SLAYER’s new album, “Repentless”, the band’s 12th, debuted at Number Four on The Billboard 200 chart. Yes, that actually happened. While this kind of pop cultural seal of approval is essentially meaningless in the world of metal, it really is about time, and considering SLAYER’s long-standing contribution in making metal an ever-present bloodstain upon the global musical landscape, it’s well deserved. The release has also topped charts internationally. It’s a shame that founding guitarist and songwriter Jeff Hanneman wasn’t around to see it.