is skimmed this time. After the magnificent and far "Seasons
in the Abyss" and a period of slight inspiration decrease,
Slayer have come back with the best album of 2002, one of the best of
the last 3 years, after the quite good but not stellar "Diabolus
What more can I say about this band, if not that I've taken'em as an
example how I'd like to be at their age phisically and mentally, a practical
example of consistency, which means developing one's style by experiments
and never following any trends at the same time (peculiarity that few
other bands can boast, the first popping out are Cannibal Corpse, Napalm
Death and Morbid Angel).
Yes, Slayer is a fundemental band, one of the first 10 in my personal
list of over 1,000, I wouldn't say they've invented Death metal, thou
their importance in the urge of creation of that genre is unvaluable;
add that "Reign in Blood" is prob'ly the most-still-selling
extreme metal album so far, and you'll get why this review could've
finished with the first a.m. sentence.
For the few who don't know anything about'em, lemme just say this: the
sort of metal they've been playing for more than 20 years is a successful
blend based on cutting guitar-solos, heavy guitar-riffs, technical aggressive
drums (they've always great drummers, from Dave Lombardo to Paul Bostaph
here), killer vocals, though never growls, so why try to define'em,
when all the more reason their first CD, "Show No Mercy"
displayed a sort of aggressive HM that rather felt the effects of the
unique mix of NWOBHM, the upcoming thrash and some Venom attitude and
And never forget the role of the 5th man darkened by them, studio-wizard
In this CD/CD-Rom version I've found about one year later there's a
different cover, with black background on which a bloodstained nailed
bible appears, 2 unreleased bonus tracks, "Scarstruck"
and "Addict", a DVD intro, "Darkness of Christ",
the clips of "Bloodline" and "Raining Blood"
live + a crazy (as usual) interview, so the inference can be one only:
BUY OR FUCK OFF AND DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 21/04/02