I didn’t get into Slayer until the Seasons in the Abyss album. I can listen to the whole album and not skip a song. I wanted to be able to play guitar that fast.
When it came to writing songs for the debut album, Mars Eclipsing, I was listening to “War Ensemble” on the way to the studio. I walked in and said to Jamie (programmer, drums, synth, bass at the time), “I want to do something like this.” The fastest I could go at the time was what became “Blackness” – our first Metal song during a time when we were mainly doing Goth/Industrial.
It is sad to hear about Jeff Hanneman’s passing. He was part of a guitar duo that helped to define Death Metal, and pushed Metal in general – mixing the attitude and speed of Punk with the complexity of Metal.
Hanneman’s guitar could sometimes be seen to be sporting Dead Kennedys and Sex Pistols stickers.
I am not a Slayer fanatic, but I like their music, and I would call myself a fan. There can be no denying that Slayer is legendary, and that Hanneman’s passing is felt throughout not only the Metal community, but the Music community as a whole.