One day before Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman died, his former bandmate and drummer Dave Lombardo asked a chilling question: "What if one of us was dead?"
"I hope things work out. I hope everything works out for the fans, that's what I want. And for the history of the band. When we get older and we can't play anymore, I want the band to go out being still Slayer. 'Cause we're all still alive. Can you imagine if one of us was dead? Then it's hard.
"It's like Led Zeppelin. You know, Led Zeppelin with Jason Bonham is not the same; it's not the same. I hear double pedal in Jason Bonham and it's, like, 'Why are you doing that?' Zeppelin is about single bass, you know."
In a tragic twist of fate, Hanneman died the next day of liver failure after a long bout of ill-health after contracting a flesh-eating virus in 2011.
Now Slayer will never be able to bow out in the original lineup as Lombardo hoped for.
With Kerry King and Tom Araya as the only founding members in the current lineup, is Slayer is a different band or do their songs rock just as hard with other musicians? Let us know your thoughts on the future of Slayer in the comments.