Kerry King (born June 3, 1964 in Los Angeles, California) is best known for his work as a guitarist in the band Slayer
Over the years, Kerry King's guitar style has remained the same, giving him a very distinctive sound.
On earlier albums up to and including South of Heaven his playing focused more on speed and chaos than melody. However, in his post-Seasons In The Abyss work, Kerry has managed to capture more feel to his guitar work, showcasing more diverse and melodic styles. Aside from him strong rhythm work, he is also recognised for his distinctive and unique lead guitar work.
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, but he writes Satanic subjects because he says it is more fun to sing about Satan than God. King uses Marshall JCM800s, and his own signature BCRich KKV
In addition to appearing on Slayer's albums, he has also made guest appearances as lead guitarist, including:
"No Sleep Till Brooklyn", from the Beastie Boys album Licensed to Ill He also had a guest appearance in the video for the song "Fight For Your Right To Party"
"Final Prayer", from the Hatebreed album Perseverance
"Dead Girl Superstar", from the Rob Zombie album The Sinister Urge
"Goddamn Electric", from the Pantera album Reinventing The Steel
"What We're All About (The Original Version)", by Sum 41 from the Spider-Man movie soundtrack
He also spent a short while as a guitarist in Megadeth, although this was only a temporary arrangement. There is a long-standing, mutual animosity toward Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine.
Like most heavy metal musicians, King had long hair, but then shaved his head when he started balding. His bald head, spiked wristband, and extensive tattoo work (which covers his hands, arms and head) are his trademarks.
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