Musically they may be miles apart but Slayer
guitarist Kerry King
believes his band have a lot in common with AC/DC
The thread they share, he says, is that both acts have a formula their fans know and love. And that's why you won't hear Slayer straying too far from their trademark sound.
King tells AZCentral.com
: "I think our career is similar to AC/DC. They're more rock'n'roll, but I think people like them because they sound like them.
"And people like Slayer because we're Slayer. Its like, 'Here's the formula'. There's no point changing it because it works pretty good.
"I think we say things that people are too scared to say in their own lives. People can relate to what we're saying they can relate to the rage, even if they may not be able to lash out in their own lives. They can live through our songs.
The formula includes the four original band members: King, frontman and bassist Tom Araya
, guitarist Jeff Hanneman
and drummer Dave Lombardo
, whose last studio release, 2009's World Painted Blood
, has as much anger and energy as anything they've done in the past.
King says: "If someone quit, I'm not going to go around with a made-up Slayer. But my next band would sound like Slayer, that's all I know.
Meanwhile, the Grammy-winning thrash giants' complete American Recordings catalogue will be released in a box set called The Vinyl Conflict
on October 12.
The set includes high-quality remastered vinyl versions of Reign in Blood, South of Heaven, Seasons in the Abyss, Live Decade of Aggression, Divine Intervention, Undisputed Attitude, God Hates Us All, Christ Illusion and World Painted Blood.
Thanks for the report to RockRadio