R.I.P. Jeff Hanneman 1964 – 2013

I was shocked and saddened yesterday to hear the news that Slayer’s Jeff Hanneman has died aged 49.

My first experience of Slayer and Hanneman was watching the BBC’s 1989 Arena Heavy Metal documentary and seeing an excerpt from the above performance of Raining Blood at Hammersmith Odeon in 1988.

After seeing this my brother bought Show No Mercy (still my favourite Slayer album) on cassette and later I would see them live at the Edinburgh Playhouse in 1991 on the Seasons in the Abyss tour, my very first Metal concert.

Slayer CDs

7 thoughts on “R.I.P. Jeff Hanneman 1964 – 2013”

  1. Reign in Blood is one of only two albums that come to mind when I think of a perfect album. I don’t think it could have been changed for the better in any single way and in my humble opinion set a standard for thrash never to be equalled. This was one of the bands that got me through Uni and Jeff Hanneman was one of the first guitarists that ever made my jaw drop. Clash of the Titans, 1990 in Edinburgh with Slayer headlining was an amazing concert. R.I.P.


  2. Wow you dived straight into the deep end of the metal pond! Being a bit more of a wuss by nature I’m a more recent convert and have really enjoyed exploring all their stuff. He was an excellent guitarist.


    1. It was a pretty scary way to start a gig-going career! I don’t think there’s a more intense way to start a show than Hell Awaits.
      King/Hanneman was one of those great guitar duos. Up there with Smith/Murray, Tipton/Downing etc…


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