Earlier today, Slayer posted an update on the facts surrounding the death of guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who died May 2, at a Southern California hospital at age 49. According to the statement, Hanneman's official cause of death was alcohol-related cirrhosis.
Slayer continue their quest for global domination with World Painted Blood, their annihilating new album. Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King talk about working hard, playing fast and living life on the dark side.
An untold number of heavy metal artists and fans, many of whom are in Los Angeles for tonight's 5th Annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards, instantly expressed their grief over Hanneman's death via Twitter.
Drummer Dave Lombardo has been fired from Slayer — at least the band's upcoming tour of Australia. Lombardo, who has enjoyed three stints behind the Slayer skins — 1981 to '86; '87 to '92 and '02 till just recently — posted a memo on his Facebook page last night to share the news that he was being replaced for the tour.
"There are so many different fuckers up here jamming, it could be a clusterfuck," says a very sweaty Philip Anselmo, pointing at the audience in an accusatory fashion after he and a pantheon of metal giants finish playing a hyper-charged rendition of Pantera's "Mouth for War" at the Metal Masters concert in New York this past Friday night, September 7.