KERRY KING: SLAYER Stays 'Edgy' By Making Songs About Things 'Other Bands Are Scared To Write About'
November 1, 2019
In the latest trailer for SLAYER's upcoming short narrative film and concert, "Slayer: The Repentless Killogy", guitarist Kerry King talks about how SLAYER manages to "stay edgy" nearly four decades after the band's formation.
He states: "I think, by being able to make songs about things maybe other bands are scared to write about. It keeps us edgy.
"I've said it a million times — I enjoy being the bad guy. But it's more than that — it's being able to say things the kids are feeling, and no one else is saying it. So I think that's one of the things that makes SLAYER close to the fanbase.
"So many times, when we do meet-and-greets, people break down. And it's, like, 'Jesus Christ, man! I just play guitar. What the hell?' But, to them, it's way more than that — way more than that. So, as the fans say, it's SLAYER."
"Slayer: The Repentless Killogy" is coming to theaters worldwide for a one-night-only event on November 6. The film was written and directed by BJ McDonnell, who conceived and directed the three brutal music videos — "You Against You", "Repentless" and "Pride In Prejudice" — for SLAYER's final studio album, "Repentless" (2015).
"The Repentless Trilogy" motion picture opens with the three music videos assembled as one chronological storyline and introduces the narrative's main character, Wyatt, a former Neo Nazi associated with a gang known as "The Hand Brotherhood," whose signature mark was a bloody handprint left after a murder had taken place.
"The Repentless Killogy" stars many of the actors who appeared in the original video series: Jason Trost ("Beats of Rage", "Hatchet III") as Wyatt, Danny Trejo ("Machete", "From Dusk Til Dawn"),Richard Speight ("Band of Brothers", "Supernatural"),Derek Mears ("Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D."),Jessica Pimentel ("Orange Is The New Black"),Tyler Mane ("X-Men", "Halloween II"),Bill Moseley ("The Devil's Rejects", "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2"),Caroline Williams ("The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2", "Sharknado 4"),and Sean Whalen ("Twister", "The People Under The Stairs").
Part two of "The Repentless Killogy" features SLAYER's entire live set performed at the Los Angeles Forum on August 5, 2017, and was directed by Wayne Isham who has directed videos for artists including METALLICA, FOO FIGHTERS, Michael Jackson, Kelly Clarkson, and Britney Spears. Presented in front of one of the most striking stage productions of the band's career, SLAYER performs fan favorites, including "South Of Heaven", "War Ensemble", "Mandatory Suicide", "Dead Skin Mask", "Raining Blood" and "Angel Of Death".
Following the global theatrical premiere, on November 8, the film will be available digitally and on Blu-ray, and the soundtrack from that concert will be released as both a two-disc vinyl and two CD packages.