex-Megadeth Bassist David Ellefson To Launch New Project The Lucid

Former Megadeth bassist David Ellefson is planning to launch a new project called The Lucid on September 8. According to Blabbermouth, that band also features vocalist Vinnie Dombroski (Sponge), guitarist Drew Fortier (ex-Bang Tango), and drummer Mike Heller (Fear Factory). This news comes after Ellefson was fired from Megadeth following accusations of underage grooming and sexual misconduct. Those allegations stemmed from leaked footage that shows him masturbating during a video chat with a young woman. The bassist previously denied the accusations, saying the girl was not underage, and he is now seeking legal action against the leaker of the video.

Sons Of Metallica Drummer Lars Ulrich Launch New Band Taipei Houston

Myles and Layne Ulrich, the sons of Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, have launched a new band called Taipei Houston. The duo currently have the following dates booked:

09/09 Long Beach, CA – Alex’s Bar (feat. Dylan Carson & Not A Friend)
09/15 Los Angeles, CA – The Mind (feat. Left Of The Slash, Zach Louis & Nautical Front)