(guitarist from Slayer) – Yes, I know Slayer isn’t most people’s cup of tea, but they were a highly influential band in the metal genre and considered one of the “Big Four” in thrash metal. Forming in the early ‘80’s, Slayer really stood out from their peers with their apocalyptic atmosphere and the speed and devastation they played with. They were a highly influential band and continue to have a very loyal following. Jeff Hanneman was one of their guitarists and also wrote some of Slayer’s most memorable songs. His death this week was a surprise, caused by liver failure. However, it should be noted that Hanneman suffered a severe spider bite two years ago and almost died then. He was in a medically induced coma for a few days, almost had his arm amputated and needed several operations to remove the dead and dying tissue from his arm. He rarely performed with the band again after the incident. It appears that his liver failure and death was related to that spider bite from two years ago. Here’s a couple of highly memorable Hanneman penned songs.