Rumors Surface Regarding The Name Of Slayer Guitarist Kerry King’s New Project

It looks like Slayer’s Kerry King may have chosen Blood Reign as the name of his new band with Paul Bostaph. According to The PRP, the guitarist previously registered an LLC company under that name in 2017 while he was still living in Nevada. However, it wasn’t specified if the company was related to a music project or another business. For now, we will just have to wait and see.

Slayer Guitarist Kerry King Begins Rehearsing With His New Band

Kerry King has officially started rehearsals for his post-Slayer project. There is not much information regarding the band’s lineup, but the guitarist did confirm that he will be joined by Slayer drummer Paul Bostaph.

King told Metal Hammer the following about the project

“You know me, so you know what it’s going to sound like. I played this new song for a buddy, and I said to him, ‘If there’s anything I’ve written in the last few years that sounds like Slayer, it’s this.’ And he said, ‘That sounds like you could have pulled it off of any Slayer record.’ I actually made that riff up backstage at a Slayer show.

We were walking to the stage and I got my phone out and recorded it so I wouldn’t forget it. That actually ended up being one of the last songs that I finished for the sessions, so when that hits the air, or stores, or Apple, or wherever it is that people buy music from these days, you can all play the guessing game discussion about which one it is.”

He also added:

“Had it have been up to me then I’d have been out in 2020. But that thing called the pandemic fucked everything up for everyone. You know, I waited on that, because it had to run its course. I didn’t want to be the guinea pig, I didn’t want to learn how to tour again.

I already did my dues; I don’t want to have to prove myself again. Have I been dragging my feet? Yeah, because I wanted this [pandemic] shit to get sorted. I won’t be dragging my feet much longer.”

Watch Anthrax’s Scott Ian Cover Slayer’s “Raining Blood” & Mastodon’s “Blood And Thunder” With His Son

Anthrax’s Scott Ian has shared footage of himself covering Slayer’s “Raining Blood” and Mastodon’s “Blood And Thunder” with his 10-year-old son Revel Young Ian (Honeybee). You can find those performances 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.”

Former Megadeth, Anthrax, Etc Members To Perform At “Big Four” Tribute Concert

Ultimate Jam Night will be paying tribute to Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax during a special “Big Four” tribute show at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, CA. The event will be held on May 10 and it will feature: David Ellefson (ex-Megadeth), Jeff Young (ex-Megadeth), Neil Turbin (ex-Anthrax), Mike Heller (Fear Factory), Bryan Beller (Dethklok), Ira Black (ex-Metal Church), Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves), and tons more.

Jeris Johnson (Ex-Audiophobia) & ZillaKami (City Morgue) Share Video For Remake Of Slayer’s “Raining Blood”

Jeris Johnson (ex-Audiophobia) and ZillaKami (City Morgue) have shared a new video for their remake of Slayer’s “Raining Blood.” You can check that out below. Johnson commented:

“‘Raining Blood‘ is a song I made exclusively to piss off old rock fans. Also, ‘cause it was my fav song on Guitar Hero 3. I was just in the mood to make some loud ass mosh pit type shit and what better to sample than one of the best guitar riffs of all time. I wanna light the room on fire every time I play live, and this is the track that’s gonna do it. I asked ZillaKami to hop on and lend his energy to it and I’m very thankful he did because he fucking crushed it. Make it rain blood.”

The L.I.F.E. Project (Stone Sour, Paralandra) To Pay Tribute To Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, & Anthrax On New EP “Big F.O.U.R.”

The L.I.F.E. Project, the band featuring Stone Sour’s Josh Rand and Paralandra’s Casandra Carson, will be releasing a new covers EP, titled “Big F.O.U.R.,“ on March 18. The effort will feature covers of Slayer’s “South Of Heaven,” Anthrax’s “Caught In A Mosh,” Megadeth’s “Symphony Of Destruction,” and Metallica’s “One.”

Rand commented:

“Recording a Big F.O.U.R. cover EP is something that I have wanted to do for a very very long time, and last Fall I decided to finally do it with The L.I.F.E. Project. Without these four bands (Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, and Slayer) my musical career wouldn’t be where it is today. In some ways you could say this project is paying homage to them or, how I see it, a return to where it all started in my parents house as a teenager trying to learn just a piece of the music.

Each of the four songs that I picked were pivotal in my development as a musician. Whether it was learning the intro to ‘One‘ on guitar, drums on ‘Symphony [Of Destruction‘] or bass lines in ‘Caught in A Mosh‘. This EP was a true love and passion project for myself. I feel I captured the vibe and the spirit of the original but with The L.I.F.E. Project sound. Hopefully you hear it too!”

The effort’s first single, a cover of Anthrax’s “Caught In A Mosh,” can be found below. Rand added the following about that:

“‘Among The Living‘ is a top three album of all-time for me, so covering ‘Caught In A Mosh‘ was a no brainer for us to do.”

Carson continued:

“‘Caught In A Mosh‘ has an infectious energy to it, and I’m absolutely stoked with how it turned out.”

Annihilator Share Lyric Video For “Couple Suicide” Featuring Angela Gossow And Danko Jones

Annihilator have shared a lyric video for a new version of their song “Couple Suicide.” The updated take on the track features new contributions from Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer) and Stu Block (ex-Iced Earth), as well as its original guests Angela Gossow (ex-Arch Enemy) and Danko Jones. The new version of “Couple Suicide” will appear on the band’s reworked version of “Metal.” As previously reported, that effort is called “Metal II” and it will be available tomorrow (February 18). Jeff Waters commented:

“I’m a big fan of Danko and Angela. Danko and I have written songs over the years. He is a badass rocker meets punk rocker with a bit of pop and metal in there, plus he’s a nice guy. He and I discussed doing a project/record together someday. Angela was the vocal queen of her genre and I loved her in Arch Enemy. It’s such a conflicting, ‘opposite end of the spectrum’ vocal pairing, that it has to be cool! And it is!”

Ex-Machine Head Guitarist Phil Demmel Discusses Filling In For Slayer, Overkill, & Lamb Of God

During an interview with Blabbermouth, Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head) discussed his work as a fill-in guitarist. For those unaware, the musician has filled in for a number of heavy hitters in recent years including Slayer in 2018, Overkill last year, and Lamb Of God this year.

Demmel said the following:

“The SLAYER thing happened within 24 hours of me quitting MACHINE HEAD. I think [SLAYER drummer] Paul Bostaph’s girlfriend knew that MACHINE HEAD was done and knew that I was home, so they reached out for that. As the urban legend goes [laughs], I had three hours to learn 19 songs. It was pretty successful; a fill-in trip, one of the higher-profile things you can imagine — SLAYER on their final world tour. I filled in for my buddies in NONPOINT, too. The OVERKILL gig was more about me and Bobby [Ellsworth, vocals] doing the BPMD record together [2020’s ‘American Made’]. We’re familiar and I got the rep of being able to learn songs pretty quick. The METAL ALLEGIANCE, guys, too. I’ll play 25 songs with them in a night. It’s one of those quirky things where I can learn songs pretty quickly and I can pick them up pretty quick.”

“I was pretty confident with the OVERKILL songs. We had three good rehearsals. I didn’t rehearse with SLAYER at all. I played two songs at a soundcheck. [Laughs] ‘Okay, we’re good!’ It’s like, ‘Fuck!’ OVERKILL, we had a couple of days of rehearsal. I had two and a half, three weeks to prepare for that. I felt pretty strong with that.”

“The LAMB OF GOD gig, that was a big deal. They had approached me before their MEGADETH States tour last summer and wanted me to learn both parts, Mark [Morton] and Willie’s, just in case one got sick, they didn’t want to cancel their tour. That’s where I am: I’m their bullpen guy when one of them can’t make the shows, I’m ready to go. It’s such a high-profile band. I didn’t want to go out there and blow it. I wanted the band to sound good. I wanted to keep that pride in what they are and not have a drop-off. Willie and I play differently. There’s different vibrato in our left-hand and pinkies. I didn’t want there to be a drop-off. I wanted people to be not-bummed that he wasn’t there. And that’s not a slag on Willie. If I went to see one of my favorite bands, let’s say QUEENSRŸCHE. I want to see [Chris] DeGarmo, I want to see Michael Wilton. No slight against the other dudes, but they better fucking bring it if they’re not going to be out there.”

Watch Volbeat Perform With Ex-Slayer Drummer Jon Dette

As previously reported, Volbeat recruited ex-Slayer drummer Jon Dette for their immediate live shows after Jon Larsen tested positive for COVID-19. You can see fan-filmed footage of the band performing with Dette during their January 29 show in Portland, OR below: