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RE-UP: In memoriam Jeff Hanneman (1964-2013): SLAYER- Instrumental rehearsal session for “Hell awaits” (1985)

Hanneman Jeff

As I keep getting a lot of requests for this one and it since has not surfaced on other blogs, I make this outstanding recording available again for a limited time!   Expired.

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[Original post from May 3, 2013:] I’ve never met Jeff Hanneman personally. Apparently, he died of liver failure yesterday, as the band officially states. If I ever were forced into putting down a list of the five single most important albums of my life, it would contain SLAYER’s debut, «Show no Mercy», and thus I can say that he’s been part of my past 30 years. Not as a human being, a person (he obviously was quite a character), but as a, well – riff monster.

«Kill ‘em all» had given my generation a foretaste – and «Show no Mercy» delivered the meat. Riffs that still sound “evil” to me, a (for the time) crystal clear style of playing note by note at high speed, cutting through your flesh like surgical steel. «Hell awaits» was a bit of a letdown, mainly due to its muddy production and with «Reign in Blood», SLAYER had stepped out of the shadow of the NWOBHM, mainly Judas Priest, that had originally shaped their sound. I liked every SLAYER album up until «Seasons int he Abyss», but after that one, they lost me forever.
Before writing much more (you’ll find some anecdotes of various people including my own in Goodbadmusic’s facebook page), here’s a first generation copy of a rehearsal tape that circulated in 1985 and was treated like a holy grail by many traders. From what I can tell, it’s been bootlegged on vinyl, but incompletely so. So here’s, maybe for the time, the entire tape. The acceleration part in “At Dawn they sleep” alone is PRICELESS and shaped my personal idea of what “evil” and “aggressive” should sound like more than anything, I believe. And although I always loved Tom Araya’s singing, these instrumental versions just fucking rip! A merciless onslaught of riffing and fast drumming, revealing many details that you probably never paid full attention to before.

Just a footnote, but did you know that the first ever SLAYER bootleg, the “Fuck the Slayer” LP, was made in tiny Switzerland, as early as 1984? That’s how much of an impact SLAYER had. A band that further divided traditional metal fans from the hardcore. And if you don’t own «Murder in the Front Row» already, now is the time to get it!

Download for a limited time (part1; part 2). The sound has not been polished up or altered in any way, it’s a straight 1:1 rip. Whatever files of this session you may already have – delete and replace them with these.

This is a tribute to Jeff Hanneman and SLAYER who with this day have ceased to exist.
I hope the remaining members have the decency to now put the band to sleep. It’s not like they would called it quits at the peak of their creative career anyway.

Sit terra tibi levis, Jeff Hanneman.

34 Comments

  1. There were some technical difficulties with the soundfiles; they will be ready for you in a few hours.

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    Martin Reply:

    Unfortunately I came to see this after the link has expired.
    I had good hope to find it somewhere else on the web ’cause there should be quite some Slayer enthusiasts out there,I thought.
    But noone else seems to have a copy.
    Would it be possible to reupload it for some more days?
    Man,I would love to get this!

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    Posted on 03-May-13 at 13:22 | Permalink
  2. Johnny

    My favorite tracks (and the first album I picked up). Great to hear them this raw..Thanks! Slayer was the band that made it ok to listen to metal and snapped me out of “hardcore only”. RIP Jeff

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    Posted on 03-May-13 at 18:41 | Permalink
  3. Rivethead

    Eric: I cried after I downloaded this and played it. I wish I could say what this recording means to me.

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    Posted on 03-May-13 at 18:50 | Permalink
  4. jenny l.

    Man this fucking rules!!

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    Posted on 03-May-13 at 18:52 | Permalink
  5. M.A.

    Just wanted to shout out a loud THANK YOU! Your blog has been too quite for some time now, but this one just fucking …. slays!!

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    Posted on 03-May-13 at 18:54 | Permalink
  6. Jeff AD

    Thank you for this.

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    Posted on 03-May-13 at 19:04 | Permalink
  7. j.low

    And that’s why your blog fucks all the other blogs! Thank you for this!

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    Posted on 03-May-13 at 19:24 | Permalink
  8. Dave

    You’re the best….thanks for these awesome rips!!!

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    Posted on 03-May-13 at 20:40 | Permalink
  9. Richard

    Thank you for this.

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    Posted on 03-May-13 at 21:08 | Permalink
  10. a Kid

    Thank you! Great way to remember the man.

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    Posted on 03-May-13 at 21:36 | Permalink
  11. Thanks, Erich!

    Slayer was one of my favorite bands during the mid-eighties. I lost track of how many times I saw them at Ruthie’s Inn. They seemed to play there every other week for awhile (I might be exaggerating a bit, but that’s what it seemed like). I’m going to have to dig out all of my old live tapes now.

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    Posted on 03-May-13 at 23:10 | Permalink
  12. Shane

    Slayer.
    Hanneman.
    It’s all been said before.
    Thanks Erich.
    \m/

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    Posted on 04-May-13 at 00:14 | Permalink
  13. Dewey Decimal

    Even the hardcores understand the loss here and that Slayer slays! Nice post.

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    Posted on 04-May-13 at 00:36 | Permalink
  14. dustin

    Think I just blew out my speakers

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    Posted on 04-May-13 at 01:33 | Permalink
  15. criops

    I love hearing it like this! more clarity then the actual record in parts. I hope they have enough sense not to make a record without Hanneman. He had a great, morbid curiosity & wrote some truly heavy music- he will never be a footnote.

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    Posted on 04-May-13 at 01:37 | Permalink
  16. Nice tribute herr Keller, I can feel my hair growing listening to this. Sadly, my bet is they will continue to play, a guy’s gotta make a buck right?

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    Posted on 04-May-13 at 01:54 | Permalink
  17. juan carlos

    thanks alot Eric, this is amazing!!!!!

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    Posted on 04-May-13 at 03:10 | Permalink
  18. Mauricio

    I remember listening Slayer for the first time in the 80′s. Was listeing to a Sunday Heavy Metal show on the radio and they played 3 Slayer songs. One of them was Aggressive Perfector. Up to that point I had not heard anything so fast and heavy. Was hooked on Slayer right there. Still my favorite song. Thanks for this Eric.

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    Posted on 04-May-13 at 16:16 | Permalink
  19. Danny

    Was at the first European Slayer-show at the Heavy Sound Festival. We got UFO, Tokyo Blade, Pretty Maids, Tobruk, Crossfire, … and then Slayer came on (before UFO).
    Sad, sad.

    Thanks for the download.

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    Admin Reply:

    I was there too (and the year before as well). Got a terrible sunburn, but Slayer were massive and just as impressive as I wanted them to be.

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    Danny Reply:

    Nice! And I had an extreme sunburn too. It was so hot.
    Missed the second (and best) Heavy Sound because of exams at school (stupid, stupid, regrets, regrets), but saw the first one with Anvil …

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    Admin Reply:

    The second one was awesome. Best festival I’ve been to in my life, though the weather sucked. I didn’t see the first one and for the second and third ones, I just sneaked away for a few days, riding on the train with no ticket all the way from zürich to brussels. Most exciting times, musically and personally.

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    Posted on 05-May-13 at 09:25 | Permalink
  20. Ian

    Haven’t listened yet, but can’t wait! I am only a recent slayer convert, but have been loving their crazy energy over the past few months. Funny how when I was discovering hardcore in the mid 80s, I was almost shocked at how fast & aggressive it was, & was instantly hooked, while in the parallel metal universe, ‘ reign in blood’ pretty much blew every hardcore record made up to that point outta the water! While I love hannemans guitar plying, I don’t think they could have pulled off the first few albums without Dave Lombardo…genius! Slyer stripped the fat & pompousness out of metal & honed it down …fast, furious & nothing wasted. Cheers for the rip!

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    Posted on 05-May-13 at 13:42 | Permalink
  21. Tomasso

    ON AND ON… SOUTH OF HEAVEN!!!

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    Posted on 05-May-13 at 14:49 | Permalink
  22. Dieter //

    Just dropping by and saying THANK YOU FOR THIS!!!!

    PS: Erich & I were trading records and tapes in the 80s. First tape I got from him: A “discotape” (as the sticker had it), containing a wild mix of rock’n'roll, schlager, pop, hard rock and punk songs – in late 1980. In between the songs, he was talking, telling silly jokes and announcing the tracks in one VERY BAD english. I still have it and would like to send it you Erich. I’m leaving a valid mail. Please get back to me so I can send you this tape and a present for your birthday (end of may, right?). Didi

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    Admin Reply:

    Didi!! Fucking hell!!

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    thomas Reply:

    This is of vital interest for the community – so just upload it somewhere and post the link. Thank you.

    Erich, thx for the tape, can’t believe that this is the same material than on the album, I’m blown away.

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    Posted on 05-May-13 at 14:53 | Permalink
  23. ian

    Had to drop in to say thanks again…when I first posted I hadnt listened…now I have – whoo-eeee – this is amazing! I have listened to these tracks every day at least once ever since – sledgehammer stuff. Salutations to you again!

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    Posted on 13-May-13 at 07:54 | Permalink
  24. Metal Martin

    Soo good it really hurts!!!!

    Slayer were in 1984 the most evil and explosive metal band I had ever heard in my life.When I bought the “Show No Mercy”-LP in the spring of 1984 my life was completely destroyed.Especially by the track “The Final Command”; pure evil and satanic speed/thrash metal that Satan himself could have made.

    And now to the tragic death of Jeff Hanneman.:-(He was THE destructive and dark force in Slayer-especially live.When Gary Holt took over as guitarist in 2010 the band started to sound too melodic in my ears.No other guitarist in the world can ever replace a man like Jeff Hanneman.Not a chance!

    Please let Slayer

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    Posted on 14-May-13 at 21:44 | Permalink
  25. Metal Martin

    die by the sword right now.Hail Slayer!

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    Posted on 14-May-13 at 21:50 | Permalink
  26. MAJOR Thanks for sharing, listened to it a few days ago.

    I bought “Show No Mercy” in the summer or maybe September of 1984 because of the band name, cover art, photos, and song titles. I don’t remember if I had heard of the band name before but had the feeling it would be really cool like Venom.
    Somehow I totally missed out when Hell Awaits came out, but I knew the 2 EPs when RIB was released. Eventually found Hell Awaits for sale in 1987 I think and was let down, mostly by what you said, muddy production.
    Reh tapes like this you posted and live bootleg albums show how great the riffing was on it.

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    Posted on 15-May-13 at 02:43 | Permalink
  27. Oh, how did I miss this? (OK I know, I was traveling abroad with very little internet access) Any chance you would re-up this?

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    Admin Reply:

    Nope.

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    Posted on 16-May-13 at 18:19 | Permalink
  28. Timo

    Very cool blog with a lot of interesting and rare music! I’m a huge Slayer fan when it comes to the 80′s stuff.
    Is there any chance to get the rehearsal again – Hell Awaits is my favourite Slayer record for all time. I already got a very bad rip of the rehearsal some years ago…so I’m very intersted in your version.
    Would be awesome….thanks in advance :-)

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    Admin Reply:

    Nope.

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    J.T. Fitz Reply:

    Bummer. I’d have loved to hear these tapes, “Hell Awaits” is my 2nd favorite offical Slayer release (behind “Live Undead”). I was incarcerated when I heard news that Jeff had passed away. I got to see Slayer in 2011, wicked show.

    ps. I’ve been coming to you blog for ages. Do you have any idea how hard it is not to kiss ass ’till you have to repost?

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    Admin Reply:

    I’d say all those “reup this and that” people could show some support and chip in $$ in the upcoming donation round. Of course – none of them never will.

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    Metalstorm Reply:

    Really, if everyone just chipped in a buck or two you’d probably be in much better shape, no? Appreciate the re-post, this site has hooked me up with quite a few rarities I was looking for everywhere. Thx!!

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    Posted on 18-May-13 at 22:08 | Permalink
  29. BloodLust

    Please Sharing..Link’s Expired :(

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    Posted on 01-Oct-13 at 18:32 | Permalink
  30. Slayerville Militia

    Donating now, thanks for this.

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    Posted on 04-Oct-13 at 05:12 | Permalink
  31. Konrad

    And yet Slayer is still continuing, even after all that has happened recently. Strange indeed. Rare are those who know when to quit it seems.

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    Moe No Smercy Reply:

    Are they really? As a recording act, live act or both? I sincerely hope they don’t release a new record sans Lombardo and Hanneman, I really don’t.

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    Posted on 11-Oct-13 at 10:58 | Permalink
  32. Shawn

    Can you PLEASE repost this!

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    Admin Reply:

    Are you fucking kidding me?

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    howardx Reply:

    Any chance new post this year?

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    Admin Reply:

    Coming tomorrow!

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    howardx Reply:

    is it slayer related?

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    Admin Reply:

    What isn’t?

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    howardx Reply:

    In the spiritual sense.

    Posted on 23-Nov-13 at 22:44 | Permalink
  33. Cuinn

    Hey, I was wondering if you still have the Heresy live in Switzerland ’86 complete gig. Could ya reupload it if you do? Many thanks.

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    Posted on 07-Dec-13 at 08:07 | Permalink
  34. Slayerville NJ

    http://cloudzer.net/file/mcs2nuph

    Seeds Of Horror-Slayer Jeff Hanneman Demos 1985

    Never knew this existed until today, if you’re already familiar with it disregard.

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    Posted on 27-Dec-13 at 05:34 | Permalink

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