Swedish drummer Adrian Erlandsson (AT THE GATES, PARADISE LOST, CRADLE OF FILTH, BRUJERIA) has posted a photo on his Lockerz account of a bent bass drum beater along with the caption, “Up yours, Mr. King, soft hitters don’t bend bass drum beaters!” The message appears to be a response to a 2002 interview SLAYER guitarist Kerry King gave to Sweden’s Close-Up Magazine in which Kerry spoke about SLAYER‘s then-uncertain drummer situation. When asked if SLAYER had considered any Scandinavian musicians for the position, King said, “I haven’t seen a lot, but the only thing I’ve seen is a lot of soft hitters. Like the guy in CRADLE OF FILTH [referring to Adrian Erlandsson. — Ed.], who used to play in THE HAUNTED. He hits like a [homophobic slur that rhymes with bag]! He hits everything, but he hits like a f*g. This is SLAYER; people expect more.”
Erlandsson joined the world-renowned British gothic metal band PARADISE LOST in 2009.
Drum-cam footage of Adrian Erlandsson performing during AT THE GATES‘ July 22 appearance at this year’s edition of the Tuska open-air metal festival at Suvilahti in Helsinki, Finland can be seen below (courtesy of Pearl Drums Finland).