Slayer’s Jeff Hanneman Died From Alcohol Related Cirrhosis; Band Planning Celebration To Pay Tribute

Just a week after word broke that the music world had lost Slayer’s Jeff Hanneman, new information has shed some light on the circumstances surrounding his death.

According to the official report, Jeff Hanneman died from alcohol related cirrhosis of the liver. To celebrate his memory, as well as announce plans for a public tribute, Hanneman’s friends and family have spoken out in a new press release. You can read the full statement(s) below:

While the details are being worked out now, Slayer wants its fans to know that there will be a celebration of Jeff Hanneman˜s life sometime later this month, along with Jeff˜s family and friends, the public will be invited to attend. More information will be posted here soon.

Kerry King and Tom Araya are trying to deal with the loss of their brother by remembering some the good times they shared.

KERRY: I had so many great times with Jeff¦ in the early days when we were out on the road, he and I were the night owls, we would stay up all night on the bus, just hanging out, talking, watching movies¦ World War II movies, horror movies, we watched Full Metal Jacket so many times, we could practically recite all of the dialogue. (more…)

Rest In Peace Slayer's Jeff Hanneman

Sad new this morning, as the music world has been rocked by yet another tragic loss. Jeff Hanneman, guitarist for popular metal group Slayer, has passed away.

Slayer broke the news to fans themselves via a short-yet-personal message on Facebook. The update reads:

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).

RIP, Jeff. You will be missed. Click below to enjoy one of Hanneman’s classics one last time. (more…)

Metal Monday: Metal Urban Legends

The metal world, historically, has been known mostly as an insiders-only club. People on the outside don’t usually get metal, and people on the inside can rarely communicate what exactly it is about metal that is so compelling. As Sam Dunn says in Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey, “Ever since I was twelve years old I had to defend my love for heavy metal against those who say it’s a less valid form of music. My answer now is that you either feel it or you don’t. If metal doesn’t give that overwhelming surge of power that make the hair stand up at the back of your neck, you might never get it, and you know what? That’s okay, because judging by the 40,000 metalheads around me we’re doing just fine without you.”

Just because you don’t “feel it,” though, doesn’t mean that you have to go on misunderstanding things about the genre, the people who make metal music or the people who enjoy it. I’m here to dispel some pretty common rumors and misconceptions around the metal world. Perhaps you’re someone who might think some of these sentiments are true, or maybe you know someone who does; whatever the case, it’s time to learn a thing or two.


Metal Monday: Metal Soundtracks

Inspired a bit by Rami’s Soundtrax column, this week’s Metal Monday focuses on the most metal movie soundtracks Hollywood has to offer. You might be wondering “Are there even enough metal movie soundtracks to make a list?” The answer is yes, absolutely. Admittedly, however, some of these albums are much better than others. While not totally metal, the idea of a metal soundtrack started with movies like This Is Spinal Tap and similar films. So, where should we start? How about with the most “Extreme” soundtrack on the list?


Metal Monday: Riff Fest 2011

Over the years, the cornerstone of many great metal songs has been the almighty riff. Think of just about any legendary metal song, and there’s a pretty fair chance it also features a great riff. Slayer’s “Raining Blood”? Check. Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man”? Check. Metallica’s “Enter Sandman”? Check. The list goes on, and on, and on. We here at OurStage believe in the power of the almighty riff. So, to help honor it’s greatness, we’ve found eight killer OurStage metal tracks that riff, and riff hard. Everything from super heavy riffs to blisteringly fast thrash riffs to hyper-technical death metal riffs”we’ve got you covered.

First, we have the straight-forward “Psycho Intentions” by Reign of Fury (above). Riffs fast, riffs hard and melts faces. No more, no less. Well, except the ludicrous guitar shredding and slight acoustic break in the middle, but we’re cool with that. (more…)

Metal Monday: A Look Back At Megadeth's 'Peace Sells…But Who's Buying'

1986 was a good year for metal. A really, really good year. Megadeth‘s Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying was a big part of why ’86 was so great. As you probably already figured out, 2011 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the album’s release. Now, to commemorate Peace Sells as an absolute classic in the metal world, a new anniversary version of the album has been released“we’re doing our part by giving away a signed flat of the album art. This package isn’t an ordinary album + bonus material disk set, either. With five CD/three LP (three different mastered versions of the album and previously unreleased concert audio), a twenty- page book, assorted photos and reproductions of memorabilia and an especially cool rendition of the album cover, this version makes a pretty fantastic box set.

If you’re a fan of metal and are older than thirteen, there’s a pretty solid chance you’ve heard at least one song from Peace Sells (especially if you played Grand Theft Auto: Vice City). Whether it’s the iconic bass line that opens “Peace Sells” that gets you rocking, the evil opening of “Devils Island” that hooks you in or the litany of blistering solos that keeps you on the edge of your seat”there’s no denying that Peace Sells is a metal record for the ages. It’s stood the test of time, battling with albums like Metallica’s Master of Puppets, Slayer’s Reign In Blood and Iron Maiden’s Somewhere In Time for the top spot in metal for 1986.

Megadeth Signed Art Flat

Peace Sells art flat, signed by Dave Mustaine

To further celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of Peace Sells, OurStage is giving away an art flat of the album art signed by Dave Mustaine himself (cool, right?). How do you win, you ask? Tell us how you first heard Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying and what you thought of it in a comment on this post for a chance to win! If you somehow haven’t heard this album, don’t worry, you’ve got time to check it out and let us know how awesome you thought it was via a comment on this post (you’re totally welcome). You’ve got until 11:59pm on September 4th (EDT) to enter, but if you’re of the crowd that hasn’t checked out Peace Sells, we recommend doing so immediately.