Review by Paul Monkhouse for MPM
Slayer may be dead and buried but crawling from the grave, guitarist Kerry King has arisen and is back with this monstrous new track.
With his first solo album ‘From Hell I Rise’ due in May, ‘Idle Hands’ is a crushing blast of full-on old school Thrash set to kill, King having brought an incredible cast of cohorts to join him on the ride.
Featuring the vocals of Death Angel’s Mark Osegueda, Vio-lence guitarist Phil Demmel, Kyle Sanders from Hellyeah on bass and Slayer drummer Paul Bostaph, this all-star ensemble certainly bring the pain in a welter of fire and fury.
As expected, there’s a real feel of the Huntington Park ‘Big Four’ giants but also something that sounds fresh and individual, the fretwork of King and Demmel dance and weaving as they slice and eviscerate, the rhythm section pummelling and the vocals growl like some bowel-loosening portent of doom.
It’s massive, it’s fast and it’s all you could hope for. Slayer may be gone but long live the King.
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