SLAYER guitarist Kerry King recently spoke to Guitar.com about the group's long-awaited box set, "Soundtrack To The Apocalypse", due on November 25 through American Recordings/Ume.
"There's tons of stuff on there," he said. "The problem was that we had too much stuff. I've got five big Tupperware boxes — the big storage boxes that you find in a garage — and I've got those full of stuff that I've collected over the years. I've got every magazine that I've seen us in, and I probably have around 70 VHS and 8 mm videos dating back to '83. So we just had tons of shit to sift through everything. I think the first two discs are just audio. Basically, we picked through all our records, and I think 'Disorder' from the 'Judgment Night' soundtrack [with Ice-T] is on there. Then there's a disc of audio rarities, and there's a DVD with a lot of the stuff we picked from the stuff I've filmed over the years, and some of our other TV engagements. There's a bigger box, which will have a fifth disc with pieces of a live concert from [original drummer] Dave Lombardo's first tour back. There's also a 70-page book, and a cool banner. They put their minds to it and came up with some good stuff!
When asked who selected material for the box set, King said, "I think we all just spewed up a bunch of stuff for people to choose from. We told them to give us back a disc of what they thought were the best things. Then we'd look at it, and if it's a good performance but we didn't care for the song, we'd say to pick another song. Nick John at our management [Sanctuary] went through every video and transferred it all to DVDs. So he saw just about everything." Read the rest of the interview here.
As previously reported, SLAYER will enter the studio in early 2004 to record the follow-up to 2001's "God Hates Us All", which has sold 229,638 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The upcoming effort will mark the group's first studio release since 1990's "Seasons In The Abyss" to feature original drummer Dave Lombardo, who rejoined the group two years ago. SLAYER are currently headlining the Jagermeister Fall Music Tour with HATEBREED and ARCH ENEMY.