This Isn’t Going to End Well

Jeff Hanneman, pioneering guitarist who helped form the metal band Slayer, has died. He was struck down by liver failure, exacerbated by a flesh-eating disease that affected his arm, perhaps caused by a spider bite.

That’s kind of a metal way to go.

Slayer is hard to classify, in part because they’ve been around long enough that they’re a genre all to themselves. Thrash/speed metal, maybe. Their fans have a reputation for being fanatical in their devotion to the band. Being the opening act for Slayer is a rough gig, because the fans aren’t shy in letting you know that you’re not Slayer.

Well, at Hanneman’s funeral, Fred Phelps has volunteered to be the opening act.

*wince* This is gonna get ugly.

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