Now that Slayer is over, it's no secret that Kerry King is working on his next project. The guitarist was rumored to be forming a new band with Phil Anselmo on vocals, and Gary Holt on guitar and Paul Bostaph on drums. Basically, Slayer with Phil Anselmo at the lead. While King has yet to comment on who his bandmates are, he did offer an update on how much material he has.
Blabbermouth reports that in a recent interview with Dean Guitars, King offered an update on how much new material he has been writing lately.
“I’ve been very, very lucky with riffs in 2020. Maybe because I can’t go anywhere — I don’t know — but riffs have certainly not been a problem. And looking forward into the future, what that means for me is I’m gonna be able to cherrypick the best stuff. And it’s good stuff. I’ve got more than two records’ worth of music, but to be able to go through that and cherrypick the best 11 or 12 [songs]… That first record should be smoking.”
King makes it clear that the music is a solo project at the moment, as he's not clear who he's playing with just yet.
“Right now, I’m the only lyricist, because I’m the only one writing music, because I’m not positive who everybody is that’s gonna be playing with me. So it’s all on me at the moment. So, actually, I’ve actually gotta cherrypick those songs, pick my 10 or 12 favorites and actually start trying to put lyrics on them, just to move the process forward.”
Watch the full interview below.