Slayer's Kerry King: My 10 Favorite Metal Albums of All Time

"Rob Halford is my favorite singer of all time, closely followed by Ronnie James Dio, closely followed by Bruce Dickinson."

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Slayer's Kerry King: My 10 Favorite Metal Albums of All Time
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Slayer guitarist Kerry King revealed 10 of his all-time favorite metal records to Rolling Stone.

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AC/DC - 'Highway to Hell' (1979)

"'Walk All Over You' is a pretty dark song. 'Highway to Hell' is a very dark song. 'Night Prowler' is super dark. Maybe that's why it appeals to me."

Black Sabbath - 'Sabotage' (1975)

"As I picked these records, I picked the ones I'm compelled to play if I'm working out or driving, and 'Sabotage' was my choice for Black Sabbath."

Exodus - 'Bonded By Blood' (1985)

"If I had to pick one record from Exodus to listen to the rest of my life, it'd be 'Bonded By Blood.'"

Iron Maiden - 'The Number of the Beast' (1982)

"I liked Paul Di'Anno, and the music was more punk-infused then, which I like as well, but Bruce was the singer that made them metal royalty."

Judas Priest - 'Stained Class' (1978)

"Rob Halford is my favorite singer of all time, closely followed by Ronnie James Dio, closely followed by Bruce Dickinson."

Mercyful Fate - 'Melissa' (1983)

"There was definitely a Mercyful Fate influence on 'Hell Awaits.' You can tell by the super long songs with, like, 10,000 riff changes. That was definitely a Mercyful Fate influence. You can hear that on 'Melissa' on 'Into the Coven' and 'Melissa' - every time I hear that, it's such a sad song, it stays with me for like a day. I'll just sing it in my head."

Metallica - 'Master of Puppets' (1986)

"I love 'Battery' and 'Master of Puppets.' It's a little long for me. You know, Slayer doesn't really make epic songs, 'cause I get tired of 'em. But that record, it's got a billion great songs on it."

Ozzy Osbourne - 'Diary of a Madman' (1981)

"The first Ozzy solo record [1980's 'Blizzard of Ozz'] was great - it was your first taste of Randy Rhoads - but 'Diary' didn't seem as keyboard-influenced. It seemed more heavy to me with 'Over the Mountain' starting the record. That song is heavy as fuck."

Rainbow - 'Long Live Rock 'n' Roll' (1978)

"There are, like, six or seven songs on there, and the only one I really don't listen to is the last one. So 'Kill the King,' 'Long Live Rock 'n' Roll,' 'The Shed,' 'Gates of Babylon' ... Jesus Christ, that's one of the coolest songs ever."

Venom - 'Black Metal' (1982)

"I picked 'Black Metal' because I think Venom got better as they were going along. They were the best shitty band ever. But on 'Black Metal,' you could tell they were getting better. There's great songs."

27 comments sorted by best / new / date

    intravena
    "But that record, it's got a billion great songs on it." Close, that record has eight songs on it.
    TenTonHammer
    I've started reading Kerry King interviews in Hulk Hogan's voice in my head, adding "BROTHER!" at the end of every sentence. I honestly have to say it all makes alot more sense like that.
    ahmadmalak29
    Ironic that he didn't mention a single Megadeth album when Mustaine pretty much taught him how to play guitar
    SuicidexD
    Turns out Mustaine is a bad teacher. Who would have thought?
    readypembroke
    It's always not on the teacher. The teacher could teach a variety of things and the student just gets focused on a thing or two.
    l0ld4v3
    What's the correlation between being taught/playing with someone and picking 10 albums out of a whole genre?
    Anjohl
    Great taste. "Gates of Babylon" is HUGE.
    ScottStewart1
    I remember being so excited to see that title on the last Volbeat album thinking they were gonna do an epic cover of that song. Alas, it was one of many mediocre midtempo original tunes.
    drcranium
    I was expecting KK to put Pantera's CFH somwhere in the list just coz him and Dime were buddies and thought he looked up to him skillwise. 
    MurphySanders7
    Surprised he didn't say all his favs were slayer albums
    l0ld4v3
    I've seen at least two other articles like this about KK and in neither of them does he mentions Slayer on his lists of favourite albums. Then again he was drooling all over King Diamond as he was the interviewer, so that might have something to do with it. 
    fromzero
    So it's OK when Merciful fate makes a long, epic song with loads of changes but when metallica does it it's not OK because slayer doesn't do it?
    robcreighton1942
    Here's mine which will show my age and how I grew up 1. Alice Cooper. Billion Dollar Babies 2. Kiss. Alive 3. AC/DC. Back in Black 4. Ozzy. Diary of a Madman 5. Sabbath. Mob Rules 6. Maiden. Number of the Beast 7. Venom. Black Metal 8. Raven. All For One 9. Slayer. Reign In Blood 10. Motley Crue. Shout at The Devil
    stef123
    The last song on Long Live Rock and Roll is my favourite. Funny, eh?