SLAYER's KERRY KING Didn't Realize 'Repentless' Wasn't A Word In English Language
July 31, 2015
Sofia Samrad of DCW50 conducted an interview with SLAYER guitarist Kerry King and drummer Paul Bostaph at a recent stop of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. You can watch the report below.
Asked about the title of SLAYER's forthcoming album, "Repentless", Kerry said: "I made [the word] up. I didn't realize I made it up. I mean, it seemed like a word to me, and then I looked it up and it wasn't there. [Laughs]"
He continued: "To me, 'repentless,' you know, is, basically, having no regrets, not looking back and saying, 'I wish I should have done things differently.' 'Repentless' is meaning I have no reason to repent."
Asked if there is anything that stands out that he wishes he would have done, Kerry said: "No, I like where we're at. I mean, if I said anything, I'd probably wish I would have paid more attention in the '90s, but we got past it."
The "Repentless" title track is an ode to SLAYER's late guitarist, Jeff Hanneman, who passed away in 2013. "I call it the Hannemanthem!" King said of the song. "I wrote that for Jeff. Oh, dude, it's fast as fuck. You don't know what the fuck's coming!"
He added: "It's my perspective of Jeff's perspective. It's what I think... If Jeff wrote a song for himself, 'Repentless' would be it."
SLAYER's eleventh studio album, "Repentless", will be released on September 11 via Nuclear Blast. The highly anticipated follow-up to 2009's critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated "World Painted Blood" was produced by Terry Date, who has previously worked with PANTERA, DEFTONES and SOUNDGARDEN.