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Slayer’s Kerry King Reveals His Top 5 Guitar Albums

Kerry King Reveals 5 Guitar Albums Every Guitar Enthusiast Should Have

Kerry King loves to listen to hard rock and metal even in his free time. “I never really get away from guitar music. It’s what I like”, he says. He further shares that he has an appreciation for amazing technical ability, but emphasizes that something important is missing if a band’s composition don’t have any compelling riffs.

In no particular order, he then shares that Melissa (1983) from Mercyful Fate, Stained Glass (1978) by Judas Priest, Vulgar Display of Power (1992) by Pantera, Dirt (1992) by Alice in Chains, and Sabotage (1975) by Black Sabbath are his five essential guitar albums. These five albums were an important part of his life since his younger days.


Any time I find this record on my iPod or DVD player, I’m hooked like I was back in the day. I find that I’ll play it for a week straight — that’s how great it is. It’s like I haven’t heard it enough, which is funny because I’ve listened to it quite a bit, over and over again.

Hank Shermann and Michael Denner are the guitarists. I haven’t dissected their playing as to who does what, but what I like about them is the amount of feeling in their playing. The song “Melissa” starts out with an incredibly sad guitar part –- it’s kind of like a solo because it’s just the guitar –- and it sets the tone for the rest of the tune.

On this tour [Mayhem Festival] we’re on, I’ve been playing a song [“Evil”] from Melissa with King Diamond. If you would have told a teenaged Kerry King that would happen some day, he would never have believed it.

Read more about this interview here.

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