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Slayer's Follow-Up to 'World Painted Blood' (TBD)
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Slayer's Follow-Up to 'World Painted Blood' (TBD)

In May 2013, Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman passed away from liver failure, leaving a huge void in the pioneering thrash band. Hanneman hadn't toured with the group since 2011, when he contracted the flesh-eating disease necrotizing fasciitis, but he was a crucial songwriter, penning Slayer's most definitive anthems and contributing to all the group's records, including 2013's World Painted Blood. In April 2014 the band debuted "Implode," its first new song in five years, and a few months later hit the studio with producer Terry Date (Pantera, Deftones) to work on its 11th album, which, according to guitarist Kerry King, may include material written by Hanneman before his death. Look out for a new song “When the Stillness Comes” early this year. B.G.

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