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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    "Gary Holt cant contribute , all our solos must be like gfegecrgfgsdgfgsdgcrfrsfgvsg"
    "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."
    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'?"
    It's just a rake. The pre-bend isn't written into that brief tab.
    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.
    As if the fans are ready for Kerry's contributions...
    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
    Most of the Kerry songs are the songs every skipped past, because the Jeff song were just that much better.
    He contributes. But can he carry the band solely on his own material?
    yeah or as if they were ready to have Dave kicked out shortly after Jeff's death.....
    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...
    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.
    I certainly don't want to hear the E string being tortured for 1 hour. Get a grip Kerry.
    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.
    I was thinking the same thing. He doesn't want Gary to destroy him.
    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
    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!
    Well Kerry, that's because its only been 6 months since Jeff died you f**king tool!
    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.
    I love how everyone pretends to be this huge Exodus fan these days. Fucking wikipedia.
    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?
    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.
    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.
    Kerry I think the fans are more than ready for you stop contributing to the music..
    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.
    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.
    I think you should regret getting a BC Rich Warlock because you got a BC Rich Warlock.
    I love slayers stuff and i have all my life, but kerry is a ****ing dickhead
    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.
    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.
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    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.