Kerry King: 'Fans Aren't Ready for Gary Holt to Contribute Music to Slayer'

"That's like throwing somebody to the wolves," the guitarist adds.

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Slayer guitarist Kerry King officially confirmed that Gary Holt will not contribute music to the band's upcoming studio effort. Although Holt will record guitar solos, any musical contributions are still off bounds for Exodus axeman, as King doesn't consider the fans ready for such a shift. "I've told Gary that I'd like him to play some leads, just to keep it interesting," Kerry told Metro News. "We've always been a two guitar attack, so if you're looking to have a segment like the 'Angel of Death' lead trade-off, you can't do that with one guitar. As far as Gary being a contributing writer, number one, fans aren't ready for it, and number two, that's like throwing somebody to the wolves." However, the guitarist didn't write off Gary's contributions for good, saying that if the band gets to writing another record along the line, Holt's contributions will definitely be welcome. "I think if there's another record after this one and Gary is still with us at that point, I think that will be a time where I say, 'Hey dude, feel free to throw any riffs my way if you're interested,'" King explained. In other recent Slayer news, bassist/singer Tom Araya shared his thoughts on drummer Dave Lombardo's firing, calling it a "collective decision."

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    shadow-guitar
    "Gary Holt cant contribute , all our solos must be like gfegecrgfgsdgfgsdgcrfrsfgvsg"
    UniformRecon
    "Yeah, what the **** is this 'melody' shit? Gary, I need you to stop phrasing your solos and play them like a two-year-old would bash its hands on a grand piano. More whammy. Even more whammy. Perrrrfect."
    bangbang!!
    At first, I was trying to read those as notes and figure out what solo it was. "G, F, E, G, E, C, ...R? Wait, what note is 'R'?"
    RndyW0
    It's just a rake. The pre-bend isn't written into that brief tab.
    TheExterminator
    Kerry's solos fit Slayer's chaotic style, so there's no problem with them. With that said, the only time they were legitimately good was on Show No Mercy. The real problem is going to be the riffs and overall quality of music. And this is a band that hasn't been good since Slayerolus does Nu-Metala, even with Jeff. I can't imagine how bad they'll be with only Kerry behind the wheel.
    District
    As if the fans are ready for Kerry's contributions...
    daken_1
    Just saying, he may be a total douche, but its not like he hasn't been contributing to Slayer for 32 years. Although I still cringe at the idea of a complete Kerryfest
    crazysam23_Atax
    Most of the Kerry songs are the songs every skipped past, because the Jeff song were just that much better.
    l0ld4v3
    He contributes. But can he carry the band solely on his own material?
    Medicineman
    yeah or as if they were ready to have Dave kicked out shortly after Jeff's death.....
    Patrijz
    What's the point of having someone in your band if he doesn't influence the music? The band should sound like the people in the band. Even if it means a minor shift in your music. At least, that's my opinion. I'm starting to think the band should sound like Kerry wants it to sound...
    KoRnpirate
    i see your point, however i'm a big fan of zakk wylde's black label society. zakk writes everything and catanese isnt contributing one note, but they play together for over 15 years and i think the band is great that way.
    iommi600
    I certainly don't want to hear the E string being tortured for 1 hour. Get a grip Kerry.
    cfhdomination
    Translation: "I'm not ready for Gary Holt to show me up with his awesome riffs." What a tool this guy is. Oh well, at least Gary can save his riffs for Exodus.
    MaTiMuS
    I was thinking the same thing. He doesn't want Gary to destroy him.
    JV72
    As Slayer fan I'd love to see what Gary has to offer, but I think it'd be better if he saved his riffs for Exodus
    AterVotum
    I don't feel that the fans are ready for Tom's contributions. He's a great bassist and vocalist, but I don't want to throw him to the wolves. Fans aren't ready for Mr. Lombardo's contributions... oh, I fired him. Bostaph will just play the drums and Gary will solo the way I want him to and do it it with a smile. I AM SLAYER AND I, KERRY KING, HAVE FUCKING SPOKEN!
    daken_1
    Well Kerry, that's because its only been 6 months since Jeff died you f**king tool!
    MyUserName777
    I prefer it that way. The way I see it, Holt is a way better guitarist than King so I'd rather he save his contributions for Exodus.
    Anjohl
    I love how everyone pretends to be this huge Exodus fan these days. Fucking wikipedia.
    l0ld4v3
    lol, the **** is this even supposed to mean? Peeps are realizing how much of a great band Exodus is, and even it they were never really that popular, they still get exposure. the **** is wrong with that?
    qrEE
    Anjohl I've been into Exodus for years now. I guess for an idiot, it's impossible to prove anything, but come on, I've been an Exodus fan for longer than I've been a Slayer fan. I know all of the guitar parts to songs like Piranha, Bonded by Blood, A Lesson in Violence, And Then There Were None, Fabulous Disaster, Blacklist, The Ballad of Leonard and Charles, Funeral Hymn, etc... and most of those were by ear. And having seen them twice has to count for something right? Specifically having seen them twice back in 2007 and 2008 before he joined Slayer. And honestly I don't care if you're going to tell me that you saw them in the 80's or some crap because being old doesn't make anything you say more valid.
    peppersghost08
    I'm not a huge Exodus fan, in fact i've barely heard any of their stuff. However, you don't have to be a huge Exodus fan to know that Gary's writing is more technical and interesting than Kerry's.
    Maiden95
    Kerry I think the fans are more than ready for you stop contributing to the music..
    DisarmGoliath
    Don't think you need 'the' before music... I think most people are more than ready for him to stop contributing to music. Then again, as much as I'm not keen on what I've heard about Kerry King - it's up to him whether he plays music. Unfortunately, it does seem like other people get pushed aside so he gets what he wants.
    fcavone
    kerry is a scumbag who thinks its his band. get real man. i totally regret getting a bc rich warlock. if any thing tom should be calling the shots.
    TomWhaley
    I think you should regret getting a BC Rich Warlock because you got a BC Rich Warlock.
    Jwheeler1
    I love slayers stuff and i have all my life, but kerry is a ****ing dickhead
    TheMD93
    I love that every comment saying that Kerry has a point is being downvoted. So funny. Personally, I think Kerry is a tool and needs to shut up.
    SkepsisMetal
    If anybody hasn't already seen that he just wants Slayer to be the KK solo project, then they aren't paying attention. Gary is ten times the writer AND guitarist than Kerry is, as demonstrated by his own work. He's not an unknown, people respect him hugely. The difference being, his band hasn't gone down the shitter.
    Agent 00Awesome
    I know that Gary Holt is the father of Exodus and this is likely not going to happen, but I hope this whole Slayer situation doesn't cause Holt to leave Exodus or jeopardize any Exodus activity for Slayer. In my opinion, Exodus > Slayer by a thousand.
    mop10893
    Does he even look at the fans' opinions? Every time I've seen the topic come up, the fans seem to want Gary's contribution.
    ifc69
    If he doesn't think fans are ready (which I think is funny that he's speaking for everyone), then why not wait a bit before making a new record? I'm not the biggest Slayer fan, but do like them, and would like to hear what Gary has to offer.
    makboy101
    While I hate to admit it, Kerry may have a point. If Gary wrote stuff, everyone would say it's sucks compared to Jeff no matter how good it actually is. Letting things settle down before contributing is the better plan
    ReldvS
    i had to really let my "Kerry is a douche" die down but you know, u r so right. this way, all the hate is on Kerry's shoulders...and this talk about how Gary is too technical for Kerry...hello?? Slayer's chemistry is part tech guitar solos and part flat out "piano banging" as someone so eloquently stated...i don't see the real difference in the overall equation. maybe Kerry's delivery was a bit...well....douchey lol.....JEFF RIP BRO!!!...also someone said they should bring back Dave to make Slayer more like Slayer after the loss of Jeff, +1000 on that. excellent idea IMO if Dave even cared anymore after what they did to him.
    Banandrew
    I thought Gary was just touring with them, I didn't realise he was set to become a full member! Though i guess this (and one of Tom's previous statements about tours being pre-booked) could contribute to the reason Gary wasn't playing when i saw Exodus in Camden the other month :S
    christianonbass
    I am so glad that I had the privelege of see Slayer twice in the 80s and once in 90 for Touring in the Abyss (Seasons album). I assumed that they shared solos, with Gary playing Jeff's parts. I don't buy the "Throwing him to the wolves" excuse. I feel bad for today's Metal fans. In my day there were so many concerts that we had to prioritize because of the money thing...even though it was 12 to 18 bucks a show...feeling old again
    derpdragon
    As pretentious as it sounds I get what he's saying. Usually when someone new comes into a band and records their own stuff, fans don't understand it because it's not what they're used to hearing, so giving it an album or two before hand lets the fans adjust by hearing small contributions like solos and what not.
    TheExterminator
    But Holt isn't some nobody, he's a major part in one of the biggest non-Big 4 Thrash Metal bands to date. Many if not all Slayer fans know of and probably like Exodus, as well. There is no reason to believe Slayer fans won't understand it.
    xzxw
    Well I'm fairly confidant that this is bullshit. I'd be stoked to see Gary write some material.
    JENIK182
    I just spit my dinner on the keyboard, because when in read the topic i just started laughing so hard i could not stop
    finallife6
    "I think if there's another record after this one and Gary is still with us at that point, I think that will be a time where I say, 'Hey dude, feel free to throw any riffs my way if you're interested," By the sounds of this I will in fact punch someone in the face if they even make another album with Burger King and w/out the main reason of listening to Slayer (RIP Jeff)
    Benjumanji
    "It'd be like throwing him to the wolves." Because if Slayer fans heard anything better than King's POS riffs they'd somehow be upset about it?
    GMPX
    The bigger paycheck from Slayer must be nice for Gary, but he needs to be back in Exodus full time where his talents are appreciated. I was really looking forward to hearing what may have come out of a King/Holt co-writing session, looks like that ain't going to happen any time soon.
    allanon88
    Right, because no-one who moved from exodus to a different band has ever made a positive contribution before...
    Ceesjah
    Just mr. King being the biggest c*nt in the world again. Nothing to worry about folks, move along.
    Anjohl
    Fans aren't ready for Kerry King to "contribute" to Slayer. Fixed.
    Dreddnaught
    I don't know how to think of this, to be honest.. At first I thought it would be to sort of "pay respect" to the passing of Jeff if he didn't contribute.. but as a Slayer fan I am totally ready for whatever Holt could contribute.. let's just hope Holt isn't the next Jason Newsted and not allowed to contribute much.. and now that I kind of think about it, it's probably more like Kerry being a douche like always.. might as well re name Slayer to "Kerry and friends"
    postmortem2006
    Kerry, though Exodus' latest outputs may not have exactly qualified as 'good', at least Gary Holt can play a guitar solo that doesn't sound like a turkey having a stranglewank
    KingV911
    He's probably worried he won't be able to play the riffs that Holt comes up with.
    solomonkane
    I agree holt should save his riffs for exodus along with lee altus's stuff thats killer. but on this crap I call bull__it
    MaidenRules95
    They should at least give him one or two songs, I mean, yeah his style is totally different (and better) but how will the fans know they're going to like Holt's style in Slayer if he doesn't get to contribute?
    JOHNSTONE6
    WHAT IF...THE ALBUM IS THE BEST RECORD THEY'VE EVER MADE???!!! *brain explodes* #brainexplodes#kerrysucks#weneeddave#wtftom#sla yersdead
    andriusd
    We can spend all day phantacizing about a good record from Slayer, but experience tells everyone that is impossible. In other words, it's really hard to expect "the best record they've ever made".