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Slayer Play First-Ever Rock in Rio Gig at 2013 Festival [Watch]

Believe it or not, but Slayer had never actually played a Rock in Rio festival gig until last night (Sept. 22). On the same bill as Iron Maiden and Avenged Sevenfold, Slayer pummeled the Brazilian crowd with some pure American thrash, and here you can watch footage from the band's Rock in Rio 2013 set.

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Slayer Announce Fall 2013 North American Tour

After previously announcing concerts in Los Angeles and New York, Slayer have now revealed they will be embarking on a full, five week tour of North America. The trek launches Oct. 22 in Anchorage, Alaska (the first time Slayer has played there since 1996) with supporting bands Gojira and 4Arm.

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Jeff Hanneman’s Widow Kathryn Recalls How She First Met the Slayer Guitarist

Of course, the metal world misses iconic Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman. The axeman was one of thrash metal's greatest songwriters and it's truly sad that Hanneman will never bestow us with another gigantic riff. As much as we miss Hanneman, it's nothing compared to what the guitarist's wife Kathryn must be going through. In memory of her late husband, Kathryn Hanneman recently shared the sort-of heartwarming and metal-as-hell story of how the two met.

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Slayer Graffiti Initially Investigated as Hate Crime on Long Island, New York

Who? What? Where? When? How? In a report from the Patch, metal hooligans in Commack, New York, vandalized a building in Wicks Park by painting the Slayer logo and a pentagram alongside it (see a photo of the graffiti here). Local police initially investigated the vandalism to be associated with a hate crime after a resident had placed a call to the authorities. 

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Mayhem Festival Invades Saratoga Performing Arts Center [PHOTOS]

So this is my second year attending the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and I have to say, I was nervous that this year's round of Mayhem would be kind of, lame. I mean come on, last year Anthrax, Slayer, Motorhead and Slipknot were a few of the names who killed it at SPAC last Summer.

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Slayer, Gojira, Descendents, Flag + More Set for Austin’s 2013 Fun Fun Fun Fest Lineup

The eclectic Fun Fun Fun Fest has revealed this year’s full artist lineup, with Slayer, Descendents and Flag (featuring members of Black Flag) earning headlining spots throughout the three-day event scheduled for Nov. 8-10 at the Auditorium Shores in Austin, Texas.  

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Slayer + Philip Anselmo Perform Pantera Classic During Concert in Greece

Metal fans in Greece were lucky enough to witness a collaboration of godlike awesomeness last night (July 1), as Slayer and Phil Anselmo converged onstage to perform a classic metal anthem. Slayer and Anselmo have jammed together in the past, notably during the most recent Metal Masters clinic, but the Greek crowd was still privy to a rare and pummeling performance of Pantera's 'F---ing Hostile.'

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Slayer’s Kerry King on Relationship with Jeff Hanneman: I Don’t Think We Were Ever Best Friends

Since the shocking death of Slayer guitar god Jeff Hanneman, the relationship between Hanneman and fellow Slayer shredder his bandmates has been placed under the world's most public microscope. The trend is likely to continue for some time, detailed in even greater length by an upcoming Guitar World interview with Slayer axeman Kerry King, who admits that Hanneman hadn't been speaking to one another during the late guitarist's battle with necrotizing fasciitis.

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Watch Ex-Slayer Drummer Dave Lombardo Jamming With Sepultura’s Eloy Casagrande

Last week, it was revealed that former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo would guest on Sepultura's upcoming album. Now, the latest installment of Sepultura's studio diary features a brief video of Lombardo jamming with Sepultura drummer Eloy Casagrande (watch above).

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Jeff Hanneman’s Wife Recounts Slayer Guitarist’s Refusal to Seek Physical Rehab or Therapy

On May 2, genre-defining Slayer shredder Jeff Hanneman passed away. Hanneman's cause of death was officially attributed to alcohol-related cirrhosis of the liver, but the final fews years of his life were hindered by a serious case of necrotizing fasciitis most likely caused by a spider bite. In a new interview with Hanneman's wife, Kathryn, she recounts his alcohol use, nearly dying or losing his arm from necrotizing fasciitis, the guitarist's refusal to go to rehab or therapy + more.

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Slayer Play First Concert Since Death of Guitarist Jeff Hanneman

For the first time since the passing of guitarist Jeff Hanneman last month, Slayer have played a live show. After an emotional memorial celebration a couple of weeks ago in honor of their fallen bandmate, Slayer returned to the road, playing at the Impact Festival last night (June 4) in Warsaw, Poland.

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Drummer Paul Bostaph Comments on Slayer Return + Remembers Jeff Hanneman

It's been a few years, but drummer Paul Bostaph is back behind the kit for Slayer and will get to show off his chops with the band on their summer tour. Bostaph was recently named a full-time replacement after the group decided to move forward without Dave Lombardo following a contractual dispute earlier this year. In his first interview since rejoining the band, Bostaph spoke with Nikki Blakk of San Francisco's 107.7 The Bone about his return and he also shared memories of late Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman.

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