2013 has certainly been a rough year for Slayer. It began with Dave Lombardo being kicked off the band's Australian tour, with Kerry King and Tom Araya electing to replace him with Jon Dette for future shows. Mere weeks ago, we learned of Jeff Hanneman's tragic death. They say that bad things come in threes, and now the drummer issues have come to a head.

Slayer announced on their Facebook page that Dave Lombardo is officially being replaced. Paul Bostaph, a veteran of the band, and alumnus of Forbidden, Testament, and Exodus, will take Lombardo's place for the second time in his career. For ten years, from 1992 to 2001, Bostaph served as Slayer's drummer and recorded four albums with them: Divine Intervention, Undisputed Attitude, Diabolus In Musica, and God Hates Us All. He adds that he is "very excited to be rejoining Slayer," and it "feels like coming home."

In their statement, the band added that Gary Holt of Exodus will continue to fill in for the late Jeff Hanneman on their upcoming tour.






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Posted: 31.05.2013 by ScreamingSteelUS



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Truemetaljope - 31.05.2013 at 13:33  
Dick move

No Lombardo = No Slayer.
csiga - 31.05.2013 at 13:37  
Fuck this shit...
Zaphod - 31.05.2013 at 13:41  
I'd hoped they'd at least get Lombardo back after Jeff's death. That way I wouldn't mind them to keep on touring without making new music. Now it's just... meh... I don't care anymore for Slayer.
Athropos - 31.05.2013 at 14:08  
I don't like to see Lombardo being replaced by Bostaph, but Bostaph is a good drummer. So many people are grumbling but they'll still go to the gigs if they can...
Ruin - 31.05.2013 at 14:13  
I don't fucking care for this band nevermore
Azazel - 31.05.2013 at 14:19  
What is with the hate for Paul. Seen slayer countless times with him and Dave. Never been a shit show. Sure they have different styles but listen to God Hates Us All and Testament's The Formation of Damnation, and tell me he's a shit drummer. Plus he's been in slayer nearly as long as dave.
Ruin - 31.05.2013 at 14:29  
Written by Azazel on 31.05.2013 at 14:19

What is with the hate for Paul. Seen slayer countless times with him and Dave. Never been a shit show. Sure they have different styles but listen to God Hates Us All and Testament's The Formation of Damnation, and tell me he's a shit drummer. Plus he's been in slayer nearly as long as dave.

Just listen how this shit played " Disciple" on the album and how Dave Played in Shows.that's really enough to comparison
Azazel - 31.05.2013 at 14:34  
Written by Ruin on 31.05.2013 at 14:29

Written by Azazel on 31.05.2013 at 14:19

What is with the hate for Paul. Seen slayer countless times with him and Dave. Never been a shit show. Sure they have different styles but listen to God Hates Us All and Testament's The Formation of Damnation, and tell me he's a shit drummer. Plus he's been in slayer nearly as long as dave.

Just listen how this shit played " Disciple" on the album and how Dave Played in Shows.that's really enough to comparison


Like i said, different styles! I never came away from a Slayer show thinking "That sucked"
ScreamingSteelUS - 31.05.2013 at 14:41  
At least they had the common decency to get Paul Bostaph rather than anyone else, but there is still no excuse for kicking out Dave. It's not entirely half-Slayer now, since Paul was previously in the band, but it's still only five-eighths Slayer.
Azazel - 31.05.2013 at 14:55  
Written by ScreamingSteelUS on 31.05.2013 at 14:41

At least they had the common decency to get Paul Bostaph rather than anyone else, but there is still no excuse for kicking out Dave. It's not entirely half-Slayer now, since Paul was previously in the band, but it's still only five-eighths Slayer.



That's a silly statement too. Just look at some your favourite bands and see how many of them have more than half their original line up. Did they turn to shit once members left?
ScreamingSteelUS - 31.05.2013 at 15:19  
Written by Azazel on 31.05.2013 at 14:55

Written by ScreamingSteelUS on 31.05.2013 at 14:41

At least they had the common decency to get Paul Bostaph rather than anyone else, but there is still no excuse for kicking out Dave. It's not entirely half-Slayer now, since Paul was previously in the band, but it's still only five-eighths Slayer.



That's a silly statement too. Just look at some your favourite bands and see how many of them have more than half their original line up. Did they turn to shit once members left?


I know that it is not uncommon for bands to replace members, but very few bands are as successful at Slayer in maintaining a mostly stable lineup for such a large part of their career, and that makes it more significant when they do change. With some bands I don't mind when they replace members, or I at least understand, but I don't think there is much room to move in this case. Especially coming so hot on the heels of Jeff's death, it seems like the band is just falling apart now. Even though they have replaced Dave before, it is clear that he is the best and most essential drummer they ever had, and all this drama seems pointless. As it happens, aside from "God Hates Us All," Slayer's non-Lombardo material was definitely subpar.

I will say that it is entirely up to the band (which, at this point, seems to constitute Tom and Kerry) whether or not they want to continue. I don't think this "No Jeff, no Dave, no Slayer" business is entirely fair because, as you say, bands go on without original members all the time. However, even if it is their prerogative to carry on the band with whatever lineup they want, it still won't be as good as it was with Jeff and Dave.
Azazel - 31.05.2013 at 15:37  
Written by ScreamingSteelUS on 31.05.2013 at 15:19


I know that it is not uncommon for bands to replace members, but very few bands are as successful at Slayer in maintaining a mostly stable lineup for such a large part of their career, and that makes it more significant when they do change. With some bands I don't mind when they replace members, or I at least understand, but I don't think there is much room to move in this case. Especially coming so hot on the heels of Jeff's death, it seems like the band is just falling apart now. Even though they have replaced Dave before, it is clear that he is the best and most essential drummer they ever had, and all this drama seems pointless. As it happens, aside from "God Hates Us All," Slayer's non-Lombardo material was definitely subpar.

I will say that it is entirely up to the band (which, at this point, seems to constitute Tom and Kerry) whether or not they want to continue. I don't think this "No Jeff, no Dave, no Slayer" business is entirely fair because, as you say, bands go on without original members all the time. However, even if it is their prerogative to carry on the band with whatever lineup they want, it still won't be as good as it was with Jeff and Dave.



Good post. Don't agree apart from Slayer's non-Lombardo material was definitely subpar (which is hardly down to Bostaph). Nice to get a decent response than the usual knuckle dragging "BOSTAPH SUCKS"
Sangre Sani - 31.05.2013 at 15:38  
Slayer is dead.
Apothecary - 31.05.2013 at 16:45  
This is really just starting to get ridiculous, in my opinion. Why even continue at this point? It's not as if Slayer haven't done a lot of great work already. (Most of) their discography is legendary, they have fans the world over, and are widely regarded as one of the most important bands in the history of metal. They've replaced their original drummer after just getting him back a few years ago, one of their founding guitarists just died, and they're still going on? To me at this point it kinda just seems like beating a dead horse. If anything, they should just wrap up this tour and then call it quits. It'd be a much better decision than continuing with new material, and I bet the majority of their fanbase would respect them more for doing so.
LokeDogg - 31.05.2013 at 16:57  
All hail the mighty Slayer...
qlacs - 31.05.2013 at 17:21  
This is pure bullshit. After reuniting with Lombardo, now Sayler loses two of its original members. God please save Slayer... if you listen to it
a MasT - 31.05.2013 at 18:26  
Dra dra dra drama
a MasT - 31.05.2013 at 18:27  
Dra dra dra drama
chrisʇrenounced - 31.05.2013 at 18:40  
Bostaph is a great drummer and does appear on one of Slayer's best albums (God Hates us All), but I don't see how they'll be able to carry on long term without Jeff. I predict that they'll hang it up after fulfilling the upcoming tour dates.
sentenced - 31.05.2013 at 18:53  
Slayer without lombardo and hanneman ?
i cant even image
moe5512 - 31.05.2013 at 19:20  
Written by sentenced on 31.05.2013 at 18:53

Slayer without lombardo and hanneman ?
i cant even image

Probably pretty much the same...

C'mon people, it's not like the live shows will be any different, they play the same shit as before and same vocals. I have no doubt that any replacements can learn what their predecessors have played.
If they make a new album it will probably be mainly King and Araya that compose it.
carlitozik - 31.05.2013 at 19:24  
Slayer without Lombardo and Hanneman sounds like a joke to me
Vombatus - 31.05.2013 at 20:09  
He did play during 10 years before, and it's not like Slayer changed a lot since.

No big deal.
PhantomLord21 - 31.05.2013 at 20:26  
I normally don't like to comment on Slayer stuff (not usually interested in Slayer these days), but this is a seriously poor decision by whoever made it. Jeff dies and, less than a month later, Dave is completely removed from the band? Not exactly an encouraging message to send to the fans who probably wanted Dave to stay (and, let's be honest, that's probably most of Slayer's fanbase).

Although I will admit I do approve of Bostaph replacing Lombard since he is the only other drummer Slayer have had. Doesn't mean I have to like it, but it's better that someone with some connection to the band is chosen over anyone else.
BitterCOld - 31.05.2013 at 21:04  
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belphegor666 - 31.05.2013 at 21:09  
My wishes are granted....Paul eventually returned....I can't understand why people are blaming Paul...Bostaph is a super excellent drummer.... Hail Slayer
BloodTears - 31.05.2013 at 21:17  
Yes, apparently Lombardo wasn't even informed of this decision. He says he found out online which is always good...

They don't even mention his name once on their statement either.
animal71 - 31.05.2013 at 21:47  
Yeah Paul has come home to Slayer. So be it.

The big fuckin question we are all gonna have to answer, who is gonna be the long term full-time replacement for the late Jeff Hanneman???????

bblitz - 31.05.2013 at 21:59  
Paul Bostaph is an amazing drummer.Surgical precision and strength are
best weapons in his arsenal.
Mattybu - 31.05.2013 at 23:11  
Fuck this shit man, it's the weirdest shit seeing this band fall apart and Bostaph is just like "I'm coming home", fuck disband already.
Maco - 01.06.2013 at 04:34  
Mmm well i like his work with 90's slayer and forbidden. Is a good replacement for dave, but what about jeff's replacement?
SBGMetal - 01.06.2013 at 09:20  
Yes! Paul is back! if him n gary were to make an album with tom and king I think it b the shit n exactly the breath of fresh air slayer needs
tea[m]ster - 01.06.2013 at 16:08  
I am not a fan of the band but after reading all the news about them lately I can only think of one of my favorite quotes/moments from the LOTR movies:

"How did it come to this?"
The Galactican - 01.06.2013 at 16:48  
Slayer feels more like Slayer with Lombardo, period. That said, I'm not sure how much that really matters anymore now that Jeff is gone.

More power to Bostaph; the guy is an amazing drummer (I love God Hates Us All, in spite of the haters), but I'm finding it pretty irrelevant who drums at this point. The Slayer I grew up is a thing of the past.
John Shock - 02.06.2013 at 14:57  
Don't blame them, they have to turn around somewhere...and this as that turning point...i'm curious to see and listen from this point further...
Jtbmetal123 - 03.06.2013 at 15:55  
I will always love Slayer, but Man, No Hanneman, No Lombardo. i dont know.
Dr. Igore - 03.06.2013 at 19:40  
Araya - King - Holt - Bostaph...
It doesn´t seen to be a kindergarden band at all....
Protostar - 04.06.2013 at 14:38  
As with 90% of the bands I enjoy, I'm open to the idea of evolution. Maybe they won't be as awesome as we remember them, but that doesn't mean any of the music they released before these happenings are suddenly going to suck. They'll always be one of, if not THE prime metal band. No Hanneman and no Lombardo does sound bad but... If their future work isn't what we enjoy, we always have Reign In Blood and Seasons In The Abyss.
To be totally honest... God Hates Us All is probably my favorite album of theirs anyway so.. Like I said, open to the idea of evolution.
zmaj666 - 08.06.2013 at 15:52  
R.I.P Slayer...:cry:
sbuswell - 28.07.2013 at 08:14  
Holt is a killer guitarist and IMO just as good as Hanneman (and Jeff was all-time awesome). Bostaph is a great drummer and just as good as Lombardo overall. Slayer can still kick ass and I hope they keep making records. God Hates Us All, Christ Illusion and World Painted Blood were all excellent albums. I expect their next record to be just as good.

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