Pride In Prejudice

Album: Repentless (2015)
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  • This was the last song that Slayer guitarist Kerry King put together musically for Repentless. "There were like six or eight other songs already done with keeper drums, keeper guitars, and keeper bass," he told Artist Direct. "There were no leads or vocals because I had just gotten done writing music. 'Pride' was the last one I made up that actually made the record. I was going to save that for the next record because I was just done working at that point. Tom (Araya, vocals) wanted to work on it and I said, 'Sure man, knock yourself out.' He basically did the vocals on his own."

    "That clean intro, I was just waiting for Paul (Bostaph drums) to come back inside," King continued. "I think he was outside on the phone at rehearsal. I was just d--king around on guitar playing that clean part. He asked, 'What's that?' I said, 'I don't know. I just made it up." That's how simple things become Slayer songs. It's remember it, record it on something, and come back to it. That song's 'Black Sabbath Heavy.' That's what I call it, because it's just heavy as f--k."

    "Tom had most of those lyrics for 20 years," he added. "I remember he wrote them for Divine Intervention. They never panned out. They show up here on this song. Yeah, it's a new record, but that s--t's 20-years-old."
  • The video was directed by BJ McDonnell, who previously worked with Slayer on their "Repentless" and "You Against You" clips. The third of a trilogy, the gory clip shows the prisoner, played by Jason Trost, being forced to make a life-or-death choice in a basement filled with Nazi imagery.

    "I'm particularly excited about this third video," said McDonnell, "because we played with stylistic differences with the trilogy. Where one video plays like an action film, this third one is more of a dramatic piece. The final story takes us into a world that is especially sinister in tone, with the dark and the light colliding. The conclusion is visually cinematic and harsh, with Slayer conducting us through it all with 'Pride in Prejudice.'"

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