Posts Tagged ‘Kerry King’

Slayer (photo by Andrew Stuart)

There are many perilous ways one can spend time off—volcano-boarding down Cerro Negro, Nicaragua’s active volcano, or maybe bungee jumping from a helicopter over the bubbling crater of Chile’s Villarrica volcano. How about a visit to Sao Paulo’s Snake Island, home of 4,000 golden lancehead vipers whose venom can melt human flesh? Or shark diving without a cage in South Africa? But nothing is quite as hazardous or risky as a night in the pit at a Slayer concert. Add to that the ferociousness of Lamb of God and Behemoth, and you’ve got a Satan-approved triple bill of Biblical proportions.

The six-week expedition will rage across North America beginning July 12 in Bemidji, Minnesota, winding up in Phoenix, Arizona, on Aug. 20. Slayer and Lamb of Godalso will play Wisconsin’s Rock Fest 2017 (July 13) and Rock USA 2017 (July 15), and then meet up with Behemoth at the Chicago Open Air Festival on July 16. Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 3; log on to for all purchasing details. (more…)

Today, September 11, 2015, Slayer’s long-awaited 12th studio album Repentless (Nuclear Blast), is released and available to fans. The first music video from Repentless, the title track, also makes its global premiere today and can be seen above. The video was shot late last month at the Sybil Brand Institute in East Los Angeles and is a grizzly depiction of what the Kerry King-created word means: “to feel no regret or remorse.” Slayer performed the song in the prison yard while a riot broke out, blood flowed in abundance, and inmates and prison guards were slaughtered. (more…)

Tommy Sciro, left, and Joey Simpson of Kissing Candice

Tommy Sciro, left, and Joey Simpson of Kissing Candice

Molding an array of styles on its Victory Records debut album, Blind Until We Burn, Kissing Candice spent the summer promoting it by playing the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival’s Victory Records Stage. This year’s installment of the festival has been mired in controversy, started by festival co-founder Kevin Lyman and further stoked by Kerry King of Slayer, the festival’s headliner. Victory Records artists didn’t take too kindly to King calling the Victory Stage a “piece of shit record stage,” and as you may already have seen, Jungle Rot, Sister Sin and Kissing Candice all responded to King right here on Live Metal (Read here). Here is the interview we conducted with Kissing Candice in which the comments originated, along with the band discussing its diverse music style and fan base. (more…)

King Diamond

King Diamond

Review by Jeff Maki
View live photos here.
Long a seasoned veteran of heavy metal concerts, some time ago I reached a point where it was harder to determine which bands I hadn’t seen perform live than the ones I had. My first show was Ozzy Osbourne in 1988, and my most recent was this year’s installment of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. In between, I’ve seen most of the prominent metal bands of the past three decades: Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Pantera, Sepultura, White and Rob Zombie, Korn, Slipknot and many more. Then there’s the legends like Ozzy, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead, Alice Cooper and Dio, all of which I’ve seen, as well. But one had stood out, missing from my—what I think is an impressive—list throughout the years—King Diamond. So when he was announced as a main stage act as part of this year’s Mayhem Festival, alongside Slayer, Hellyeah and The Devil Wears Prada, I thought it might be now or never. (more…)


Madness and Mayhem: Is Kerry King the most hated man on Mayhem Festival? Victory Stage bands respond to his controversial comments.

At the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival’s July 24 stop at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia., we talked with members of Jungle Rot, Kissing Candice and Sister Sin, who all weighed in on the controversy involving Slayer guitarist Kerry King and festival co-founder Kevin Lyman. (more…)


Jungle Rot

At this year’s installment of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia, we had the opportunity to talk with Jungle Rot’s Dave Matrise. While Jungle Rot may be a name new to Live Metal, the band isn’t new at all. The Wisconsin “old-school” death metallers have been at it for over 20 years, and just released their eighth album, Order Shall Prevail (June 30, 2015, Victory Records). If you’re a fan of the early days of fast, violent death metal in the vein of the first Sepultura albums, Deicide or Immolation and others in this vein, check out Jungle Rot. Playing its first Mayhem Festival on the Victory Records Stage, Jungle Rot was one of the standouts of the day.

Unless you’re a metal fan living under a rock, you’ve probably hears about the recent controversy surrounding this year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Jeff Maki of Live chatted with Dave, who offered some candid remarks about Slayer’s Kerry King, and discussed this year’s Mayhem Festival lineup and more.


Photos by Greg Maki (more…)

Slayer – bassist/vocalist Tom Araya, guitarist Kerry King, and returning drummer Paul Bostaph, along with touring guitarist Gary Holt and producer Terry Date – has completed recording what is one of the most highly-anticipated albums of 2015, Slayer’s 11th studio album and the band’s first new effort since 2011’s Grammy-nominated World Painted Blood.  The currently untitled album is expected out later this year, and will be released on Slayer’s own as yet unnamed label (through Nuclear Blast).

Slayer will tour extensively to support the new album, headlining this summer’s Mayhem Festival as well as playing other major outdoor festivals and several “An Evening With…” Slayer -only concerts.  The confirmed itinerary is below. (more…)

Slayer brought the heat at the 2012 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and will headline the 2015 edition this summer.

Slayer brought the heat at the 2012 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and will headline the 2015 edition this summer.

The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival is set to return this summer for its eighth year, with a total of 13 bands performing on the Rockstar Energy Drink Main Stage and Victory Records stage.

Slayer, veterans of Mayhem 2009 and 2012, will headline the main stage, which also will feature King Diamond, Hellyeah and The Devil Wears Prada. (more…)


Photos by Greg Maki (more…)


Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

slayer-bloodNearly 30 years into their career, Slayer is still going strong. Those that need proof need only take a listen to the band’s newest release, World Painted Blood, a release that continues a creative rebirth for the band that started with 2001’s God Hates Us All. (more…)