Last week, we talked to Slayer’s Kerry King about Kevin Lyman’s comment on Mayhem Festival about metal becoming “gray, bald and fat” to which he basically said he wouldn’t pay a dime to attend the festival, on top of some other remarks slamming the tour.
As expected, the comments made some stir, including some of the bands playing the second stage, which he called “at best a fourth stage.” Jungle Rot’s Dave Matrise was one of them. In an interview with Live-Metal, he addressed the remarks King gave us.:
I’m gonna be truthful — I take it very personal, I’m a longtime SLAYER fan, and I hate to say it, but now I’m gonna change my thoughts about SLAYER over this. It’s because of the simple fact that there’s a lot of people, including myself, and a lot of bands here that have a lot of money invested in this tour, and we’re trying to make our money back, and we’re trying to keep this thing rolling. And here’s this guy, and he opens his mouth and sabotages the tour, in my opinion. And then he talks shit about Victory and that’s our label as well, and calls it a ‘shit stage.’ Well, if it wasn’t for Victory probably getting this stage, this tour would’ve never even happened.
That’s just my opinion, and if he would get off the bus once in a while instead of charging $20 for a picture or a signing or whatever the hell he does, he’d probably see that there’s some really good talent out there, man. So yeah, I take it very personal. I think he stuck his foot in his mouth and I hope this turns on him and I hope for the worst. I have had enough — the guy’s been runnin’ his mouth enough and this is the final straw.
Matrise added: “It just don’t make sense to me. He could’ve waited until he was done after the tour to open his mouth. It would’ve been much better. No one would’ve cared then.”
The tour isn’t done yet, as it still has some dates left but all these issues and controversies aren’t exactly bringing excitement for the fans planning to attend the rest of the stops. Other second-stagers (and bands on Victory Records) also weighed in on King’s comments in the article. We also took some time to discuss the future of Mayhem Festivals and what would need to change to bring the festival back to its glory and save it from the growing ditch it got these past weeks.