First Official Photo of New Slayer Lineup Surfaces Online

Drummer Paul Bostaph unveils the first official band photo featuring the current lineup.

First Official Photo of New Slayer Lineup Surfaces Online
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Current Slayer drummer Paul Bostaph recently unveiled the first official photo of the band's current lineup, showing Kerry King and co. looking tight as ever. The stickman presented the photo showing guitarist Gary Holt, longtime bassist/singer Tom Araya, King and himself via official Facebook page, as the band is busy touring Europe until mid-August. As you can see below, the picture presents the thrash metal legends in their typical stance, featuring Araya's staple bright personality and King's mean attitude. The band recently went through a period of emotional hardship as they lost founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman who had succumbed to liver failure. The late axeman is honored during each of the band's current shows as the group is paying him a tribute night after night. Those who attended one of the recent European gigs might have noticed Hanneman's guitar standing in the left corner of the stage as a subtle, yet somehow fitting tribute to the late guitar mastermind. Slayer also went through a drama with their longtime drummer Dave Lombardo who was fired after a contract dispute. The latest reports also indicate that Araya is uncertain about his willingness to continue without Hanneman, saying that "after 30 years, it would literally be like starting over." "To move forward without Jeff just wouldn't be the same," he said, "and I'm not sure the fans would be so accepting of that drastic a change. Especially when you consider how much he contributed to the band musically. And you can have someone sit in for him, but there's no one on this planet that can do what Jeff did. There's no replacing him."

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    z3dy
    Nooooo gary hooooolt nooooo dont leave exodus!
    Ottmeister
    Gary said he won't be leaving Exodus no matter what. He's basically held the group together since the start.
    SOAD_SoG
    He is doing it for the money. Slayer brings more income than Exodus, but with this deal, Exodus will have enough money to do a world tour
    DickHardwood
    This is practically a supergroup, not Slayer.
    goddamncanadian
    How can it be a supergroup? Kerry King is in it.
    DaniArrow
    Over here in Germany, they sell this huge sausage in a really slimey red sauce. It's called Curry King.
    fromzero
    it's the new supernova line up, in case you didn't read elsewhere... I didn't read it either but I'm just hoping that they wouldn't honestly think that this will fly ...
    dalejandro88
    too soon...
    TJWhonley
    Maybe it's their way of coping. When Cliff burton died, james' words were "we could stop. we could cancel the tour. but cliff wouldn't want us to". you never know.
    DvanG
    When you come as far a Metallica did back then, you don't stop, cause then all the work Cliff and the rest had put into it would be a waste and his death would be for nothing. With slayer that's different though. They are well set right now and it wouldn;t hurt to wait a little. On the other hand, I understand this is no longer a band, it has become a massive franchise (just like Metallica or any other big metal band btw). They indeed need to pay a lot of people. But be assured they already have their pensions well assured.
    munkybusiness
    Metallica were in their early 20's When Cliff died. Aren't the remaining remnants of Slayer all pushing 50? The only RIGHT thing to do is play Slayers old songs if they are going to continue to perform, then stop using the name Slayer and go their own ways. Do not make a new SLAYER album because Without Jeff and Dave, no matter how accurate Gary Holt is... The only person anyone is paying to see is Tom, cus no one wants to hear another guitar player trying to play Jeffs insane solos. and ofc, I don't have to say it but dat beard.
    ripper992
    This is true, but I have to say I'd like to hear how would it sound if King and Holt worked on a record together. No one mentioned it here, but that actually has potential. Might end up as crap though, dunno...
    munkybusiness
    Holt isn't Slayer, so it's going to be nothing like the Slayer we know. A lot of people aren't going to like that. Tom is Tom, but it won't sound like Slayer because Jeff and Kerry had very distinctive methods that could have only been from one band. Holt is Exodus through and through, he isn't Jeff Hanneman.
    Eirien
    I disagree, music is their job, they have to keep going to feed their families. What happened to Jeff was incredibly tragic but it was a few months ago now. How many people here have lost a close friend or family member and gone back to work the next week? It's not disrespectful, for some people the best way to deal with grief is to work through the pain. And I'm sure Tom, Kerry & co. will be paying tribute to Jeff at every gig they play.
    deepstreibzy666
    Keep going to feed their families? I don't think the rest of Slayer is hurting for grocery money. I agree, they should forge ahead, but feed their families? Pull you head outta your a$$
    j-walk
    Yes, keep working to feed thier families, what a concept. The op didn't say if they dont continue to make music that all thier families will starve to death within a week. When you make good money you live a certain lifestyle and must earn a certain amount of money to stay living comfortably.
    Ottmeister
    Tom's stated before that the Slayer train occupies a lot of other people who need to get paid for what they're doing. They've got contracts to fill.
    ripper992
    Exactly, a lot of people depend on Slayer, they probably have no choice but to continue.
    Scarr777
    Obviously nobody in slayer gets paid but Kerry King anyways!!! Just look at what happened to Lombardo!!! Bring back Lombardo, this MIGHT be considered Slayer again... until then, it's just a bunch of washed up old guys pretending their bands talent hasn't gone out the window.
    Democrab
    I'd personally have said one more tour as Slayer, then we tour as 'Angels of Death' or something and made that well known, don't come off as a dick to anyone and you continue. Just like Heaven and Hell vs Black Sabbath.
    Stillreigning16
    Not huge on the idea of this at all to be honest. The passing of Jeff just should have been the end of it.
    The_Dayman
    See, I'm actually not as bothered about the fact that they chose to continue after Jeff died as a lot of people. I find it far more irritating that they're continuing like nothing happened after the shitty way Dave was fired.
    thrashriff90
    Dammit Kerry...if you're not even gonna let Dave be apart of the group, then you shouldn't continue using Slayer as the band name... Kerry is one self centered dude, plain and simple. Might as well rename the band The Kerry King Experience..
    peachesenregali
    Paul Bostaph has been with Slayer before.
    thrashriff90
    True, Paul is an awesome drummer who has alot of experience in the band and Gary is great too. The whole situation with Dave was just handled very poorly, and I think Kerry and Tom should have worked things out with him.
    zn-1
    Holt is probably the only one that hasn't really had any Slayer experience before 2011. I could be wrong on this, but that's basically about it. Bostaph had about a decade with Slayer (during the 90's). So, to some fashion, i's still Slayer.. Just not their premiere lineup.
    sexasaurusrex
    Holt has also played with them before as a fill-in for Jeff on tour, so it makes sense.
    zn-1
    Prior to 2011 though? I know he's been filling in on tour for the past two years, but I didn't know he'd done it prior to 2011. It does make sense now though.
    macpo33
    i can understand Jeff's replacement.He died.RIP.There's no way to bring him back.But trying to replace Lombardo is just dumb
    knægt
    So Lombardo's not coming back?
    TryTheKetchup
    He was finally replaced with Bostaph last month unfortunately.
    Scrubb
    Unfortunately?!?!?! Are you kidding me?!?! Paul Bostaph has been on some of Slayer's best albums. Yes, Dave & Paul have completely different styles, but Paul's drumming is solid and HEAVY as HELL!! And don't get me wrong, I love Dave's work, but Paul's playing has a lot more groove & feel to it, which in my opinion, makes it feel heavier. Dave's style is very fast and frantic, where Paul's is more methodical. If you disagree then go listen to the Diabolus in Musica album.
    SixStringUSA
    This line-up isn't a bad line-up at all and everyone is a good musician but it just isn't right.
    Adam91T
    "To move forward without Jeff just wouldn't be the same," he said, "and I'm not sure the fans would be so accepting of that drastic a change. Especially when you consider how much he contributed to the band musically. And you can have someone sit in for him, but there's no one on this planet that can do what Jeff did. There's no replacing him." Respect for Tom for saying this. But it is physically impossible to continue with Jeff. With Dave however...
    metalgod96
    I'm just worried about what this means for Exodus. I love Slayer, but at this point, I could care less about a new Slayer album, and just want a new Exodus album.