Interviewed by Metal Hammer, Slayer’s Kerry King talked about Metallica and the band’s 1991 album “Black Album,”
About the thrash metal days scene and Metallica’s ‘Black Album’, King said:
“I obviously can’t speak for Metallica, but they probably avoided Hollywood as much as we did, because that was glam central. Orange County, where I’d seen them play, that’s where a ton of heavier bands and punkier bands came from.”
The guitarist added:
“I may not have been super-stoked on it [‘The Black Album’], but I never hated it the way a lot of people did.
“To this day, I like that record a lot. I think it’s Metallica but I don’t think it’s thrash Metallica.
“There was so much grief over that when it came out. And to be honest with you, everything that came out after that for a long time, that’s what I have a problem with.
“But the ‘Black Album’? It’s still heavy. It’s got some fast stuff on it.”
Adding more about Metallica, King said:
“Man, they’ve had so many. One that I can say we were a part of was the Big Four show at Yankee Stadium [in New York].
“I think we were the first musical concert at the new Yankee Stadium and I think that was big for Metallica, so I’m happy to be a part of that with them.
“But their greatest achievement, I would say, has got to be the ‘Black Album.’ That’s the biggest level of success for them. It may not be my thing, but it’s the first thing that comes to mind.”
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