FUCK. What else can you say metalheads? One of the legends of the metal community… one of the most respected icons in the metal realm has left us today. This is my tribute to Jeff Hanneman – The Legend That Was.
Whether you like Slayer or not, the fact is that 90% of metal bands in existence today would NOT be here were it not for Slayer. Slayer would not exist were it for Hanneman, their key songwriter.
To the ignorant, you would think that King was the main songwriter given his nature of being so outspoken and being the “image” of the band. But no, it was the much more reserved Hanneman who contributed the majority of the music. He let his guitar and songwriting do the talking…. and man did it work.
Angel of Death? Hanneman. Raining Blood? Hanneman. War Ensemble? Hanneman. Seasons in the Abyss? Hanneman. I could go on but you get the point.
Just think about that for a moment… Hanneman can be attributed as being a major major reason why so many of the New Wave bands exist out there. Name one goddamn metal band that doesn’t list Slayer as an influence. Name one goddamn band out there that has not at one point in time learned and covered Angel of Death. His music paved the way and inspired the metal that is being played today. The modern metal landscape would be vastly different were it not for him.
For the metal world to lose Hanneman when he still had so much to give is just tragic. We will no longer hear Hanneman’s chops, but I guarantee you that he will live on through the music written by others who have been inspired by him.
Rest easy Jeff… the metal world will not be the same without you.