Listen to Kerry King’s Thrashy and Evil Debut Solo Single – “Idle Hands”



UPDATED: Kerry King of Slayer
has released his first solo single ever! “Idle Hands” popped up on YouTube and some DSPs overnight on February 5th, 2024. The track Features King, Paul Bostaph (Slayer) on drums, co-lead guitar from Phil Demmel (Vio-Lence), and Mark Osegueda of Death Angel on vocals. The accompanying visualizer shares the debut release
From Hell Rise, will be out on May 17th, 2024. More details to follow soon. Check out the track now!

Joining the 59-year-old guitarist on the LP are Death Angel singer Mark Osegueda, longtime Slayer drummer Paul Bostaph, former Hellyeah bassist Kyle Sanders, and ex-Machine Head and Vio-Lence guitarist Phil Demmel.

 

The LP’s first single, “Idle Hands”, can be streamed below.

 

From Hell I Rise contains 13 tracks that were recorded with longtime LAMB OF GOD producer Josh Wilbur.

 

King told Rolling Stone that the title track, “From Hell I Rise”, is one of two songs — along with “Rage” — on the album that he has carried over from SLAYER’s “Repentless” sessions. “It was finished, we recorded it,” he says. “I wasn’t happy with the performance part of it, so I was like, ‘All right, I’ll put this in my back pocket until the next SLAYER record.’ And that didn’t happen, so it’s now on my record.”

 

Asked why he decided to call his band KERRY KING, the guitarist said: “I didn’t. 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.”

 

Regarding how he put together his solo band, Kerry said: “I knew Paul was going to be with me. My original intent was to have [SLAYER guitarist] Gary Holt but the farther I got away from SLAYER, the more I thought people would call this band “SLAYER Light” or “Baby SLAYER.” They’re going to say that anyway, so I didn’t need to fuel that fire. There was no falling out between me and Gary.

 

“Demmel came out with SLAYER at the end of 2018 to fill in for Gary for four shows,” he continued. “What he did for us, I don’t think I could do for any band on the planet. He had basically two days to watch [SLAYER] play so he could know where the pyro was and the tempo of our set. I couldn’t do that for JUDAS PRIEST, and I’m a giant PRIEST guy. With this, Bostaph said, ‘Hey, what about Demmel [for the new band]?’ I texted him. He’s like, ‘Yeah, I just got done with MACHINE HEAD the day before yesterday.’ I went, ‘Well, that’s kind of perfect.’

 

As for Osegueda’s addition to the band, Kerry said: “With Mark, he was on board early on. I just didn’t pull that trigger. I was like, ‘Let’s see what happens.’ Say for instance, [JUDAS PRIEST’s] Rob Halford calls me and says, ‘Hey, I would love to be your singer,’ I’d have to go that way.”

 

King also confirmed that PANTERA’s Philip Anselmo was “considered” as a possible singer for his new project. “My management, my promoter, my record label all wanted Phil,” Kerry said. “Phil’s a good friend of mine, but I always thought he’s not the right guy. That has nothing to do with his ability; I just knew he wasn’t the right guy. When you hear Mark on this record, you know that’s the guy.

 

“I had to do due diligence, because at the end of the day, had Philip been the guy, we’d be in arenas immediately because we could play new stuff, we could play PANTERA, we could play SLAYER, and fans would’ve been happy. It ended when the PANTERA thing came up.

 

“I saw Mark a few years back singing covers of MINOR THREAT and cameo in THE WEDDING BAND with members of METALLICA. It was different from what he does in DEATH ANGEL, and he sounded great. He’s super versatile. He took steps to make this different than DEATH ANGEL. I don’t touch on probably 50 percent of what he can do on the album.

 

“Mark knew how I expected the songs to be performed. On my demos, I sing with very good conviction, but I don’t have pipes; that’s why I don’t sing. With ‘Residue’, he sounded so good I had to ask him, ‘Is this sustainable? I don’t want you to blow your load on this record and then blow your voice out every third show.’ And he swore up and down he could do it. He went on to some of the harder ones and did the same thing on those, so I went, ‘Okay.'”

 

From Hell I Rise track listing:

 

  1. Diablo
  2. Where I Reign
  3. Residue
  4. Idle Hands
  5. Trophies Of The Tyrant
  6. Crucifixation
  7. Tension
  8. Everything I Hate About You
  9. Toxic
  10. Two Fists
  11. Rage
  12. Shrapnel
  13. From Hell I Rise

Kerry King – “Idle Hands” Lyrics:

So begins my revolution

Violence spreads my retribution

Integrate, retaliate

I can’t believe what I see

 

With my own eyes

Can’t dissect the truth from all the lies

Ideology is at the core

Deceiver or believer

Your faith I don’t need anymore

 

Where do I get in line?

To question all divine

So many rules to bend

Till the end

Idle hands do the Devil’s work

 

Hatred is my ammunition

Amplified by my ambition

 

Here I stand in pure defiance

Fighting back your God reliance dies

Deviance is always on the rise

Welcoming the harbinger of war

Deceiver or believer

Your faith I don’t need anymore

 

Where do I get in line?

To question all divine

So many rules to bend

Till the end

Idle hands do the Devil’s work

 

(Lead-Demmel)

 

Testify that all God’s hatred

Satisfies that nothing’s sacred

Anarchy or blasphemy

Devour Christianity

Once more

Your faith I don’t need anymore

 

Where do I get in line?

To question all divine

So many rules to bend

Till the end

Idle hands do the Devil’s work

 

(Lead-King)