Billy Gamble from antiMusic/Thrashpit spoke with guitarist Kerry King about their outing with UNEARTH, the current state of metal, the Grammys, Dave Lombardo and why SLAYER never followed metal trends. Few excerpts are follows:

antiMusic: How was the decision made to tour with UNEARTH and how has the tour been so far?

Kerry King: Any time we go on a tour, unless there is somebody I have to have with me, our booking agent gets with a promoter and he asks who'd would you like to play with SLAYER. So the names come up and UNEARTH was the best choice for a number of reasons. We haven't ever played with them before and I like to keep our tours fresh. I mean I do have friends in the biz, so maybe next time we come through I'll probably demand a couple of bands, but this is only a one band bill so I'd seen UNEARTH a couple times and thought it'd be cool to go with them. It's awesome! I had a blast today; tonight was a great show.

antiMusic: Tell me about your thoughts on the first-ever Grammy SLAYER won last [month].

Kerry King: I thought it was cool for my dad because, you know, he's proud, but for me the fucking Grammys, I think the vote process it's not tainted but it's not correct because it's not by somebody who knows about every kind of music they're voting for. I think there is probably 25, 40 percent of people who actually have an idea of what metal is and I think they're 60, 75 percent of people who pass the category and say, "Metal, SLAYER, heard of them, cool." I'm glad they did it, you know — hey, it gives me something cool to say, "Yeah, I won one of those." Not a lot of people in the world can say that. From that aspect it's cool, but I'd rather have awards that educated metal fans voted for.

antiMusic: How do you feel about the current state of metal and all the subgenres sprouting from it?

Kerry King: When we started, thrash wasn't even invented yet. We were doing it, but nobody called us that, they called it black metal. And then black metal became something completely different and over the years people would say, "What do you think you are?" and I'd say, "I think the best description for us is thrash," and ever since it just stuck. I think they're a lot of cool new bands coming out that infuse new people getting turned onto metal and sometimes it takes bands like that to get the younger crowd involved with us. Like CHIMAIRA are working on a new record right now, I think CHILDREN OF BODOM are working on a new record too; they're all kinds of new bands.

antiMusic: Do you guys ever feel pressured to change your sound to fit in with modern music?

Kerry King: Not at all. [laughs] I just won a Grammy — I don't got to do shit [laughs]. This is what we like to do. We were very fortunate when we decided what we were going to do 20 some years ago. We found something we dug and we didn't have to change what we do to be popular.

antiMusic: What is it like having Dave Lombardo back in the band and how was that decision made?

Kerry King: Well, we needed a drummer, back in 2001 right after "God Hates Us All" came out and it never even crossed my mind. Jeff suggested it. Not that I didn't want him back or anything — it's just like one of those things where it'd been a long time, we didn't even know if we'd wanted to open that door again. We thought about it and if there was anybody who'd deserved to try out, he was in the band originally. So he came in, tried out, filled in for a couple tours. It was never at that point said Dave was going to do a record. At that point I think we all wanted Dave to do a record, but it's whatever Dave wants to do. He's got all kinds bands he's playing for, and we can't just jump in and say "We rule Dave now; Dave has got to play for us." But I think he's signed until at least 2009.

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LORDI's "The Arockalypse" album has been certified gold in Germany for sales in excess of 100,000 copies. The band performed on on "The Ultimate Chart Show" and picked up its gold record in Cologne last week.

Since winning the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest in May, LORDI's dream has grown to gargantuan heights. Besides conquering numerous European charts the band has been given their own credit card though Finland's Sampo Bank, as well as their own softdrink (Lordi Cola), LORDI candy, LORDI kebab, and comic book.

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Audio samples of the entire BLACK SABBATH "best-of" collection, "Black Sabbath: The Dio Years", are available at RhinoRecords.com. The first comprehensive introduction to the band's legacy features a dozen classic studio recordings, plus one live track — "Children Of The Sea" from 1982's "Live Evil". The collection also contains the three brand-new tracks — the aforementioned "The Devil Cried", plus "Shadow Of The Wind", and "Ear In The Wall". The disc will be available April 3 at all physical retail outlets and at www.rhino.com for a suggested list price of $18.98. The album will also be available at all digital retail outlets for a suggested retail price of $11.99.

"The Devil Cried" will be released in digital form to the public via all digital retailers on Tuesday, March 13. The song was written and produced by guitarist Tony Iommi and singer Ronnie James Dio and was recorded with bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Vinny Appice in November 2006 in the U.K. The cut was engineered and mixed by Mike Exeter, who worked on Iommi's "Fused" and "The 1996 DEP Sessions".

Black Sabbath: The Dio Years details here

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