Slayer’s Kerry King Slams Victory Records for Mayhem Fest Low Numbers

Slayer’s Kerry King Slams Victory Records for Mayhem Fest Low Numbers

We have all read the story about Mayhem Fest’s Co-founder Kevin Lyman speaking ill of todays metal bands. He accused the old guards of pushing away the younger crowds and has since retracted his comments but now Slayer’s Kerry King went on the record saying in an interview with  Metal Insider:

Usually there’s the main stage, a second stage, a third stage, and then that piece of shit record stage. What they’re calling a second stage is at best a fourth stage, They’re wondering why people aren’t showing up. I think they waited too long, and all the talent took gigs in Europe.

King’s comments were met with a swift response from the likes of Jungle Rot frontman Dave Matrise and Joey Simpson of Kissing Candice. The label mates said of King’s comments:

There’s a lot of people, including myself, that have a lot of money invested in this tour. And here’s this guy, and he opens his mouth and sabotages the tour. And then he talks shit about Victory Records. If it wasn’t for Victory getting this stage, this tour would have never even happened.” Matrise continued: “If he’d get off the bus once in a while instead of charging $20 for a picture or a signing or whatever the hell he does, he’d probably see that there’s some really good talent out there.” 

Sister Sin vocalist Liv Jagrell added:

I think it’s disrespectful, to say the least, while the tour is still going on. I mean he can have his opinion, but he could have waited until after the tour. And then, of course, it’s our label he’s talking shit about. I don’t think that’s a good thing to say things about other labels and bands. So yeah, I’m not so very fond of him right now.

We actually kind of agree with King… Kind of. The Victory Records Stage at this years Mayhem Fest actually brought its fair share of people through the door. The bands like Jungle Rot, Kissing Candice, Sister Sin and Shattered Sun actually had a very decent number of fans in front of them as they played. HELLYEAH, who was on the MainStage, had huge numbers here in Auburn… It wasn’t until the actual “Headliner” took the MainStage that the numbers drastically thinned out which leads us to the conclusion that yes… King is right in a sense but he omitted one word and a very important word at that. His statement should have read “All the Headlining Talent took gigs in Europe”.

So we have to ask ourselves, with all the headlining talent in Europe… Why is Slayer here?





Christian Hamilton

Christian Hamilton

Christian is the founder and Editor of Rock Paper Rock as well as a freelance concert and event photographer serving the Pacific Northwest and Beyond. He is a certified member of the PPA and Gold Level member of the CPS. He has recently began working with Mental Itch Records and has launched his own Photography website.

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