During a recent question and answer session with Dean Guitars, Slayer guitarist and mastermind Kerry King responded to the question that which Slayer album is his favorite. He also explained the reason.
First of all, he gave credit to one of the most successful metal albums of all time, Reign In Blood, which was released in 1986. He said:
“It’s difficult, I’m so involved with all the music on all of them… I mean, I’ve got to reference [1986’s] ‘Reign in Blood.’
I’ve got reference the ‘Reign in Blood’ album because everybody around the world just said, you know, I’ve heard that’s one of the greatest thrash records of all times.”
Then, he mentioned how much he loves Slayer’s 2015 album ‘Repentless,’ and said:
“I’m very proud of [2015’s] ‘Repentless’ because I think a lot of people once Jeff [Hanneman, guitar] passed on [in 2013] kind of thought we were going to fold, and we just came out fucking crush-your-face with that album.”
He also picked Slayer’s 2001 album ‘God Hates Us All,’ and explained why:
“Another one, the same situation, was [2001’s] ‘God Hates us All.’ We were kind of floating without any direction in the ’90s and you know, the music that was popular irritated the shit out of me – I didn’t understand why it was popular.
And ‘God Hates Us All’ was the beginning of me saying, ‘Fuck you, I know what I’m here to do, let’s do it.’
One of the reasons I did the chain drop at the last show was so everybody in the building could hear it. And it wasn’t something I planned, we were doing the last run, and I said, ‘I want to do this on the last Forum show so people take it more seriously.’ Like, ‘King took off his chains, he left them on the stage. What the fuck, man?’
So people hopefully got that. This isn’t one of those, ‘We’re going to be back next year and do it again.’ The chains took me through Slayer. I took them off, dropped them on stage, and I walked off, and that’s the end of Slayer for me.”
If you want to watch the entire interview, check it out below.