Kerry King Can't Stop Writing Riffs

Slayer guitarist Kerry King writes new riffs every time he picks up a guitar.

Kerry King Can't Stop Writing Riffs
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Slayer's Kerry King writes new riffs every time he picks up a guitar. The musician has been playing for over 30 years, and never finds it hard to write new tracks for his group. He told Metal Hammer magazine: "Anytime I pick up a guitar, a riff comes out of it. "You have to not get cheesy or caught up in yourself. I'm still looking for the perfect riff. We've got a lot you could say are perfect, but it's like the Holy Grail, you just keep looking for that f--ker." Slayer also includes bass player and singer Tom Araya, drummer Dave Lombardo and guitarist Jeff Hanneman, although Gary Holt has stood in for the latter since 2011, after he contracted flesh eating disease necrotizing fasciitis and was left unable to play. The band try to recreate their songs as closely as possible to their records when they play live, but Kerry admits he sometimes forgets his older parts. He explained: "Sometimes we mix up our set and play songs we haven't played in years and it's like, 'F--k.' Gary never played on the album, and he's asking me how to play riffs I haven't thought of for years. I'm like, 'I dunno, go ask Tom! I can't even help you!'" Thanks for the report to ContactMusic.com.

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    Agent 00Awesome
    Can't wait to hear all the hate for Kerry on this one. I personaly think he plays exactly what is needed for Slayer's music.
    JoeFlips
    Really? They made an article out of this? Wow, a guitarist that writes a lot of riffs, that's interesting.
    FirstMateJepeto
    iCarebear wrote: every kerry kong riff sounds the same
    I laughed at this because I imagined Donkey Kong playing with Slayer!
    jordo246
    i_am_metalhead wrote: Abacus11 wrote: Here comes the Slayer bashing... I don't care what anyone says. Kerry King has influenced every metal, thrash, death metal and metalcore guitar player to pick up the instrument since the mid 80's (whether they know it or not). If you think you're a metal fan and don't have respect for "Reign In Blood" then you're just oblivious. Now go ahead... make fun of Slayer some more because you think you're cool... Wow you're really that butthurt that people don't like a band that's been putting out the same album for the past 25 years? Really, if you've heard one Slayer song, you've heard them all. Kerry King hasn't influenced nearly as many people as you claim he has - hell there are tons of metal guitarists who have never even listened to a Slayer song.
    If you listened to Angel of Death then seasons in the abyss and think they sound the same you have a hearing problem
    GameSkate
    E|-0-0-0---0-0-0---1---0-0-0-| It's easy. Another riff: E|-0-0-0---1---0-0-0---0-0-0-|
    metallica-#1
    Skuzzmo wrote: GameSkate wrote: E|-0-0-0---0-0-0---1---0-0-0-| It's easy. Another riff: E|-0-0-0---1---0-0-0---0-0-0-| [b ]Tango616[/b] wrote: In all fairness though, I dont think. Eb - 00000 Counts as a new riff. Jesus wept. Get some original material FFS.... These comments are getting as boring as the feking news articles.
    The jokes will stop being repetitive when Kerry King's riffs do.
    Lightning_Ray
    FirstMateJepeto wrote: I laughed at this because I imagined Donkey Kong playing with Slayer!
    You don't need to. Metallica has the closest thing to a Donkey Kong playing Bass that reality allows, and guess what, he's an amazing player!
    nnb
    Thats just a long winded way of saying he still feels like he has some creative juice in him! Good for him! Means he still has fun with what he does, why shouldn't a writer write a short story just for fun? A Baseket ball player try new dunks or a soccer player new tricks just cause they've been doing it for 10 or 15 years?
    Tango616
    In all fairness though, I dont think. Eb - 00000 Counts as a new riff.
    Mikeal1917
    "Anytime I pick up a guitar, a riff comes out of it". Any time I take a dump, a poo comes out of it....
    teknoman
    The other night the Concert Channel was airing Slayer live at [somewhere i cant remember] while i was surfing the internet, im not a Slayer fan but i was like "Lets check it out".. maybe it was the fact that i wasn't paying too much attention to the TV but i think they played the same song for 1 hour. LoL
    Abacus11
    Here comes the Slayer bashing... I don't care what anyone says. Kerry King has influenced every metal, thrash, death metal and metalcore guitar player to pick up the instrument since the mid 80's (whether they know it or not). If you think you're a metal fan and don't have respect for "Reign In Blood" then you're just oblivious. Now go ahead... make fun of Slayer some more because you think you're cool...
    ibanez124
    I attempted to watch Slayer at Ozzfest one year, lets just say I'd rather wait in line to get another beer.
    Kerry_King_1990
    Well i don't think all the riffs he's writing are good. i mean i come up with riffs, then the next time i listen to them ,i just realize how crap they are. i like slayer, kerrys good, not amazing, and not as bad as people make him out to be. i think mustaines better, but hey, Slayer is just Slayer. wasn't there something awhile ago where hetfield had hundreds of riffs for the new album? even he knows most of them probably aren't that good. as a guitarist you just come up with stuff, most is just getting it out, but some stuff is good.
    rebeltildeth87
    Agent 00Awesome wrote: Can't wait to hear all the hate for Kerry on this one. I personaly think he plays exactly what is needed for Slayer's music.
    thank you. ive been saying this for years. actually im going to see Slayer tonight! ****in slayer!
    Mr Winters
    What? A man that writes music for a living can't stop writing music? OH GOD HOW IN ALL HELL IS THIS POSSIBLE
    iljh
    tonello wrote on 07/11/2012 - 01:58 pm / quote | I don't know. Slayer has always been hit or miss with me. I'm probably one of the few people who actually liked Diabolus in Musica. To me, there's a lot of slayer songs that sound the same. I prefer Megadeth, Anthrax, and 'Tallica to most slayer stuff. When I saw the Big four in New York, I didn't have any interest to watch slayer play, and still don't.
    EXACTLY! When it comes to guitar influence, I'll take Metallica and Megadeth, bands who consistently made awesome music and/or changed it up every time. Anthrax (while not all that influential imho) is just tons of fun! Slayer, while I give them credit for helping pioneer that kind of music, I'll take about 2 or 3 songs and be alright.
    JuteJute
    Skuzzmo wrote: GameSkate wrote: E|-0-0-0---0-0-0---1---0-0-0-| It's easy. Another riff: E|-0-0-0---1---0-0-0---0-0-0-| [b ]Tango616[/b] wrote: In all fairness though, I dont think. Eb - 00000 Counts as a new riff.
    Holy shit guys. I think you just made a new slayer song.
    Enix165
    I love Slayer, but...a lot of their stuff sounds reeeeeally freakin' similar. xD
    GMPX
    Kerry says "I'm still looking for the perfect riff." Stop looking Kerry, 1986, Angel of Death. I don't get why so many come down on Slayer, you know when you pick up a Slayer album you haven't wasted $25 on something that might contain a cheesy ballad, a rock song or a rap collaboration. Whilst they experimented a little bit with their sound in the 90's they certainly didn't stray too far like some of their peers.
    SmittyMan90
    Agent 00Awesome wrote: Can't wait to hear all the hate for Kerry on this one. I personaly think he plays exactly what is needed for Slayer's music.
    Exactly.
    JMV12
    I'm not a fan, but I got a story that concerns my friend who is, to some extent, a Slayer fan. We saw them a couple years ago closing the show where Anthrax and Megadeth also played. Anthrax did pretty good, I'm not really a fan of them either, but they put on a good show that night. Megadeth played Rust in Peace. Enough said. Then, Slayer came out, and I just lost my high from watching Megadeth. Well, at least I did better than my friend, who FELL ASLEEP while Slayer was playing. Yes, you just read that correctly. My friend, someone who actually enjoys Slayer music, FELL ASLEEP while they played.
    fnv8m8
    im sure if all you, oh all slayer songs are the same people, actually went through and tried to play them all you would see how wrong you are,
    DickHardwood
    Lightning_Ray wrote: FirstMateJepeto wrote: I laughed at this because I imagined Donkey Kong playing with Slayer!You don't need to. Metallica has the closest thing to a Donkey Kong playing Bass that reality allows, and guess what, he's an amazing player!
    Don't laugh at Machete,he will kill you.
    SteveFrench123
    one more shitty album and thats it, come one slayer. Tom doesn't even enjoy touring anymore and no way in hell the bald man's riffs are even sub-par. King states that his riffs are perfect? Hes been playing the same crap for over 30 years now, don't you ****in tell the people that your riffs are even worth listening to
    i_am_metalhead
    Abacus11 wrote: Here comes the Slayer bashing... I don't care what anyone says. Kerry King has influenced every metal, thrash, death metal and metalcore guitar player to pick up the instrument since the mid 80's (whether they know it or not). If you think you're a metal fan and don't have respect for "Reign In Blood" then you're just oblivious. Now go ahead... make fun of Slayer some more because you think you're cool...
    Wow you're really that butthurt that people don't like a band that's been putting out the same album for the past 25 years? Really, if you've heard one Slayer song, you've heard them all. Kerry King hasn't influenced nearly as many people as you claim he has - hell there are tons of metal guitarists who have never even listened to a Slayer song.
    tonello
    I don't know. Slayer has always been hit or miss with me. I'm probably one of the few people who actually liked Diabolus in Musica. To me, there's a lot of slayer songs that sound the same. I prefer Megadeth, Anthrax, and 'Tallica to most slayer stuff. When I saw the Big four in New York, I didn't have any interest to watch slayer play, and still don't.
    pwrmax
    TheExterminator wrote: Influencing Metalcore isn't exactly something you would want on your resume. It's almost as bad as being responsible for Nu-Metal.
    Yeah, try influencing ANY genre and say you're not proud of it.
    GameSkate
    Skuzzmo wrote: GameSkate wrote: E|-0-0-0---0-0-0---1---0-0-0-| It's easy. Another riff: E|-0-0-0---1---0-0-0---0-0-0-| [b ]Tango616[/b] wrote: In all fairness though, I dont think. Eb - 00000 Counts as a new riff. Jesus wept. Get some original material FFS.... These comments are getting as boring as the feking news articles.
    You're right, but every time I pick up article about Slayer I can't stop writing these little jokes.
    tonello
    iljh wrote: tonello wrote on 07/11/2012 - 01:58 pm / quote | I don't know. Slayer has always been hit or miss with me. I'm probably one of the few people who actually liked Diabolus in Musica. To me, there's a lot of slayer songs that sound the same. I prefer Megadeth, Anthrax, and 'Tallica to most slayer stuff. When I saw the Big four in New York, I didn't have any interest to watch slayer play, and still don't. EXACTLY! When it comes to guitar influence, I'll take Metallica and Megadeth, bands who consistently made awesome music and/or changed it up every time. Anthrax (while not all that influential imho) is just tons of fun! Slayer, while I give them credit for helping pioneer that kind of music, I'll take about 2 or 3 songs and be alright.
    Sweet. I don't sound like an idiot. lol
    CoolMcAwesome
    I love Slayer and all but, this isn't news. Every guitar player write a new ****ing riff every time the pick up a guitar. That's what guitar players do. I don't know any guitarist who picks up a guitar and just says "hey what do I do with this thing?"
    SGofawesome
    TheExterminator wrote: Abacus11 wrote: Here comes the Slayer bashing... I don't care what anyone says. Kerry King has influenced every metal, thrash, death metal and metalcore guitar player to pick up the instrument since the mid 80's (whether they know it or not). If you think you're a metal fan and don't have respect for "Reign In Blood" then you're just oblivious. Now go ahead... make fun of Slayer some more because you think you're cool... Influencing Metalcore isn't exactly something you would want on your resume. It's almost as bad as being responsible for Nu-Metal. And yeah, we get it. Slayer was a great band back in the 80s. Show No Mercy is one of the best Metal albums of all time, right up there with Venom's first three and Bathory's debut, and it shall forever stay right up there. Hell Awaits is a killer follow-up. Reign in Blood, although severally overrated, is a good album. And South of Heaven rules. Yes. Anyone with a brain knows that, and it's foolish to deny it. But that's 20~25 years ago. Slayer doesn't do that any more. They tried *Nu-Metal in the 90s with Diabolus in Musica and God Hates Us All, and even some with Christ Illusion, and, as all Nu-Metal does, failed. Once they got over that whole sickness, they went back and did some third-rate Thrash made up of rehashed Slayer ideas and riffs. Face it, they, like the rest of the Big 4, have long since stopped doing anything respectable. We can remember fondly the greatness they once had (I will listen to Show No Mercy 'til death), but they haven't had it in over two decades. *People who claim Slayer always sounds the same seem to forget that World Painted Blood was the first Thrash Metal album Slayer released since the early 90s.
    Christ Illusion was thrash. I mean, it had its moments away from thrash, but for the most part, it was a good return to Slayer's roots. Also, to your "Rest of Big 4 stopped doing anything respectable", please go listen to Megadeth's last couple albums and Anthrax's Worship Music.
    Set-Abominae
    lul welcome to club, kerry. now if only i could find people to give a shit about my riffs...
    dial-a-death
    I'm not a Slayer fan, but I respect that Kerry King is very good at playing...well, Slayer songs. The shear speed and accuracy of his rhythm parts on earlier albums are amazing, but that's about as far as it goes. Every other guitarist in the Big 4 play infinitely better lead parts, and IMO generally sound better. Though none of them touch Testament's Alex Skolnick, who, being in Testament, Alex Skolnick Trio (jazz), and Trans Siberian Orchestra, is probably the most versatile thrash guitarist out there. I've seen Slayer live, and they bored the shit out of me. I mean, I enjoyed hearing the songs, but it was like they put no effort into anything other than looking and sounding angry. Having seen Testament, Exodus, Sodom, Kreator and Metallica, I can say that all 5 whipped the crowd up much better than Slayer, who just let all the SLAAAAYYYYERRRRR! idiots do it for them. Best old angry thrash band that? Kreator. Go wave a flag of hate, rather than commit mandatory suicide.