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Name: Kerry King  
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Date of Birth: 3rd June 1964
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, USA
Profession: Composer
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Kerry King

Kerry King, born June 3, 1964 in Los Angeles California is best known for his work as guitarist and lyricist in the band Slayer.

His lyrics are mostly based on Satanic subjects, which he attributes to his love of horror movies. Though many fans regard him as being a Satanist, he regards these people as "dumb". He has stated he does not believe in God, so he does not believe in Satan, but he writes Satanic subjects because he says it is more fun to sing about Satan than God.

King uses Marshall amplification along with his own B.C. Rich signature guitar, the KKV.

In addition to appearing on Slayer's albums, he has also made guest appearances as lead guitarist, including:

  • "No Sleep Till Brooklyn", from the Beastie Boys album Licensed to Ill
  • "Final Prayer", from the Hatebreed album Perseverance
  • "Dead Girl Superstar", from the Rob Zombie album The Sinister Urge
  • "Goddam Electric", from the Pantera album Reinventing The Steel
  • "What We're All About (The Original Version)", by Sum 41 from the Spider-Man movie soundtrack

He also spent a short while as a guitarist in Megadeth, although this was only a temporary arrangement.

Like most heavy metal musicians, King had long hair, but then shaved his head when he started balding. His bald head and spiked wristband, as with his massive tattoo work, which covers his hands, arms, and head, are his trademarks.

He is noted for openly speaking his mind, which has lead to arguments with various other bands, and caused him to occasionally get caught in his words. For example, King has been vocal about post-Black Album Metallica, and branded Kirk Hammett "the most overrated player ever to grace the pages of a guitar magazine," but following the 2003 release of Metallica's St. Anger, King also criticized the decision to purge all guitar solos from the album, claiming Hammett was one of the most talented guitar players on the planet. Some believe that he has also contradicted himself when he said it was wrong for Machine Head to do rap metal, although King played on a Beastie Boys album and Slayer did a collaberation with rap artist Ice T , however it is unknown whether this was a criticism towards rap metal or Machine Head.

He plays primarily B.C. Rich guitars, which are known in the guitar wolrd as "Pieces of Shit".

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