I have very few musical entities a hold a candle to as much as Slayer, having been a fan of theirs for almost half of my lifetime and unquestionably regarding them as my favourite band of all time. Those who know me personally will know how much I dig their music, how they led me down the thrash path and undoubtedly shaped my musical vision as a teenager. Jeff Hanneman was one of driving forces behind Slayer’s musical legacy, writing some of their biggest songs. So naturally I’m sad to hear this news. Countless metal musicians owe their careers to the riffs laid down by Hanneman and co-lead guitarist Kerry King, a tag team we’ll never likely see held in such esteem again.
Here is ‘Seasons in the Abyss’. Crank this bastard up, loud and proud, and go insane.
R.I.P. Jeff Hanneman