SLAYER frontman and bassist Tom Araya is done with headbanging so says bandmate, guitarist Kerry King. Araya underwent back surgery at the end of January. Known for aggressively swinging his long mane of hair while performing, Araya began experiencing back problems while on the band's Australian/New Zealand/Japanese tour in October 2009. In spite of his rapidly increasing pain and discomfort, he carried on with the tour, but immediately upon returning home saw an orthopedic specialist who diagnosed a Cervical Radiculopathy. Earlier this year Araya underwent an Anterior Cervical Discectomy with Fusion, which is a relatively routine practice and the recovery rate is excellent.
Slayer recently released the Vinyl Conflict, a collection of all their albums and one live collection in a box set. Check out an Artisan News report below: