There was only ever one option for this week’s Sunday Slaylist – a tribute to Jeff Hanneman, guitarist with Slayer, who tragically died this week aged just 49 years old.
The influence of Slayer on metal cannot be understated – Hell, we pretty much named this entire feature in tribute to Slayer. As one of the principal songwriters in Slayer (just go check out the writing credits of..oh…well…pretty much every Slayer album if you don’t believe us), it’s fair to say that Jeff Hanneman was one of the driving forces behind one of the bands that helped define metal as we see it today.
To that end, picking a list of songs for this one was tough, given just how much of Slayer’s back catalogue was written or co-written by Hanneman. In the end, we plumped for the songs on Spotify that were either entirely written (both lyrically and musically) by Hanneman, as well as the most high-profile songs that he co-wrote with either Tom Araya or Kerry King.
Spotify is available to most of Europe, the USA, Australia, New Zealand, and a load of other countries for free – though obviously you’re better off shelling out either £5 or £10 a month for one of Spotify’s premium packages, as then you can listen to our Slaylists without having them interrupted by adverts. For our readers in countries not currently serviced by Spotify….go put on a Slayer album and listen to that instead. Don’t even try to tell us you don’t own at least one Slayer album. Don’t be that guy.
Listen to ‘Psychopathy Red’, written by Jeff Hanneman: