Tag Archives: Slayer

JEFF HANNEMAN – A BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE – METAL REWIND

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Happy Friday Metalheads! Today, we remember Slayer guitarist, Jeff Hannemann, who would have been 59 years old today, but sadly passed away in 2013 at 49 due to liver failure. It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost seven years since his passing.

Jeffrey John “Jeff” Hanneman met Kerry King in 1981 while auditioning for another band and approached him about playing together and forming their own band. King, who was in agreement with Hanneman, introduced drummer Dave Lombardo to Hanneman and after recruiting bassist/vocalist Tom Araya, Slayer was born. The band often played covers of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest songs at clubs and parties. During a show at the Woodstock Club, Slayer were noticed by Metal Blade Records founder, Brian Slagel, who asked them to record an original song for his Metal Massacre III compilation. The song “Aggressive Perfector” led to a recording contract with Metal Blade Records.

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Jeff contributed both musically and lyrically to every Slayer album and wrote the songs “Raining Blood”, “War Ensemble”, “South of Heaven”, “Seasons in the Abyss” and “Angel of Death.” Jeff was a huge fan of early heavy metal and punk music and sported a DK (Dead Kennedys) symbol, as well as the likeness of Sex Pistols singer Johnny Rotten on his guitar. ESP also released a signature Jeff Hanneman model guitar, based on his Jackson Soloist. In 2011, Jeff had contracted necrotizing fasciitis which forced him to take a hiatus from Slayer and while the band had announced that he had recovered from the disease, he was still not well enough to return to Slayer. His death sent shockwaves through the metal community and changed the face of metal forever.

As a longtime Slayer fan who grew up in the 80’s when I first heard Slayer I was hooked. The first time I heard “Show No Mercy” and “Chemical Warfare”, there was no doubt in my mind that Slayer would achieve the success they have attained and beyond. If you went to any metal club, you would hear SLAYER” chanted at least once or twice during the night and Slayer shows always have some very intense mosh pits. Rest in peace Jeff, you left us way too soon and the legacy you left the metal world will live on forever!!

CHECK OUT SLAYER FROM STUDIO 54 IN NYC ON THE COMBAT TOUR FROM 1985

FORBIDDEN – STEP BY STEP – METAL REWIND

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Today we take a trip back to 1988 to the second album by San Francisco’s Forbidden called “Twisted Into Form” for the track “Step By Step.”

The video was in constant rotation on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball and with the addition of guitarist Tim Calvert, the album turned out to be more melodic from their first album. The lineup includes Russ Anderson – vocals, Tim Calvert and Craig Locicero – guitars, Matt Camacho – bass and Paul Bostaph (Testament, Slayer, Exodus)  – drums. The band released two more albums before disbanding in 1997 with Bostaph joining Slayer. They reunited in 2001 under their original name Forbidden Evil for Thrash of the Titans, the benefit concert for Chuck Billy and Chuck Schuldiner from the band Death (who sadly passed away from cancer, a few months after the concert) and again in 2007.

Forbidden has not performed or released any new material since 2012, however guitarist Craig Locicero stated in an interview that they are still under contract with Nuclear Blast, however, while there are no plans to do anything, never say never.

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO BELOW FOR “STEP BY STEP”

WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE GUITARIST?

Hey Metalheads! Happy Wednesday! Hope you’re having a great week so far. This month I want to hear from you guys on your favorite guitarist. Each week I’ll choose two classic guitarists and please let me know in the comments below which one is your favorite.

Thanks to everyone who voted on their favorite guitarist. Last week it was Scott Ian vs. Kerry King.  My choice:

KERRY KING

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Here are this week’s choices:

STEVE VAI

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VS.

JOE SATRIANI

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I look forward to reading your responses and let me know in the comments below who your favorite is and which lineup you like best. Also, don’t forget to visit us The Metal Wire on Facebook and on Instagram (the_metal_wire). Have a METAL week! Horns up!

 

WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE GUITARIST?

Hey Metalheads! Happy Wednesday! Hope you’re having a great week so far. This month I want to hear from you guys on your favorite guitarist. Each week I’ll chose two classic videos and please let me know in the comments below which one you enjoy the most.

Thanks to everyone who voted on their favorite guitarist. Last week it was Dave Mustaine vs. James Hetfield. My choice:

DAVE MUSTAINE

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Here are this week’s choices:

SCOTT IAN 

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VS.

KERRY KING

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I look forward to reading your responses and let me know in the comments below who your favorite is and which lineup you like best. Also don’t forget to visit us The Metal Wire on Facebook and on Instagram (the_metal_wire). Have a METAL week! Horns up!

 

HALLOWEEN IS HERE!!!

Happy Halloween Metalheads!! Hope you all have a fantastic Halloween with lots of tricks and treats!! Just a few tracks to get you in the Halloween spirit.

KING DIAMOND – HALLOWEEN

MERCYFUL FATE – EVIL

SLAYER – BLACK MAGIC

EXODUS – BONDED BY BLOOD

What are some of your favorites? Let me know in the comments below! Have a festive Halloween!!

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE VIDEO?

Hey Metalheads! Happy Wednesday! Hope you’re having a great week so far. This month I want to hear from you guys on your favorite video. Each week I’ll chose two classic videos and please let me know in the comments below which one you enjoy the most.

Thanks to everyone who voted on their favorite video. Last week it was Slayer – Seasons In The Abyss vs. King Diamond – Sleepless Nights.  This again was an exceptionally hard choice but my pick came down to:

SLAYER – SEASONS IN THE ABYSS

Here are this week’s video choices:

LITA FORD – KISS ME DEADLY

VS.

DORO PESCH – UNHOLY LOVE

I look forward to reading your responses and let me know in the comments below who your favorite is and which lineup you like best. Also don’t forget to visit us The Metal Wire on Facebook and on Instagram (the_metal_wire). Have a METAL week! Horns up!

 

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES – INSTITUTIONALIZED – METAL REWIND

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Happy Friday Metalheads! Hope you had a great week! Today we’re stepping back in time to 1983 to the self-titled debut album by Suicidal Tendencies for the track “Institutionalized.”

This was the only single to be released off this album, but it is one of their most popular songs and is always on the setlist for their shows. The video depicts Mike being misunderstood by his parents and friends and while his parents decide to take matters into their own hands to get him help, he assures us that he’s okay and he’ll figure it out, he just wants a Pepsi.

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Mike’s parents are portrayed by actors Jack Nance known for his roles in many of David Lynch’s movies including Eraserhead, Dune and Blue Velvet to name a few and Mary Woronov, a renowned actress, author and painter, who has appeared in several movies and television shows and worked with the late Andy Warhol.

Suicial Tendencies started out as a punk band but crossed over to thrash metal in the mid 80’s. The song “Institutionalized” has been used in several movies and video games and has been covered by several bands including Ice T’s Body Count on their 2014 album “Manslaughter” billed as “Institutionalized 2014.” Check out the original video below and  if you look at the video closely, you’ll see a guest appearance by a member of Slayer.  Let me know in comments below who you see.

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