Slayer Frontman: I'm Better Than Ever Now I Can't Headbang

Slayer frontman sees positives after back surgery and confirms Jeff Hanneman is winning health battle and already contributing to new album.

Slayer Frontman: I'm Better Than Ever Now I Can't Headbang
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Tom Araya has got over the "bummer" of not being able to headbang any longer and believes it's made him a better musician. The Slayer frontman's onstage antics were brought to an end in 2010 after he was forced to undergo back surgery, which left a metal plate in his neck, leaving him unable to throw his head about in his trademark manner. But he insists he's put the experience behind him and he's looking forward to working on the band's twelfth album, along with guitarist Jeff Hannemann, who was sidelined a year ago after a spider bite resulted in him contracting necrotising fasciitis, which wasted the flesh in his arm. Araya tells The Quietus: "I just can't headbang. I just can't do the things that I'd normally be doing on stage going crazy, flipping my head. After the surgery it was a bummer, but I got over that. I like to think I've improved as a singer and as a player. I focus more on that, and making sure my performance is one hundred percent." After some doubt over whether the thrash giants would make another record, the vocalist and bassist says two of the band, guitarist Kerry King and drummer Dave Lombardo, are already laying down the groundwork. He explains: "Because I'm sick, I don't want to fly our and make everybody sick, so my joining in the process is going to be on pause until I get better." "Jeff is recording and writing with us on the album. He can still play, and he is rehearsing with us. It's just that he needs to get his chops up before he joins us live again." Hanneman could return as early as May, when Slayer perform classic album "Reign In Blood" in full in London. "It would be f--king awesome," Araya says. "But we have to take it one day at a time. He has the ability to play but he needs to really work at it. So we have to make sure he's at his best before he comes out and tours with us." Thanks for the report to RockNewsDesk.com.

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    Whiteboy_az
    bustapr wrote: TITLE IS MISLEADING!
    Not only is it misleading, it's also poorly phrased.
    Cokerid
    CronoMagus wrote: Man that kinda bites that Hanneman is still out currently...
    If that pun was intentional, then +1 to you, sir.
    ImagineTheThorn
    deadlydictator wrote: What if corpsegrinder got a plate in his neck, what would he do onstage?
    Pretty much just stand there and threaten to knock peoples teeth down their throats.
    Kenjamin91
    centermass wrote: to the author. get an editor because your writing sucks balls!
    You probably shouldn't be talking dude.
    iommi600
    don't worry Araya, I'll do the headbanging for you when I go to a Slayer concert.
    slaveskinJACKET
    Maybe they make all these grammatical errors just so they can have some sort of fellowship with the average UG user. I can't tell where the article ends and the comment section begins.
    ReldvS
    i wonder what rehab he is doing to get back up on stage so soon after surgery? does anyone know?? or know where i could find out. i have a friend going thru the same thing. they could use advice on this matter.
    Benjumanji
    No metal barriers have ever stopped Slayer from wrecking things before, and no spider could ever fell the mighty Jeff Hanneman!
    tomc2
    BigSpence wrote: Hahaha! He's hilarious! I could say he SLAYS me!
    -49... holy shit ahahahaha
    RockinZiemak19
    It's kind of hard to play and headbang intensely without messing up at all.. maybe it's just me though.
    ant_smusher
    I am so proud of these guys for not kicking him to the curb because he cant play currently. most bands would be like "Ur dragging us behind, he have to let u go..."
    Sakke
    So this means more singing like "Raining Blood" from the 80s instead of World Painted Blood? I'd like to hear that.
    Whiteboy_az
    Vicryl 2.0 wrote: BigSpence wrote: Hahaha! He's hilarious! I could say he SLAYS me! your one korny mofo
    God damn, who let the kindergartners on here?
    StewieSwan
    Lol'd at "Its just that he needs to get his chops up before he joins us live again." That's something he should have done...like 30 years ago.
    svelle
    ImagineTheThorn wrote: deadlydictator wrote: What if corpsegrinder got a plate in his neck, what would he do onstage? Pretty much just stand there and threaten to knock peoples teeth down their throats.
    You just made my day!
    ds24601
    RockinZiemak19 wrote: It's kind of hard to play and headbang intensely without messing up at all.. maybe it's just me though.
    I don't perform live often at all but when I do and am playing heavy pieces I don't headbang because I'd feel like an absolute douche if I ****ed up the song because I was trying to look like a bad ass on stage, which is likely because I've done that many a time when attempting it at home. Suppose it's something you get used to though.
    DavyG707
    I'm glad Slayer are performing still with these back surgeries and so, I really hope they come up to Scotland though! Slayer fans, UNITE!
    LedFender
    he really does perform better. saw them twice after his surgery. his singing is SPOT on. he nails all the screams and all the vocals are as aggressive as theyve ever been
    rocker222
    BigSpence wrote: Hahaha! He's hilarious! I could say he SLAYS me!
    hahahaha pun is funny
    Whiteboy_az
    JayMichaelRayne wrote: headbangs don't influence playing the guitar. so he is still a great guitar player
    Tom plays bass
    Municipal Waste
    StewieSwan wrote: Lol'd at "Its just that he needs to get his chops up before he joins us live again." That's something he should have done...like 30 years ago.
    That would have made sense if it was referring to Kerry King, but Hanneman IS the better guitarist, and probably still is even though he isn't 100% yet.
    hihi7
    ds24601 wrote: RockinZiemak19 wrote: It's kind of hard to play and headbang intensely without messing up at all.. maybe it's just me though. I don't perform live often at all but when I do and am playing heavy pieces I don't headbang because I'd feel like an absolute douche if I ****ed up the song because I was trying to look like a bad ass on stage, which is likely because I've done that many a time when attempting it at home. Suppose it's something you get used to though.
    It is, I started out just bobbing my head, then full on going crazy. Although I do do it to keep time mainly, but you look pretty badass anyways.
    Vicryl 2.0
    BigSpence wrote: Hahaha! He's hilarious! I could say he SLAYS me!
    your one korny mofo
    Sparda93
    deadlydictator wrote: What if corpsegrinder got a plate in his neck, what would he do onstage?
    He would scare everybody in the audience out of the building..
    CronoMagus
    Cokerid wrote: CronoMagus wrote: Man that kinda bites that Hanneman is still out currently... If that pun was intentional, then +1 to you, sir.
    No need to state such an obvious comment if not for the pun haha :-p
    filipe26
    But he insists hes put the experience behind him and hes looking forward to working on the bands twelfth album
    filipe26
    Because one would stop playing metal cause they're not able to not their heads...Nice!