Members of Dream Theater, Haken and more cover Slayer for Christmas

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Dream Theater keyboard player Jordan Rudess and Haken guitarist Charlie Griffiths have once again teamed up with artist and illustrator Dan Goldsworthy (Accept, Alestorm and Sylosis) and Protest The Hero singer Rody Walker as Sleigher, to give another song from thrash metal titans of Slayer a seasonal proggy workover.

Last year they covered Slayer's 1990 song Seasons In The Abyss. This year they've turned their attention to Slayer's 1988 song South Of Heaven, now rechristened South Of Lapland. You can watch their new video below.

Haken drummer Raymond Hearne once again returns on tuba, and this year they're joined by Mercyful Fate bassist Becky Baldwin and the mysterious Delta Empire on drums.

"This time," the band say, "it's Judgment Sleigh!"


Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.