Tales from the pit

I first heard Slayer in 1998. I was 11 at the time. My older brother just bought the Diabolus In Musica tape. I'll probably make a pussy out of myself but at first I was so fucking afraid of this whiteheaded motherfucker on the cover that I didn't want to get anywhere near this tape. But finally curiosity won. I've put the tape in, pressed play and I waited. It was on side A and the first track was Bitter Peace. At first it was normal. Some guitars, some drums. Just music. But after about 1,5 minutes my head fucking split open! I didn't knew what it was and I didn't knew what to make of it. I just knew that i had a sudden urge to destroy sometihng! It was amazing! I never felt this way in my life before. I went on through the whole album but none of the songs gave me so much aggressive emotions as track number one. Except Point and Scrum. Well, back then one or two amazing tracks on an album was to little to want to get to know its performer. So I just listened to Bitter Peace and then rewinded. After about a year I got my hands on Reign In Blood by accident. It was a cd this time. To be honest I wasn't expecting much. I just hoped there would be at least one track that will give me this fucking insane maniac urge to destroy as it was with Bitter Peace. Well I didn't have to wait long. Toms' "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!" just crushed my fucking balls. I had to stand up cause the energy building up inside me would fucking implode. After less than 30 minutes I was ready to rip my parents' house to shreds. This album had such a huge impact on me. That day my life changed. I had to get more of Slayer, I had to get more of thrash. I had to grow long hair, I had to get a leather jacket, I had to get a bullet belt. I had to have it all to get this you-don't-want-to fuck-with-me-you-fucking-cunt look just like the guys from the pictures in the booklet. I had to start playing guitar so I could unleash my energy and I just had to have more music! Nothing was the same after that day. Now you ask : "What's his fucking point?" Well my fucking point is that Bitter Peace (also music for Point and Scrum) and most of RIB was written or co-written by Jeff. So conlcuding I could easily say that Jeff influenced my life way more than 9/10 of the people I personally know/knew. When I heard about his death I felt like I lost someone from my closest family. So to end this emotional shit I just wanted to say: Thank you Jeff Hanneman. Thank you for letting me be proud of who I was and who I still am. Thank you for all the friends I made, all the chicks I laid and all the fucking crazy drunk-as-fuck nights I ever had and still gonna have in the future. I'm 100% positive it wouldn't be the same without your music. Rest in peace brother. You will always be remembered and you will always be respected. Jeff Hanneman is still reigning!!!!!!!!!!!! \m/

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Hanneman

Hanneman isn't only the brother of Slayer, Jeff is the brother of us, Slayer's fans.
May he rest in peace.

R.I.P. JEFF!

I remember seeing Slayer in Alaska years ago. I was up against the gate. I missed catching two picks. At the end of war ensemble Jeff reached out and gave me the one he was using. How many dudes do that!? You will be missed Jeff!!!

JEFF SURELY WAS ONE OF A

JEFF SURELY WAS ONE OF A KIND.I ALWAYS STOOD STAGE LEFT SO I WOULD BE IN FRONT OF JEFF AT EVERY SHOW.ON THE "STILL REIGNING" TOUR I WAS VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE JEFF GIVE ME ONE OF HIS INFAMOUS HEINEKEN "HANNEMAN" PICKS AND HE ALSO GAVE ME TOM'S SETLIST FROM THE SHOW.A SET LIST WITH THE FULL "REIGN IN BLOOD" ALBUM ON IT!!!!!! I JUST COULDN'T BELEIVE HE HAD GIVEN ME ONE OF HIS PICKS LET ALONE THE SET LIST FROM PROABLY ONE OF THE BEST SLAYER SHOWS I'VE EVER SEEN.AND I'VE BEEN SEEING THEM IN CONCERT SINCE I WAS 14,& NOW IM 39!!!!!! "SOUTH OF HEAVEN" WAS THE FIRST TIME SEEING THEM LIVE, THEY OPENED FOR "JUDAS PRIEST"! IN THAT TIME I HAVE ONLY MISSED SEEING SLAYER TWICE,ONCE WHEN THEY REPLACED DAVE LOMBARDO THE FIRST TIME WITH PAUL BOSTAF(I think that's his name) AND THE OTHER TIME WAS WHEN THEY PLAYED FOR FREE AT CLUB BRICKS IN SALT LAKE CITY. FOUND OUT ABOUT IT TOO LATE AND COULDN'T GO BECAUSE "LAMB OF GOD" WAS IN TOWN THAT NIGHT AND I WAS TAKING MY THEN 10 YEAR OLD SON TO HIS FIRST SHOW!!! HE'S NOW 17! BUT AGAIN JEFF ALSO INSPIRED ME TO PLAY NOT GUITAR BUT BASS. BECAUSE THE WAY I SAW HIM PLAY I DIDN'T THINK I COULD BE AS GOOD,SO I PICKED UP THE BASS AND HAVEN'T PUT IT DOWN FOR THE LAST 25YEARS NOW.THEY WAY HE WROTE ALSO INSPIRED ME TO WRITE MY OWN SHIT.THANK YOU JEFF!!!!!! MAY YOU REST IN PEACE!!!!!! YOU ARE LOVED AND WILL BE MISSED GREATLY.THANK YOU FOR BEING AN INSPIRATION I CAN'T THANK YOU ENOUGH!!!!!! AND FUCK YOU KERRY I THINK HE HAD HEARD WHAT YOU SAID ABOUT YOU NOT CARING IF HE CAME BACK TO SLAYER OR NOT (more than likely throwing him into a depression and he drank himself to death. You might not have known how bad his liver was but I'll bet he did)I HOPE YOUR COMMENT HAUNTS YOU FOR THE REST OF YOUR DAYS. STILL LOVE YA BUT YOU NEED TO REALLY CHECK YOUR EGO IT ISN'T HELPING YOU IN ANY WAY WHAT SO EVER!!!!!! MUCH LOVE AND RESPECT TO ALL IN SLAYER, PAST,PRESENT AND FUTURE IF THERE IS ONE!!!!!!

guitar god

Jeffs solos is what inspired me to play guitar. To this day my all time favorite solo is jeffs solo on spirit in black, the live version on decade of aggression. I still get chills when I hear it. I still cant believe he's gone. I was in the shower listening to coast to coast am, when George noory broke the news. I couldn't believe it, I screamed to my wife to tell her (she's a slayer fan) and we both stood in the bathroom speechless. The next day when I woke up I guess it really started sinking in. Not to sound like a bitch but I started tearing up, as if I lost a family member or someone close. The power of someone's music and influence can be very strong, even after years and years of listening to the same records. I first heard slayer when my cousin came over with a case of beer and the Live Intrusion vhs tape. I ended up with the tape and over time I literally wore it out from watching and rewinding so many times until it wouldn't play anymore. Anyway, Jeff Hanneman will always be a hero and a guitar god in my book. Thank you Jeff for all your music and dedication over the years, you changed my life. Rest in Peace

SLAYER live in Piraeus port, , dock 3, Greece , 12 july 1996

At the 12 of july 1996, the eternal kings of thrash, came for the first time , in my country, Greece. I was only 15.5 years old, and i had never seen slayer , live in a concert. I had only read in metal magazines , about the extreme pits, every time slayer, was giving a gig!! The big day had come. I was nervous , about , what i will meet, but of course really happy, seeing my favorite band live , for the first time in my life. Me and my friend nicos,took the train, and went to the place that the concert took place. The place was , the port of Piraeus , the biggest port of the country, in a abandoned dock of the port, dock 3 .The festival was called:" rock of gods festival", with the kings of thrash , of course headliners and bands such as , saxon , blind guardian, nightfall , to support the show. Saxon was the last group, that played before slayer. They ended their show, some minutes before eleven o'clock. We all enjoyed the other bands, but most of the people had come to see slayer, of course me too. The big time had come. the next band is...SLAYER. Me and my friend manage to creep, at about the fifth row in the crowd. we where just kids , and most of the people there, where taller , bigger and stronger, than us, but we did not care. We wanted to see slayer, closer as we could!!! EXACTLY AT MIDNIGHT, SLAYER CAME OUT WITH SOUTH OF HEAVEN. Total chaos. Eight thousand people where moshing and headbanging like hell !!! I was down , with hundreds of people above me. I was thinking , that i could not stand up. Suddenly someone grabbed me from my arm. What are you doing here kid??? You are too small , for a slayer pit , he told me!!! I thanked him , for helping me , and i started headbanging ,immediately!!! The show , was amazing. SLAYER played all my favorite songs, like, war ensemble, angel of death , hell awaits and many more. I will never forget this day, and i consider it , as , one of best days of my life!!!

Almost since then, i am looking for the non-pro made bootleg of the concert, but with not result. If someone has it or can find it, please send me a message here, to trade it. thanks.... SLAYER SLAYER SLAYER SLAYER !!!

I remember my first slayer

I remember my first slayer concert for seasons in the abyss in 1992 oakland, ca with testament. I have never been to a show with so much pit action. It was like a feeding frenzy so intense so immense. I was determined to be a part of it at 5feet nothing i was immediately consumed by the torrent mass of people. I was pulled out twice by the containment wall of people but inevitably ended up jumping baack in dodging flying bodies. What a rush!!

Once i fell i thought i would be crushed but an arm out of the wall reached through the mayhem plucked me from the floor pulled me out and put me aside. I was exhausted and bruised but unhurt. Everyone was there to be a part of the music whether it was thrashing in the pit or singing along from the sides i wont ever forget that show.

My fist child was named after tom and i was so sad to hear of jeff my condolences to his family and friends and i will say thanks for the music and the memories!

SHOCK OF MY LIFE

May he RIP : Jeff Hanneman : I live in India, & from where i come from, this kind of music is a taboo, but i never cared a damm about that, & SLAYER was one of the inspritional band for me to join for Music class, i use to play guitar lead, watched, downloaded every fukin album, vids, of slayer & use to try to play like Jeff..i could never, all i want to say is this has been a biggest saddest news i heard of 2013, last year my would be bro in law died because of liver problem i.e. cirohosis, he was an alchoholic. Fuck the alchohol guys, leave it, quit now, anyway Jeff was & will be forever one of a kind, so along as when some around the world discovers trash metal, they will take the name of Slayer with respect, & Jeff as the crown jewe of Slayer...May he rest in peace, \m/..

SHOCK OF MY LIFE

May he RIP : Jeff Hanneman : I live in India, & from where i come from, this kind of music is a taboo, but i never cared a damm about that, & SLAYER was one of the inspritional band for me to join for Music class, i use to play guitar lead, watched, downloaded every fukin album, vids, of slayer & use to try to play like Jeff..i could never, all i want to say is this has been a biggest saddest news i heard of 2013, last year my would be bro in law died because of liver problem i.e. cirohosis, he was an alchoholic. Fuck the alchohol guys, leave it, quit now, anyway Jeff was & will be forever one of a kind, as long as when some around the world discovers trash metal, & wanna be metal band, they will take the name of Slayer with respect, & Jeff as the crown jewel of Slayer...May he rest in peace, \m/..

Jeff Hanneman

Hi everyone !

So sad !! i live in France and i was choked by this terrible news!! Jeff was my favorite guitar player !! met him many times...
one day i was at a show in France and i sneaked in their backstage (sorry about that)
it was 15 years ago ...
Jeff was in the dressing room and i asked him to sign my records, he agreed and did not even asked why i was there without a pass, he was like that!!

He was reading his book and he had a bucket full of heineken beer next to him; all the band was there too..
he signed 20 records and he was so kind in person!
i was impressed by Jeff (the guitar player of Slayer on stage and the good person he was off stage )

I will miss him very much!!

Thank you all Thank you Slayer !!
Sorry but i dont have the right words ......