Kerry King

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Kerry King
Kerry King, born June 3 1964 in Los Angeles California is best known for his work as guitarist and lyricist in the band Slayer.

His lyrics are mostly based on Satanic subjects, which he attributes to his love of horror movies. Though many fans regard him as being a Satanist, he regards these people as "dumb". He has stated he does not believe in God so he does not believe in Satan either but he writes Satanic subjects because he says it is more fun to sing about Satan than God.

In addition to appearing on Slayer's albums, he has also made guest appearances as lead guitarist, including:

He also spent a short while as a guitarist in Megadeth, although this was only a temporary arrangement.

Like most heavy metal musicians, King had long hair, but then shaved his hair off when he started to lose his hair. His bald head and spiked wristband, as with his massive tattoo work, which covers his hands, arms, and head, are his trademarks.

He is noted for openly speaking his mind, which has lead to arguments with various other bands, and caused him to occasionally get caught in his words. For example, King has been vocal about post-Metallica Metallica, and branded Kirk Hammett "the most overrated player ever to grace the pages of a guitar magazine," but following the 2003 release of Metallica's St. Anger, King also criticized the decision to purge all guitar solos from the album, claiming Hammett was one of the most talented guitar players on the planet. He has also contradicted himself when he said it was wrong for Machine Head to do rap metal, although King played on a Beastie Boys album.

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Gallery of Kerry King's Tattoo work

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Detailed demon artwork done by Tattoo artist Paul Booth.
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