1. Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth & Anthrax: Catching Up With Thrash Metal's Big Four In 2016

    November 03, 2016 1:03 PM EDT 0 0 0 This week’s Billboard cover stars are Metallica , the band behind the best-selling album of the past 25 years and the most successful band to emerge from the so-called Big Four, the dominant thrash metal groups that helped bring that genre into the ...

  2. Slayer Reflects on Low Mayhem Festival Attendance, King Diamond, & Jeff Hanneman's Passing

    August 06, 2015 12:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 For 34 years, thrash titans Slayer have performed for familiar crowds of devoted headbangers and this summer’s Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival was no different -- except that attendance for more than a few dates (including the Aug. 5 stop in Holmdel ...

  3. Slayer Drummer Paul Bostaph on Playing Without Jeff Hanneman and What to Expect From New Album 'Repentless'

    July 02, 2015 5:46 PM EDT 0 0 0 Joining Slayer for a second time has been a different kind of reign for drummer Paul Bostaph. When Bostaph first replaced founding drummer Dave Lombardo in 1992, the group had completed its first decade and released its first five albums. "It w ...

  4. Slayer to Release New Album 'Repentless' This Fall

    May 22, 2015 11:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 Slayer's first album since the death of founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman is due Sept. 11. It's called Repentless and will drop via the label Nuclear Blast. The legendary thrash metal band shared the news today (May 22) with a YouTube video ...

  5. Metallica's Kirk Hammett Is 'Tickled' About Contributing to New Exodus Album

    September 18, 2014 11:09 AM EDT 1.77 k 51 17 0 Guitarist tells Billboard that reconnecting with his old bandmates is like "coming back to a fraternity you lost contact with." For Kirk Hammett , the guitar solo he performs on "Salt the Wound," a track on Exodus ' ...

  6. Slayer Treads Lightly in Talk of First Album Since Jeff Hanneman's Death

    November 01, 2013 2:00 PM EDT "We've never really had an opportunity to really sit down and discuss what we're feeling and where we are and where we want to go," Tom Araya tells us Tom Araya says he and Kerry King don't plan to make any decisions on a ...

  7. Slayer’s Booking Agent on North American Headlining Tour, Epic Stage Plans, Performing Without Jeff Hanneman (Q&A)

    September 25, 2013 3:26 PM EDT Losing a key member can sometimes cripple a band, but legendary rock act Slayer continues to trash on in memory of founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman , who died at 49 in May from alcohol-related cirrhosis.  Slayer has recently been touring through ...

  8. Memorial in L.A. for Slayer's Hanneman Planned for May 23

    May 15, 2013 9:47 PM EDT A memorial for Slayer's Jeff Hanneman, who died earlier this month at age 49, is set for May 23 at Los Angeles' Hollywood Palladium. The memorial, which will be open to the public, is set to last four hours, from 3:30-7:30 p.m. Attenda ...

  9. Slayer's Jeff Hanneman Death Due To Alcohol-Related Cirrhosis

    May 09, 2013 7:11 PM EDT One week after Slayer's Jeff Hanneman died at the age of 49, the guitarist/songwriter's official cause of death has been revealed to be alcohol-related cirrhosis, or an irreversible scarring of the liver. In a message posted to Slayer& ...

  10. Selena Gomez and PSY Rebound on Social 50 Chart

    May 09, 2013 6:40 PM EDT The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram. The chart's methodology blends weekly additions of friends/fans/followers along with artist pageviews, song play ...

  11. Slayer’s Jeff Hanneman Remembered at Somber But Celebratory Golden Gods Awards Ceremony

    May 03, 2013 4:46 PM EDT The death of Slayer's Jeff Hanneman was announced just hours before Revolver Magazine's 2013 Golden Gods Awards, so it certainly cast a somber pall over the proceedings. But just as with the tragic deaths of "Dimebag" Darre ...

  12. Slayer Guitarist Leads 'Moment of Noise' for Jeff Hanneman, Anthrax Plays 'Raining Blood'

    May 03, 2013 11:25 AM EDT Jeff Hanneman tributes pop up at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards Slayer guitarist Kerry King led a very metal tribute to his "fallen brother" Jeff Hanneman at the Revolver Golden Gods awards Thursday night, bypassing the usual moment of ...

  13. Slayer’s Jeff Hanneman Dead at 49

    May 02, 2013 6:09 PM EDT 2 11.655 k 540 56 0 Just two years after contracting a rare skin-tissue disease, Slayer guitarist and songwriter Jeff Hanneman died on Thursday from liver failure at a hospital near his home in Southern California. Slayer made the news public on Thursday ...

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  15. Slayer Eyeing New Material as Guitarist Continues Recovery

    July 19, 2012 3:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman is still in recovery mode from the flesh-eating necrotizing fasciitis that's sidelined him since early 2011, but that's not keeping the thrash metal titans from eyeballing a new album -- a follow-up to 2009&# ...

  16. Slayer to 'Hold Off' on Recording While Ailing Guitarist Recovers

    May 31, 2011 11:03 AM EDT 0 0 0 S layer continues to play live while ailing guitarist Jeff Hanneman remains on the sidelines. But singer-bassist Tom Araya says the group will not consider any recording projects without him. "There's no way we'd go into a studio with ...

  17. BACKBEAT: Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax Rock Nassau Coliseum

    October 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Three of the famed “Big Four” ’80s thrash metal acts entertained fans young and old at New York’s Nassau Coliseum on Oct. 8. Metal legends Slayer and Megadeth along with special guest Anthrax celebrated the halfway point of their Jägermeister Musi ...

  18. Slayer Ready For 'World Painted Blood'

    June 29, 2009 9:47 AM EDT 0 0 0 Headbanging icons Slayer have slotted a "late summer" release for their ninth album, "World Painted Blood," following the quartet's co-headlining slot on this year's Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival. It follows 2006' ...

  19. Slayer Regroups With Rubin, Plots Summer Tour

    March 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Slayer has reteamed with longtime collaborator Rick Rubin to executive produce its first new album with its four original members since 1990's "Seasons in the Abyss." Slayer has reteamed with longtime collaborator Rick Rubin to execut ...