Kerry King: Slayer Songs I Honestly Hate

"I hate the opening riff. It's what we call a 'happy riff.'"

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Kerry King: Slayer Songs I Honestly Hate

Guitarist Kerry King discussed Slayer songs he's not a fan of, telling Rolling Stone:

"Somebody was telling me [Iron Maiden bassist] Steve Harris hates [the 'Invaders' track off 1982's 'The Number of the Beast'].

"But I get it, because there's a handful of songs in our history that I'm like, 'Goddamn, I hate that song.'

"Like, I fucking despise 'Desire' and I hate 'Cleanse the Soul.'

"But when 'Invaders' came up, I'm like, 'Wow, I like 'Invaders.'' And then I tried to start thinking about why he would hate it. It just sucks, I don't get it.

"But he's close to it, like I'm close to my songs, so there you go. You're more than welcome to your opinion, Steve. You wrote it."

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"Desire" was released on Slayer's 1998 record "Diabolus in Musica," which Kerry clearly singled out as his least favorite record in the band's catalog on several occasions.

It features music by late Jeff Hanneman and lyrics by Tom Araya.

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Cleanse the Soul

"Cleanse the Soul" was released on 1988's "South of Heaven" featuring music by Hanneman and lyrics by Hanneman and King.

Kerry previously said about the track:

"That's one of the black marks in our history, in my book. I just fucking think it's horrible. [Laughs]

"I hate the opening riff. It's what we call a 'happy riff.' It's just like 'la-lala-la-la-la.'

"I can't see myself playing it, but after that, where it gets heavier, I like that section. If we ever did a medley, I'd put part of that in there."

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    IMO the only weak point in Invaders is the chorus; the riffs are amazing and the verse is really cool.
    I agree, but I also think the chorus is real horrid. It works well in ruining the rest of the song.
    Yup, the opening riff and following verses are good. Even the pre-chorus is good but then it just descends into cringe-land. Love Maiden though, saw them live this past Saturday in Toronto at Budweiser Stage, it was an amazing show!
    "Cleanse the Soul" is a solid classic Slayer song. It fits perfectly on the album. I was a little surprised to hear that King dislikes it so much.
    When Kerry talks about the stuff within Slayer he hates he always picks Jeff's tracks - but I don't get it - Jeff's tracks were always the high point on their albums for me. That is why I love Diabolus in Musica so much - it's almost all Jeff and it's probably their heaviest album! He calls it nu metal but that's total bs - it's just their slower groovier album . I think I detect jealousy... hmmm...
    I really admire Kerry in the fact he speaks his mind but in a respectful manner. Many people don't like him because of that, well he says what he thinks instead of acting up to please everyone, yet doesn't act like a douchebag while doing so. It would be interesting to interview more artists with the same question, after all they have a much different connection and point of view of their own work than the fans.
     I hate the opening riff. It's what we call a 'happy riff.' 
    No wonder nobody has seen him smile..
    The intro riff to Repentless is the blackest mark in Slayer history, starts at 0:40 Cleanse the souls is awesome!
    It sounds like something a 16 year-old would play in his bedroom trying to be all punkrock. It sounds so random.
    As someone who can now name 3 Slayer songs after reading this article, yeah, that Desire song sucks. Cleanse the Soul sounded pretty cool, though. I could confuse it for a really good Metallica or Anthrax song if not for the singer.
    I am not a Slayer fan purely because they dont appeal to me but are there any songs with a decent groove in the music? why must the drums sound the same on every song? I feel like the drummer is trying to twat a mouse running all across his drum kit. But he must do it very fast( high pitched voice) 
    Kudos for being honest but I think you should just leave Slayer to the fans if you don't like them. They've been playing music the same way since the 80's and I doubt they'll change now. But if your trying to find a song, give "Bloodline" a chance.
    Bloodline is amazing and the riff its pretty catchy
    Hell yeah! It's one of their slower songs but heavy as fuck. It's almost Nu Metal Slayer. I absolutely love it.
    I am not to sure what a happy riff is but I don't think cleanse the soul fits the description.