Kerry King, born on June 3, 1964 in Los Angeles, California, is one of the thrash metal
band Slayer's founding members.
Kerry's father was an inspector for aircraft parts, and his mother worked as an employee for a telephone company.
In 1981, Kerry King was auditioning for the position of guitarist in a band. After the audition, Jeff Hanneman
approached him, and the two of them began playing Iron Maiden
Sometime during that same jam session with Jeff, Kerry suggested that they start their own band, to which Jeff replied "Fuck yeah!", and Slayer was born.
During the 80's, King had long hair, but once he began to go bald, he shaved it all off. After which, he covered his hands, arms and head in tattoos. King's tattoos have become such an integral part of his image, that Blender
magazine included a tour of all of his body ink in one of their past issues.
In a January 2007 issue of the magazine Guitar World
, King's famous acronym KFK
was revealed to mean "Kerry Fucking King".
King's songwriting style consists of mostly Satanic
subjects, even though he has stated on many different occasions that he belives neither in God
, nor Satan
. He justs attributes his songwriting to Satanic subjects because he says "It's more fun to sing about Satan than God".
King views organized religion as a crutch for people who are "too weak to make it through life on their own". He also goes on to say that, "I'm the kind of guy that says if I don't see it, then it doesn't work. And nobody can show me God". He stated in the 2005 documentary Metal: A Headbanger's Journey
that he feels religion is "the ultimate form of mind control that is perfectly legal." In the same documentary King says that he believes religion is a "load of shit".
King has had many well publicized feuds with many of his peers, including, most notably Dave Mustaine
of the thrash metal band Megadeth
, Machine Head
frontman Robb Flynn
He has also, on at least one occasion, slammed Metallica
, by labeling them as a sinking ship.
His equipment, both on stage and in the studi consists of his signature model B.C. Rich KKV
, and Marshall JCM-800 Amplifiers
, along with many effects.
Kerry is also a long time and noted herpetoculturist
and snake breeder who is known to pop up at Southern California reptile events and pet shops with little notice. In 2005, he participated in an online chat discussion with both music and snake fans at the popular online reptile community kingsnake.com where he discussed both his involvement with Slayer and his interest in reptiles
I think Kerry King is a stupid, close minded, insecure, no talent, fat headed cocksucker.