TOM ARAYA Says JEFF HANNEMAN’s Death Brought SLAYER Closer Together


SLAYER frontman Tom Araya has told Metal Hammer magazine that the death of Jeff Hanneman has brought the band closer together.

Hanneman, who passed away in May 2013 from alcohol-related cirrhosis of the liver, is credited for writing many of SLAYER‘s classic songs, including “Angel Of Death” and “South Of Heaven”.

“Losing Jeff has brought us together somewhat. We’ve had to open up a line of communication. Kerry’s very black and white. I’m not a black and white person, but that’s Kerry. We’ve had to talk and that’s not been the case in the past.” says Araya.

He continued: “I talked to Jeff a lot. I could pick up the phone and call him and we’d talk, but that’s not been the norm with me and Kerry. But with everything that’s been going on, we’ve had to open up a dialogue to make sure we can communicate our thoughts to each other without pissing each other off.”