Hide your daughters. Slayer is coming to a town near you.
OK, it really isn’t that bad. But when the band hits the road with the Unholy Alliance Tour on June 6, 2006 (get it, 06-06-06?) mayhem and some serious heavy metal will ensue.
That day should have also seen the release of Slayer’s new, as-yet-untitled album — the first with the original lineup since 1990 — but it was pushed back to July, much to the chagrin of guitarist Kerry King.
AP: Since the new record isn’t done yet, tell me about the new music — what’s the lyrical content?
KK: It’s pretty much Slayer ’06. There’s war songs, religious songs, satanic songs — it’s what you’d expect the next chapter of Slayer’s life to be.
AP: This is the first album you’re doing as the original lineup since 1990. How are things different now?
KK: Everybody has grown up. Whatever childhood issues we had is water under the bridge. I think we’re better because we separated. I think we probably would’ve killed each other. Now it’s like, you go on and be Slayer like we’re supposed to be.
AP: Slayer has had its share of controversy over the years with some people accusing the band of being Nazi sympathizers and white supremacists.
KK: I think that’s another case where people are taking on a position without getting all the facts. When people called us Nazis, we have a Chilean guy singing the lyrics. People make an opinion before they’re completely informed. It’s never a fair fight that way. They think that’s how something is and you can’t argue with irrationality.
AP: What’s life like on the road for you now?
KK: Pretty much the same as it ever was. This is our tour in a nutshell: we soundcheck, sleep until 3, play and stay up all night watching movies.
AP: So it’s really not as exciting as your fans might expect it to be?
KK: Nah. We learned the more things you break the more things you pay for. I like my money a lot more than paying for [stuff] we broke.