At a time when metal is experiencing a resurgence in popularity and many stalwarts of the scene seem to have lost their way, Slayer have upped the ante with their new album, 'God Hates Us All'.

Founding member Kerry King is the guitar appendage of a group cited by everyone from rap groups to singer/songwriters as a major influence. Sampled by Public Enemy, King also played the manically shrill solo on the Beastie Boys 'Fight For Your Right To Party'.

In Dublin recently for a gig at the Point Depot, the tattooed one pulled scary faces and spoke to Sinéad Gleeson about fifteen years at the top of the metal mountain.