July 26, 2015

Jungle Rot singer Dave Matrise has slammed Slayer’s guitarist Kerry King over comments King made about The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, saying Kerry “could’ve waited until he was done after the tour to open his mouth.”


King recently did an interview with Metal Insider and criticized this year’s edition of Mayhem, saying: “Do I know this tour wasn’t booked correctly? Absolutely I know this tour wasn’t booked correctly. Gary Holt [SLAYER guitarist] made the comment that usually there’s the Main Stage, a second stage, a third stage, and then that piece-of-shit record stage… Now what they’re calling a second stage is at best a fourth stage and they’re wondering why people aren’t showing up.”

“It’s easy to fill these stages, but I guess they wanted a different price point, take away the second and third stage which I think had a lot of value. To me, a second-stage headliner is Anthrax, Machine Head… ”

King added: “Whoever booked this made a gigantic error.”

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Jungle Rot is on the Victory Records Stage each night on Mayhem, and Matrise told Live Metal he wasn’t happy to read Kerry’s comments about the lesser-known talent on this year’s travelling festival.

“I’m gonna be truthful — I take it very personal,” Matrise said. “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.”

He continued: “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.”