• Interview: Dave Lombardo

    Ahead of an unforgettable drum workshop at Belfast’s Crescent Arts Centre, Brian Coney and photographer Liam Kielt met up with boundlessly influential metal drummer Dave Lombardo for a career-spanning interview, touching upon everything from his legendary work with and acrimonious departure from Slayer, his latest string of musical projects and keeping grounded and being at one with his fans. You’re hear from the drum workshop in Belfast. What encouraged you to go off and do these things? It’s a good way for me to get out there and talk to the fans and get in touch – get at ground level.…

  • Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman dies aged 49

    Jeff Hanneman, founding guitarist of American thrash metal legends Slayer has died, aged 49. As announced via the band’s official Facebook page last night, Hanneman died of liver failure in California on Thursday. The guitarist had been suffering from a flesh-eating disease since 2011 called necrotising fasciitis, believed to have been contracted from a spider bite. Slayer’s official statement said, “Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11am this morning near his Southern California home.” R.I.P. Jeff. Everyone else, get this into your lugs (so to speak).