See The First Photos of Kerry King’s New Band

February 7, 2024

It’s arrived! You can see the first official promo photo of Kerry King‘s new eponymously named solo band below (photo credit: Andrew Stuart)!

Of course, you’ll know King as Slayer‘s guitarist.

His debut solo album, “From Hell I Rise”, is out on May 17 (via Reigning Phoenix Music). King wrote all the songs, and was joined in studio by drummer Paul Bostaph (Slayer),bassist Kyle Sanders (Hellyeah),guitarist Phil Demmel (formerly of Machine Head) and Mark Osegueda (Death Angel) on vocals.

Josh Wilbur (Korn, Lamb of God, Avenged Sevenfold, Bad Religion) produced the sessions.

King told Rolling Stone magazine about the album first release, “‘Idle Hands’ are what I’ve been doing the last four years. That and ‘From Hell I Rise’ have been my frame of mind in the last four and a half years.”

And here’s why he called the project, Kerry King, “It was going to be King’s Reign for a long time, which is really cool. But even with that one, I went to the guys, like, ‘I’m not a vain dude. I don’t want my name to be a part of it.’ We talked about Blood Reign for a while, but it didn’t work. Every time I came up with anything remotely cool, it was taken by some obscure band in Eastern Europe. It became Kerry King because I love that logo.”


King said you can expect “various religious topics, some war entries, heavy stuff, punky stuff, doomy stuff, and spooky stuff, with Herculean speeds achieved” on the album, adding, “If you’ve ever liked any Slayer throughout any part of our history, there’s something on this record that you’ll get into, be it classic punk, fast punk, thrash, or just plain heavy metal.”

Meanwhile, King’s band is the special guest on the upcoming six-weeks Lamb Of God / Mastodon North American “Ashes Of Leviathan” co-headline tour! That starts July 19 and wraps on August 31.

One a scale of 1-100, how excited are you to rip into Kerry’s new songs? 99.3 for me 😉


Written by Todd Hancock