After the bitter departure of drummer Dave Lombardo and tragic death of guitarist Jeff Hanneman, Slayer faced an uncertain future. Here, the two remaining founding members, Kerry King and Tom Araya, reveal how they made it through the flames, and focused their fury into the highly anticipated new album Repentless.
When Labor Day came and went earlier this month, it reminded us of the American labor movement and the contributions American workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of the good ol' U.S. of A. However, since we're Guitar World people, we couldn't help but apply those sentiments to music and the people who make it—American bands.
Percussive acoustic playing has been around forever, and it’s easy to see why. The guitar is essentially a drum with strings stretched over it. (Its cousin, the banjo, uses a drumhead to cover the body.)
Metallica are undeniably the most influential rock band of the past 30-plus years. That fact can be perceived simply by looking at the numbers. They are on the exclusive list of music artists who have sold more than 100 million records, and each of their albums has enjoyed multi-Platinum status, an achievement that even AC/DC, the Rolling Stones and U2 haven’t matched.