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Dave Lombardo on Slayer: ‘They Weren’t Really My Friends, They Were Just Business Partners’

Dave Lombardo
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

It's already been over a year since Slayer parted ways with drummer Dave Lombardo. The legendary kit master has been keeping busy with Philm and drumming workshops, but Lombardo's ousting from Slayer has allowed the stickman time to reconsider the relationships he had with his former bandmates.

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Slayer vs. Pig Destroyer – March Metal Madness 2014, Round 1

Slayer vs. Pig Destroyer
American / Relapse

These two bands have both been hailed as the most extreme of their generation. Though residing in different genres of metal, thrash and grindcore, both acts cranked up the intensity level of their respective genres while somehow churning out a product palatable for the metal masses. We're looking to find the best 21st century metal album in this March Metal Madness tournament. Could one of these two be given that distinction?

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Metallica, Slayer, Lamb of God + Anthrax Head Up 2014 Heavy Montreal Festival

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Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

That rumble you just felt came from Canada as organizers of the Heavy Montreal Festival have unveiled a lineup worthy of its name. When you start with Metallica, Slayer, Lamb of God and Anthrax, you know you've got a rocking music weekend on tap.

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Dave Lombardo Blasts Ex-Bandmates for Slayer Ouster + Behavior at Jeff Hanneman’s Memorial

Dave Lombardo
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

To say that the split between Slayer and drummer Dave Lombardo is contentious might be a bit of an understatement. The skinbeater says in a new interview with Planet Mosh that the situation that led to his ousting could have been "an easy fix," but instead he now has a "non-existent" relationship with his former bandmates, calling their treatment of him "sickening." Additionally, Lombardo criticizes frontman Tom Araya's absence from Jeff Hanneman's memorial and the "self-centered stories" guitarist Kerry King shared during the service.

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Traffic Circle in Poland Renamed ‘Jeff Hanneman’s Circle Pit’ After Charity Auction

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Here's your incredibly awesome story of the day. A charity auction recently took place to rename a traffic circle in Jaworzno, Poland. The winner of the auction was given the opportunity to christen the circle with any name for one year, and thanks to the good people at Art-Com, the intersection has been dubbed 'Jeff Hanneman's Circle Pit.'

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Vital Vinyl: Digging Deep Into the Slayer Reissues

Slayer - Vital Vinyl

A band that will forever be considered as one of the Big 4, Slayer have released a collection that should affectionately be known to fans as the Big 10: every release under the American Recordings label has been reissued on audiophile 180-gram vinyl. Not only reissued on vinyl, the music has been remastered from the original analog master tapes, breathing fresh life into the band's vast, legendary catalog. In addition to the sound quality of the albums, Slayer pressed no more than 500 copies of each album on blood red vinyl and randomly inserted them among the standard reissues.

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Dave Lombardo on Jeff Hanneman’s Grammys Snub, How Money Affects Friendships + More

Slayer Dave Lombardo
Courtesy of Slayer

Former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo is always outspoken, and in a new interview, the legendary percussionist had a lot to say. During the chat, Lombardo spoke about the second Philm album, Jeff Hanneman being snubbed during the Grammys' 'In Memoriam' segment, how money can come between bandmates + more.

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Slayer Commemorate 50th Birthday of Late Guitarist Jeff Hanneman

Slayer
Photo by Mark Seliger

Today (Jan. 31) would have been Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman's 50th birthday, and metalheads worldwide have been paying tribute to the fallen shredder. Slayer themselves added to the mass of memorials, paying their respects to Hanneman in a heartfelt post that every fan should read.

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Open Letter to the Grammys: Give Metal and Hard Rock the Respect They Deserve

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Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire (Osbourne and Reznor) / Kevin Winter, Getty Images (Hanneman)

We recently published an open letter to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, asking them to consider some of the greatest hard rock + metal acts ever for induction. But now we point our dissatisfaction at the 2014 Grammy Awards, which took place Sunday night, Jan. 26, and featured one rock and metal snub after another.

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2014 Grammy Awards Snubs Late Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman During ‘In Memoriam’ Segment

Jeff Hanneman
Herfitz PR / Photo Credit: Andrew Stuart

As it does every year, the Grammy Awards paid tribute to the musicians who passed away over the past 12 months with an 'In Memoriam' segment toward the end of Sunday night's ceremony. However, there was at least one glaring omission, as there was no mention of late Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman.

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