Kerry King's From Hell I Rise: The best Slayer album Slayer never made

On solo album From Hell I Rise Kerry King sounds like he's having more fun than he had in years with his old band

Kerry King: From Hell I Rise cover art
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Kerry King was the founding guitarist with Slayer, and one of the chief architects of the thrash metal mainstays' sound over their 38-year career. So no prizes for guessing who this long-gestating solo album – begun in 2020 but delayed, inevitably, by the pandemic – sounds like. Spoiler: it's not Journey.

Yet From Hell I Rise is more than just a retread of past glories. Part of the credit goes to Death Angel singer Mark Osegueda, whose vicious performance consciously avoids referencing Slayer's Tom Araya on the title track and the anti-war Trophies Of The Tyrant

But this is King's show, and it sounds like he had more fun writing these songs than he had in years with his former band. Diablo stomps in on an almighty riff and a barrage of drums, while Where I Reign is an explosion of punk-edged fury.

Where Slayer's unexpected reunion later this year leaves King's solo career remains to be seen. It would be a shame if it was sidelined, because From Hell I Rise is the sound of a guitarist serving notice that he's still one of the kings of thrash, with or without his other band.

Dave Everley

Dave Everley has been writing about and occasionally humming along to music since the early 90s. During that time, he has been Deputy Editor on Kerrang! and Classic Rock, Associate Editor on Q magazine and staff writer/tea boy on Raw, not necessarily in that order. He has written for Metal Hammer, Louder, Prog, the Observer, Select, Mojo, the Evening Standard and the totally legendary Ultrakill. He is still waiting for Billy Gibbons to send him a bottle of hot sauce he was promised several years ago.