Slayer is one of the most iconic metal bands of all time. Nobody can take that away from them. Guitarist Kerry King and his bandmates have transcended generations of music, though there was a time when his role and the band was seriously in doubt.
It all dates back to 1999, the golden era of the nu-metal movement, a moment in time that gave birth to bands like Korn, Limp Bizkit, and Staind, among others.
While bands like Slayer remained consistent, they certainly weren’t enjoying anywhere near the sort of success that bands like Limp Bizkit and Korn commanded. Not even close.
Seeing a band like Limp Bizkit rise to the top so quickly almost led Kerry King to hang up his instrument entirely. Here’s what he told uDiscover.
“I was really jaded for a while back in the late ’90s. I couldn’t understand why Limp Bizkit was big. It affected me – I didn’t want to play music. I thought, ‘If this is the way that music’s going, then fuck this, I hate it.’ That’s why Jeff Hanneman wrote so much of our 1998 album ‘Diabolus in Musica,’ which is too funky for me.”
While I understand what he’s saying, this all seems like somewhat of a loser mentality to me. How can you be upset by what the music market dictates? If people find Limp Bizkit interesting, who cares? It doesn’t really help or hurt you in any way.