Slayer guitarist Kerry King has been talking about his mysterious new band ever since the dissolution of Slayer in 2019, yet nothing concrete has ever surfaced – until now. King's Facebook page has just posted a photo of a chain on the floor with the caption "Coming in 2024…"; an email with the same image and caption was also sent out this morning by publicist Heidi Ellen Robinson-Fitzgerald. This marks the first time there's been a legitimate teaser for King's new project outside King mentioning it in interviews. As for the chains photo, King famously dropped his signature chains on stage during Slayer's final show to symbolize the band's end.
Now the real question is who's actually in King's new band. All we know so far is that King confirmed former Slayer drummer Paul Bostaph as a member of his band back in July 2022, saying: "We just started rehearsing and the only person I can give away is Paul because I took him from Slayer and we work very well together. We didn't start rehearsing until the end of March, and that was the first time since that last Slayer show at the end of 2019 that me and Paul finally got into a room together."
Interestingly, Bostaph posted on Instagram four days ago that he's been in the studio for a handful of new projects. So maybe King's new band was recording their debut material recently?
In a 2022 interview, King said about the project "You know me, so you know what it's going to sound like. I played this new song for a buddy, and I said to him, 'If there's anything I've written in the last few years that sounds like Slayer, it's this.' And he said, 'That sounds like you could have pulled it off of any Slayer record.' I actually made that riff up backstage at a Slayer show. We were walking to the stage and I got my phone out and recorded it so I wouldn't forget it."
That, or Slayer is reuniting. But that feels extremely unlikely.