R.I.P. Jeff Hanneman

hannemnI’m sure by now you’ve all heard the abrupt, unexpected, and tragic news of the passing of one of the most influential metal musicians that ever lived.  Not only was Jeff Hanneman one of the founding members the legendary Slayer, he was a founder of a scene and style that forever changed the landscape of heavy metal as we know it.  With reckless abandon Slayer and he pushed thrash metal into its extremes not only in their taboo subject matter, but also in musical technique.  The speed, the riffs, the brutality, the frantic solos, the chaos, that was pretty much almost all Jeff as he was a stellar guitarist, but as well he was Slayer’s main songwriter.  And like them or not, you can not deny the massive impact of Slayer bringing thrash to unheard of territory had on metal.  Without Jeff and Slayer we’d be lacking that extreme punch that a large portion of metal is revered for.

So, ya, with a heavy heart, as a community, we bid adieu to one of the most iconic and influential members of our community.  He may be gone, but will never, not even for a second, will ever be forgotten.  R.I.P. Jeff.  This SSSSSSSSSSSLLLLLLLLLLLLAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! is for you.  I ask that instead of a moment of silence we all embrace a moment of Slayer!  Take the time today to crank some Slayer at the loudest possible volume and headbang like there’s no tomorrow.  That’s how Jeff would have wanted it.  Peace Love and Slayer!!!!!

Press release from the band:

Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this morning near his Southern California home. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry, and will be sorely missed.

Our Brother Jeff Hanneman, May He Rest In Peace (1964 – 2013)

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Posted on May 3, 2013, in News and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Liked for the sentiment. Hated for the occurrence. In this case, Metal Paradise Awaits somewhere South of Heaven.

  2. R.I.P JEFF

  3. This is certainly tragic as Slayer is one of my top 5 favorite bands of all time. I grew up with them as I started getting more and more into Thrash…I am a product of the Big Four and have tremendous respect for those bands and musicians. I saw Slayer live 10 times, but only 9 with Jeff. The last time was the Big Four in the UK with Exodus’s Gary Holt filling in…one of the few that can fill Jeff’s shoes and Jeff’s style.

    When I think of the Jeff-induced Slayer music that could have been; I only now hope we still get to see the band move on in Jeff’s honor for just a while longer. R.I.P. Jeff!

  4. Ruhe in Frieden is the german Rest in Peace. And nothing should fit better than R.I.F. for such a great guitarist, that will be missed by many.

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