Jeff Hanneman of Slayer Died Seven Years Ago (January 31, 1964 – May 2, 2013)

Ghost Cult continues to fly the flag of Slayer high, and customarily we celebrate the life of Jeff Hanneman, who passed away on May 2nd, 2013. Jeff left an indelible mark on all of metal through the music and performances he created with Slayer. His legacy as a riff maker, songwriter, soloist, and metal personality has not been dampened since his death. In the time since he passed, Ghost Cult observed Slayer as they released a final studio album with Jeff’s contributions (Repentless), had a legend take his spot live (Gary Holt of Exodus), released a comic book with Jeff’s likeness, completed their final world tour ever of two years, released an incredible film/music video trilogy (The Repentless Killogy), former bandmate DaveLombardo wrote a loving tribute to his fallen friend, and we have written two career-spanning retrospectives (read them here and here) on the end of the band. Every night on that final world tour, Slayer honored Jeff during ‘Raining Blood’ with the still reigning banner. Hail Jeff and Hail Slayer!

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Remembering Jeff Hanneman Of Slayer – January 31, 1964 – May 2, 2013

Six years ago today Jeff Hanneman of Slayer died. It still feels unreal that he is gone. Although Slayer has soldiered on without their fallen brother, Slayer is on their final world tour, a definite eventuality once Jeff passed away. Ghost Cult has written a lot of words about the importance of Slayer and Jeff as a composer and guitarist to the thrash metal genre, but also what he has meant to the scene as a personality, in both life and death. What follows is a collection of Jeff’s greatest Slayer hits as well as our original obituary, written at the time of his passing. Rest In Power Jeff!     

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Watch Fan-Filmed Footage Of Body Count And Dave Lombardo Cover Slayer’s “Raining Blood”

Body Count performed at the Tuska Festival in Helsinki, Finland on June 29th. Also at the festival was Dave Lombardo, on tour in Europe with his hardcore supergroup Dead Cross. Watch Body Count perform a medley of Slayer classics ‘Raining Blood/Post-Mortem’ with Lombardo on drums in this fan filmed video shared by Body Count’s Ernie C from his Instagram account. Continue reading

Watch The Kids At O’Keefe Music Foundation Cover “Raining Blood” By Slayer

The O’Keefe Music Foundation is a non-profit music organization that aims to teach children about the music industry by recording them and releasing their music. Over the years we’ve seen the kids cover the likes of Tool, Iron Maiden, Pantera, Hatebreed, and Slipknot in their studio, and they’ve just uploaded another amazing cover today. Continue reading

Slayer Performs “Raining Blood” On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Last night the almighty Slayer made their late-night television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Continue reading

Slayer’s Reign In Blood Celebrates It’s 30th Anniversary

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The almighty Slayer released Reign In Blood (Def Jam) on October 7th, 1986, and completely changed the game. The follow-up to 1983’s Show No Mercy (Metal Blade) and 1985’s Hell Awaits (Metal Blade) was highly anticipated by fans all over the world, and the four legends delivered on every level. Reign In Blood immediately became an instant classic in the metal scene, and thirty years later, it’s still considered one of the most important records in the history of heavy metal. Continue reading