Slayer Retired Because Of Tom Araya’s Christian Beliefs, Says Suicide Silence Guitarist

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Suicide Silence guitarist Mark Heylmun was recent guest on Radioactive Mike where he discussed retirement of thrash metal icons Slayer.

Mark said: “I discovered this myself – people have caught Kerry King‘s pick on that farewell tour and his pick said ‘King 2020,’ and that tour was in 2019.

“So I think that that is alluding to the fact that Kerry King has a project that he’s gonna… Maybe not now, because of what’s going on in 2020, but I think that Kerry King‘s got something up his sleeve,” he continyed. “That’s what I think. But I think Slayer is probably done.”

When asked if he think they’ll come back at some point, Mark said: “I don’t know. If they do, it will be unfortunate. They can’t just go play one show ’cause that would be a big middle finger to everything they did with their farewell. If they’re gonna come back, they’re gonna probably come back.

“But I don’t think it’ll happen,” he added. “I don’t think Tom [Araya, bass/vocals] feels the same way that he did about Slayer. I think that’s why he wanted to call it. I think he grew up.

“He’s seen it all. He’s a freakin’ grandfather now. I’m pretty sure he’s a newfound Christian, or whatever you wanna call it. Being disconnected from… SLAYER is not a Christian-dude band.”

Slayer played its final show of their farewell tour last November at the Forum in Los Angeles. One day later, Kerry‘s wife, Ayesha King, said that there is “not a chance in hell” that the thrash metal icons will reunite for more shows.

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