Slayer co-lead guitarist and songwriter Kerry King reflected on their decision to disband during a video message to congratulate Machine Head on their 30th anniversary. According to the guitarist, Slayer retired too early, and he hates that he cannot play with his band.
As some of you might know, Slayer was formed in 1981 by Kerry King, Jeff Hanneman, Dave Lombardo, and Tom Araya in Huntington Park, CA. They were initially a cover band who performed songs by legends such as Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, and Judas Priest.
After self-financing their debut studio album, ‘Show No Mercy‘ released on December 3, 1983, Slayer gained underground popularity. In the following years, they managed to turn into one of the ‘Big Four’ thrash metal bands along with Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax.
They toured worldwide with monumental records such as ‘Reign In Blood,’ ‘Seasons In The Abyss,’ ‘South Of Heaven,’ and are considered one of the most influential bands in heavy metal history. However, this success couldn’t change their mind when it came to retiring.
Slayer announced their farewell tour back in 2018 via a post on Instagram. Although the band members never publicly revealed the reason behind their retirement, it was most likely Tom Araya’s desire to spend more time with his family. Regardless of the cause, Slayer disbanded after the tour’s conclusion, and every member stressed that there would not be a reunion.
Kerry King celebrated his fellow musicians in Machine Head with his recent video for their 30th anniversary. While stating not many bands stick together for three decades, King said Slayer did, but they retired too early. In addition to admitting that their decision to disband was a mistake, the guitarist also said he misses performing with his band and hates that they broke up.
During his speech, King stated:
“So, I hear congratulations are in order for my friends in Machine Head. Apparently, it’s 30 years, which is quite an achievement. Not a lot of bands get there. We did, and then we quit too early. Fuck us. Fuck me. I hate fucking not playing.
Besides the point, this is the Machine Head celebration and I gotta say the only band I ever demanded to open for Slayer was Machine Head in 1994. It was the greatest thing I ever did and cheers to my friends.”
You can watch the entire video below.