Kerry King…ates…

At one time I though Kerry King of Slayer over used the word instigate but it turns out he doesn’t.  In fact on Slayer’s last album, 2015’s “Repentless,” he doesn’t use it at all.

On 2009’s “World Painted Blood” (what should have been Slayer’s last) he uses instigate in 2 songs, which out of the 5 songs he was solely credited for writing the lyrics to is only 40%.

It only previously featured, once, in 2001’s “God Hates Us All” too.

So basically the initial premise of writing this piece quickly died its death.

But then you realise that the “ate” part of instigate may well be why I think I hear it more than I actually do and then a quick search, or listen seeing as Slayer songs are great in that they are generally short and to the point, and you realise it is probably King’s favourite rhyming sound.

Perpetrate, tolerate, ultimate, manipulate, germinate, delicate, liquidate, hesitate, state, fate, mate, facilitate, emanate, devastate, demonstrate, infiltrate, mutilate, vaccinate, stimulate, intimidate, violate, penetrate, regurgitate, eradicate, replicate, exterminate, intoxicate, exacerbate, create, template, relate, asphyxiate, accentuate, obliterate, depopulate, incinerate, illuminate, initiate, indoctrinate, masturbate, calculate, re-instate, celebrate, desecrate, saturate, stimulate, lacerate, masticate, late, annihilate, castrate, devistate, dominate, instigate….and…


Slayer should have retired when Jeff Hanneman died in 2013 but I suppose 5 years dragged out after that point is as good a time as any.

Still, finishing then would have save me and my brother shedding some tears as we watched 2014 Slayer at Sonisphere.



Thanks for reading.

4 thoughts on “Kerry King…ates…

  1. ‘Germinate’ and ‘Slayer’ in the same piece? Covering that tricky Gardener’s World / Thrash dynamic.

    P.s. – in tribute to you i’ve packed twitter in. My life is now 99% more manufactured-controversy free! So ta for that.

    • And people think Slayer are one-dimensional.

      You leave twitter for yourself but I hope it helps. Which it will. It was one thing to delete my account but the real relief came with taking the app of my phone oddly. Think it then meant it wasn’t with me all the time. Enjoy being a dad.

  2. You missed abacinate. Unless I missed the point being that it’s only KK lyrics. I think JH wrote those lyrics.

    And yeah. They should have retired. Gary is ace. But he’s Exodus. And the less said about Bostaph the better…..

    That being said, I’ll still probably go one last time…..

    • Yes I did consider abacinate, again just to make the list look very long but again you are correct, that was all JH.

      I like Bostaph as a drummer and he does justice to the drum tracks, but he is no Lombardo.

      I may well go too, assuming it isn’t £50+ like last time

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