You backed up your reasoning well, though try to mention less songs as you progress through reviews. This Message Edited On Congrats on your first dude. Unlike most other newbies you didn't go out and review your "favoritest album ever" and give it a 5. You also avoided doing TbT. Good job. Slayers lowest point! Slayer has high points? Reign in Blood 2. South of Heaven 3.
Christ Illusion 4. It's lines like this that can make someone stop reading a review pretty quickly. Just be a bit more natural with your writing and don't feel you have to make statistical data out of an album.
Also, the review needs some paragraph formatting. Other then that, you sound like you're on your own with loving this album hahaha. I listen to it once in awhile. Welcome to the site. Didn't expect this much comments for my first review. Of course, the musicians had too much energy and creativity to release a great pile of shit. A certain number of good riffs and some fairly intensive parts proved evidence that the formation was actually still able to compose a more than solid album.
For example, the few dramatic parts of "Overt Enemy" did not lack of intensity, "Perversions of Pain" scored with a weird melody line and the first song unleashed a proper storm after the half-baked intro. Unfortunately, I have to add that "Bitter Peace" had some parts that seemed to be borrowed from "War Ensemble".
Nevertheless, this was a promising opener - and it was simultaneously deceptive, because the overall result was disappointing. Without the vocals of Tom Araya, who had put his heart and soul in his performance, I would not have identified this work as a Slayer album. These groovy parts, this embarrassing attitude and the absence of murderous brutality formed a product that did not meet my expectations. It seemed to be no coincidence that Slayer's logo on the cover surprised with a new design; this group wanted to represent something new, due to whatever reason.
The fat production did not help to make things much better. The sound was powerful and heavy, but a good production can only underline the vitality of strong songs. Vice versa, it is never able to make weak songs good. Therefore, I would rather have preferred to be confronted with some insidious and aggressive "Show No Mercy" leftovers in demo sound quality.
Yet the protagonists revealed their truly merciless face and tortured the audience with meaningless, one-dimensional and tedious titles such as "Love to Hate".
And allow me to come back to the widespread absence of high velocity; who the hell had told them that mid-tempo is sexy? Many good efforts were killed by the unpleasant dominance of pretty slow-moving rhythms.
I know, I have mentioned this point already, but the co-inventors of high speed must accept this repeated criticism. Without fillers like the stupid and seemingly endless "Wicked", it could have been a little bit better.
Yet it is pointless to think about a less weak configuration of the album. The best salad is a nice piece of meat, but this finding is not helpful as long as only vegetarian meals are offered. Pardon the reference to an old Slayer song, for this album does not deserve to be graced with such a thing. And the odd thing is, they don't bend over backwards for commercialism quite as much as the aforementioned commercial blockbusters of the 90's.
Unlike the aforementioned albums, which compared to their predecessors are virtually unrecognisable as efforts by their respective bands, this is undeniably Slayer.
And that makes this feel so much worse - this isn't a makeover for the '90s, this is a watering down of their trademark sound. The sound on display here is actually very confused. They take the groovier parts of Divine Intervention and Seasons in the Abyss , and then some modern hardcore and crap nu 'metal' influences in an attempt to be one with that scene.
The end result is an album with very downtuned guitars the lowest the guitars go for a Slayer album, I believe playing bastardised note grooves or generic '-core' chugging. At the same time though, that is all mixed with some pretty average thrashing with songs like 'Scrum' or 'Bitter Peace' and what amounts to a restrained version of typical Hanneman and King lead work. This is so utterly weird to listen to and look at, seeing the Slayer logo written in an odd 90's fashion on the album cover and then listening to rapped nonsense like 'Death's Head' right after some thrashing mayhem from the opener.
Slayer weren't trying on this album, because the two albums that surround this one are far more consistent and solid than this. Hanneman and King put almost no effort into their riffing, instead opting for the superficial heaviness found through repeated, slow, downtuned grooves. This of course, squanders any attempt at actual, oppressive heaviness or actual aggression, and instead gives utterly boring, repetitive songs that mostly go nowhere.
Araya just doesn't give a damn here, though his voice continues down the 'maximum shout' road, it lacks the conviction of previous performances. He attempts to get around the lack of dynamics and atmosphere his voice had on Divine Intervention by adding in some whispering 'Death's Head', 'Stain of Mind' to no effect, it just sounds utterly revolting. Even on their previous 2 albums, the style he used worked well on faster tracks and even some slower tracks. However, here his voice conveys nothing whatsoever; it is just boring and monotone.
Paul Bostaph tries his hardest to make the music better through his now trademark precise, fill and double bass happy style, but no amount of admittedly good drumming can cover up the myriad of flaws here. He is the only member to improve on previous performances, and the only one that appears to care about what he is doing. The songwriting isn't good, but it isn't absolutely horrible. They have the decency to keep things short for the most part, because these songs have very little worth to them, as exemplified by the bonus track 'Wicked'.
It just can't keep the listener gripped for its 6 minute run time, and barely manages to keep interest after 2 minutes. Another issue can be found in the opening track. This happens a few times during the album, the song will change up from a very boring section to a less boring faster section, but with a bit of silence separating them. It feels like they are trying to make the songs and albums longer through filler, because these sections really drag the album down. The songs generally fall into 3 categories, the worst of which is terrible nu 'metal'.
Tracks like 'Love to Hate' or 'Death's Head' are irritating rapped nonsense, while 'Desire' and 'Stain of Mind' both load up the quiet sections with whispered vocals, which amounts to an attempt at atmosphere through a nu 'metal' filter. Needless to say it fails, and these songs are utterly revolting and terrible. From this heap, a mere 3 tracks can be salvaged. For the most part, 'Bitter Peace', 'Scrum' and 'Point' amount to double bass driven, watered down versions of the modern thrash sound established on Divine Intervention.
Though these would be outtakes at best on that album, and wouldn't even be that on earlier works, here they sound like the greatest thing ever, especially in comparison to the uninspired groove and sickening nu 'metal'. Save for the really Korn-esque moments, this is a mostly boring and worthless album.
This is so boring in fact, that I fell asleep trying to listen to it Every song has this 'grey' tone to it, especially with the unending downtuning and Araya's boring to disgusting voice being the main cause.
No amount of decent solos or drumming can fix this, for most metal albums live or die by a vocalist with conviction and a set of decent riffs. However, ALL albums live or die by how many ideas they have musically, relative to the length of each track and the number of tracks. In addition, good songwriting with smooth transitions from one section to another is essential.
This fails all of these, except for the 3 decent thrash metal songs found within. Don't bother with this, even the fairly mediocre God Hates Us All is at least one league better. Try as musical society would like, the Bay Area antichrists would not go down without having as much of a say so as possible, and if it meant having to kowtow just that little bit, then why not? For one, the pacing and level of performance sounds pretty enervated; save for Paul Bostoph doing his best to demolish his kit, the rest of the band plods about at roughly half a tank.
That in itself robs much of the spirit from the recording, which I feel could have been much more beefed up if this was done by the Slayer we all knew and once loved. It may match the general sound of things, but for lead vocal work they leave a lot to be desired. Was Tom just as wishy-washy as Kerry, maybe? Some would say that it was rightfully the cheapest album in the shop, because no one is going to buy it, but I can see the merit hidden in such a release.
It may lack some of the spark and vitality of their s recordings, but it's nothing to be ashamed of either. Even if their liner art keeps getting more and more graphic, the music is still the same old Slayer , and that's pretty much what sellout-wary diehards want to hear.
It was released on September 11, , and is the band's only album recorded without Jeff Hanneman, who died from liver cirrhosis in Gary Holt replaces Hanneman as guitarist. It is also the only one the band released on Nuclear Blast and was produced by Terry Date, replacing Rick Rubin after twenty-nine years and nine studio albums as their producer or executive producer. The six-year gap between World Painted Blood and Repentless was the longest between two Slayer albums in their career. This would also be the band's final studio album before embarking on a farewell tour in — and eventually disbanding.
The album debuted at no. It also topped the chart in Germany and featured in the top ten of almost twenty charts around the world. It received generally positive reviews from critics. World Painted Blood. World Painted Blood is the eleventh studio album by American thrash metal band Slayer. It is the band's only album produced by Greg Fidelman.
With much anticipation for the album after 's Christ Illusion, members of Slayer began revealing information about the album beginning in early It just chugs along throughout the entire song, although slightly slower than 'Screaming from the Sky'. He has replaced his almost gruff-like talking into a yell, and it can get very annoying and repetitive at times. A prime example of this is 'Scrum'. There is no sign of him even trying to sound like his old-self, he just gets in front of the microphone and yells as loud as he can.
Also, the lyrics on this album are just cheesy. These new lyrics try and outdo the previous ones from their past records, but they come nowhere near them. If you're just now trying to get into Slayer, you better go pick Seasons in the Abyss, as it is their most accessible album they have released.
If you're an old Slayer fan and you don't own this, give it a shot. Some people actually find this CD to be flat-out amazing. It's not bad at all, just not up to the standards they have set with previous albums.
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Does anyone knows about a release on Krypton records? Reply Notify me Helpful. RxHxBx December 7, Report. Although there are 3 Brazilian releases listed here, there is also one more: catalog number is simply "" but printed as " The back cover is also slightly different than these releases and the label is in a light grey color.
I don't know what's the year of this release.
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