Ozzfest 2004 In Mountain View

Judas Priest, Slayer, and Dimmu Borgir performed as part of Ozzfest 2004 at Shoreline Amphitheater on Thursday (July 29) in Mountain View, California. Check out pictures from GettyImages.

Ozzfest In New York

Black Label Society, Judas Priest, Slayer, and Superjoint Ritual performed at Ozzfest on Wednesday (July 14) at Jones Beach in Wantaugh, New York. Check out pictures from FilmMagic.

OzzFest 2004 Tour Opener

Black Label Society, Judas Priest, Slayer, and Superjoint Ritual performed at the OzzFest 2004 Tour Opener on Saturday (July 10) at CTNow Meadows in Hartford, Conneticut. Check out pictures from WireImage.

Slayer’s King Calls Mustaine A Dictator

Slayer’s Kerry King spoke to Guitar World magazine about the time he spent in Megadeth as the band’s touring/live guitarist. Asked how he thinks Megadeth would have turned out if he had stayed in the group, Kerry replied, “I played their first five shows, and if I had stayed I probably wouldn’t have lasted more than a year, because [Megadeth frontman] Dave Mustaine is such a dictator and had much poppier ideas than me. It never would have worked. Jeff [Hanneman, Slayer guitarist] and I used to go see Metallica and be blown away by how awesome Mustaine was, so I was honored when the call came asking me to help him. But after five shows, I was like, ‘I’m in Slayer and that ain’t going to change.” That didn’t go over too well.”

Ozzfest Press Conference Video

Ozzfest’s official web site is currently hosting a four-and-a-half-minute Quicktime video clip shot at the February 20, 2004 press conference to announce the lineup for this year’s traveling festival. Included in the clip are interviews with Superjoint Ritual’s Philip Anselmo, Slayer’s Kerry King, Slipknot’s Joey Jordison and Paul Gray, and Judas Preist’s Rob Halford and Glenn Tipton. Download the file at ozzfest.com.

Slayer Wanted To Do Something Unique In Early 80s

Eric Waggoner of the Phoenix New Times chatted with Slayer’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.” Phoenixnewtimes.com has since removed the article.

Slayer Song Made Son Torch His Father

The Herald Sun reports the devil sent a message to a man through a Slayer song to set his politician father on fire and save himself from being harmed, a court was told. Christiaan Enderbury, 24, was today found not guilty of the murder of former NSW MP Keith Enderbury on the grounds of mental illness. The song in question was a Slayer track called ‘Diabolis in Musica’. “It was sending me a message to kill my father. I can’t stop listening to it, can’t stop, I have to listen to it all the time … forward murder, it said,” he told police.

Slayer Sticks To Their Formula On ‘God Hates Us All’

Curtis Ross of The Tampa Tribune chatted with Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman who says their latest album ‘God Hates Us All’ sticks to the band’s familiar subject matter. “We usually stick with the same hate formula,” Hanneman says.”We joke that to get more girls at the shows we should write a ballad but it never goes beyond that. We like what we do and we’re not sick of it. And the kids aren’t sick of it.”

The full story at tbo.com has since been removed.