The future of Slayer was brought into question after founding member and creative mastermind Jeff Hanneman passed away. Combined with the ousting of drummer Dave Lombardo, Slayer were only left with two founding members, frontman Tom Araya and guitarist Kerry King. Despite these setbacks, Slayer are expected to release a new album in 2014, and although new drummer Paul Bostaph will drum in the studio, Kerry King claims that "fans aren't ready" for contributions from guitarist Gary Holt.
Since the shocking death of Slayer guitar god Jeff Hanneman, the relationship between Hanneman and fellow Slayer shredder his bandmates has been placed under the world's most public microscope. The trend is likely to continue for some time, detailed in even greater length by an upcoming Guitar World interview with Slayer axeman Kerry King, who admits that Hanneman hadn't been speaking to one another during the late guitarist's battle with necrotizing fasciitis.
While several of the speakers got emotional and tears were shed at Thursday's Jeff Hanneman Memorial Celebration at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, Slayer guitarist Kerry King chose to keep things light and upbeat while remembering his late bandmate. King used his time onstage to share several fun stories from his history with Hanneman that showed the guitarist's spirit and good nature.
The inner workings of legendary thrash masters Slayer have been tumultuous within the past two years. Along with drummer Dave Lombardo being dismissed from Slayer's 2013 Australian tour dates, guitarist Jeff Hanneman has been recovering from a severe case of necrotising fasciitis due to a spider bite, with Exodus shredder Gary Holt having filled in for Hanneman during his absence
Slayer have been playing as part of Australia's traveling Soundwave Festival with a different drummer behind the kit. Jon Dette, who has performed with Slayer in the past, agreed to fill in after a financial dispute involving Dave Lombardo led to his current ouster from the band. Guitarist Kerry King told Soundwave TV that it was frontman Tom Araya who first pointed out that trouble was brewing.
In this next matchup, we've got arguably the two greatest chrome-domed metal musicians in history. Enter Rob Halford, the 'Metal God' and singer for Judas Priest. Halford possesses one of metal's most celebrated and versatile voices, and at the age of 61, Halford's voice remains incredible. Surely, he's a favorite among these heavy metal candidates.