It’s with a heavy heart that we report the passing of Jeff Hanneman, founding member of iconic thrash band Slayer. Along with battery mate Kerry King, Hanneman was instrumental in creating and defining the “Bay Area Thrash Sound” as well as the thrash genre itself. His frenzied guitar duels with King became a cornerstone of the style, imitated by countless other acts. During their musical prime in the 80s and early 90s, Slayer set the standard for aggressive, edgy and ferocious thrash metal and their Reign in Blood album is regarded by many as the final word on the topic.
Although Hanneman was on leave from the band as he struggled with health issues, he was still an integral part of Slayer and he had hoped to return in time to record the next album.
It goes without saying Mr. Hanneman was a hugely influential member of the metal world and his passing at the tender age of 49 is a real loss for the scene. He leaves behind an impressive legacy of music and although he will be sorely missed, he will never be forgotten. We at AMG extend our condolences to the Hanneman family, friends and band mates. Rest in peace, Jeff.