Slayer‘s Kerry King dished out his top ten favorite metal albums to Rolling Stone as part of the geriatric soft rock magazine’s imbecilic Top 100 Metal Albums list.
King’s list was heavy on records actual influential to Slayer and not 90s nu-metal pandering. King gave his favorite AC/DC (hard rock but at least not whine or rap rock), Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Ozzy Osbourne albums. He also mentioned how Venom “were the best shitty band ever” and:
Slayer looked like Venom early on. We were impressionable and trying to find ourselves and we were probably a cross between Venom and Mercyful Fate, maybe a little bit of Priest, maybe a little bit of punk. That’s where we came from.
On Judas Priest’s influence on Slayer:
We’d covered [Sin After Sin‘s] “Dissident Aggressor” because it was super heavy but very obscure. And after we did, a lot of people still thought it was our own song. But on this one, they had the two-guitar thing and it was a little more cleaned up, maybe how Reign in Blood became Slayer’s sound of the future. We’ve sounded the same basically ever since.
and the strong compositional influence of Mercyful Fate:
There was definitely a Mercyful Fate influence on [Slayer’s] Hell Awaits. You can tell by the super long songs with, like, 10,000 riff changes. That was definitely a Mercyful Fate influence. You can hear that on Melissa on “Into the Coven” and “Melissa” – every time I hear that, it’s such a sad song, it stays with me for like a day. I’ll just sing it in my head.
Kerry King’s Ten Favorite Metal Albums:
- AC/DC – Highway to Hell (1979)
- Black Sabbath – Sabotage (1975)
- Exodus – Bonded by Blood (1985)
- Iron Maiden – The Number of the Beast (1982)
- Judas Priest – Stained Class (1978)
- Mercyful Fate – Melissa (1983)
- Metallica – Master of Puppets (1986)
- Ozzy Osbourne – Diary of a Madman (1981)
- Rainbow – Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll (1978)
- Venom – Black Metal (1982)
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