Kerry King // From Hell I Rise // Album Review


Let’s be honest, when Slayer said that they were done, we all knew that there was not a chance that one of the band would go on to other things and make music. Kerry King was of the same ilk and having walked off stage, on Saturday, November 30th 2019 – he knew what he would do.

Having decided to continue making music as a solo artist, the next job was to form the band and it’s more of a supergroup if we’re honest. Completed by drummer Paul Bostaph (Slayer), bassist Kyle Sanders (Hellyeah), Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head) on guitar, and vocalist Mark Osegueda (Death Angel) there is no chance that this album is going to flop.

The album itself is made up of 13 tracks which you can envisage the sound of without pressing play, but when you hear ‘Diablo’ you know that you are in for a thrill ride.

As this instrumental opening ends and ‘Where I Reign’ begins, you look for other people to start one of those pits that you are used to being in when King is on stage. What I am conscious of here though is that you only get this feeling because of the whole sound created by the collection of top drawer artists. The fact that they are all in renowned bands and at the top of their game allows them to express themselves, possibly more freely than in their staple collective.

When you listen to ‘Toxic’ you may get flashbacks to previous Slayer albums, but it is just so fucking good, you don’t care. I could go on about all the tracks individually, but let’s be honest, you know that this is going to do what it says on the tin before you press play. However, until you press play, you won’t appreciate how hard it goes, how fast it gets and how incredible it sounds.

If you have felt like music of a certain sound in a certain genre needed something new, then look no further. This will more than fill that void and just goes to show that King is still determined to make top-drawer music that just makes you want to lose your shit.

From Hell I Rise is a brilliant album that has everything and more than you could wish for from an album that involves such a pillar of the thrash community.

From Hell I Rise will be released on Friday 17th May 2024 via Reigning Phoenix Music.


Review: Ed Ford


FROM HELL I RISE Tracklisting:

  1. Diablo
  2. Where I Reign
  3. Residue
  4. Idle Hands
  5. Trophies Of The Tyrant
  6. Crucifixion
  7. Tension
  8. Everything I Hate About You
  9. Toxic
  10. Two Fists
  11. Rage
  12. Shrapnel
  13. From Hell I Rise


PHOTO: Jim Louvau

KERRY KING has announced his first UK headline show for London’s Electric Ballroom for Tuesday 18th June. Tickets are on sale at 10am today (17th April) at the Live Nation ticket store.

The show will come in the wake of his first ever UK solo band appearance at Download Festival at Donington Park on Sunday 16th June.