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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Jeff Hanneman Of Slayer Died Five Years Ago Today

Five years ago today Jeff Hanneman of Slayer died. It still seems impossible to grasp that we lost a thrash metal titan. Although Slayer has soldiered on without their fallen brother, it seems fair that they are looking at retirement soon. Ghost Cult has written a lot of words over the years espousing the devout respect that Jeff deserves both as a writer and player in the halls of thrash metal greatness, 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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Metallica Perform “Orion” In Tribute To Cliff Burton At Pala Alpitour In Italy

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Yesterday was officially “Cliff Burton Day” in the Castro Valley, but that didn’t stop Metallica from paying tribute to their legendary bassist at last night’s show in Turin, Italy. Continue reading

Saxon Pay Tribute To Motörhead With “They Played Rock And Roll”

Saxon will be releasing their 22nd studio album, Thunderbolt, on February 2nd via Militia Guard (Silver Lining Music), and we have another new song for your listening pleasure today. Continue reading

Bad Wolves Share Their Cover Of “Zombie” By The Cranberries

After the news broke out about the tragic loss of Dolores O’Riordan earlier this week, Bad Wolves revealed that they were planning on collaborating with the late vocalist on a cover of ‘Zombie’ by The Cranberries. Today they’ve released that cover in tribute to Dolores, and it’s pretty damn powerful. Continue reading

Members Of Motörhead, Metallica, Anthrax, Guns N’ Roses & More Pay Tribute To “Fast” Eddie Clarke

Earlier this morning we learned that former Motörhead/Fastway guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke passed away yesterday after a battle with pneumonia. Since the news broke, tributes from all over the world have begun to come in. Continue reading

Sanctuary Announce Farewell Tour with Witherfall’s Joseph Michael

Following the unfortunate loss of Warrel Dane, Sanctuary has announced that their tour with Iced Earth will go forth as planned. Continue reading