SLAYER guitarist Kerry King says that he “hated” ANTHRAX‘s collaboration with PUBLIC ENEMY on “Bring The Noise” but has defended his band’s decision to work with hip-hop legend Ice-T.
ANTHRAX‘s version of “Bring the Noise”, which was featured on the 1991 “Attack of the Killer B’s” compilation, has been credited for laying the groundwork for rap metal and nu metal.
Asked by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette how he felt about ANTHRAX‘s collaboration with PUBLIC ENEMY, Kerry said: “Oh, I hated it. And they know it. It’s not a secret, or I wouldn’t tell you. They don’t play it a lot when we play together. Maybe it’s cycled out of their set.
“We did something with Ice-T back in the ’90s [a medley of three THE EXPLOITED songs for the 1993 ‘Judgment Night’ soundtrack], but it wasn’t a crossover song. It was still a thrash song because Ice-T loves thrash.
“When that was brought up initially for us to do, I was like, ‘Nah, man, I don’t want to be part of some rap song.’ Nothing against rap, I like rap. I just didn’t want SLAYER to do that. And then the idea of Ice-T came up, I said, ‘Yeah, we can do that.'”
Kerry also talked about SLAYER‘s history with ANTHRAX. He said: “We played with them a lot in the last ten years, and before that we didn’t, aside from ‘Clash Of The Titans’ [1990-91]. I don’t even know why. Maybe because there were more bands to play with then, and there doesn’t seem to be an infusion of new bands that are relevant enough to have an opening slot for SLAYER. What ANTHRAX has done the last couple records, it seems to me it has revitalized them.”