Kerry King releases new song “Idle Hands” from upcoming solo album

Kerry King (formerly of Slayer) has released his new single titled “Idle Hands,” which will be featured on the guitar legend’s upcoming solo album ‘From Hell I Rise’ (set to be released on May 17th via Reigning Phoenix Music – pre-order here).

King’s band includes drummer Paul Bostaph (formerly of Slayer), bassist Kyle Sanders (from Hellyeah), guitarist Phil Demmel (formerly of Machine Head), and vocalist Mark Osegueda (from Death Angel). The album was produced by Josh Wilbur (known for his work with Korn, Lamb of God, Avenged Sevenfold, and Bad Religion) and recorded at Henson Studios in Los Angeles over a span of about two weeks, completed this past June.

According to King, the new music explores “various religious topics, some war entries, heavy stuff, punky stuff, doomy stuff, and spooky stuff,” all delivered at powerful velocity. He adds, “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!

I didn’t know what to think, you know, it’s Kerry King from Slayer, who I’ve heard a million times,” adds Wilbur. “He’s a very strong presence. I wouldn’t say Kerry has an ego, but he has confidence in himself, which is a good thing. That’s what you want in your rock stars and in your band. He never comes off as a jerk or mean guy. But he does know exactly what he wants. He doesn’t beat around the bush. He’s like, ‘I don’t want to do that, but I want to do this.’ Very direct, but it comes from a place of confidence, and not from a place of anything else. I really enjoyed working with Kerry.”

Stream “Idle Hands”:

All of us at RPM are very excited to be working with Kerry King, and it’s an honor to be working his first solo album,” notes RPM’s co-founder and President, Gerardo Martinez. “The joy of working on Slayer’s last album, Repentless, and to be reunited with my brother on his new musical journey doesn’t get any better!

King concludes with, “Even with a record in the can, I’ve still got so many songs that need to be finished. This is what I know how to do…number one being music, number two being metal. It’s been a part of my life for 40 years, and I’m nowhere near being done.”

Kerry King new album From Hell I Rise

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