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Album Review

By 1998, it seems that Slayer has fully explored the possible variations on their signature style; they've had all the influence and impact they're going to, which means that in order to keep their fans' reverence and critics' respect, it's much more advisable for new Slayer material to offer competent retrenchments rather than experimentation with current trends. And they do indeed follow the former approach on Diabolus in Musica (Latin for "the devil in music"), an album that will certainly please fans while offering little that hasn't been heard before. If Divine Intervention tried (perhaps too hard) to re-create the full-on rush of the classic Reign in Blood, then Diabolus in Musica employs more of the in-between feel of Seasons in the Abyss, albeit with a thicker-sounding production and slightly more emphasis on texture than the formerly almighty riff. It may lack some of the spark and vitality of their 1980s 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.

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"Divine Intervention" with the synthesized vocals was a bigger departure for Slayer than this CD is. Missing (to me) are blatant tributes to Evil, which I'm guessing was the point. Subtler ones exist, either reluctantly, reminding me often of their song "Divine Intervention," with accompanied shifts from power tunes to things more disjointed (such as a few bars of bass solo, in one case) or resignation to Evil, sort of robotic, giving an "Evil won? - what else is new?" feel, where sounds struggle uphill, not hesitantly but conflicted. More music, less vocals, mostly a power-chord fest (purist's Slayer kind) with enough solos to prevent revolt. Araya's singing is average with scattered brilliance. The variants in guitar work - some would be trance-like if they were longer - I'd expect to grow on anyone, even if interrupted by a few too many mood shifts. Songs are too short if anything. The title I suspect a rough metaphor for Evil's reign "in our everyday lives" (like your fears of it) and this CD is more about the consequences of Evil always winning, less celebrating the fact. It's not fueled by shock, telling me they wanted a new angle, but enough Old Slayer leaps back to signal some struggle with this (all intended, I'm sure). Unless I've over-analyzed it. Maybe it's simply a move to more sound and less words. Lifers and most metal fans will rank it high in Slayer's works. 3 listens, I'm hooked, but no memorable tunes yet. Extra credit for them being caged by censors, else we'd ALL equate Slayer with the Beatles. Slayer only tells you the bad news, doesn't govern it. That honesty is here, in all their work, never losing relevance, and their genius for giving a properly editorialized "slap-in-the-face" punch to what they say is evident here (getting the words to the songs helps greatly).

Slayer fan for life!

My favorite band is Black Sabbath (Ozzy is one of my idols!) but Slayer is awesome, and a bit harder, if you think about it really. I'm a thirteen-year-old metal-chick, and I bet no one at my school knows half the stuff I listen to. If you're a Slayer fan...ROCK F'CKING ON, BRO! đź‘Ť

sick album

bitter peace has one of the coolest riffs ever. but for some reason itunes cuts of the preview rite b4 it and just gives the mediocre intro


Formed: 1982 in Huntington Park, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Slayer were one of the most distinctive, influential, and extreme thrash metal bands of the 1980s. Their graphic lyrics dealt with everything from death and dismemberment to war and the horrors of hell. Their full-throttle velocity, wildly chaotic guitar solos, and powerful musical chops painted an effectively chilling sonic background for their obsessive chronicling of the dark side; this correspondence helped Slayer's music hold up arguably better than the remaining Big Three '80s thrash outfits...
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