Kerry King: Metallica Is 'Sinking Ship'

A few assorted quotes from Slayer guitarist Kerry King has been published online.

Kerry King: Metallica Is 'Sinking Ship'
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AZNightBuzz.com has published a few assorted quotes from Slayer guitarist Kerry King ahead of the band's appearance next Wednesday (January 24) at the Tucson Arena:
  • On President Bush: Kerry King: Everyone in the world's laughing at him. I don't really pay too much attention to politics, but I do know that.
  • On politics: I don't understand politics and I like it that way.
  • On super-producer Rick Rubin, who worked with Slayer on several albums in the 1980s and 1990s: I'm surprised he's going to be doing the (next) Metallica record because I don't know how he's going to right that sinking ship.
  • On Dec. 8, the anniversary of the murder of Pantera's Dimebag Darrell: From now on, that's going to be 'Drunk Day' for sure.
  • On the meaning of Christmas: Christmas isn't about religion. Christmas is about presents, if you ask me. I know originally it was supposed to be about the birth of Jesus, but anymore? It's about capitalism and hey, I'm all about getting presents.
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      bmarlatt1685
      Who is Kerry King to talk smack like that about Metallica? First Jonathon Davis, now Slayer? What other sucky group's gonna talk down on Metallica, who's way, way, way far superior to them. I'll give Kerry credit for not wanting to be political since I don't like those whiny liberal bands like Rage Against the Machine or Eddie Vedder and Co., but come on ! He ain't even half the guitarist Kirk Hammett is. I'll admit, St. Anger wasn't there best effort, 'cause it most certainly by far could've been better. . . but sinking ship ? I can only pray this new album Metallica's got coming out this summer rocks hard.
      Metallica708
      Stonewall X wrote: Kerry King has no talent on his instrument and has one of the weakest intellects I've ever known.
      +1. He just thinks he's so 'hardcore' with his pointy guitars and tremelo picking. Well done. Have a cookie.
      henza_x
      his just saying that to stirr shit up, because thats how he wants to portray himself im a big heavy metal bad ass i can say whatever and do whatever. im bad.
      gsr2k6
      I think you people are making to big of a deal of it. Its not like he went out and attacked them over and over and over again, he made one, and rather small, comment about them. Look at it from a non fanboy point of veiw, metallica has declined in the quality of there work the last few albums. He wasnt insulting them as a band. This isnt a metallica vs slayer post, so you all need to quit with the "metallica/slayer sucks" and the "metallica/slayer owns the other" posts because it is extremely pointless and off topic.
      NemesisX
      The problem with you anti-Metallica-fan people is that we (Yeah yeah, I'm lumping myself in with all the insane ones) don't SEE Metallica as having declined. While most agree St Anger was not the best piece of work, Load and Reload were awesome. wtf was wrong with the black album? I think Metallica fan's are so defensive now because EVERYONE rips Metallica. Everyone's always going on about how "they suck" and how "they're failing". Look at the main title of this 'interview' - "Metallica is a sinking ship". Piss off!! Was that the sole content of this so-called interview? No. Take it out on somebody else for once. Jesus.. how about YOU leave them alone, and we won't have anything to say "Shut up, Metallica rule" to, will we? So yeah.. I stand by what I said earlier.
      beto/doom_krew
      i dont care what anybody thinks what i say but slayer is more "metal" and "thrash" than metallica, so face it slayer's better in that way
      luke2206
      who is this fool to be slating metallica. He is not fit to lick james hetfields nuts
      trivium 666
      i think slayer kick the shit outa every band in the whole world exept from..... trivium hahahaha i own a b.c. rich warlock hahaha beat that hahaha richard scarce 4 jenny clarke 4 eva
      Evil Armada
      i was just making a comment on the fans. in no way do i even agree with kerry kings actions. i know he's probly just sayin wot he thinks but the way he's acting is ummmmm i dunno, like he thinks hes better than every1 else. just expressing my opinion about physco metallica fans.
      Rooster666
      Evil Armada wrote: this is sooooo funny. make a comment about metallica and all there fans start sqirming. its so funny. get over it. metallica is probley gone and its time all u guys start acccepting the facts.they got famous,got drunk, got useless but in end they produced a hell alot of money and became legends. thats realy all they probley wanted. and i swear if n e 1 says "there metallica they can do what they want" i suggest u can do 2 things. 1. go have a group orgi with em 2. kill ur self. i have nuthin against metallica. but i cant stand there fans.
      Dude calm down. We just dont like people ripping on our band. I understand that people dont like them, but come on. When someone has to talk trash about somebody else to get attention, that is pretty sad. In fact, there not even in the same genre anymore so people like you and king need to settle down.
      Evil Armada
      this is sooooo funny. make a comment about metallica and all there fans start sqirming. its so funny. get over it. metallica is probley gone and its time all u guys start acccepting the facts.they got famous,got drunk, got useless but in end they produced a hell alot of money and became legends. thats realy all they probley wanted. and i swear if n e 1 says "there metallica they can do what they want" i suggest u can do 2 things. 1. go have a group orgi with em 2. kill ur self. i have nuthin against metallica. but i cant stand there fans.
      bmarlatt1685
      headball wrote: got say this. To the guy having a go at RATM. They express their views on important things that need to be brought to peoples attention through their music. Whats wrong with that? The reason Kerry DOESN'T give an opinion on politics is like he said he doesn't understand it. He's dumb and at the end of the day Slayer suck the big one! He has the right to his opinion,yes, but Slayer sunk a long time ago. I suppose thats why he's so angry. And to anyone who says he is a guitar god is Deluded. All he does pull heavy on the whammy bar. His solos are ****ing dreadful and you know it. RATM forever. Oh yeah and lets get something straight. Metallica have tried many different things over the years. Whether they worked or not is a different story. The fact of the matter is is if any of their last 3 albums had been released by any other band they would have been hailed. But everyone wants to judge them by MOP. Whereas Slayer have done the same crap for god knows how many years. 1 song they have worth a listen,1 song! now that says it all
      If you like Rage Against the Machine, more power to you, but I just think the whole music/politics thing is pointless. I don't care if Rage wants to talk politics on the side. Hell, I do that too sometimes, but when I pay good money for a CD and concert ticket, I wanna hear rock and roll, not rock the vote or vote for change or let's make a difference. All the great rock artists of the past were non-political. . . and no disrespect to Tom Morello. I think he's great with Audioslave, even better than Rage if I can say so without a mob of people on here getting ready to quote me and bitch the hell out of me for that statement. . . But you gotta admit even Tom commits overkill and does the same thing like Kerry King with that whammy pedal of his. . . Anyway, I'll shut up now.
      darkfire_storm
      i think people are blowing this whole metallica thing out of proportion. he didnt straight up say metallica is horrible, they suck, they have no talent. he merely said what is based on fact: theyre declining and it would be one hell of a task to pull them out of it. hes just a person, he said what he thought, and people need to stop giving him crap about it. just because he's famous, he isnt allowed to publicly voice his opinion without being bashed by a bunch of people that wish they could be where he is? nonsense, let the guy be... funny that he's probably never going to come in and read all of this anyway, but hey, he deserves some backing. hes not in the wrong. also, before the flaming, im not some crazy slayer fanboy, i dont even listen to them that much. it just bugs me to see people be retarded.
      bmarlatt1685
      stone_gossard wrote: bmarlatt1685 wrote: Who is Kerry King to talk smack like that about Metallica? First Jonathon Davis, now Slayer? What other sucky group's gonna talk down on Metallica, who's way, way, way far superior to them. I'll give Kerry credit for not wanting to be political since I don't like those whiny liberal bands like Rage Against the Machine or Eddie Vedder and Co., but come on! He ain't even half the guitarist Kirk Hammett is. I'll admit, St. Anger wasn't there best effort, 'cause it most certainly by far could've been better. . . but sinking ship? I can only pray this new album Metallica's got coming out this summer rocks hard. You, sir, suck. First off all, you must be out of your mind to insinuate that Slayer are bad. They are far better than Metallica this days. "Christ Illusion" kicked "St. Anger"s butt. Second, you're talking thrash about two of the best bands rock has ever seen: RATM and Pearl Jam. And the last ones aren't the "whinny band" you tell about. They just give their point of view, insulting no-one and letting people think what they want. You're a joke.
      First of all, I've heard some of Christ Illusion and that alone was enough for me to decide that it sucked ass. Secondly, about Pearl Jam and Rage Against the Machine. Rage has always sucked, since every song they do is the same and every riff sounds the same. Pearl Jam hasn't done a damn thing worth listening to since Vitalogy. Thirdly, they can talk politics all they ****ing want, but they're entertainers, not politicians, meaning shut the **** up and just play your music, not bitch about giving peace a chance. . . And by the way, Eddie Vedder not insulting anyone ? I believe there was a concert he was performing at where he took a mask of Bush, impaled it, slammed it down, and stomped on it. . . Not insulting anyone, my mother ****ing ass! Many at the concert actually had enough balls to boo him and leave early. . . Do some research. You're the joke.
      natedogg91
      You guys are all ****in' stupid. Why don't you just listen to your ****in' music and let other people enjoy theirs. I'm a fan of both bands. I enjoy most of their music. Sure, both of them had not so great work, but hasn't every band in the goddamn world? I'm all for free speech and all the rest of that shit, but you shouldn't go insulting one or the other bands music. They're both great METAL bands. At least they ain't little pussy emos.
      stumpyishere
      all of u guys need to calm down.... seriously... ur insulting and arguing with random people over the internet.. get a life
      irishman
      Metallica Rock, St. Anger was terrible, Load and Re-Load were a shadow of what Meatallica could be, but I still love them, Slayer kick ass! Everybody wins, so stop arguing!!!
      Styx
      King is right Metallica sucks allready... and with they're next album they just gonna keep drowning in sh!t... but i do not agree with what he said of Dimebag!
      joshua029
      NOAH23 wrote: Metallica's worst album is St.Anger. It wasn't very good. But when compared to anything Slayer have ever recorded... well thats like comparing Led Zeppelin to Fall Out Boy!
      ~applauds~
      metal_469
      OMFG, Load and RE-Load were not shit. Those albums were so different and had so much Rhythm and Harmony that you just didnt hear at the time or to this day. I personally think their main problem was Bob Rock being their producer. Slayer on the other hand sounded good back in the day but, now they are a cliche that sounds like every other metal band that just wastes their time writing lyrics that no one can understand anyway, because Slayer and these other "metal" bands figure it is just easier to growl "lyrics" instead of giving a song feel by SINGING them. If you have to groan and scream syllables over top of your bands music to cover up of the sound of shit, then you are in the wrong profession. Heavy metal is about speed, feel, and sound. NOT about banging your guitar to get sounds out of it and groaning like a raped moose. Metallica IS metal, as well as a handfull of other bands that know what metal is. Slayer is a joke, which have apparently ran out of creativity and originality. The only bands they need to put down are themselves!!!
      Jonny92
      Travis Tricky wrote: Everyone's quick to jump at Kerry King for saying Metallica is a sinking ship, but who hasn't said this? I am a Metallica fan but their albums have been dropping in popularity and quality (St. Anger for example), in my opinion for a while now, some argue it's been down hill since "Load", but that another debate entirely. So, Kerry King is saying what a lot of people have been saying about Metallica, and who knows, their next album might be a great album, again, beside the point. I think people should lay of King, just because he is in a band doesn't mean that he cannot have an opinion about another band, he is still a person.
      Very well said Metallica are my fave band but even i admit they've been going down hill since the black album only slightly then but St anger was shite. I just hope Rick Rubin can resuce them.
      DimeRazorback
      AAAAARGH wrote: I don't really understand what he said about dimebag... Can anyone clarify?
      yea i dont get that either
      _angry_again
      I've read (in this article alone) too many of you saying "its wrong for him to bash on them", or "for some it was all down hill after the black album or And justice for all", or "what other sucky group is gonna talk down on them?" How about this one- "Why, everytime someone bashes them, do their fans creep out of every crack in the wall to defend them- they suck." The fact is they've been losing the popularity vote since the shitty load albums, and since the almighty Lars said "Napster is taking food out of our childrens mouths." The funny thing is that all of this bashing is gonna lead to more sales ultimately. And by the way who are any of you to talk down on BLS? Clearly a better band than either of the bands in question in this article. Kerry King said something that everyone else thinks and doesn't have the platform to say THAT publicly. Big phuckin deal- he's right, they have been a sinking ship in the metal world, it's only a matter of time before they decide to stop playing with distortion.
      Snakexe
      Personally I think Reload was a lot worse than St. Anger. Reload was serious dog shit. St Anger was just not Metallica imo.
      3lusiv3
      Stonewall X wrote: Kerry King has no talent on his instrument and has one of the weakest intellects I've ever known.
      Hold on are we talking about the same Kerry King, if we are, are you sure you're listening to Slayer. Until your band is bigger than Slayer, and you are as good as he is you have no right to say that he has no talent. Furthermore, I agree with Irishman, I'm not a big fan of Metallica, but I still respect them as musicians.
      bmarlatt1685
      elmolikepie wrote: On politics: I don't understand politics and I like it that way. You may not like it, but if you do not pariticipate in politics you have no right to voice your opinion or critise the way your country is run. If he doesnt like bush why didnt he at least try and vote him out. I dont understand how people that stupid can even manage sucb menial tasks as feeding themselves. I saw slayer at reading and they were, without a shadow of a doubt, the most pathetic joke i have ever seen.
      I certainly agree. You forsake your right to vote. You forsake your right to bitch.
      skindred
      3lusiv3 wrote: Stonewall X wrote: Kerry King has no talent on his instrument and has one of the weakest intellects I've ever known. Hold on are we talking about the same Kerry King, if we are, are you sure you're listening to Slayer. Until your band is bigger than Slayer, and you are as good as he is you have no right to say that he has no talent. Furthermore, I agree with Irishman, I'm not a big fan of Metallica, but I still respect them as musicians.
      sorry im sick of all this hype puttin kerry king so high up in the guitarist food chain, he's not a god, he just knows how to play riffs with extreme speed and tremolo a hell of a lot. angel of death, reign in blood, they're the only slayer songs which are worth his notification. even christ illusion gets boring after a few listen. metallica i agree have been downhill for a while, but then it happens to most bands, and they've produced a hell of a lot more songs identified across the world than slayer. lets hope metallicas new record is a VAST improvement on st anger, and lets see this sinking ship rise.
      crjh
      Sorry to sound corny here, but why do we as musicians / students / fans anoint ourselves with the rancid grease of the trivial, consumerist society? It would be helpful to remind ourselves that musical creativity has proven itself to be somewhat of an antidote to the more base behavioural and intellectual forms of conduct that the media and society in general present to us as being "the Way". Thinking back to my early childhood and teenage years, I can honestly say that bands such as Metallica and Slayer steered me ( as a person and musician) to reject the trite and worn ways of "civilised" society and develop my skills as a musician, and practice hard in order to develop myself further. Let's get on with improving as musicians instead of wasting time slagging each other off.....
      IC300_Toxicity
      kerrys got some skill i have to admit im a fan of slayer and metallica and god damn it, if metallicas next record isn't as good as something from the 80's by them i'll be a little more than pissed.
      Snakexe
      arcadi656 wrote: Music is Music, and we will all differ, but slayer or metallica hold nothing to testament
      Damn right!
      stone_gossard
      bmarlatt1685 wrote: stone_gossard wrote: bmarlatt1685 wrote: Who is Kerry King to talk smack like that about Metallica? First Jonathon Davis, now Slayer? What other sucky group's gonna talk down on Metallica, who's way, way, way far superior to them. I'll give Kerry credit for not wanting to be political since I don't like those whiny liberal bands like Rage Against the Machine or Eddie Vedder and Co., but come on! He ain't even half the guitarist Kirk Hammett is. I'll admit, St. Anger wasn't there best effort, 'cause it most certainly by far could've been better. . . but sinking ship? I can only pray this new album Metallica's got coming out this summer rocks hard. You, sir, suck. First off all, you must be out of your mind to insinuate that Slayer are bad. They are far better than Metallica this days. "Christ Illusion" kicked "St. Anger"s butt. Second, you're talking thrash about two of the best bands rock has ever seen: RATM and Pearl Jam. And the last ones aren't the "whinny band" you tell about. They just give their point of view, insulting no-one and letting people think what they want. You're a joke. First of all, I've heard some of Christ Illusion and that alone was enough for me to decide that it sucked ass. Secondly, about Pearl Jam and Rage Against the Machine. Rage has always sucked, since every song they do is the same and every riff sounds the same. Pearl Jam hasn't done a damn thing worth listening to since Vitalogy. Thirdly, they can talk politics all they ****ing want, but they're entertainers, not politicians, meaning shut the **** up and just play your music, not bitch about giving peace a chance. . . And by the way, Eddie Vedder not insulting anyone? I believe there was a concert he was performing at where he took a mask of Bush, impaled it, slammed it down, and stomped on it. . . Not insulting anyone, my mother ****ing ass! Many at the concert actually had enough balls to boo him and leave early. . . Do some research. You're the joke.
      I stopped reading when you said Rage had always sucked, and that pearl Jam have been worthless for nearly 10 years. I guess Metallica must be the lords and masters of the universe for you. As for Christ Illusion...listen to "Jihad", and you'll see it owns every single song on St. Anger, Load and Reload. Don't get me wrong. I love Slayer and I love Metallica. But right now, Metallica isn't even close of what, upon a time, it was. They still rock, but...
      TehJermie
      Kerry is the last guy who should be running his mouth about Metallica, he's written 4, maybe 5 memorable riffs in his entire career, whereas Metallica have inspired a generation and will continue to inspire many more. He really should shut the **** up and continue to play for his legion of 14 year old wwf watching moron fans.
      MegaPanterica21
      o and another thing ya st. anger had no solos and wasn't mastered before release but its still metal just raw metal and if anyone else came out with that album everyone would say it was a great album its just not as good as there other albums, its their worst album but its still better than half the crap these possers put out
      arcadi656
      Music is Music, and we will all differ, but slayer or metallica hold nothing to testament
      MegaPanterica21
      honestly say what u want about current metallica but u wouldn't have slayer or anything w/ out metallica they invented the genre and the can do wat ever they want w/it i mean if u would rather b stuck listening to hair metal be my guest but u cant diss metallica at all o and honestly slayers not that good of a band anyways
      i_am_metalhead
      Fuck Kerry King. He is a decent guitarist and although everyone in Slayer is talented, together they sound like shit.
      Ethicdoom
      I stand by Metallica's musical choices. After all, how many albums of palmed muted low es can you put out without becoming bored?
      ironman shred
      megapantrica i comepletely agree. if any other band would have put out st anger it would be regarded as awesome.
      CamelToeJoe
      actually christmas is the pagan celebration of the winter solstice. the christians kind of stole it and made it "their" holiday. easter is the pagan celebration of the spring solstice, the whole easter bunny thing symbolizes the rabbit in spring.
      MaAal_MaAan
      i agree with KK about pretty much everything he said And i'm going to see Slayer in April!
      that1l)ude
      Kerry King has no talent on his instrument and has one of the weakest intellects I've ever known.
      thank you you have a ****ing clue what youre talking about. and as far as the people defending him.i know f*cking 12 year olds that can play better, and im not exaggerating. this is an opinion, so please fanboys dont jump all over me.
      jwaxman
      metallica is not a sinking ship, they took a turn and found harsh waters, they WILL turn around
      genresrforposer
      On Bush: He must be VERY out of the loop if he doesn't know why people are laughing at Bush. If you really look at history, he's not actually the worst President but still not even close to the best. On politics: Well, if he doesn't understand them, apparently Tom Arayas hasn't taken the time to explain ANY of the lyrics on Christ Illusion to his guitarist. On Metallica: I've never bought a bad Rick Rubin produced album myself, so I've got confidence in the guy. Plus, the changing styles is what I like most about Metallica. December 8: Hmmm.... maybe beer should be a Dime a bottle on this day to celebrate. And then maybe an announcement for the mass marketing of Black Tooth Grin Christmas: I'm Christian. He's right. Well partially. It still focuses on religion: Paganism. Personally, I'm leaning toward celebrate Christ's Bday more, presents just haven't been the same since I was oh.. 12? Just not fulfilling any more, especially with holiday hassle. As for Kerry as a guitarist: I think my friend James sums up Slayer the best: "They're like AC/DC, they do nothing but the same song over and over again, but the first song was good enough that they get away with it". Well, he sums it up nicely for fans anyway. I personally love AC/DC but can't usually get into Slayer because of most of the reasons already posted(speed is good, needs more melody)
      Agemoi
      everyone is entitled to their opinions about bands, especially kerry king, but he just can't seem to shut his mouth about Metallica. If any of you are long time watchers of this website this is easily the 5th headline likes this in the past year. I would have no problem if he said "im not into what metallica is doing these days" atleast its a respectable and grown-up comment that i could nod my head and say okay, personally metallica is the reason i play and want to play, and i love everything by them, but i know people have opinions. Still, he makes childish comments ALL THE TIME and it really needs to end, he's almost becoming worse than Dave Mustaine who's living in 1983, really depressing.. Metallica made it big, you guys make a decent metal living, live and let live kerry king, or just clean up your comments becuase you sound like an ignorant bastard.