SlAyEr: What’s your Favorite Album?

Former Slayer Guitarist and one of the founding members, Jeff Hanneman died last week. There was a lot of speculation that the death had somehow been caused by a “Spider Bite” from years past that had caused the flesh eating disease necrotizing in his body. On Thursday, the Band made it publicly known that Jeff had died from severe Cirrhosis of the Liver, caused by heavy drinking.

Jeff was with Slayer from the beginning and was a mainstay in the band. Jeff was also responsible for writing some of Slayer’s most famous songs including Reigning Blood, South of Heaven, Hell Awaits, Seasons of the Abyss as well as Angel of Death. “Angel of Death” is actually written about the Nazi Death Camps. In fact, the first line of the Song is Aushwitz.

Slayer, who has often been criticized by religious groups regarding their Dark Symphonies and Heinous topics of music. Slayer has covered a wide range of topics such as Serial Killers, Necrophilia, Satanism, Religion, Anti-Religion and Jeff’s personal favorite warfare. So why was Jeff so enamored by War. It’s simple, he came from a generation of war veterans in his blood line. Slayer’s album sales are estimated to be over 20 Million.

Since their inception in 1983, the Band has released Eleven Studio Albums, the first being Show No Mercy and the Last being World Painted Blood. Slayer is among the Big Four of Heavy Metal along with Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax. Most of their albums are heavy and hardcore with speed to the bones. When South of Heaven was released, the band took a different approach and slowed the style down to a more dark and slow paced rhythm.

So, I am sure many of my readers are huge Slayer Fans. So tell me…what is your personal favorite Slayer album. My personal favorite happens to be Seasons of the Abyss. However, all of their albums are top notch and I can never get sick of the Fast Paced Guitars and heavy relentless drums. Also, Tom Araya has the perfect voice for the band. Well anyways, this is like the level when DimeBag Darrel from Pantera passed away. This is that big. The metal community mourns a true legend and giant. Rest in Peace Jeff, you will be sorely missed. Here is hoping that Slayer’s legacy will live on!

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THE METAL WORLD MOURNS THE LOSS OF ANOTHER TRUE LEGEND

On Thursday, Jeff Hahnemann, Guitarist for one of the “BIG FOUR BANDS” SLAYER, was found dead in his home in Southern California. Jeff along with Kerry King formed the Metal Band Slayer in 1982. In 2011, Hahnemann nearly lost his arm due to a spider bite. The injury initially went untreated but then the star guitarist began to be plagued with health problems. Recently though, his health had improved and he was in the studio working on a new Slayer Album.

The initial cause of death is being stated as liver failure, although the “Spider Bite” and reoccurring skin eating disorder has to have some link to his death. The actual skin disorder is called necrotizing fasciitis. This disease is extremely fast as far as progressing to the later stages. The disease actually involves bacteria that actually eats human flesh. The bacteria spreads easily through the subcutaneous region. Doctors are not sure if the infection can spread to the organs, however the fact that he died from liver failure may be an example of this occurring.

Jeff grew up in Los Angeles and was in a family of many war veterans. His interest in war is the direct influence on his music lyrics and war connotations. “Angel of Death”, which Jeff was responsible for writing, is widely criticized for its link to Nazi Activity in the Auschwitz Death Compound during World War II. Jeff wrote the songs “Angel of Death”, “Raining Blood”, “War Ensemble”, “Seasons in the Abyss”, and “Reigning Blood”, all of which are played at every Slayer Concert!

Jeff had been trying to rehab and a few guitarists including Exodus front man Gary Holt was filling in. As a huge Slayer fan…I am not sure how the band will move forward at this point. It’s similar to Pantera with Dimebag. I mean, Pantera has yet to have a reunion and it would be impossible to replicate Dimebag Darrel and his style of play. The same holds true for Hahnemann. He is an excellent lyricist and has wrote some of the most extreme riffs for Slayers material. It would be like Dave Mustaine passing away and trying to keep Megadeth going.

No matter what the circumstances are surrounding his death, Jeff will be greatly missed. I know today in his memory, I am going to have a Slayer marathon and listen to all of the CDs in order. Rest in Peace Jeff…we pray for your soul. We pray for your family, friends, and band members. We pray for all of those around the Metal Community affected by his loss. We pray for your fans. And as we close the page on your life…you start a new chapter in Heaven. God Bless.

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All TIME GREATS

It has been a very busy weekend. I’m going to have some fun today with my blog so I hope that I can spur a debate by doing so. As most of you know…this is the end of my first week of blogging. It has been trial and error and I want to raise my game to a new level. Yes…it’s nice to report news on a variety of topics and discuss the finer points. However, the blog becomes more interesting when you pick a certain topic and back it up with facts and opinions alike. I really would like to get more participation from my followers so feel free to Comment, Criticize, or Compliment but please do respond. I’m going to start this debate by giving you my list of my Top Metal Bands. As I have stated before these are strictly opinions and are based on my own likes and dislikes:
1) Megadeth- My favorite band of all time…Dave Mustaine is a musical genius as far as writing lyrics, producing music, and guitar playing. Megadeth uses a lot of political, economic, and abuse as most of their themes. Megadeth has been through Many lineup changes during their existence. As far as being one of the Big 4…Megadeth is the most technical as far as instrumental and the musical production….my top Megadeth albums:
A. Countdown to Extinction.
B. Rust in Peace.
C. Youthanasia
D. The World Needs a Hero
E. Cryptic Writings
F. Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying.
G. Thirteen
H. United Abominations
I. Endgame
J. The System Has Failed

Now onto the second favorite as far as my all-time Bands. Talk about distinct sound…and bundles of extreme energy and pit stomping beats. Anthrax has it all…they bring many talents to the table. Joey Belladonna is an active frontman that not only has a great voice but also an amazing stage presence. When I think of Anthrax…I see the picture of Joey with the Indian headpiece on his head and running back and forth on stage to the fast pace “Indians!”. Anthrax has been a force in metal since the early 80’s and they continue to perform at a high level. In fact…out of the Big 4 Bands…they definitely are the best as far as live concerts. My Top Anthrax Albums:
A) Among the Living
B) Worship Music (New- Most Recent)
C) Spreading the Disease.

Of course…I cannot have a list without this next band. I actually did not really get into them until later years, but have recently spent a lot of time listening to their music and I now have a greater appreciation for their talent. Slayer sometimes gets a bad stereotype when people hear the name because they automatically think evil when they hear the name. Yes…many of Slayer’s Songs have deep dark sounds but when you listen to the lyrics you get a better idea of what they stand for. Tom Ayraya is one of the few Bassists who are also a Frontman in the Metal industry. He does an awesome Job of capturing the audience. Slayer is not Death Metal as some people may believe. They have stellar talent including Kerry King on Guitar who previously auditioned for Metallica and was in Megadeth for a very brief time.
My favorite Slayer albums:
1) Seasons in the Abyss
2) Reigning Blood
3) South of Heaven
4) World Painted Blood
5) He’ll Awaits
6) God Hates us All

Now we get into the deep roots of metal with Judas Priest. Judas Priest has long been one of my favorite bands period! I can remember as a teenager listening to the song “Breaking the Law.”. This song strikes a nerve in all the disenfranchised youth in America and it paints a picture iLife how society makes it so easy to become a criminal with all it’s rules and regulations. Rob Halford in my opinion has the greatest voice range in Metal History…right up there with Ronnie James Dio, Sebastian Bach, and Bruce Dickenson. KK. Downing and Glenn Tipton are the perfect combination on Guitars and they provide a true metal experience with a lot of melodic hard rock sounds….

Obviously my favorite album is British Steel.

To Be Continued

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