Slayer Wanted To Do Something Unique In Early 80s

Eric Waggoner of the Phoenix New Times chatted with ’s founding guitarist Kerry King on how he and his bandmates kickstarted the burgeoning speed-metal movement in the early 80s. “At the time,” he says, “we probably didn’t expect anyone to get it. We just didn’t want to be an L.A. band,’ like Ratt or Poison; we wanted to do something unique and trust that as people continued to hear it, they’d realize that it wasn’t pointless noise — that it was just something unfamiliar.” has since removed the article.

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