In a recent interview with Consequence, legendary Slayer guitarist Kerry King provided more details on his forthcoming solo project’s debut album. King revealed he has enlisted Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, Megadeth, Gojira, Trivium, KoRn) to produce the record. 

During the discussion, King expressed his excitement about working with Wilbur for the first time, stating:

“It’s my first time working with [Josh], and we hit it off great. Can’t wait to work on another one with him, and he feels the same way about the project, so hopefully that gets going sooner rather than later. Super easy to work with. The guy is a wizard on the computer. I mean when we’re in there editing stuff or overdubbing anything, I’ll do my part, or the singer or whoever is doing their fix or whatever, and he’ll just go back and forth on the computer a few times, go ‘Here, how’s that?’ I’m thinking, ‘I have no fucking idea where you are dude. He’s so quick, so easy to work with. It was spectacular.”


Discussing the musical direction, King assured fans that the solo project maintains the signature Slayer sound, explaining:

“It was very similar [to the way we worked in SLAYER]. First and foremost, I wrote most of the last SLAYER record, so people know what I sound like, people know how I write. This one I did one hundred percent of, so if you’ve ever liked anything I’ve done in the past, there’s going to be something you’re going to like on this one, if not the whole thing. I love the whole thing.”


King continued to explain how Wilbur captured the closest representation of King’s live performance. With Paul Bostaph on drums, the album naturally echoes Slayer vibes while introducing a new vocalist.


King expressed:

“My sound is what we’ve done on the last, I couldn’t tell you how many SLAYER records. And one thing I feel is that Josh really captured probably the closest to my live sound, because my live sound is very hard to get to tape. I think this is the closest it’s ever been. So that’s very exciting for me. And the rest of it, Paul’s playing, so hell yeah, it’s going to sound like SLAYER because he’s got his own style. You know, screamy vocals — new guy — but you know, it’s still definitely got the vibe.”


King revealed to Metal Hammer earlier this month that the album has been “done since June” 2023, promising diverse elements, from fast-paced tracks to heavy, punky, and doomy compositions. While King didn’t disclose the full lineup, he expressed his intention for the contributors to become permanent members of the band. 


King said to Metal Hammer:

“If I was ever to try anything different [from SLAYER], I guess that would be the time. But no, I really have no desire to do anything different. If I wasn’t in SLAYER, I would be a SLAYER fan. So yes, I think it’s an extension of SLAYER, and I think a lot of people will think it might have been the next record. I guess maybe 80% of it would have been, maybe it would have been exactly what I’m putting on this one. In my eyes, I think it’s a definite extension, a follow-up to ‘Repentless’ for sure. There’s definitely some fast stuff on it. It’s not the fastest thing I’ve ever done, but I’ve done some pretty fast stuff.

There’s definitely some Herculean speeds getting achieved on this, but there’s heavy stuff. There’s punky stuff. There’s doomy stuff. Pretty much any aspect of any kind of music we’ve done in our history, I think you’ll find on this record. For me, the slowest [song] is similar in vibe to “When The Stillness Comes.” That one came out really cool and spooky. And then there was one where my entire intention was to write something like the SCORPIONS’ ‘Animal Magnetism’ crossed with the ‘chug’ of ‘Hell Awaits’. That one came together pretty early. I like that song a lot. I mean, I like all of them a lot, but that one, that one’s got a different vibe for sure.”