Slayer guitarist Kerry King recently paid his respects to Children of Bodom guitarist/vocalist Alexi Laiho.
Speaking to Metal Hammer King said: “Are You Dead Yet? was probably my favorite album by them. Even back then I was like, ‘This is the next dude, this is the next guitar hero.’ He’s one of those effortless guys that you watch and you’re like, ‘Fuck! I’ve been working all day and I can’t do that shit?’”
King also talked about how Children of Bodom went on tour with Slayer as their openers.
“They went down OK; I’ve seen people go out there and just fail miserably. Their setlist was on the heavier side, which is a smart thing to do when you’re opening for us. I was up there almost every night watching them. They’re fun to watch play and Alexi was a guitar god.”
Laiho’s family announced his passing on January 4th. Though they stated he had passed away a week earlier at the age of 41. Laiho had been battling some health issues. He was laid to rest on January 28th.